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Northeast Indiana FAME Chapter Adds 13 AMT Students on Signing Day

WFFT - Thirteen students signed on to work with different manufacturing companies in the Northeast Indiana area while attending school at Ivy Tech. They will have three days of on-the-job training and learning and two days in the classroom each week. They’ll be paid enough money to pay their tuition, and the goal is for them to have no student debt when they finish.

Nadia Handy, a Warsaw High School senior who signed to work with Zimmer Biomet, put it simply when asked about the cost of higher education. “It’s pretty crazy I’ll tell you that,” she said. But Ivy Tech and the Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) want to change that. “With manufacturing being such a core to the economy here, it’s critical that we create that bridge,” Northeast Indiana FAME Chair Jeff Hansen said. And it could be a weight off of these students’ shoulders. “With what this program is gonna allow me to do, it’ll allow me to at least take a breath and realize that I don’t have to pay extra school bills and be able to better help myself,” Handy said. Jayce Meyer, an Angola High School senior who will work at Steel Dynamics, was inspired by his family to enter this program. “Well actually my dad works at Steel Dynamics so he was a big encourager of it,” Meyer said, “and I just know how great the company is and the camaraderie between everybody.” And to be debt-free at the end? “That’s probably one of the best things ever,” Meyer said. READ FULL STORY LEARN MORE ABOUT INFAME (THE INDIANA FEDERATION FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EDUCATION)

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