Manufacturing Network

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  • Manufacturer Educator Partnership (MEP)- (Backbone organization and facilitiation provided by the EcO Manufacturing Network): The Bartholomew County MEP is focused on bringing together local and regional educators, manufacturing leaders, workforce and community-based organizations to coordinate and align educational program and training offerings to students that can successfully connect with well-paying, high-in-demand manufacturing occupations.
  • Other MEP’s or similar partnerships taking place throughout the EcO Manufacturing Network region include: Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, and Ripley Counties.

Curriculum & career pathway development taking place throughout the EcO Manufacturing Network:

  • Creation of the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology I & II courses at C4 (Career and Technical Education Center)
  • Diesel Technology course at Southeastern Career Center
  • Cub Manufacturing at Madison Consodilated High School
  • Owl Manufacturing at Seymour High School
  • Ivy Manufacturing at Batesville Ivy Tech (Batesville, So. Ripley, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, North & South Decatur, and East Central High Schools can send students through this program)

Manufacturing work-and-learn programs taking place throughout the EcO Manufacturing Network:

  • Teacher Externships: (62 teachers/ 47 Manufacturing Hosts/ 20 Schools)
  • High School Work-Based-Learning: (117 students/ 9 schools)
  • Student Manufacturing Internships: (42 student interns/ 27 manufacturing hosts/ 18 Schools)

EcO Network High School Champion and Student Ambassador Outreach/Recruitment Activities in partnership with Business and Industry:

(Fall 2017372 regional activities; 1,146 business and industry partners participated; 14,902 student touchpoints; 1,014 educator touchpoints; 1,670 parent touch points; 17,586 total regional touchpoints)


The purpose of this network is to bring together educators, advanced manufacturing leaders, workforce, and community-based organizations that can work together to coordinate and align educational program offerings to students that can then successfully connect with well-paying occupations. This ensures student-centered, “seamless educational pathways” are being communicated throughout the region to boost targeted enrollments in this priority sector and to meet future workforce demand.

EcO Regional Manufacturing Network Goals

Coordinate & Align Manufacturing & Technical Education Career Pathways

Work-Based Learning, School Run Enterprise Pathway
C4 Automation and Robotics Technology Pathway
Southeastern Career Center Diesel Technology Pathway

Increase Work & Learn Opportunities

High School Internships
Teacher Externships

Increase Manufacturing Career Outreach & Recruitment Activities

EcO High School Champions

Regional Manufacturing Guiding Team Members

Steve Coffman Ivy Tech, School of Tech. & Applied Science & Eng. Regional Dean
Ron EadsWorkforce Consultant, Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus
Carla EnzingerBatesville Tool & Die, HR Manager
Rhonda Fischer*EcO Network, Industry Sector Networks Manager
Jackie HillJackson Co. Industrial Development Corp. & EcO, Jackson Co. Workforce Director
Eric KranzDearborn County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Melissa MillerHonda Manufacturing, Human Resources Senior Administrator
Richard SewellNational Able Network, Director of Operations
Jacob StansburyCummins Inc., SIPS Learning & Development Leader
Autumne StreevalBartholomew Consolidated School Corporation - C4, Integration Specialist
Adult Education Rotating Members