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Honda earns lab honor: $50,000 pledged for scholarships

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A previously unnamed lab at the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will be named the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana PLC Lab as a result of a $50,000 pledge for scholarships.

The name will become official in a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 4444 Kelly St., said Randy Proffitt, executive director of marketing and communications at Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus/Franklin.

“PLC” stands for programmable logic controller, a digital computer used for automation of electromechanical processes, such as control of machinery on factory assembly lines.

Honda’s $50,000 pledge will be spread over five years to Ivy Tech, which shares the center with IUPUC and Purdue College of Technology. The Community Education Coalition, which helped make the center a reality, will match the gift for a total of $100,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund that also will be named after Honda.

Beginning in the fall, up to three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually for five years to students pursuing a technology/manufacturing-related career or postsecondary degree related to technology and manufacturing, Proffitt said. Each year the principal will grow, allowing, in year five, for five $10,000 scholarships, he said.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which opened in 2011, contains classrooms, teaching labs and support services for students and employees pursuing education and training in advanced manufacturing and technology.

Honda representatives who plan to attend the Wednesday ceremony include Andy Snider, business division manager; Fred Payne, corporate affairs department manager; and Anita Sipes, corporate communications manager.

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown, Ivy Tech Chancellor John Hogan and John Burnett, president and chief executive officer of the Community Education Coalition, also plan to attend.

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