Area K-12 students spend Manufacturing Day exploring career options at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus opened its doors to approximately 450 elementary and high school students on Friday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Manufacturing Day. Ivy Tech, Hoosier Hills Career Center, and various industry partners hosted an interactive day that focuses on health, biomedical, IT, and manufacturing careers.

Students took hands-on tours to experience a day in the life of a community college student in various academic programs, including design technology, healthcare, and life sciences, which is a leading industry in the area.

They also learned about how Ivy Tech dual credit classes prepare them to earn community college credentials, including certifications and technical certifications that lead to employment in high-demand jobs and that transfer to Indiana public colleges upon admission.

Some interactive demonstrations were performed by Hoosier Hills Career Center students, IU Health, Platformatics, Tasus, HFI, and Cook Medical, among others.

To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now for free and attend Express Enrollment Thursday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP at For tuition-free program options for eligible Hoosiers that lead to high-demand jobs and count toward associate degrees, visit

Classes at Ivy Tech start on Jan. 13, 2020. Sign up during Express Enrollment on Dec. 5 or another day during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For other questions, email

About Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day ( is held annually on the first Friday of October and helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. It is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute.