Ivy Tech Richmond awarded $150,000 grant to provide manufacturing skills training

Richmond, Ind. NEWSIvy Tech Community College Richmond is among 17 community colleges nationwide, the only one in Indiana, receiving $150,000 to train area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The award is part of a $4.19 million dollar three -year grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) initiative to provide middle-skills training and industry recognized credentials. The award was announced today by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Corporate College skills gap training program, Manufacturing Matters (MM), will lead the program in Richmond. Kim Thurlow, Ivy Tech Richmond Corporate College Executive said, “This award allows the program to expand this training across our region. The $50,000 a year grant over three years will enable Manufacturing Matters to offer enhanced training to meet the needs of employer partners through more hands-on delivery utilizing new equipment for manufacturing and maintenance skills attainment”.

Andy Bowne, Ivy Tech Richmond Region Chancellor, said, “This grant recognizes and supports the innovative partnership our local manufacturers, WorkOne, and Ivy Tech have created to train area residents for great employment opportunities in the region. These dollars will enable Manufacturing Matters expansion.”

The current Manufacturing Matters training is focused on the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential endorsed by 11 area manufacturing partners, stakeholders and funders in the Ivy Tech Richmond region.

Bowne said, “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by AACC and Walmart through the Jobs Ready, Willing and Able grant. Public-private partnerships are changing the game in communities across our state and nation. This is one more shining example of great work.”

Applicants for the MM program are moved through the WorkOne system and must pass a kills assessment, WorkKeys, at a silver level, take part in a behavioral interview, commit to a training schedule and pass a drug screen. Those selected for the program receive a full scholarship worth $2600 and participate in a 10 week, 172 hour course taught by Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne.

“The training involves technical skills related to the CPT and 32 hours of employability skills to address teamwork, communication, problem solving and self-awareness. Those achieving the national CPT certification can receive six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College in pursuit of a technical degree”, Thurlow said.

Manufacturing Matters and Ivy Tech Community College Richmond have received several recent honors. The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County honored Ivy Tech Richmond on April 7 with its first Economic Development Partner Award for Manufacturing Matters and community service. The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce honored Ivy Tech, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County and WorkOne for Manufacturing Matters with its 2013 Partners in Education Award.

Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer noted Manufacturing Matters success and first graduating class a statement in the Congressional Record.

Thurlow said, “Because the model actively engages all stakeholders in the process, we have been able to create traction in stating what employers want, how to get it, and then having employers respond by valuing the training. Everyone owns the success of the program, and these additional funds will help us enhance the quality and capacity to continue to help create opportunities for our residents, and success for our employers.”

Other funders for the Manufacturing Matters program are Duke Energy, Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Foundation and the Economic Growth Group.

About Ivy Tech Community College

It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

About the American Association of Community Colleges

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,200 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

About the Center for Workforce and Economic Development

AACC’s Center for Workforce and Economic Development (AACC CWED) is the division within AACC that specifically focuses on student engagement, persistence and completion of students in industry-recognized credentialed programs. AACC CWED connects national and local employers to the colleges, ensures alignment with industry affiliates and networks that can support sector-specific initiatives and supports the success of every student to employment, further education and training and/or the necessary credential to improve their current job status. AACC CWED has an extensive history of working with industry partners, foundations, workforce and economic development partners and colleges across the country with the goal of identifying best practices and making them common practices across the system of member colleges.

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Named

April 23, 2014 – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., has selected the recipients of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, the prestigious award that grants full tuition to any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The Lilly Scholarship also covers fees and provides a $900 stipend for required books and equipment per year.

The recipients of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are Emmy Rawson and Neil Reinke, both seniors at Muncie Central High School. They were chosen out of a nominee pool of 18 impressive candidates from various high schools in Delaware County.

“The Lilly Scholarship can really be life changing,” said Suzanne Kadinger, Vice President of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. “Having tuition, fees and books taken care of for four years of college takes a huge burden off of these young people. Just as importantly, we know that being named a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar is an honor that these students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

Emmy Rawson, a senior at Muncie Central High School, plans to study biomedical engineering at Purdue University, where she will also have a place on the swim team. She is the daughter of Greg and Amy Rawson. Emmy has a 4.622/4.0 grade point average and is ranked first in her class. She has served as class president for three consecutive years, in addition to being a stand-out athlete on the golf and swim teams. She has had several leadership positions within her school, and has been highly active as a community volunteer.

Neil Reinke, a senior at Muncie Central High School, plans to study pre-pharmacy at Butler University. He is the son of Steve and Jodi Reinke. Neil has a 4.6/4.0 grade point average and is ranked second in his class. He has served on student council throughout high school, as well as being an active community volunteer. Neil is a four-year varsity letter winner on the swim and cross country teams, as well as a four-year member of the track and field team and French club.

Neil has also served a Legislative Page since his freshman year of high school.

In selecting Delaware County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic ability and potential for leadership. After the field of school nominees was narrowed to two, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

All of our nominees who make it to the final round are awarded a $500 Community Foundation Scholarship to honor their accomplishments. As a finalist for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, Sydney Clasby has been awarded a Community Foundation Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding achievements. The daughter of Richard and Raquel Clasby, Sydney plans to study occupational therapy at Xavier University.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are a result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

2013 Income Taxes: Didn’t Meet the 4/15 Deadline?

Didn’t File or Pay on Time?

