$2.6M for IT and Advanced Manufacturing Training

$2.6M for IT and Advanced Manufacturing Training

The Ivy Tech Hires Program recently received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-1B TechHire grant program. The funds will be used to provide 330 disadvantaged youth and young adults with training and internships to introduce them to the IT and Advanced Manufacturing fields. Through soft skills job readiness boot camps, accelerated technical training and internships, participants will be lead to employment or advancement in either information technology or advanced manufacturing jobs. Graduates of the Ivy Tech Hire 16-week training programs will also earn industry-recognized certificates.

Nationally, over $150 million in the H-1B TechHire grant program has been awarded to 39 partnerships providing training in 25 states across the country. More than 18,000 participants will receive services through the TechHire grant program, with a focus on youth and young adults ages 17-29 with barriers to employment, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities, limited English proficiency, criminal records, and long-term unemployment. Training will center on high-growth sectors, including information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare.