Neal has experience as a pipefitter for Eli Lilly and Co. and its Tippecanoe labs and as a pipefitter/welder for A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. in Lafayette.
“Nellie brings decades of manufacturing experience here,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of marketing and communications for Ivy Tech. “We have added value through an outstanding faculty. We feel we’re making the classroom rich with experience they can share.”
The goal, Lytle said, is that students stay with the same group throughout the program. The foundation classes, like math, are incorporated within the program, as are the certification exams.
The technology-focused program will include instruction and lab preparation in safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, welding process and equipment, blueprint reading and a variety of other subjects.
The institute is a partnership with the American Welding Society. There are seven certifications that students will be able to receive in the five sessions. A list of certifications can be found under welding at http://www.ivytech.edu/ivy-institute.
Students can take the entire 40-week program for less than $8,000 and are eligible to receive financial aid.
One person has signed up for the first session and about a dozen others have expressed interest, Bostic said.
Those interested in signing up for the welding institute can contact Suzanne Dillman at 574-753-5101 ext. 2179 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the first group of students who will begin Oct. 14 is under way.
The campus is also looking to partner with local businesses who would be interested in giving the campus scrap metal or similar equipment for upcoming classes. Those interested in donating can contact Bostic at email@example.com.