Black Hawk College launches new IGNITE program

Moline-based Deere & Company is sponsoring the first class of IGNITE, offered by Black Hawk College (BHC), to introduce high school students and adult learners to Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 skills and careers.

John Deere

Interested participants and businesses are invited to tour the lab and see the equipment in Building 2, Room 111, on the BHC campus during these open house events:

  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14
  • 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16

IGNITE is a new, multi-module program that enables high school and adult learners to develop critical foundational skills in advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0. 

Participants engage with IGNITE through highly interactive, hands-on, multimedia simulations to develop a clear understanding of careers in advanced manufacturing. This program builds their skills and applies their new knowledge through project-based learning activities. 

Local businesses will also provide work-based learning activities to assist participants in learning about industry opportunities. Industry 4.0 is the industrial internet of things and the digital transformation occurring in the field; this will lead to faster decision making, increased productivity, flexibility, and agility. 

Registration for IGNITE is now open and seats are limited. 

IGNITE is a program developed by the Department of Defense and Amatrol to address future workforce needs, a regional business concern. It provides a foundation for advanced manufacturing for students, adult learners, and current workers interested in this field. 

Black Hawk will hold IGNITE Classes from 9 a.m. to noon. The four-week program begins on Monday, June 20. Register today by contacting Julie Gelaude at 309-796-5715 or [email protected].

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