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Purdue MEP is partnering with the Boone EDC to offer a FREE workforce development training, Manufacturing Skills for Success, beginning October 25. Participants will receive the MSSC and OSHA-10 certifications. This FREE training is provided through a Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

Deadline to register: October 18, 2021  (A minimum of 12 participants is required for training to be held.)

Training Space Sponsor: Boone County Fairgrounds

Manufacturing Skills for Success Training

Cost: FREE

Training Dates: October 25 & November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & December 6, 13, 20 & January 10

Training Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Boone County Fairgrounds – Farm Bureau Building, 1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052 (Located near I-65 – Exit 138.)

Training Details

Manufacturing organizations in today’s workplace expect employees to work smarter and contribute to the company’s success. To do this, employees must possess basic workplace skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, work in teams, and think critically, as well as basic technical skills, such as the ability to read a blueprint and use common measurement tools.

The goal of this ten-day workshop series is to prepare you for a career in manufacturing. You will learn a wide variety of skills relevant to manufacturing through various methods, including hands-on activities and discussions. Courses are led by facilitators who have extensive experience in manufacturing.

Appropriate For

Individuals new to manufacturing or the workforce, individuals seeking work, and individuals desiring to update their workplace skills.

Series Topics
  • Workplace Skills: Learn how to be a valued employee and how to work effectively with others.
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing: Learn the basics of lean manufacturing and how it can improve a manufacturing operation through a fast-paced, hands-on simulation.
  • 5S: Learn the concepts of the 5S system and then apply them to transform a cluttered, disorganized production area into a clean, orderly, and efficient workplace.
  • Quality Tools and Techniques: Learn what quality is, why it is important, and the basic quality tools organizations use to monitor and improve process quality.
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry: Learn how to stay safe at work in a manufacturing environment and obtain your OSHA 10 card.
  • Basic Shop Math: Learn or review basic math skills used in a manufacturing environment.
  • Measurement for Manufacturing: Learn to use a variety of measurement tools commonly used in manufacturing, including calipers, gauge blocks, and comparators.
  • Effective Communication and Critical Thinking: Learn key skills needed to clearly and effectively send and receive messages; learn and practice critical thinking skills through situations related to the workplace.
  • Blueprint Reading: Learn to read and interpret engineering prints used in manufacturing.
  • Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis: Learn and implement the Plan-Do-Check-Act problem solving method to solve a simulated problem in a manufacturing environment.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future.

Indiana Career Ready

Indiana Career Ready is your single source providing the tools needed to prepare and find high-demand and high-wage jobs needed now and in the future. 


Next Level Jobs

Next Level Jobs provides free training for Hoosiers and reimbursements for Indiana employers for training employees in high-demand fields.

Your Next Step (Indiana)

Your Next Step Indiana is a central resource hub, launched by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, that allows Hoosiers to easily connect with tools to take their next step to education and training or to a new or better job.


Vincennes Gene Haas Training Center (Lebanon)

Vincennes University’s Gene Haas Training and Education Center serves Boone County’s manufacturing industry and workforce with CNC and Industrial Maintenance Training.

Within the Region

Vincennes Logistics Training and Education Center (Plainfield)

Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center (VU LTEC) located in Plainfield, Indiana, features a one-of-a-kind experience, combining classroom instruction with hands-on learning in our 30,000 square foot warehouse.  Students will not only learn the material to give them the knowledge base employers are looking for, but also put into action what they have learned, applying their education using the latest equipment and technology!

IVY Tech Workforce Training

This part of Career Coaching and Employer Connections offers adult community education classes for adults in the Central Indianapolis area.

IVY Tech Community College

IVY Tech is Indiana’s only full-fledged community college, offering programs in the following schools (and offering more than 100 transfer programs with in-state and out-of-state schools):

  • School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain
  • School of Public Affairs & Social Services
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Arts, Sciences & Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science

Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus provides hands-on training in automotive and skilled trade professions. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership

As advocates for Indiana’s manufacturers, Purdue MEP provides high-value, affordable, personalized consulting and training services that enable Indiana manufacturers to work smarter, compete, and prosper. We develop more effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for business growth, workforce development, economic competitiveness, and greater profitability. 

INTERNSHIPs and apprenticeships

ASCEND Indiana

The Ascend Network enhances algorithmic connections with human expertise to connect the right candidate for the job and the best person for your team. The Ascend team assists companies in creating a profile to feature what makes their organization attractive to top talent. They identify hiring goals and talent requirements and then recommend candidates that fit the company’s needs. Think of the Ascend Network as a dating app for job seekers!

Indiana connects students and employers to college internships across the state. They will soon be supporting high school students, career changers, and other opportunity seekers looking for a variety of work-and-learn experiences.

Indiana Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship

The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship is comprised of a unique blend of industry and education professionals who have extensive experience implementing work-based learning programs. These important programs enable businesses to establish high quality talent pipelines and help foster student employability skill development, for both youth and adult populations.