VINCENNES, Ind. – Creating a 21st Century workforce is a pillar of
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration and Vincennes University is
contributing to that creation, according to Indiana Lt. Governor
“Vincennes University really fits into the equation because they are
focused on taking not just traditional students, but non-traditional
students and are preparing them for the workforce through their
programs and emphasis on STEM,” Crouch said. “They do an incredible
job and we are proud of what they’re doing for the state of Indiana
and for southwest Indiana.”
Crouch lauded VU while visiting its 200-acre Vincennes campus on Feb. 21.
The American workforce is changing. Technological innovations,
automation, and an advanced digital world call for highly skilled and
very proficient people.
“We have over 100,000 unfilled positions in Indiana,” Crouch said.
“So, it’s extremely important that we skill up our unskilled and skill
up our underskilled, so that they can meet the high-paying,
high-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”
VU offers a wide-range of postsecondary education with more than 180
academic programs, including two-year and four-year degrees in
addition to 57 professional certificates. Professional certificates
are one-year programs that provide immediate entry into professional employment.
The University also has established partnerships with industry and
business leaders that support externships, internships,
apprenticeships, and career-based learning opportunities.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education set a goal for 60 percent
of Hoosiers to have a quality degree or credential beyond a high
school diploma by 2025.
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
Information Director 812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
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