Vincennes University and Battery Innovation Center collaborate for Energy Storage Training Courses

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Continuing Education Units Offered for Professional Development

NEWBERRY, IN — Vincennes University and the Battery Innovation Center in Newberry, IN have partnered to offer quarterly, 3-day hands-on courses as an in-depth guide to batteries and how they affect our daily lives and businesses.

“VU is excited about the opportunities to collaborate with the Battery Innovation Center,” said Matthew Schwartz, assistant vice president of Outreach and Engagement at VU. “We look forward to continue to provide short-term training options for learners participating in the programs available with BIC.”

The training courses, held at the Battery Innovation Center, combine lectures from industry experts with hands-on laboratory learning. The primary focus is on lithium-ion energy storage, but the courses also give a thorough overview of all batteries, including basic electrochemistry, cell fabrication, failure mechanisms, system design and integration, battery management systems, safety, second life, and small through large scale applications.  The courses are offered on an open reservation system, and customized/private courses are also available.

“While there are other battery courses offered in the industry, our attendees tell us the unique combination of curriculum and in depth presentations in parallel with hands on learning from cell build through system validation offers a clear differentiator” said Ben Wrightsman, chief operating officer of the Battery Innovation Center. “With the unique partnership of Vincennes University and now offering CEU’s as part of the course, the BIC Battery Training Programs are a true world class experience.”

“This course brings in people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from scientists, to technicians, and business leaders,” said James Fleetwood, course instructor and research director of the Battery Innovation Center. “It is great to have the support of VU and we hope that these courses help to prepare our students for the growing energy storage industry.”

VU has certified the course for 2.1 hours of Continuing Education Units for industry partners seeking professional development hours.

The goal of the training courses is to better understand energy storage, battery design and development, and emerging technologies in the battery industry. Efforts to expand course offerings between the Battery Innovation Center and VU are in the works.

For more information on Battery Innovation Center’s Energy Storage Training courses, visit To learn more about VU’s efforts to strengthen Indiana’s workforce through hands-on training, visit

About Vincennes University
Vincennes University is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year and 4-year academic programs of study in the state of Indiana. VU is Indiana’s first college and is one of the oldest in America. It is the birthplace of one of the nation’s first two-year institutions of higher learning. A leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education. VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17 countries. For more information, visit.

About Battery Innovation Center
The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a collaborative initiative designed to incorporate leadership from commercial enterprises, renowned universities, public/government agencies, and to focus on the rapid development, testing, validation, and commercialization of safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for commercial, utility, and defense customers. The BIC’s mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of battery technology by providing access to the entire spectrum of R&D to commercialization, including low volume production, in a single 40,000 square foot facility. For more information, visit


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