The Wabash Valley Military Support Organization held its annual Stand Down for homeless veterans on November 19, 2016 at the American Legion Post 104 on Ft. Harrison Road in Terre Haute from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Organization supporters began at 7:00 am setting up the facility and then the display tables.
Veterans were greeted with coffee, juice, and a hot breakfast. An Honor Guard from the 181st Intelligence Wing presented our flags, a young lady sang the national anthem, and the Mayor of Terre Haute, Duke Bennett, proclaimed November 19, 2016 as Terre Haute's Stand Down for Homeless Veterans Day.
30+ vendors offered their services to the Veterans with homeless Veterans receiving a backpack filled with survival supplies and a cell phone. Veterans were asked to participate in various activities and were presented with food, winter clothing, personal hygiene products, mental and physical health screenings, and haircuts. In addition, Community and VA resources were available to service members, veterans and their families.
Veterans and participants were invited to feast on spaghetti and bread for lunch. The Stand Down concluded at 2:00pm and Organization supporters and other volunteers moved chairs and tables back into the bingo hall. Activities concluded at 2:30pm.
Thank you to all of the WorkOne Staff and other partipants for supporting our Veterans and making this year's event a success.
On Wednesday October 12, WorkOne partnered with the City of Sullivan to host Sullivan's 2nd annual Employment Expo.
Employers from Sullivan, Vigo and Knox counties spent the afternoon in the Sullivan Civic Center meeting with job seekers.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!
On Wednesday August 24th, WorkOne partnered with Terre Haute VFW Post 972 to host the 5th annual Veteran's Expo.
The Expo brought over 30 vendors to one location with the goal of serving our local Veterans. This year's vendors included organizations that provide services for Veterans, local Colleges and Universities and employers with job opportunities.
Sandwiches, chips and drinks were provided for all who attended.
Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-8) also stopped by the Expo to speak with Veterans, Service Providers and Employers.
In addition to the great connections made during the event, a silent auction featuring items donated by local merchants was held. The auction raised $1348 for REACH Services (formerly UCP). The donation will help REACH provide services to homeless veterans.
After the event students from the Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South JAG classes helped clean up the VFW Post.
Thank you to everyone who helped serve our Veterans with another great Expo!
On Friday, August 12th students, family members, local employers, WorkOne employment advisors and representatives from Ivy Tech Corporate College gathered to celebrate the completion of the 10th CNC Machining Class.
The ceremony presented 5 students with their certificates of completion. Instructor John Ludlow praised the group for their hard work and dedication before passing out their certificates. Once again, the class exceeded the number of NIMS (National Institute for Metal Working Skills) certifications by earning a total of 21 NIMS certifications.
After the ceremony, the students gave a tour of the shop and demonstrated their new skills for their guests.
Dean of the School of Technology, David Will also announced that the program was nominated for recognition from the National Council for Workforce Education.
From Ivy Tech:
Today, Corporate College received AWESOME NEWS! Our CNC Machining Program has been nominated for a national award.
Our CNC Operator program consists of 225 clock hours of instruction and training. Students will be taught the entry-level skills required for securing employment in the CNC Machining Industry. Our goal is to equip these students with the tools to successfully become National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified; in the following areas.
Machining Level 1, (Measurement, Materials & Safety)
Machining Level 1, (Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout)
Machining Level 1, (CNC Turning, Operations)
Machining Level 1, (CNC Milling, Operations)
To date there has been a total of 48 students successfully complete the training. Throughout this course each student attempts 4 NIMS certification exams. During the course’s history there has been 189 NIMS attempts and 185 NIMS certification achieved, giving the course a 98% certification completion.
There’s still time to enroll in the next cohort. Class beings on September 20th.
For the 5th time, WorkOne partnered with Congressman Larry Buchson to host a job fair for local employers and job seekers.
Held on Friday May 20th at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, the job fair had approximately 300 job seeker attend. These job seekers were able to discuss job openings with more than 50 local employers.
On Friday April 8th, Ivy Tech Community College hosted a celebration for the most recent group of students completing their CNC Machining Class.
Class Instructor John Ludlow spoke to the group about their achievement and provided guests with an overview of just some of the skills required to be a good machinist.
Machinist have to be able to read blueprints and understand the designers intention. They need the attention to detail to be able to make precise measurements and the technical skill to program those measurements into their machines.
He also mentioned that each student has achieved at least 4 NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials that the students had achieved in areas such as:
Manufacturing is continuing to grow and the need for machininists is growing with it. As Mr Ludlow said, "store shelves would be empty without machinists."
After receiving their certificates, the students gave a tour of their classroom and displayed examples of their projects for their guests.
Since its beginning in 2014, the Ivy Tech CNC program has completed 9 classes. In total 42 people have completed the program and have earned a total of 181 NIMS Certifications and the majority of graduates have achieved employment in manufacturing.
For information about the next CNC Class and how WorkOne may be able to assist you, please visit your local WorkOne.
On December 17th Ivy Tech Corporate College held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of its latest CNC Operator Training Class.
The curriculum of this course was developed through collobaration between Ivy Tech and local manufacturers. Completion of the 225 contact hour class results in attendees receiving a minimum of 4 NIMS Certifications for each student. However, the five students who attended the program completed the additional work necessary and received a combined total of 25 NIMS certifications.
The ceremony was attended by family members of the graduates, WorkOne Employment Advisors, Ivy Tech staff as well as a representative from a local employer.
After the ceremony, the students gave the visitors a tour of the training area and displayed their final projects.
Since it began in 2013, the CNC program has now graduated 54 students who have attained a total of 217 NIMS Certifications. The majority of these students are now employed.
For more information about the next training class, please visit your local WorkOne.
WorkOne recently participated in the first annual Sullivan Employment Expo.
The Expo was hosted in partnership with Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb and Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum at the newly opened Sullivan Civic Center.
WorkOne assisted in recruiting employers from Clay, Knox, Sullivan and Vigo Counties to participate in the event.
Over 20 employers attended and were able to discuss job openings with the over 100 job seekers who visited the expo.
On Friday June 19th, WorkOne assisted Congressman Larry Bucshon and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State University and the City of Terre Haute in hosting the 4th annual job fair at the Hulman Center. Haute.
Job seekers from our region were able to meet with over 40 local employers with the first hour of the event being reserved for Veterans.
WorkOne Employment Advisors provided job seekers with information about our services and scheduled follow up appointments to assist them with their job search.
Thank you to Congressman Bucshon for sponsoring the event and to everyone who helped make it a success.
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