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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Unique, collaborative higher education and workforce training facility opens in Plainfield

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. – A collaborative team of statewide higher-education, workforce development and community organizations celebrated the opening of MADE@Plainfield on Thursday, July 29th. The new MADE@Plainfield facility will bring together post-secondary counseling and education, workforce training and certifications, and community space in a single location for all central Indiana students, adults and employees.

MADE@Plainfield seeks to build a better bridge for post-secondary education and training that meets local job needs, and delivers workforce training that provides businesses with the skilled employees they need to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs – all in a local, convenient location.

It is the result of a collaborative partnership that includes some of Indiana’s most respected higher education and workforce training institutions and resources, including Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Indiana Department of Homeland Security/Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy, WorkOne, Hendricks College Network, the Town of Plainfield and Plainfield Community School Corporation.

“The post-secondary education and training offered at MADE@Plainfield will further bolster central Indiana’s ability to attract talent, create new jobs and deliver additional employee training opportunities,” said Brandy Perrill, Executive Director of Hendricks College Network. “Area employers are seeking employees with specific, high-tech skills, and MADE@Plainfield offers a state-of-the-art facility to serve those educational and training needs.”

Numerous post-secondary courses, training opportunities and certificates are offered at MADE@Plainfield by its education and training partners, including industrial maintenance, general education, robotics, supply chain, CDL training, medical assisting, information technology, accounting, logistics, business, public safety training, and warehouse and distributing. MADE@Plainfield education partners will also create customized workforce training courses for specific businesses.

“Ivy Tech Community College is thrilled to be a part of the new MADE@Plainfield higher education facility, making a postsecondary credential more accessible to Hendricks County residents,” said Dr. Lorenzo Esters, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Central Indiana. “We are especially excited this new space will allow us to now offer our Medical Assisting program. Additionally, at MADE, Ivy Tech will have a larger Test Center allowing more students and community members the opportunity to earn portable credentials in a wide variety of technical and professional skills areas such as certifications for teaching, real estate, insurance and information technology.”

"MADE @ Plainfield is a wonderful opportunity for Vincennes University to build on the 10-year success we have had in Plainfield, training thousands of Hoosiers for careers in the transportation, distribution, and logistics field," Vincennes University President Dr. Charles "Chuck" Johnson said. Johnson continued, "VU will continue to offer cutting-edge training and education at MADE, especially where automation and robotics are utilized in the supply chain."

The 100,000-square-foot MADE@Plainfield facility, located near I-70 and the Indianapolis International Airport, houses labs specific to workforce training and testing needs, including supply chain and logistics labs; robotics labs; and computer, science and medical labs. It also includes flexible lab spaces to accommodate a variety courses and trainings, as well as numerous study, class and conference rooms.  MADE@Plainfield also features 10,000 feet of space that can be rented by community organizations.

“MADE@Plainfield was thoughtfully designed to meet the specific education and training needs of residents, employees and local businesses, as well as provide much-needed gathering space for our community,” said Robin Brandgard, Town of Plainfield Town Council President. “The investment was important to us, because we strive to be a community where people can live, play, train and work.”

Duke Energy just announced an annual grant for remedial course work for 6-8 Hendricks County students interested in continuing their education through MADE@Plainfield. Remediation courses are those classes needed to fill skill gaps for enrollment in college-level courses and can be an obstacle for some seeking to attain a degree or certification. These annual grants will come from a past Duke Energy $50,000 scholarship investment through the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

For more information, visit madeatplainfield.org.

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