School’s new degrees positive step to bolster workforce skills

The ability to meet the growing workforce needs of Columbus area manufacturers is an important task for local higher education institutions and one that reaps rewards for students, employers and the community.

That’s why innovations introduced during the fall term by Purdue Polytechnic Institute represent another encouraging step in that ongoing effort.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute has introduced two new degree programs: robotics engineering technology and supply chain technology degrees. A close working relationship between the college and regional employers identified the need for more potential employees with these skills, and a way to provide them through the degree programs.

Purdue Polytechnic’s efforts are like those of a sister college on the AirPark campus. Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with local employers to equip students with skills they need to succeed in the manufacturing industry while also recruiting more job prospects into the local workforce.

About 4,000 to 4,500 jobs will need to be filled in the southeast region of Indiana between 2018 and 2019, according to reports. Meeting that demand is going to require ongoing partnerships between the schools and employers.

Purdue Polytechnics’ new degree offerings are the latest example of the type of collaborative effort needed to provide a sufficient skilled workforce that benefits the local community and region.