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Saturday, April 19, 2014

SECO Tools, Local Companies Partner with Indiana University

131024 New VUJC partnership

The partnerships between Vincennes and local companies will help precision machining students find jobs. Credit: Vincennes University.

SECO Tools has agreed to sponsor Vincennes University’s precision machining technology program by supplying equipment for its training laboratory.

SECO has pledged to outfit the Vincennes precision machining training facility with $16,000 of CNC machine tools. SECO representatives Brad Walburn, Mike Colson, and Jim Bilsland delivered the presentation to Scott Wallace, VU precision machining program coordinator, according to the Vincennes Sun-Commercial.

Additionally, Vincennes University’s Jasper, Ind., campus has announced a training agreement with area companies to help precision machining students gain crucial job experience. Full-time Vincennes students can find part-time summer jobs at such local manufacturing companies as Indiana Furniture Industires, Jasper engines and Transmissions, Jasper Rubber, and Kimball International.

“I work in recruiting and that’s what you look for — a blend of the academic and the hands-on, real world experience,” said Terry Tucker, director of talent acquisition for Kimball International. “They will be able to provide references not only from teachers and advisors in the academic world but also from industry.  I truly believe that the relationship started between the student and the partner company will grow to develop into a long-term employment opportunity.  I don’t think there is any question about that.”

–Brian Lane

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