Ivy Tech and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility partner to build a foundation for re-entry

TERRE HAUTE- Ivy Tech Community College and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) are excited to share the news that both Welding and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) classes have resumed for Level 1 offenders.  The classes began as part of the Governor’s initiative to provide incarcerated individuals with the skills necessary for gainful employment upon release.  

Both parties believe that in order for an individual to be successful they need a financial means by which they can provide not only for themselves but for their families as well.  The skills they acquire through Ivy Tech can provide them with just that. Ivy Tech Assistant Professor of Welding Aaron McCollum said, “This is a way for them to get their foot in the door.” 

Ivy Tech Machine Tool Technology Program Chair Marquis Songer said, “I have employers from all over calling me constantly needing skilled CNC machinist, operators and set-up technicians.”

Since the partnership between Ivy Tech and WVCF began in 2018 there have been 67 offenders to graduate the Welding Program and 32 offenders graduate the CNC Program.  That’s 99 individuals who have acquired a skill set that has the potential to change not only their future but also the future of those around them.  

The IDOC’s Mission is to promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.  Ivy Tech’s vision is for economic transformation inspired by the education and earnings attainment of Indiana citizens, the vitality of Indiana’s workforce, and the prosperity of our unique and diverse communities.  Together, IDOC and Ivy Tech are working to ensure that those who successfully complete the programs are prepared to contribute to their communities upon release.

Welding Cohort #8 graduated on Thursday, June 24th.  CNC Cohort # 6 is scheduled to graduate on Thursday, July 29th.