Not every high school student knows what career path they want to take after graduating, but for Scott County students pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing or welding, the sky is the limit. High school students wishing to advance their skills in manufacturing and welding can train close to home at the Mid-America Science Park, and the extra work is already paying off for one recent graduate.
Scottsburg High School student Cody Brock took part in Ivy Tech’s dual-credit Advanced Manufacturing and Welding courses at MASPark for the past two years and was offered a job before he even walked across the graduation stage. Less than a month after finishing high school, Cody began a career as a Preventative Maintenance Technician at Multi-Color Corporation, a global label solutions company located in Scottsburg.
“I feel very prepared to enter the workforce with the experience I have under my belt after taking Advanced Manufacturing and Welding courses,” said Cody. “I already know how to use 3D printers, a laser engraver and three different types of saws.”
With the high demand for manufacturing workers in Indiana, Cody didn’t have to look far to find his first job. In fact, he didn’t have to look at all.
“Multi-Color came to my teacher and asked if there was anyone in the class that would be interested in applying for the job. I immediately knew it was something I should do.”
According to Cody, his teacher, Kyle Mullins, was instrumental in helping him fill out the applications and prepare for the interview.
Manufacturing and welding courses are offered at MASPark to Crothersville, Austin and Scottsburg students. They can start taking courses as early as 10th grade, earning college credit hours through the dual-credit program offered by Ivy Tech Community College.
Served by approximately 3,500 square feet of training space, MASPark’s Training and Workforce Development Center includes a welding lab and simulator, Amatrol and CNC equipment labs for advanced manufacturing technology and green energy training, a 25-seat computer classroom, and a wide range of equipment to facilitate hands-on learning.
According to Cody, if students like working with their hands they should consider taking the dual-credit, advanced manufacturing courses.
“It’s a great experience to have under your belt, and it will really help you get a job,” said Cody. “If you land a job in welding, you can make $25 to $30 an hour just starting out right after high school and that number just keeps growing.”
Students graduate career-ready or can pursue a two- or four-year degree with the dual-credit courses applied toward a degree. They also have the opportunity to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certifications as well as Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) certifications.
Anyone interested in the dual-credit program is asked to email Kristy Holsapple (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (812) 752-4327.
MASPark also serves employers who want to offer ongoing training and certification opportunities. For more information, email Joe Pearson (email@example.com) or call (812) 752-9521 x1232.