Crane, IN, December 10, 2017: The WestGate@Crane Technology Park (WestGate) and Vincennes University (VU) are enrolling now for the new Electronics Fundamentals Certificate program with classes beginning on January 8, 2017. The courses are the core of a yearlong Certificate of Graduation (CG) in Electronics Fundamentals. The program has been made possible by a Workforce Development grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), in turn received by WestGate Authority (WGA), Daviess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC), Lawrence County Economic Growth Council (LCEGC) and the Martin County Alliance (MCA). Classes will be held at the Battery Innovation Center (BIC), and students who complete the CG will be able to directly enter the workforce or apply the credits toward an Associate Degree.
According to Ben Wrightsman, Acting President of the BIC, developing and hosting this certification has already begun to pay off for the region by providing local, qualified technical workers who can perform well in their advanced manufacturing setting. He says that “by offering a program such as this, we are actively growing the much-needed talent locally, instead of investing in recruiting campaigns to draw in the talent from elsewhere. We have already hired one student from the program, who is attending the courses while working full time at the BIC.” Ben goes on to say that “while the immediate goal of the program was to meet current industry demands, the broader goal was to attract other potential employers to the area. BrightVolt, a Florida-based company that recently expanded at the BIC, is a great example of one of those potential employers. Both BrightVolt and the BIC are currently recruiting for open positions, and intend to hire local talent. More specifically, we hope to hire additional students from the Electronics Technology program.”
Vincennes University’s Electronics Fundamentals Certificate program will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to all areas of electronics (AC/DC, digital circuits, and linear electronics) and hands-on use of multi-meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, and soldering techniques in the lab. To enroll in this program, no previous experience in electronics is required. High school diploma or equivalent is required for registration (except current high school students), and all tools and parts needed for class are provided. Some students may have this certification paid in full with available grant funding.
For additional details on the program or to enroll, contact Kimberly Frazier at STIMULUS Engineering.
Contact: Kimberly Frazier