Ivy Tech Community College is taking part in a national effort designed to bridge the skills gap in the aviation industry. The school is one of five to receive money from a U.S. Department of Labor grant, and will create a 12-16 week program to train workers in the areas of sheet metal and electrical assembly. The National Association of Manufacturers' Manufacturing Institute estimates the aviation industry will lose nearly 40 percent of its employees by 2014. Project Coordinator Chris Garrett says this type of program has been successful in other areas.
East End Crossing Construction to Begin
Construction will start next week on one of the largest projects in state history. Transportation officials say the first visible work on the East End Crossing, Indiana's portion of the Ohio River Bridges initiative, will begin next Tuesday in Kentucky and later this year in Indiana.
IWU Selects New President
Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion has named David Wright its new president. He previously served as the school's first provost and chief academic officer. Wright is also credited with initiating IWU's regional campus approach and online education strategy.
Massive Reservoir Project Receives Commission Support
Delaware County commissioners have endorsed site studies for a proposed $400 million reservoir project at Mounds Lake. The Star Press in Muncie reports environmental and engineering studies could come as early as November.
Gallery Wins National Grant
The Harrison Center for the Arts' City Gallery in Indianapolis has landed a $100,000 grant from a national organization. The ArtPlace America funding will help support more than 30 exhibits, festivals and community events.
AK Steel Secures Funds For White County Plant
Ohio-based AK Steel Holding Corp. says it has completed a deal that will fund construction of a new Magnetation LLC plant in Reynolds. The company expects the operation to be producing iron ore pellets by late next year.
Vincennes, Toyota Set to Begin Partnership
Vincennes University says its Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program will begin next month. The school says the partnership allows students to work at Princeton-based Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc. two days per week and take classes three days per week.
WellPoint to Consolidate Several Units
The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) has announced plans to pare down the company's strategic business units from four to two. In a memo to employees, Joseph Swedish says the move will create the Commercial and Specialty Business Division and the Government Business Division.
Equity Firm Announces New Investments
Indianapolis-based Centerfield Capital Partners says it has raised more than $170 million for its latest fund. The firm says it has already made eight investments from the new fund, including a Fort Wayne-based children's clothing designer.
Former Superintendent to Return in Interim Role
Carmel Clay Schools has selected Stephen Tegarden to be interim superintendent. He served as the district's superintendent from 1993-2000 and was recently interim superintendent of the Hamilton Southeastern School District.
St. Francis Exec to Take Louisiana CEO Job
The executive director of Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville is heading to Louisiana to become a hospital's chief executive officer. Jared Stark, who has served in his current role for five years, is set to leave next month.
IU Announces Interim Vice Provost
Indiana University has named Dennis Groth interim vice provost for undergraduate education. The university expects to launch a search committee this summer for someone to serve in the role long-term.