Jun 28, 2022  
2011-12 Vincennes University Catalog 
2011-12 Vincennes University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Development and Community Services

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a federally funded program pursuant to the Adult Education Act. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for adults to receive instruction in basic academic skills, practical literacy skills and to complete high school equivalency requirements through the General Education Development (GED) testing program.

Vincennes University Adult Basic Education offers individualized instruction in classes at 24 sites located throughout a fourteen county region of Southwestern Indiana. Students seek basic education in order to pursue advanced educational goals, enhance occupational advancement and/or to increase their employability.

Business and Workforce Assistance Program

The Business and Workforce Assistance Program is a Vincennes University Statewide Services activity designed to provide technical, managerial, and economic development assistance to communities and emerging or existing businesses with the additional responsibility of assisting with their expansion and training needs. The program also provides Workkeys Profiling services to help individuals have access to high quality jobs and employers find qualified and motivated workers.

Off Campus Continuing Education

Vincennes University offers a variety of both credit and non-credit courses which are intended to provide educational opportunities to individuals at select locations within surrounding communities of the Vincennes campus. These courses provide individuals the opportunity to continue their education, improve their present knowledge and skill sets, acquire new skills, and achieve personal enrichment.

Credit Courses. Traditional face-to-face courses, taught by Vincennes University faculty, are offered in response to the special needs and interests of area residents at select off campus locations. For information regarding credit courses offered via distance education, please refer to the Continuing Studies/Distance Education section of this catalog or contact the Distance Education office at 812-888-5900 or 800-880-7961.

To view the off campus site locations and schedule of classes, please visit www.vinu.edu. For more information, contact the Off Campus Continuing Education Office at 812-481-5909.

Non-credit Courses. Non-credit classes and workshops are offered and/or developed in response to the special needs and interests of area residents at select off campus locations, as well as via the internet. Internet courses are offered through partnerships with Ed 2 Go and Gatlin Education Services. To view the off campus site locations and schedule of classes, please visit www.vinu.edu/jasper/continuingeducation. For more information, contact the Off Campus Continuing Education Office at 812-481-5909 or send an email to jmcfaul@vinu.edu.

Senior Scholars Program. Indiana residents sixty years of age or older, retired, not employed full-time, and who have a high school diploma or GED may enroll for credit courses with tuition waived on a space available basis. Books, fees, parking permit charges, and other course expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Admission and Tuition Information. For information regarding Admission policies and procedures, please refer to the “Admission and Financial Aid ” section of this catalog or contact the Office of Admissions at 800-742-9198.

Junior and senior high school students may enroll in courses if permission is granted by their parents and respective principals or guidance counselors. Forms for granting permission are available in the Advisement Center (812-888-4451).

Students wishing to withdraw from the University or drop a credit course should refer to the “Tuition, Fees, and General Expenses ” section of this catalog. No refunds are normally given for non-credit courses after the first class meeting. If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, all tuition and fees are refunded.

Project EXCEL

Project EXCEL, Indiana’s first dual credit/concurrent enrollment program, offers transcripted college credit to eligible high school students who enroll in VU courses offered at their local high school or career/technical center. Project EXCEL is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), a validation of the academic integrity, the program standards, and the student achievement associated with the program. For more information, contact the Project EXCEL office at 812-888-4337 or 800-670-1230 or visit our website at www.vinu.edu/EXCEL.

Project LINK

Project LINK provides additional opportunities for eligible high school students to enroll and participate in college courses. Courses are taught by Vincennes University professors and are made available through two-way video. High schools may elect to give high school credit in addition to the student receiving college credit from Vincennes University. For more information, contact the Project LINK office at 812-888-4337 or 800-670-1230 or visit our website at www.vinu.edu/PROJECTLINK.

Workforce Development Services

Workforce Development Services (WDS) administers the Workforce Investment Act programs on behalf of Vincennes University in two of the eleven regions in Indiana. Employment and training services are provided to adults, economically disadvantaged youth, veterans, and dislocated workers needing assistance to obtain employment leading to self-sufficiency. These services may include assessment, case management, training assistance, supportive services, job search activities, and follow-up.

In Region 8, WDS contracts with the South Central Regional Workforce Board to deliver workforce development services through a network of offices located in Brown, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen Counties. Individuals seeking further information about WDS in Region 8 should call 812-332-3777, Ext 247.

In Region 11, WDS contracts with the Grow Southwest Indiana Regional Workforce Board to deliver services through a network of offices and access sites located in Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. Individuals seeking further information about WDS in Region 11 should call 812-499-7564.


Generations is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties. The program serves people over the age of 60, individuals with physical disabilities and their caregivers. Services are designed to provide clients with choices that allow them to maintain their dignity and independence. Generations serves more than 3,000 clients, assisting individuals to remain independent in their homes and contribute to their communities.

Services include: Case Management to assess client service needs, develop care plans and coordinate resources; Nutrition Services to provide nutritious, hot meals through Meals on Wheels home delivery and neighborhood meal sites; Volunteer Services including Knox County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Tax Counseling for the Elderly and AngelWorx; Link-Age Aging and Disability Resource Center providing information & referral on available resources and counseling on long-term care options; Pre-Admission Screening to determine the appropriateness of nursing facility placement; Caregiver Program to provide services for family caregivers including educational programs, support group meetings and respite care; Ombudsman to investigate and resolve complaints made by/on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities; Health and Wellness programs to promote lifelong learning, positive aging and an enhanced quality of life for older adults; EngAGE community initiative to promote elder-friendly communities; and Senior Care Consultant to help individuals, families and professionals navigate the elder care network. Generations is also the 2-1-1 Call Center for Knox, Dubois, Greene and Pike counties.

