The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

November 16, 2013

VU excels with vets in tech program

VINCENNES — Vincennes University’s CNC Machinist NOW program that is targeted to veterans was featured in a Nov. 8 article in Community College Times. Published by the American Association of Community Colleges, the article was titled, “As veterans’ needs change so do college services.”

The article quotes Doug Bowman, director of VU’s Haas Technical Education Center, who cites veterans as excellent employees. “They have a lot of self-discipline, are dedicated, and work really hard,” Bowman said.

Bowman is the instructor in the new VU program that currently enrolls ten people, including nine veterans. The CNC Machinist NOW program was introduced to address high unemployment among veterans and the need for more skilled machinists in Indiana. All of the members of VU’s current class are guaranteed jobs with JWS Machine, Inc., Terre Haute, when they complete the program in December.

The company pre-interviewed the students before the program began.

Students are recruited through Save Our Veterans, Operation: Job Ready Veterans, other veterans’ organizations, WorkOne, other one-stop employment centers, and through industry partners.

The 16-week program was praised in the article by one of the students.

“The program is an opportunity that is beyond spectacular. It is the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kenneth L. Isaacs Jr. He is an Army veteran with a wife and two children and has been unemployed since March.

“Going into training already having the job - and the employer helping you get through the training - you can’t ask for better than that. I thank everyone who put this together.”

The CNC Machinist NOW program is designed to prepare veterans and civilian adult learners to become well-rounded, entry-level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential.

The curriculum is a combination of machining theory and extensive hands-on training. College credit is not awarded for this program; rather, it is designed as an accelerated program of study around industry-recognized credentials based on skills needed for a career in CNC machining and manufacturing.

Under development for more than a year, Bowman said the program has been approved by the Veterans Administration and by Indiana’s INTraining program.

More information about the CNC Machinist NOW program is available by calling 888-4159 or email Bowman at

Text Only
Local News
  • Friday's Police Report

    CITY POLICE Friday 7:46 a.m. - Police received a report that someone got inside an unlocked vehicle at 604 N.E. 21st St., ransacked it and took some change. 7:54 a.m. - A resident told police someone got inside two unlocked vehicles parked at 2106 Pa

    August 22, 2014

  • jackson 1 Rowdy Nation to raise money for Loogootee pool LOOGOOTEE — Saturday is "Country Day" once again Loogootee and Nashville recording artist and Loogootee native Jackson Young is ready to get rowdy and raise funds for the Loogootee pool during a special concert beginning at 7 p.m. at the pool. Ticket

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ballots set for school board elections Incumbents and challengers finished filing for local school board elections by the state deadline this Friday. According to the Daviess County Clerk's Office, there will be two contested races in Barr-Reeve and Washington districts while North Davies

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS - WT082314 - Bus1 - NBS Washington School Board accepts athletic bus Members of the Washington School Board unanimously voted to accept the donation of a newer athletic bus for the corporation. Community members spent months working to raise the money to purchase the bus that replaces one that is over 30 years old. A

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blessinger to move practice JASPER — Effective Oct. 1, Dr. Brian Blessinger will be transitioning his practice to the practice of Drs. Norris and Love at Norris & Love Orthopaedics & Sports. A native of Dubois County, Brian Blessinger, M.D. returned to the area to serve the reg

    August 22, 2014

  • German American announces promotions German American Bancorp, Inc. announces the promotions of five team members. These promotions reflect the company’s commitment to leadership development and the recognition of achievement and contributions to the company. Joe Dedman has been promoted

    August 22, 2014

  • Winefest2010.jpg Wine, Cheese and Art Festival to kick off Labor Day weekend Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Director Samantha Bobbitt said this year’s Wine, Art and Cheese Festival should offer something for everyone, even those not interested in wine. Slated to run from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. next Frida

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Hatchets defeat Barr-ReeveThe Washington junior high tennis team defeated Barr-Reeve 5-0 Thursday afternoon. John Rook defeated Gage Wilson 8-0 and Braden Kixmiller defeated Isaac Wagler 8-6. Zach Gray defeated Brycen Graber 8-2. Nate Napier won in s

    August 22, 2014

  • jonna 2 Williams wanting to help peers with hemophilia Looking at Jonna Williams, no one would guess the spunky Washington High School senior who drives dragsters, lifeguards and is active in the WHS Student Council has Von Willebrand Disease, an inherited condition that can cause bleeding for extended

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thursday's police report CITY REPORT Thursday 2:15 p.m. - A caller at JayC Food Store, 20 Cherry Tree Plaza, reported a red pickup parked in the handicapped area with expired handicapped tags and a dog inside and the windows up. The owner of the vehicle was notified of the e

    August 21, 2014