KOKOMO, Ind.—Skilled technology workers ready to pursue new job opportunities should be polishing up their resumes so they’re ready for the National MFG Day job fair set for Friday, Oct. 6, at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus.

The job fair will be part of the College’s annual observance of “National Manufacturing Day,” a national celebration of America’s modern manufacturing industries. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, the Technology Centers at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus (1915 Trialon Court, Kokomo) and Logansport Campus (1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport) also will be open to the public for tours of all the technology education opportunities they offer.

The Kokomo Campus job fair will be open without charge to both area employers and people seeking employment. Employers will be available to speak with students, parents and job seekers about what they are looking for in potential employees – what credentials, skills, and training they need to fill open positions. They will be accepting applications for jobs in such high-wage, high-demand fields as advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Employers who have signed up to participate in the job fair in Kokomo include FCA US, CoTronics Inc., Coan Engineering Inc., Dilling Group Inc., Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. LLC, Logan Stampings, Material Processing Inc., Park 100 Foods, Renewed Performance, Smithfield Foods, Syndicate Sales Inc., Trane, and Tyson Fresh Meats, along with WorkOne, the career center for Indiana’s workforce development system. More information, and the latest list of participating employers, can be found at https://www.ivytech.edu/mfgday/.

At both locations, Ivy Tech faculty, staff and students will be available with demonstrations and hands-on experiences to share the training and educational opportunities available through the College’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Technology. Areas of interest include industrial maintenance, robotics, manufacturing, HVAC, CNC, and electrical and mechanical skilled trades.

The MFG Day event is part of Ivy Tech’s focus on meeting the workforce needs of Indiana communities.

“The open houses will offer a great look at what skills employers say are needed for future success and what Ivy Tech offers in the way of training and education,” said Kim King, acting chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “We encourage families of home-schooled children to participate and suggest that this would be a great use of a college visit day for public school students who aren’t coming with a class. Parents will also find they can learn a lot by attending.”

Also on hand will be advisors who can answer questions about Indiana’s recently announced Workforce Ready Grant that provides funding for qualified individuals to cover tuition and fees for short-term training in selected high-demand career fields, regardless of income level. To be eligible, a person must be an Indiana resident at least 24 years old or defined as “independent” by FAFSA guidelines and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. People who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, or certification in a high-demand field are not eligible. To begin the application process, visit nextleveljobs.org. 

For more information on the open houses, contact Tammy Herschberger at (765) 252-5487 or therschberger1@ivytech.edu (Kokomo), or Jovita Flores at (574) 398-6097 or jflores26@ivytech.edu (Logansport). Employers who want to participate in the events should contact Chad Lewis at clewis97@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5483.