Amid several presentations by college officials, plenty of conversation and even a major announcement, Ivy Tech Community College recently hosted RV manufacturers and suppliers at Elcona Country Club in Elkhart, Ind.
According to a report by the South Bend Tribune, the informative session was to make sure the lines of communication were open for both sides so the college can better produce skilled workers to fill the needs of RV manufacturers and suppliers and facilitate the movement of students into such positions.
Ivy Tech also announced its plans to build a $14 million advanced manufacturing training center in Elkhart County by the end of 2014. It has already invested $1 million in a recent land purchase of 43 acres just north of the current Ivy Tech Elkhart County campus.
As various executives in the recreational vehicle industry took time to converse after hearing several presentations from the college, Tom Coley, chancellor at Ivy Tech, seemed pleased with the result.
“This is what it’s all about,” Coley said. “We can only be responsive if we have those lines of communication open. This is a very pivotal meeting for us.”
Matt Bunner, vice president of operations at Robert Weed, a supplier to the RV industry, agreed.
“It’s a good start,” said Bunner, whose Bristol company supplies items such as shelves, doors, drawers and laminate finishes to RV manufacturers. “It informed a larger cross-section of the business community, of what’s available at Ivy Tech, a listing of the fast-start accreditations that they’ve got and all the individual classes.
“I think a lot of eyes opened up today that ‘wow, there’s some opportunities out there that can really help my business,’ ” said Bunner, who serves on an industry advisory board at Ivy Tech.
Various classes offering certification were touted by the Ivy Tech staff in areas such as welding and CNC machining, to give but a few examples.
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