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The head of the class Paid advertisement Ivy Tech’s Pathway to Success program led Alicia Hampton from student to instructor in the welding program Alicia Hampton’s pathway to success began in her father’s garage. “My dad and I are into drag racing,” she says. “Like most racers, we were also our own garage mechanics. I learned how to weld from him as we worked on our hot rods.” Hampton brought that skillset with her when she joined the Navy, where she spent six years as a seaman and then gunner’s mate. “I really enjoyed being in the Navy as well as learning more about welding and other industrial technologies. I received a lot of life lessons, got the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and was able to view the world in a totally different mindset. It was a great education and experience.” After honorably serving her country, Hampton worked for local industries such as U.S. Steel Corp., Siemens Heavy Duty Mechanical Drives and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. “I had the experience and what we call OTJ (on the job) training,” she says. “What I didn’t have was any certification, a standardized process that verified my expertise. I knew that my lack of credentials was holding me back, even though I was a very good welder.” Hampton set about getting those credentials by enrolling in Ivy Tech in 2015, taking welding classes at the East Chicago De La Garza Campus. “I was a fast learner,” she says. “I already had a strong background in industrial technology, which helped me accelerate my learning, and a bachelor’s in business.” Hampton earned her technical and workforce certificates in less than two years. Along the way, she was offered a position with Ivy Tech as an adjunct faculty member while working as a contractor for BP Refinery. One year later, Hampton became a full-time welding instructor. “I was humbled and honored by the fact that Parnell Jordan, program department chair, thought I would make a good teacher,” she says. “I realized that Ivy Tech taught me much more than the technical skills I need to become certified. They taught me how to interact with others at several levels—management, workers, students, teachers— and how to effectively communicate with all of them. They taught me problem-solving skills, and how to logically think through problems.” The welding program is hands-on, which Hampton says speaks to her students. “Our students are a mixture of adults and high school juniors and seniors,” she says. As an instructor, Hampton also is a member of the Advisory Board Committee composed of local leaders and professionals dedicated to developing relevant, accurate educational training at Ivy Tech. This committee serves as an advocate for changes required in the Industrial Technology Program to maintain its quality instruction and support services. “My hope is to facilitate and enhance graduate employability in the surrounding communities and encourage more women to be part of the welding society,” Hampton says. The scope of the Advisory Committee’s role extends beyond its mandated duties; committee members also serve as liaisons between the community and Ivy Tech. “We aid in the development of this program and assist the residents with ‘Changing Lives, Making Indiana Great’ at Ivy Tech Community College,” she says, citing the school’s motto. Hampton teaches classes in East Chicago and at the Gary Area Career Center, in partnership with Ivy Tech. Classes are limited to 12 students, so everyone gets the one-on-one attention needed. Class time is split between 45 minutes of lecture to acquaint students with terms/ jargon, machines used and their set-up, equipment, and tool usage. The remainder of class time is spent welding. Students also take math and communications courses to help them enter the workforce. “It’s a very rewarding career that I have been blessed with,” she says. “And it’s great to watch students succeed with their dreams and to help build America.” Hampton teaches employment readiness and confidence building, as well as skills to make a great welder, as part of Ivy Tech’s Industrial Technology program, which provides high-quality training and develops needed career skills. “From welding classes to learning about blueprint reading, the hands-on objectives in this program will have students qualified to enter Ivy Tech the workforce,” Community College she says. “Ivy Tech Pathway to Success uses only current Program: Industrial and emerging Technology technologies in Degree: AAS the industry while Certificate: Structural training.” Welding The Advisory Technical Certificate: Welding Committee Board Technology and industrial and Workforce Certifications: business partners ASME Pipe Welding, AWS have helped develop Shielded Metal ARC Welding, the curriculum to AWS Gas Metal MIG, AWS Gas meet the demands Tungsten Arc Welding of an evolving work Transfer Partner, Industrial environment. Technology: Ivy Tech’s Indiana State University Associate of Applied Science degree programs prepare students for management positions, as well as career advancement for welders, machinists, quality managers and more at companies including BP Refinery, Structural, Airgas, EPI, 80/20 Inc., Mitchel and Scott, and Hostess. The programs also can pave the way for students to transfer to four-year institutions. To learn more about how Ivy Tech’s Pathway to Success can get you on the right path to a rewarding career, contact the college at or 888-IVY-LINE (489-5463).

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