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2015-2016 Vincennes University Catalog 
2015-2016 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 High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program.

Vincennes University Adult Basic Education offers individualized instruction in classes at 26 sites located throughout a twelve 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.

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 various online providers. To view the off campus site locations, non-credit online courses, 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.

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 7, WDS contracts with Western Indiana to deliver services through a network of offices and access sites located in Clay, Parke, Putnman, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. Individuals seeking further information about WDS in Region 7 should call 812-234-6602.

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 812-335-6732.


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 options for a better quality of life. Generations serves more than 3,000 clients annually.

Services include: Case Management to assess client service needs, develop care plans and coordinate resources; Nutrition Services to provide nutritious meals through Meals on Wheels home delivery and neighborhood meal sites; Volunteer Opportunities including Knox County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Tax Counseling for the Elderly and AngelWorx; Aging and Disability Resource Center to provide 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.

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

Logistics and Supply Chain

Tractor-Trailer Driver Training - Class A & B CDL
The Tractor-Trailer Driver Training program is a six-week certificate program designed to prepare students to enter an entry level driving position as a tractor-trailer truck driver. The program combines classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and behind the wheel road driving. This program is open to the general public and is designed to prepare students to enter an entry level driving position as a tractor-trailer truck driver. This is a six-week certificate program which is offered at the Plainfield Logistics Training and Education Center (LTEC 317-381-6029), the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT 812-888-5150) on the Vincennes campus, the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (GCAT 812-888-2888) and available upon request at satellite locations in Terre Haute, IN and Jasper, IN. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the state CDL exam at a 3rd party test site.

Fork-lift Certification - (OSHA Compliant - Powered Industrial Truck Operator)
This certificate program uses OSHA standards as the basis for the course. Students will receive classroom instruction on the basic functions and operations of the powered fork-lift and hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment on a variety of fork-lifts used in the industry. Upon successful completion of both the written and driving exam, students will be certified to drive fork-lifts in warehouses and be competent in using those skills in industry employment. The Fork-lift Certification program is offered in a one-day format (6 hours) for experienced drivers and a two-day format (12 hours) for beginners.

Global Logistics Associate (GLA) - Certification
Sponsored by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), this nationally-recognized certification focuses on the general knowledge of transportation, logistics, and the associated functions necessary for the delivery of goods.  This is a hybrid training encompassing 40 online hours where the student completes a series of modules and 40 in-person classroom instruction hours combined with hands-on warehouse lab experience.

Supply Chain Logistics Management - Certificate
This 30 credit hour certificate program provides background for those interested in more efficient ways to distribute and manage their products. The curriculum includes several basic subject areas such as accounting, computer software and e-commerce, operations and materials management, as well as total quality control. This provides an excellent stepping-stone to the Supply Chain Logistics Management Associate’s degree and Business Management degree programs.

Supply Chain Logistics Management - Associate’s Degree
This 60 credit hour program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in the field of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Distribution. The curriculum includes a core of business education as well as specialized training in procurement, transportation, production planning and scheduling, and materials management. The development of managerial skills useful in a variety of job situations is emphasized. In addition, courses are designed to assist employed persons in upgrading their skills.

For more information visit http://www.vulogistics.com or call 812-888-6099 or 317-381-6099.

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 and individuals throughout the State of Indiana, and throughout North America in the case of the HTEC and ABB training centers. 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 workers and gives the competitive edge needed to compete in a global market. Classes can be as short as a one day workshop, up to a six month cooperative training program. Training programs include, but are not limited to: Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) Compliance Training, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics, Leadership Development, CNC Programming and Machining, CNC Train the Trainer, Heavy Equipment, Tractor Trailer Driver Training, and the list goes on.

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

Industrial Maintenance training through Vincennes University offers a variety of courses to meet needs in the industry. Courses are offered on a rotating basis at the Vincennes University Vincennes, Fort Branch, and Jasper Campuses. This program trains incumbent workers in areas including Basic AC/DC Electrical Systems, Electric Motor Controls, Variable Frequency Drives, Electronic Sensors, AC Electronic Drives, Mastering PLC’s Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Troubleshooting, Mechanical Drives Training, Hydraulics, and Pneumatics. A 16-week Advanced Industrial Maintenance course was introduced in October 2014 for in-depth machine programming, diagnostics and repair. For more information, please contact Jerry Ruble at jruble@vinu.edu or 812-888-4346.

Also located in the ICAT is VU’s Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) CNC Training Center, and North America’s first HTEC teacher training and certification center. This initiative has allowed VU to become a world class training and certification center for HTEC teachers in over 1,500 HTEC schools. It has also allowed VU to work with industrial partners to set the standard for Haas and Mastercam training and certification, and Renishaw probe and ballbar training for all interested parties. Overwhelming industry need and demand led to the development of the CNC Machinist NOW Training Program for civilians and veterans. The 16 week program addresses the dire need for machinists and helps solve the dismal Veteran unemployment rate. Vincennes University created the 16 week customized training program with support from the Haas Network and the VU HTEC Advisory Committee. The HTEC CNC lab features 15 Haas CNC machines and the training courses range from entry level to advanced training. For more information, please contact Doug Bowman at dbowman@vinu.edu or 812-888-4159.

Vincennes University in recognition of the growing need for heavy equipment operators and workers, offers training in surface and underground mining operations, heavy construction projects, stone quarries and aggregate production facilities. Classes are held at the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics in Fort Branch. For more information, please contact John Tooley at jtooley@vinu.edu or 812-888-2870.

Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) Compliance courses are also located at the Gibson County Center. Courses include Surface and Underground New Miner, Surface and Underground Annual Refresher, and 100 Hour Electrical Training. For more information, please contact Greg Gibson at ggibson@vinu.edu or 812-888-5031.

Vincennes University’s Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch mission is to help students and workers pursue careers through specific training programs. Current workers will benefit through programs designed to expand their skills and abilities to remain competitive in the latest technologies.

The 57,342 square-foot VU Gibson Center is designed for career fields training including: 21st century logistics and distribution, robotics, electronics, industrial maintenance, truck driver training, and mining technology. Training courses are taught by licensed, certified faculty and staff who bring significant experience within industry and as instructors.

Day and evening classes are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Offered courses are focused on the Transfer IN Core Library for high school students attending Vincennes University or other schools in Indiana. Courses typically offered include: Speech, Reading, 3 levels of English, and 4 levels of Math.

The Gibson Center is also approved to offer courses toward a degree in Supply Chain & Logistics Management. The curriculum includes a core of business education as well as specialized training in procurement, transportation, production planning and scheduling, and materials management. Initial courses include accounting, computers, transportation and management.

For more information on Business and Industry Training, interested persons should call one of the following numbers:
Southern Indiana 812-888-5284
Gibson County Center 812-888-2888

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 125 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 educational experiences throughout the year, including financial aid workshops and college campus visits. The program also hosts a recognition banquet each year to highlight participant achievements.

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.