01/13/14 Ivy Tech Instructor, Scott Kaser, deserves an A+ for the passion he brings to his CNC students at the IMESSC (ITAMCO Manufacturing Education School Service Center). The facility located adjacent to Plymouth High School was created by a partnership among ITAMCO, Plymouth Community School Corporation and Ivy Tech last year.
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) are automated milling devices that make industrial components without direct human assistance.
Currently, Kaser has twelve high school students in the day program and will soon be able to add eight adults to an evening program.
The unique classroom includes what Kaser refers to as “state-of -the art” equipment. He said, “This creates an environment like what students will be going into at today’s workplace.”
Applications are now being taken at Ivy Tech for classes that will start on Feb. 4 and continue through May 13. Adult students will be given training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-8:30.
Local manufactures including ITAMCO, Culver Tool and Kessler Crane can send employees to the training site. Additionally, Work One is helping to identify potential students who are seeking to update their skills or a career change; however Ivy Tech is also accepting applications from the community.
Kaser explained that one of the driving factors for investing in a training center was to train certified CNC employees to fill the need within local manufacturing businesses. He said, “We can create a knowledgeable workforce right here at home.”
Kaser himself has been able to stay in the area due to his Ivy Tec h training. The LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School graduate said he is proud to live in LaPaz and help other people be able to live in the area by gaining the skills to have excellent paying jobs.
Prior to accepting the instruction positions, Kaser worked in manufacturing for 15 years, ten of which he served as a production supervisor. He is also a graduate of Ivy Tech located in South Bend.
Kaser is equally passionate about making sure students understand that they are responsible for themselves. He said, “They need to think safety first and keep a great work ethic.”
More information on Ivy Tech adult applications can be found by calling Genie Feldleyfer at (574)289-7001 ext. 6862.
Carol Anders Correspondent
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