Amid several tweaks and changes, plans for a new manufacturing training center in Indiana’s Elkhart County continue to move steadily forward.

As reported by the Goshen News, that was the word from representatives of the Ivy Tech North Central Region during a meeting of the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission Thursday (Jan. 22) afternoon, where commission members were provided with an update on the current status of the planned training center at the college’s Elkhart County campus.

In the works since the fall of 2013, the project got its first major boost in January of last year when the Elkhart County Council agreed to allow the County Redevelopment Commission to provide $500,000 toward infrastructure improvements for the proposed center, which Ivy Tech Community College officials want to construct directly behind the current Ivy Tech Elkhart County campus on C.R. 18.

According to Thomas Coley, chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College North Central and Northwest regions, Elkhart County has a glut of unfilled manufacturing jobs due in large part to a shortfall in workers with the necessary skills and technical training to fill those positions.

With manufacturing accounting for a significant percentage of both employment and earnings in Elkhart County, Coley said, it is vital that the county increase its number of graduates with manufacturing-related degrees and certificates. There is currently no stand-alone facility dedicated to advancing the manufacturing profession in North Central Indiana.

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