Purdue and Ivy Tech launch aviation-maintenance partnership

A new partnership between the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the Lafayette campus of Ivy Tech Community College might help fill the employment pipeline for the $100 million-plus jet engine plant that General Electric recently built in Lafayette.

Students who complete the co-enrollment program will earn an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech in aviation maintenance with a power plant concentration. They also can transfer to Purdue to work toward a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineering technology or aviation management.

John Mott, interim head of Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, said the partnership was inspired by GE’s 2014 announcement that it was building the factory, which is projected to employ 230 workers by 2020.

“The plant has the potential to employ a large number of graduates from the Ivy Tech/Purdue program,” Mott said in a written statement. “In addition, the aerospace industry in Indiana is very large.”•

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