Robotics program selected for national recognition

The Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus has been selected for the National Council for Workforce Education’s Credit Exemplary Program Award. Award recipients are chosen based on five application criteria: executive summary, description of partnerships and collaborations, potential economic impact, program results, and replication.


Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology is a 75-credit-hour degree program, making it a “super degree” at the College (most associate degree programs are 60 credit hours). Graduates are prepared to work as automated equipment technicians in nearly any industry, earning several industry certifications during their education to make them even more valuable to employers.

Pedro Ruvalcaba, front, graduated from Ivy Tech’s Advanced Automation and Robotics program in 2016. Immediately after graduation, he found employment as an automation technician at Tower Structural Laminating in Ligonier, where he had previously completed a 14-month internship. Internships are a requirement for graduates of the robotics program, which has been named an exemplary program by the National Council for Workforce Education.


“This recognition proves to the College and community that our program is an exceptional one,” says Darrel J. Kesler, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology dean. “There’s a huge workforce need for automation and robotics technicians, and we are graduating talent that fills that ever-growing need so local industry can thrive.”


This is not the program’s first recognition: In 2015, it received the Indiana Career and Technical Education Program’s Award for Excellence, which is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education.


The award will be given at the council’s national meeting in Salt Lake City in October.


Learn more about the program at


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