NEINFAME now accepting applications for fall 2022 cohort

Photo of Mason Knuth (bottom left) with family and representatives from Micropulse and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at the NEINFAME signing day

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College have opened applications for the fall 2022 cohort. Interested students can apply at Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2021.

Students selected to the program will pursue a two-year associate degree in Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech while working for a NEINFAME sponsor company. Sponsor companies will provide students with a paid work experience that provides students the opportunity to graduate debt-free and begin a challenging career in just two years. The first cohort of thirteen NEINFAME students entered the program in fall 2021 and are now beginning their classwork and on-the-job training with sponsor companies.

“The program is great for someone who wants hands-on experience and a high-paying job with minimal college debt, if any at all,” says current NEINFAME student Mason Knuth, who signed with sponsor company Micropulse.  “Your classes are picked out for you. It’s way less stressful than any other degree. It’s just a better all-around program if you want to get into manufacturing.”   

Students must complete applications before being considered for the program. Learn more about NEINFAME and complete an application at Application deadline is November 1, 2021. Contact Kimberly Waugh at for more information.

NEINFAME sponsor companies include Advanced Machine and Tool (AMT), Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics and Zimmer Biomet. NEINFAME is part of the national FAME-USA network (, which currently has 31 partnerships across 13 states, supported by more than 400 employers. NEINFAME is also part of the statewide Indiana FAME initiative, which has built similar partnerships in four regions around Indiana (

NEINFAME participants are eligible to apply for additional grants/scholarships, including programs such as Questa and federal financial aid programs, which can maximize their funds for college-related expenses. NEINFAME participants’ tuition is funded through the partnership.

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