Vincennes University Invests in Precision Machining Program

Vincennes University Invests in Precision Machining Program

Students seeking careers in precision machining will benefit from the completion of a new addition to the Porter County Career and Technical Center and an equipment grant from Vincennes University that provided more than $300,000 in new precision machining CNC equipment, manual/conventional equipment, tooling, cabinets, benches, and tables. The Center’s Next Generation Scholarship program annually provides qualified students with full-ride scholarships to continue their education at VU.

The development of the program came about when executives from Urschel Labs, Task Force Tips, and the Center for Workforce Innovations visited the Vincennes University campus to tour VU’s Precision Machining facilities. Discussions with VU President Chuck Johnson and area businesses centered on ways to improve the connection between the school, students, and regional employers.

“Vincennes has been a major contributor in helping us solve our local workforce shortage in qualified manufacturing candidates,” said Jon Groth, director and principal for Porter County Career and Technical Education.

A 2016 partnership between Porter County Education Services and Vincennes University introduced the Early College program to the Porter County Career and Technical Center. Through Early College, high school students are offered a higher education experience that prepares them to simultaneously earn a certificate or an associate degree while earning a high school diploma.

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