Vincennes University to become HTEC Teacher Training Center

HFO Midwest President Dave Tucker and Vincennes University President Richard Helton have signed an agreement intended to build upon an already successful five year partnership between Haas Automation, HFO Midwest and Vincennes University.

With a $1.5 million donation from area businessman, and  long time Vincennes University supporter Frank Ladner, Lawrenceville, Illinois, Vincennes University’s new ICAT (Indiana Center for Applied Technology) facility will become the first ever Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Teacher Training Center. Teachers from among the 1400 HTEC schools across the world will be able to come to VU to receive training and earn certifications in CNC programming and machining and related skills, including Mastercam programming.

Vincennes University Vice President of Workforce Development/Community Services David Tucker will oversee the new facility, and Doug Bowman, a twenty five year veteran of the Machine Trades Program at Vincennes University will serve as the HTEC training center’s director.

The center will be outfitted with thirteen new, state-of-the-art Haas CNC machining centers along with the latest support tooling and equipment using lean manufacturing standards and 5-S.
Sandvik will be a primary tooling provider, and the training curriculum will be powered by the proven Immerse2learn.com training platform.

The focus of the ICAT HTEC training center will be 4-fold: 
1.        HTEC Network Teacher Training Center
2.        Haas customer training as needed 
3.        Advanced projects for VU Advanced Manufacturing students
4.        Market driven training courses and seminars for business and industry

The training center will be dedicated in late fall of 2010 and classes will begin shortly thereafter. Anyone interested in visiting the center, or learning more about the courses to be offered at the center may contact Doug Bowman at 812-888-4169 or send an email to dbowman@vinu.edu.