Funding Available For Ivy Tech Welding, CNC Operator, And CDL Training

TERRE HAUTE, Ind – Ivy Tech Community College short-term training programs in welding, CDL Class A driver training, and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining are now enrolling for classes that begin in May and June. Funding from a variety of sources is available to help cover training costs of all classes. In addition, the Vermillion County Economic Development Council has donated $10,000 to the Ivy Tech Foundation to support Vermillion County residents pursuing their CDL training at Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute.

Training programs last between four and 12 weeks, and those who complete the programs will be eligible for in-demand, and in many cases, high-paying, careers.

“Workforce demand is high for welders, CDL licensed drivers, and CNC machine operators in Vigo and surrounding counties,” said Rod Dowell, Ivy Tech Terre Haute workforce alignment executive. “The average CDL licensed truck driver salary in Indiana is $47,000 and the average experienced driver earns upwards of $60,000. State and local workforce development offices are providing funding to help people fill jobs in these types of high-paying fields, and Ivy Tech can connect people with these resources.”

The CNC Operator Training course runs May 28 – Aug. 16, Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. The class prepares students for careers as entry-level CNC operators. Students will earn four nationally recognized certifications through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills and 12 college credits that count toward an Ivy Tech machine tool technology associate degree. Funding is available through WorkOne and Indiana’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

The CDL Class A Driver Training course runs June 3 – June 21, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The class is hosted in partnership with the Center for Transportation Safety. Students may be eligible for free training through funding provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Vermillion County residents may be eligible for funding from the Vermillion County Economic Development Council.

The Introduction to Welding Processes course runs June 3 – June 21, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The class prepares students to become production welders, and earn qualifications from the American Welding Society and the OSHA 10-Hour certification. Students will earn three college credits that count toward an Ivy Tech associate degree in industrial technology. Funding is available through WorkOne, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Indiana’s IMPACT job training services for SNAP recipients.

Interested students should contact Ivy Tech for help connecting with funding sources, and to sign up for classes. Contact Sarah Seaton at (812) 298-2482 or For additional upcoming class dates, visit