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November 23, 2022
Apprenticeship program offers a head start with real-world experience

Cristina Llamas says she’s getting a head-start on her career. Danny Bonilla now knows what he wants to do once he graduates. And both agree that their classmates were pretty shocked when they found out the two high school juniors were spending half of each school day working at Plastic Recycling Inc. “My classmates don’t […]

October 26, 2022
Internship insights: How being an intern got me started

Internships often serve as an important stop along the path toward a successful career. For one, it paved the way to a first job. Another credits it with helping her choose a profession. And others say it taught them about the kind of place they want to work, the specific job they want to do […]

September 26, 2022
Following her own advice: The Power of Confidence & Internships

If the Michelle Stallard of today had the opportunity to give advice to her younger self, she would likely offer one note of encouragement and one tangible directive.  “I think the biggest piece of advice I would have given myself years ago is to have more confidence,” she said.   And the tangible directive? You […]

August 12, 2022
A career launched on a train to Chicago

You could say Keegan Stewart’s love for advanced manufacturing started about a half-dozen years ago with a train ride to Chicago. Then a junior at Alexandria-Monroe High School, Keegan struck up a conversation with a fellow passenger who happened to work in robotics. “It was very eye-opening,” said Keegan, who is now pursuing a graduate […]

July 5, 2022
‘Getting out of class’ proves to be fulfilling choice

Initially, then-high-schooler Jacob Coffing saw signing up for machine trades simply as a way to “get out of class.” Later he realized it was the first step toward his career in advanced manufacturing … a career that has evolved into a passion. “Manufacturing is more than just a job for me,” says the graduate of […]

June 23, 2022
Meet a Maker: Marideth Boswell, Nucor

When Marideth Boswell was a freshman in high school, she needed a class to fill a gap in her schedule. On a whim, she chose “Introduction to Engineering." That whim has led to opportunities she couldn’t have imagined and a career path that, at the time, she didn’t know existed. “I just loved the way […]

May 6, 2022
Molding the Perfect Internship

It’s how internships are supposed to work. A high school student takes an internship at a company, grabbing the chance to learn about the company and its industry while getting some real-world experience. Meanwhile, the company introduces itself and its industry to a member of the future workforce, assesses whether the student’s a good worker […]

April 11, 2022
Changing course to find the right path

When Morgan Montgomery first started thinking about what she might do as a career, the job she has now wasn’t even on her radar. Nonetheless, the Continuous Improvement Leader at Rolls-Royce feels like she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be. She did take an indirect route to get here. When she was a student at […]

March 20, 2022
Meet a Maker: Ankit Dhandhania, Cummins Inc.

Ankit Dhandhania didn’t grow up dreaming specifically of becoming an engineer tasked with injecting technology into the world of manufacturing. But his path to that role probably couldn’t have been any more direct if he had planned it all along. Now a Manufacturing Systems Manager for Global Manufacturing at Cummins Inc., Dhandhania believes his experience […]

March 1, 2022
Indiana’s Leadership in Cobot Innovation & Education is Growing

It’s no longer unusual, in this era of automation, to see humans and robots working side by side. Enter: Collaborative robots (cobots), which as the name implies work in collaboration with humans. Cobots are gaining momentum with advanced manufacturing and logistics companies because they enhance human work – freeing employees up to do things that […]

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