For more information about Generations, call 800-742-9002 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.

The Indiana Military Education Programs (IMP/DFAS)

The Indiana Army/Air National Guard Program & Reserve Program (IMP). The Vincennes University, Indiana Military Education Program assists soldiers in the Indiana Army/Air National Guard and Indiana based U.S. Army Reserve units in meeting their mandated educational requirements as established by the U.S. Congress. A combination of specially developed credit courses and traditional college courses are taught throughout the State. IMEP sites include: Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) armories, Indiana Air National Guard units, INARNG Remington Career Center, Camp Atterbury Joint-Forces Maneuvering Training Center (CAJMTC) and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC).

Vincennes University, IMEP offers student’s evaluations of their military occupational specialties (MOS) and service schools, using the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) and/or the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to establish college credit.

Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) Indianapolis Program. The Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) program was part of the former Vincennes University Fort Benjamin Harrison Center program that originally started in 1972. DFAS provides free classroom facilities and equipment for Vincennes University courses leading to various associate degree programs. These degree programs include; Accounting, Business Management, Business Administration, General Studies and General Studies with a Business Option. Courses offered at the DFAS are exclusively for Active Duty Military, Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors.

To request college classes to be held at your facility, for additional information about the Programs, or to find out about currently scheduled classes, please call 317-381-6006.

Statewide Business and Industry Training Program

The Business and Industry Training Program’s mission is to make education and training available to all interested companies throughout the State of Indiana. Curriculum is designed and tailored to meet the training needs of each specific business or industry; incorporating company culture. VU’s Business and Industry Training provides quality education and training that produces measurable improvement in job performance of incumbent workers and gives the competitive edge needed to compete in a global market. Classes can be as short as a one day workshop, a certificate program or employees can complete a two year degree. Training programs include, but are not limited to: Supervision, Quality, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Office Management, Leadership Development, Lean, CNC Train the Trainer, ABB Robotics Train the Trainer, Qualified Medication Aide, and the list goes on.

The ABB Robotics training lab at Vincennes University features over 20 ABB robots and related work cells, software and controllers, and will allow students to gain training in applications that include robotic welding and plasma cutting; picking, packing and palletizing; machine tending, material handling and product assembly; and advanced vision related programming.

The ABB Robotics Lab is located at the Indiana Center for Applied Technology, otherwise known as the ICAT building. The ICAT facility is located on the Vincennes University Campus which offers 50,000 square feet of laboratory space, classrooms, and offices.

Also located in the ICAT will be VU’s Haas Technical Education Center; CNC Teacher Training Center, and North America’s first HTEC teacher training and certification center. This new initiative will allow VU to become a world class training and certification center for HTEC teachers in over 1,400 HTEC schools and to work with partners to set the standard for HTEC Haas and Mastercam certification.

Vincennes University recognizes the growing need for heavy equipment operators and workers utilized in surface and underground mining operations, heavy construction projects, stone quarries and aggregate production facilities. Responding to this need, Vincennes University applied for and received Community-Based Job Training Grant #CB-20573-10-60-A-18 from the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor. Effective from July 2010 through June 2013, the Grant will fund Vincennes University’s targeted efforts to provide practical training in the operation of heavy equipment, including mine site safety, for displaced, unemployed, or incumbent workers. Training can also be provided to individuals who are seeking new careers in industries that utilize heavy equipment.

The program is referred to as the Vincennes University Heavy Equipment Operator Training Initiative. Classes are held in the ICAT building on the Vincennes University campus. For more information, please contact Dennis Wilzbacher at dwilzbacher@vinu.edu or 812.888.4278; or Martha Vance at mvance@vinu.edu or 812.888.5284.

Vincennes University’s Business and Industry Training also includes Tractor-Trailer Driver Training. This is an eight-week certificate program which is offered at the Indianapolis Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis and at the new state-of-the-art Indiana Center for Applied Technology at the Vincennes campus in Vincennes, Indiana. This program is open to the general public and is designed to prepare students to enter the tractor-trailer truck driver training certificate at an entry level driving position.

For more information on Business and Industry Training, interested persons should call one of the following numbers:

Northern Indiana 574-250-0528
Central Indiana 317-849-5983
Southern Indiana 812-888-4297
Tractor Trailer Driver 317-381-6029 (Indianapolis), 812-888-5150 (Vincennes)

Veterans Upward Bound

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Veterans Upward Bound provides free educational services to academically and financially disadvantaged military veterans with the goal of post-secondary enrollment. VUB offices in Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana, serve 120 veterans who have been honorably or generally discharged and who have completed a minimum of 180 days of active service. The VUB service area includes Marion, Morgan, Shelby, Delaware, Madison, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, and Henry counties. Services include academic preparation and college, career and financial aid counseling.

VUB staff work closely with area schools, employment office veteran’s representatives, Veterans Administration staff, and other agencies at both the federal and state levels to ensure program participants receive coordinated academic, career, and financial aid services. Support services continue throughout the veteran’s program of study or training. VUB also offers cultural experiences throughout the year that include the Annual Recognition Banquet and trips to area museums.

For more information about Veterans Upward Bound in the Indianapolis area, call (317) 927-9605. In the Muncie area, call (765) 289-1861, ext. 2107.