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  Paula Clark
  Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections
  Ivy Tech Community College
  Madison, IN


From far left: Dominic Grote, President/CEO of Grote Industries, First Lady Janet Holcomb, Governor Eric Holcomb,
Ivy Tech student Amber (Belcher) Campbell, Patti Grote, and Paula Clark

Ivy Tech Community College is the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the country. At Ivy Tech, we embrace our vision of economic transformation inspired by the education and earnings attainment of our citizens, the vitality of our workforce, and the prosperity of our unique and diverse communities. It is projected that by 2025 employers will need to fill one million high-wage, high-demand jobs just within the state of Indiana. Approximately half of those jobs will require a high-quality, post-secondary degree or certificate. Ivy Tech plays a central role in preparing Indiana’s workforce. To answer the need for a skilled workforce, Governor Eric Holcomb launched his Next Level Jobs Initiative in 2017. This program provides funding and support to help fill high-demand, high-wage jobs throughout the state. Within the Next Level Jobs initiative, Governor Holcomb outlined a plan to skill up Indiana’s prison inmates to help fill the workforce demand and set the goal of graduating at least 1,000 inmates annually in certificate programs.

 Ivy Tech answered Governor Holcomb’s call to action, and in December 2017 the Madison campus of Ivy Tech, in strong collaboration with local adult education providers and local employers launched the first class in a pilot welding program for female inmates from the Madison Correctional Unit. This intensive 80-hour training resulted in 100% of the class earning an AWS certification. This successful pilot program quickly expanded to include a 140-hour NIMS CNC Operator training, as well as a 140-hour MSSC-CPT training. Each of these trainings is provided as noncredit, however, each of these industry recognized certifications will ‘crosswalk’ or transfer in to count towards academic credit for each student.

The noncredit industry training program launched at Ivy Tech Madison has been thoughtfully developed as a progressive model, and now termed “The Madison Model” through Ivy Tech and the Indiana Department of Correction. This model is a process that begins with assessing the aptitude of each student, preparing them for college placement testing, earning college credit in the Transitions (or college success) class, and culminates in the technical training where women earn industry recognized certifications before being hired into high-wage, high-demand employment. This training program has successfully been replicated across the state to six additional Ivy Tech campuses helping to skill up over 600 Hoosier inmates, earning them over 1,000 individual industry-recognized certifications.

Accordingly, this educational model has been recognized by Governor Holcomb and his Workforce team, and by the national offices of NIMS, MMSC, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Ivy Tech remains committed to the growth of this training model which provides opportunities for education and training for inmates, and is an effective strategy to reduce recidivism, while meeting the demands of our employers for a skilled workforce within the state.


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