The event brought together representatives of 20 community colleges to discuss strategies for helping out-of-work employees of the auto industry. Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder said he sees other industries beginning to hire auto workers to do similar jobs.
“We certainly see some of the leading industries in Indiana having jobs like that and are needing better and more currently prepared people,” he said.
Snyder said the consortium was designed around making the laid-off employees aware of short-term certifications from one-year community college programs to help them prepare for work. Along those lines, Snyder said Ivy Tech will launch a new one-year welding certification program statewide.