University of Southern Indiana

Teachers' Manufacturing Bootcamp

Teachers' Bootcamp logosponsor logos: Toyota, Alcoa, WorkOne, Ivy Tech, Sabic, Berry Plastics, EVSC, SICTC, Oakland City University, USI


Teachers' Manufacturing Bootcamp is an initiative created from I-69 Innovation Corridor's Brainpower committee geared toward educating high school teachers and counselors about the opportunities available in manufacturing.  Promoted in 8 southwestern Indiana counties, Teachers' Manufacturing Bootcamp provides an insightful 3 week, paid experience to over 30 participants annually.  This experience allows teachers and counselors to see first hand the benefits of working in manufacturing and provides them with the information necessary to educate their students about this potential career path. 

Teachers learn about the benefits of the manufacturing workforce through intensive, hands-on activities and learning exercises.  The teachers spend multiple days visiting sponsoring manufacturing companies:  Toyota, Alcoa, Sabic and Berry Plastics.  In addition, the teachers tour Ivy Tech Community College, University of Southern Indiana and Oakland City University to best understand the educational resources available post high school.

All participants receive $1100 summer stipend and 3 credit hours of graduate coursework through Oakland City University.


2017 Teachers' Bootcamp

2017 Teacher Bootcamp group photo

On June 16, 2017 USI hosted 30 high school teachers and counselors.  The teachers toured the Business and Engineering Center's engineering labs, learned about degree and certificate programs and delved into hands-on activities at USI's Applied Engineering Center.  They worked on the CNC milling machines, the Precision Measuring machines and the USI Drone concourse challenge.

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2016 Teachers' Bootcamp

2016 Teacher Bootcamp participants group photo

teachers at the waterjet

On June 17, 2016 USI hosted 30 high school teachers and counselors.  The teachers toured USI's Business and Engineering Center's engineering labs, learned about degree programs and delved into hands-on activities at USI's Applied Engineering Center.  From CNC milling to advanced robotics, Bootcamp teachers experienced all resources available to students at the University of Southern Indiana.

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Teacher controlling roboticsTeacher Bootcamp cutout on CNC Mill

2015 Teachers' Bootcamp

2015 Bootcamp participants - group photo

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