INDIANAPOLIS (April 21, 2014) –Taxpayers who missed the April 15 individual income tax filing deadline should still file and pay their taxes to minimize penalty and interest.

Taxpayers filing and paying after the deadline should consider doing so electronically. Electronic returns and payments are processed quickly, while paper returns with payments can take up to 12 weeks to process.

INfreefile, the department’s free online filing program, is still available for qualified taxpayers to file federal and state taxes at www.freefile.dor.in.gov. Visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to see if you qualify based on the vendors’ options.

Taxpayers can pay tax owed online through the department’s secure ePay site at www.epay.in.gov.

If you cannot pay your taxes due, pay as much as possible to minimize penalty and interest charges. The department will send a bill for the remainder of the amount due, which will include penalty and current interest. After receiving the bill, go to www.intaxpay.in.gov to see if you qualify for a payment plan. Taxpayers will qualify if they owe more than $100 and can pay at least 20 percent down.

If you need assistance, or have any questions about your return, please contact the department at (317) 232-2240.

2nd Annual Eco-Fashion Show Planned to Benefit Clean Water Efforts of the Hoosier Environmental Council

(Indianapolis, IN) The Hoosier Environmental Council and Aveda are pleased to announce the second annual “Catwalk for Clean Water” fashion show in downtown Indianapolis, Sunday, April 27, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Alexander Hotel, 333 S Delaware Street.  The event will showcase eco-fashions and the season’s hottest trends in hair and makeup from eco-minded beauty industry leader, Aveda.  It will also feature cocktails, music, and appearances by local celebrity judges including designer Elizabeth Roney, Indianapolis Star reporter and blogger, Leslie Bailey, fashion blogger Craig Mcilwain, and Midwest Fashion Week founder and fashion designer Berny Martin. Fox 59 reporter Vanessa McClure will emcee the event.

“Catwalk for Clean Water” is part of a global fundraising campaign for clean water held annually by Aveda.  In the seven years since Aveda began its Campaign for Clean Water, its raised $26 million for clean water efforts locally and internationally. All funds raised in Indiana stay in the state to support the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)’s efforts to improve rivers, lakes, and streams.

In addition to makeup and hair designs from some of the city’s top cosmetologists, fashions will include pieces from local retailers as well as innovative eco-fashions made from up-cycled and repurposed materials. The event will also include on stage styling demonstrations, giveaways and games for a chance to win Aveda products and services, and a silent auction with prizes that include concert tickets, a group wine tasting, memberships to the Indianapolis Art Center, and much more.

“Aveda is excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Catwalk event, and we look forward to raising even more awareness about the need for clean water this year.  The Catwalk is a fun way to bring the fashion and beauty industry together with environmental advocates to work together for a cause that is important to all of us!” said Natasha Perkins, Aveda Salon & Spa development partner.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $35 dollars and can be purchased at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/598673. Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting at 1 pm.

“Many of Indiana’s waters are already in trouble,” said Amelia Vohs, Coordinator of the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Aveda Campaign, and a lawyer with HEC. “Many of the lakes and rivers Hoosier families visit in the summer are so full of E.coli from polluting factory farms that swimming in them can make us sick.  And that is the effect from just one pollutant.  However, thanks to funds raised at Aveda events like the Catwalk for Clean Water, Hoosier Environmental Council is changing that.  We are pushing for safeguards that will make our water clean again so that this most precious of resources is far more widely used for generations to come.”

In advance of the fashion show, local Aveda salons and retail locations will be hosting a variety of fundraising events with discounted hair and salon services with proceeds benefiting the Hoosier Environmental Council.  For a calendar of salon events near you, visit hoosierwaterwarrior.org


Call 219-464-0104 for more information or visit brownpapertickets.com/event/598673 to see details of the event or www.hoosierwaterwarrior.com to learn more about the Aveda Earth Month campaign benefitting Hoosier Environmental Council.

NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent – Truthdig

The message NSA and other officials send to the public every time a whistle-blower and journalist step forward to expose an inconvenient truth is, “You’re all going to die because of these leakers and the journalists who publish their disclosures!” Greenwald writes.

This encourages a fervor of fear that has led some legislators and “journalists” to openly call for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for disclosures made through his site.

The “danger” of these leaks is the general reason given for convicting Chelsea Manning, who exposed war crimes committed under the name of Americans. (Manning’s failure to expose what she witnessed would have been a violation of the Nuremberg Laws.) Of course, this justification was never subjected to scrutiny during Manning’s trial and never criticized in the corporate media.

Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who was at the Manning hearings, has said the U.S. government was never able to find a single example in which lives were endangered by Manning’s disclosures.

Read more at: NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent – Truthdig.

GOP Representative Slams the Uninsured – Calls Them Illiterate

Louisiana GOP Rep. chides the uninsured: They are ‘less sophisticated’ and ‘illiterate’ (via Raw Story )

A Republican congressman and physician by trade from Louisiana was caught denigrating those without medical insurance, including his own patients, during a speech discussing his own alternative to the Affordable Care Act in audio posted by Buzzfeed…

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Public Schools for Sale?

Diane Ravitch says,

It’s an effort to privatize public education, because there’s so much money there that enough of it can be extracted to pay off the investors. But I think what’s at stake is the future of American public education. I’m a graduate of public schools in Houston, Texas, and I don’t want to see us lose public education. I believe it is the foundation stone, one of the foundation stones, of our democracy. So an attack on public education is an attack on democracy.

Public Schools for Sale? | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com.