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2017-2018 Vincennes University Catalog 
2017-2018 Vincennes University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Development and Community Services

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency (ABE/HSE) is a federally funded program pursuant to the Adult Education Act. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for out-of-school youth and 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.

ABE also provides EAL/English as an Additional Language Instructional services.

Vincennes University Adult Basic Education offers individualized instruction in classes at twenty-six sites located throughout a fourteen county region of Indiana; Sullivan, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence, Orange, Knox, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, and Perry.

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 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. Non-credit healthcare training programs in phlebotomy tech, certified clinical medical assistant, and dental assisting are available in several locations in Indiana.  To view the off campus site locations, non-credit online courses, and schedule of classes, please visit For more information, contact the Off Campus Continuing Education Office at 812-481-5909 or send an email to

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.

Workforce Development Services

Workforce Development Services (WDS) administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs on behalf of Vincennes University in two of the twelve 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 Workforce Board to deliver services through a network of offices and access sites located in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. Individuals seeking further information about WDS in Region 7 should call 812-242-6429.

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 812-331-6000.


Generations is the designated Area Agency on Aging & Disability 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 AngelWorx Volunteer Program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly; Aging and Disability Resource Center to provide information & referral on available resources and options counseling on long-term care options; 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; 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

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 Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center (LTEC 317-381-6099), 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.

Forklift Certification - (OSHA Compliant - Powered Industrial Truck Operator)
OSHA standards are the basis for this certification. Students will receive classroom instruction on the basic functions and operations of the powered forklift and hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment on a variety of forklifts used in the industry. Upon successful completion of both the written and driving exam, students will be certified to drive forklifts in warehouses and be competent in using those skills in industry employment. Forklift Certification is offered in a one-day format (6 hours) for experienced drivers and a two-day format (12 hours) for beginners. Certification is offered at the Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center (VU LTEC) in Plainfield (317-381-6099).

Global Logistics Associate (GLA) - Certification
The GLA is a nationally recognized certification sponsored by APICS (Association for Operations Management), a premier professional association for supply chain and operations management.  The GLA is a hybrid training experience, consisting of online, classroom, and hands-on content.  This certification focuses on the general knowledge in several key areas, including:  workplace essentials, supply chain management, logistics and transportation, warehouse operations, SCM information technology, and safety compliance.  The award of GLA certification requires passing the GLA Certification Exam.  This certification is offered at the Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center (VU LTEC in Plainfield (317-381-6099.)

Supply Chain Logistics Management - Certificate
This 27 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 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, 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, Lebanon, and Jasper Campuses. This program trains incumbent workers in areas including Basic AC/DC Electrical Systems, Electric Motor Controls and Troubleshooting, Variable Frequency Drives, Electronic Sensors, AC Electronic Drives, Mastering PLC’s Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Troubleshooting, Mechanical Drives Training, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Mechatronics. A 16-week Industrial Maintenance course was introduced in October 2014 which includes the majority of the classes listed above. For more information, please contact Jerry Ruble at 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 2,000 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 ballbar training for all interested parties. Overwhelming industry need and demand led to the development of the 15 week, 600 hour Right Skills NOW - CNC Machining Program for veterans and civilians. The 15 week program addresses the dire need for machinists and helps solve the dismal Veteran unemployment problem. Vincennes University created the 15 week training program with support from the Haas Network and the VU HTEC Advisory Committee. The HTEC CNC lab features 16 Haas CNC machines and the training courses range from entry level to advanced training. The VU HTEC now has a second site for CNC training, along with the addition of Metrology training.  The facility is the Gene Haas Training and Education Center located in Lebanon, Indiana.  The center shares the building with the Haas HFO Midwest and is equipped with 13 Haas CNC machines and a fully functional dimensional metrology lab.  The 600 hour, 15 week training model is used at the center, along with shorter-term custom training class offerings.  For more information, please contact Doug Bowman at the Vincennes HTEC or 812-888-4159, or Dan Flick at the Lebanon Gene Haas Training and Education Center or 317-362-4738.

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 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 Xanders at or 812-888-5032.  You can also contact the Mining Department Clerk at 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. Statewide Transfer General Education Core courses are also available, giving local students ‘closer to home’ academic options.

The 57,342 square-foot VU Gibson Center is designed for career fields training including: Heavy Equipment Operation, crane operator training and certification, Paramedic re-certification, robotics, electronics, industrial maintenance, and mining technology. Health related training includes Certified Medical Assistant, Dental Technology, and Certified Nursing Assistant training.  A Mock Mine is a planned addition for the facility in the summer of 2017 which will open up additional mine rescue, firefighter, and homeland security training options. Training courses are taught by licensed, certified faculty and staff who bring significant experience within industry and as instructors.

Vincennes University Gibson Center’s one week Crane Operator Training and Certification provides entry level job skills and certification as a crane operator and the avenue for experienced crane operators to gain the required certificates to allow them to continue to work in that field.  Participants receive OSHA approved certification and the tools they need to apply for the higher pay scale that the heavy equipment industry provides.  To facilitate this training, VU provides an onsite 40 ton Grove hydraulic mobile crane ideally suited for training and completing the practical exam.  The one week training event is a package of classroom training, hands on crane operator training, practical exam testing, and provision of the proctored written exam(s).  The successful student at the end of the week will have met all requirements to be a certified crane operator as recognized by OSHA and receive certification good for five years.

Vincennes University Gibson Center also offers one week training in practical application crane, designed to give a crane crew real lifting, signaling, and rigging experience for heavy loads as will be encountered in industry.  Unique to this area, participants receive OSHA approved qualification and the training necessary to safely work in the heavy equipment industry.  To facilitate this training, VU provides the onsite 40 ton Grove hydraulic mobile crane and the heavy lifting items to train on job setup and execution.  The small class size ensures in-seat time to get the practical hands on experience all in a one-week training event.  The successful student at the end of the week will have met all requirements to become a qualified Signalman and rigger; recognized by OSHA and receipt of qualifications good for three years.

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 Mining Technology. The curriculum includes a core of mining education as well as specialized training in maintenance applications, mechanical drives, electronics, 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.