Program advances participants’ careers

February 23rd, 2017

KPC News - The Advance Leader

Ten Noble County employees bolstered their work credentials by graduating from a NobleUp incumbent worker training program.

The industrial maintenance class, taught by Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Dave Johnson, covered electrical, fluid power, mechanical, automation skills topics and more. The course took place over a 26-week period and was described by Johnson as “a lot of hands-on work and studying” for the students, the Noble County Economic Development Corp. said in a news release.

Employees from Carlex Glass, Dexter Axle, TI Automotive, Colwell Colour, Bosch and Creative Liquid Coatings completed the course.

At the graduation ceremony, three groups of students were able to present their projects. Each group designed, fabricated and programmed working can-crushing machines using skills they learned throughout the course.

Several students described the course as a great learning experience. “I got to dive into subjects I had not been familiar with before,” Creative Liquid Coatings employee Cody Smith said in the news release.

Family members and employers came in support of the participants. Tyler Witte, learning and development specialist at Carlex Glass, said the employees now have the skills and a certification that they can take anywhere they go.

“They have moved up in the company and have been placed on a career path than can lead them into engineering, if they choose to participate in our tuition reimbursement program,” he said in the news release.

Rick Sherck, executive director of the Noble County EDC, described Noble County as one of the “most aggressive” counties in executing this type of training. Ivy Tech Northeast’s lead program director, Kaylene Smith, agreed, saying Noble County employees and students usually have the best response to the programs.

The NobleUp training programs are provided through collaboration among the Noble County EDC, Ivy Tech Northeast, WorkOne and Impact Institute. They are designed with the intention to “up” the skills, wages and quality of life of Noble County workers and residents.

For more information about NobleUp training programs, visit or call the WorkOne northeast career center at 599-1000.