Alliance fosters young, experienced workforce




Companies’ demands for workers who are prepared to fill today’s highly skilled automation and robotics jobs have inspired a program at Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus/Franklin that offers students real-world experience.

The program, which will begin with the spring semester in January, will give company leaders the skilled labor pool they want while allowing students to develop hands-on experience that makes them top contenders for high-paying jobs, school officials and employers said.

Local Ivy Tech leaders developed the Industrial Automation and Robotics program. It calls for classroom instruction 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. three days a week and on-the-job training with regional companies two days a week. Students who take part will need to earn 75 credits from 24 classes to earn the degree, according to the school. By comparison, other degrees at Ivy Tech require only 60 credit hours.

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