Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has received a $100,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic Inc. The foundation has awarded six $100,000 grants worldwide as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Education Grant Program to improve advanced manufacturing education. The program was launched to catalyze and elevate innovative education programs focusing on emerging transformative technologies for the manufacturing industry.
“Investing in education is crucial to the health of economies around the world; it improves our communities, empowers individuals economically, and enhances the competitiveness of businesses and industry,” said Esra Ozer, President, Arconic Foundation.
Ivy Tech Lafayette will use the grant to develop a 3D printing course within the Design Technology Program. The course, titled Design for Additive Manufacturing, will prepare students in technology, applied sciences and engineering technology to understand 3D printing and collaborative based design through project-based learning.
The grant will also be used to purchase a 3D printer that meets the needs of the total rapid prototype process. The 3D printer will be part of a planned 3D lab space that will include 3D printing, and laser cutters and engravers. The lab space can be utilized by academic programs as well as industry partners.
“We are in a period of time where 3D printing and additive manufacturing is advancing rapidly. Ivy Tech must remain at the front of the curve in educating students,” said Dr. Todd Roswarski, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Lafayette. “Bringing 3D printing into the classroom helps build problem solving skills and makes students better prepared for real world advanced manufacturing environments. Our graduates will be the innovative thinkers needed for the rapidly changing technology in the workplace and will be prepared to fill the skills gap faced by manufacturers worldwide.”
In the United States alone, over 365,000 manufacturing jobs are currently open, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and over two million of the 3.5 million job openings over the next decade will go unfilled due to the skills gap. The need is particularly acute for skilled and highly skilled positions, which can be exacerbated by the pace of technological change.
Other grant recipients included Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan; Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee; University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom; Cologne Institute for Economic Research in coordination with Hochschule Fresenius Dusseldorf, Cologne, Germany; and Obuda University, Szekesfehervar, Hungary.
About Arconic Foundation
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.
For more information, visit ivytech.edu.