Welded bliss: New Toyota lab to prepare Ivy Tech students for growing job opportunities

The Republic:

Matthew Kent, 9/25/2018

A new welding lab at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus represents the latest local investment in workforce development.

The college on Tuesday unveiled its Toyota Industrial Equipment Welding Laboratory, made possible by a $367,800 donation from TIEM, a Columbus-based forklift company that is the county’s fourth-largest manufacturing employer.

More than 35 people turned out for the lab’s ceremonial opening within the college’s Agriculture Industrial Technology Center, 2565 Grissom St., on the Columbus AirPark campus.

Ivy Tech’s Columbus campus used $250,000 of the donation to renovate, expand and upgrade the welding lab, which nearly tripled in size from 890 square feet to 2,450 square feet.

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