In mid-June, Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) honored Artisan Electronics, a WestGate Crane Technology Park tenant, with its Workforce Development Award.
ROI was established in 2016 to advance economic and community prosperity in Southwest Central Indiana, which it does through grant opportunities from its regional opportunity fund and its support of education and workforce initiatives in 11 counties.
The Workplace Development Award is given to recognize regional employers who ‘demonstrate great drive to proactively develop and retain talent, strengthening their organization, sector and the southwest Indiana region’.
Artisan Electronics, along with 13 other businesses, participates in ROI’s Skill UP! Work and Learn Internship Program. Through this program, ROI partnered with WorkOne Southwest Indiana to place 30 information technology students from Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, Vincennes University, Vincennes University-Jasper Campus and Indiana University with the 14 businesses. As of mid-November, six students have completed the 14-week program, and five students have reported receiving full-time job offers from their partnering organizations.
“Artisan hosted seven individuals who majored in fields such as IT support, software development and cybersecurity,” said ROI education and workforce attainment specialist Matt DeGolyer. “We talked to the interns and it quickly became apparent that Artisan provided an internship that was far from your run-of-the-mill experience. Artisan challenged the interns and was instrumental in helping them apply their classroom knowledge in a real-life scenario.”
DeGolyer went on to say that Greg Sapp, chief operations officer and vice president of Artisan Electronics, and the entire Artisan staff were pivotal in developing crucial technical and soft skills required for their future careers.
Artisan retained three interns as full-time employees after the internship program, said Artisan Electronics chief operations officer and vice president, Greg Sapp.
“This internship program allowed us to identify talent for our company,” Sapp said. “Giving the interns challenging and positive experiences helps Artisan grow as well as the region,” Sapp said.