The partnership represents IMH’s latest investment in employee success.
IMH and Ivy Tech Community College have announced three apprentice programs for individuals interested in manufacturing careers. These programs combine 24 hours of coursework in one of three specialized paths: machine tool, welding, or automation and robotics. Classes vary by emphasis. Academic work will be paired with hands-on experience at IMH’s facilities to prepare apprentices for real-life scenarios and provide basic competencies with relevant machinery and processes.
IMH’s leadership team collaborated with Steve Bardonner, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Technology at Ivy Tech, to select coursework for the three certification paths. The company will cover 100% of enrollment and course fees.
Those enrolled in the certification programs will work full-time paid positions at IMH and have access to full benefits while taking classes at Ivy Tech. Upon successfully completing the required coursework for a given emphasis, participants will receive a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Industrial Workforce from the community college. Apprentices can apply all credit hours earned to future academic pursuits, including associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Participants will also have the option to continue working at IMH after finishing their certificate programs.
Six apprentices have already enrolled in the program for 2021 and will start taking classes in their areas of concentration this fall. IMH expects a much larger 2022 cohort, as the company will invest in recruiting efforts at area high schools and career centers.
A go-to contract manufacturer for Tier 1 OEMs across the country, IMH is a one-stop shop for subassemblies with stamped, machined, and fabricated components. With three strategic locations across the Midwest and a combined 285,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, IMH has the capacity and technology required to fill requests from the agriculture, construction, defense, food service, healthcare, lighting, material handling, and transportation industries.