NEINFAME accepting applications for the Fall 2024 cohort

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The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College are looking for more applicants for the fall 2024 cohort.


This program connects students with local employer partners who provide financial support, mentoring, and a valuable paid work experience as students pursue a two-year degree. These sponsor companies include Steel Dynamics, Inc., Fort Wayne Metals, Zimmer Biomet, Micropulse, and AMT Corporation.

NEINFAME allows students to…

  • Get a two-year degree and an AMT certification in five semesters
  • Work part-time for a company that prioritizes education (Class Monday/Tuesday, Work Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)
  • Have the opportunity for full-time employment with a sponsor company after graduation

“Not only are you getting your degree, but you’re also getting two years’ work experience at these big-name manufacturing plants,” says NEINFAME student Jake Straub who currently works with his sponsor company, Micropulse. “Even if you have no past experience or no idea what to do, don’t worry because these companies are looking for a blank slate to help build the next generation of manufacturing workers.”

NEINFAME introduced its first cohort in fall 2021 which graduated in May 2023. Students get to learn in the state-of-the-art Flex Lab in the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center where they’re taught the latest industry skills employers are looking for.

Anyone with a high school diploma and a desire to gain hands-on technical training are eligible for this program. Please note that some employers do require a minimum age of 18 to work. Those interested can apply at