Cummins Inc. was among six companies recognized this week with the Ivy Tech Corporate College Partner Award.
The award recognizes companies for the level of cooperation and efforts to improve the programs and services provided by the college, including workforce training.
Cummins employs the corporate college for training
because of its geographic reach, its low cost and skilled instructors, said Steve Mackey, learning development leader for Cummins’ southern Indiana operations for hourly employment.
Cummins for years has worked with the college to provide skills and management training but was recognized specifically for the cooperation it provided for management training at Seymour Engine Plant and Cummins MidRange Engine Plant near Walesboro. CMEP is the exclusive supplier of the 6.7-liter TurboDiesel for the Ram pickup trucks.
When one of Cummins’ operations approaches Mackey’s unit with specific training needs, his team contacts the corporate college to determine how best to provide the training.
“We have a good partnership,” Mackey said. “We look to them as the first point of
contact when we need training.”
The corporate college provides training, for example, for the Diesel Workers Union and the Office Committee Union.
Leaders at CMEP wanted some of the plant’s employees to get additional training in leadership and problem-solving skills and efficient production techniques. They also wanted some of the employees to train together to improve their communication, Mackey said.
Corporate college staff and plant officials joined forces to develop a curriculum.
Mackey said the company has been pleased with the level of instruction, especially because many of the instructors have a manufacturing background and understand the company’s needs.
Thirty CMEP employees have completed the training, and another 30 have yet to receive it, Jon Mills, director of external communications for Cummins, said via email. At Seymour Engine Plant, more than 100 have received training through the Ivy Tech Corporate College.
The college has more than 100 learning facilities on 30 campuses in Indiana. It provides hundreds of courses ranging from “Accident Response” to “Writing Skills for the Workplace.”
Kelly Hauflaire, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, said via email that the college works with about 25,000 employees in more than 1,000 Indiana companies. The college employs about 150 across the state.