Support for Manufacturing, Training around Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kerry Hubbart, editor of The News-Sentinel newspaper of Fort Wayne, Ind., comments on the importance of manufacturing to the region and the state. From “Manufacturing jobs are Indiana’s bread and butter“:

The commitment to manufacturing in our area is demonstrated through the Talent Initiative, a program of the Northeast Indiana Fund and Community Partners Inc. and established by a $20 million grant from Lilly Endowment, designed to accelerate the training and retention of future advanced manufacturing and defense/aerospace employees in northeast Indiana.

Questa Foundation for Education is partnering with schools like Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech, IPFW and Trine University to provide loans for qualified students who pursue manufacturing and engineering jobs. Those students can have up to 75 percent of those loans forgiven if they meet certain grade requirements and choose to work in northeast Indiana for five years.

Very timely. Last week the Talent Initiative made news in the community, as reported in this news release from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, “Talent Initiative Disburses $500,000 to Establish Information Analytics and Visualization Center at IPFW“:

Fort Wayne, June 1, 2010) — The Talent Initiative announced today that it will disburse grant funds in the amount of $500,000 to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science’s (ETCS) Department of Computer Science at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The funds will establish the Information Analytics and Visualization Center (IAVC), a new research and development center.

According to Professor Beomjin Kim, who will be leading projects in information visualization, the Center “will provide state-of-the-art resources for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary projects to create visualizations and construct virtual environments for education, training, and simulation.” 

Questa’s support for the Talent Initiative is detailed here.

Hubbart also reacts to NAM President John Engler’s remarks Thursday in town at the Economic Club of Indiana, noting Engler’s observation that government could best help manufacturing sometimes by getting out of the way. Maybe government can’t get out of the way because it’s just too big, Hubbart writes.

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