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The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education and Ivy Tech Community College, its partner, are looking for more applicants for the fall 2024 cohort, the Journal Gazette reported.

Students are connected with local employer partners who provide financial support, mentoring, and paid work experience as they pursue a two-year degree, a news release said. Sponsor companies include Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne Metals, Zimmer Biomet, Micropulse, and AMT Corp.

Classes are Mondays and Tuesdays and work is scheduled Wednesday through Friday.

An Ivy Tech spokeswoman said 12 to 14 students are likely to be accepted for the fall.

Along with obtaining a degree, students in the program will receive an Advanced Manufacturing Technology certification in five semesters and have the opportunity for full-time employment with a sponsor company after graduation.

“Not only are you getting your degree, but you’re also getting two years’ work experience at these big-name manufacturing plants,” NEINFAME student Jake Straub said in a statement.

He currently works with his sponsor company, Micropulse.

NEINFAME introduced its first cohort in fall 2021, which graduated in May 2023. A news release said students learn in the state-of-the-art Flex Lab in the Steel Dynamics Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, where they’re taught the latest industry skills employers are looking for.

Anyone with a high school diploma and a desire to gain hands-on technical training is eligible for this program.

Some employers require participants be at least 18 years old to work.

Those interested can apply at neinfame.com/application.