Welcome to NEINFAME

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The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) connects students with employer partners to sponsor their pursuit of a two-year degree. Sponsor companies provide their selected students with mentoring and paid work experience.

NEINFAME focuses on developing critical professional skills while attending classes and earning an associate degree with education partner, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. Upon completion of the program, students have a high probability of no student debt, and the option to continue to earn a bachelor’s degree. Anyone with a high school diploma and a desire to gain hands-on, technical training is eligible to apply!

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The NEINFAME Program

Do Your Research

Before applying, do your research on potential manufacturing careers and the NEINFAME sponsor companies.

Select A Program

The ideal candidate is a college-ready high school graduate looking to gain a practical set of valuable and transferable technical skills.


We are currently accepting applications for our 2024 cohort!


NEINFAME Is Right For You If You Are…

Career-oriented and seeking rewarding work with attractive benefits

Interested in graduating debt-free

Value hands-on training and education

Aspire to work for some of the biggest and best employers in the country

Interested in pursuing a manufacturing and STEM-related career path

Aim to advance quickly in your career to pursue the lifestyle you want

Student and Mentor NEINFAME
CNC Laser plasma cutting of metal, modern industrial technology.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is a good candidate for the NEINFAME program?

A good candidate for NEINFAME is career-oriented and seeking to work within a highly regimented hands-on program. All participants must be college-ready high school graduates interested in pursuing a concentrated two-year associate degree. Students must be 18 or older upon entering their first semester. NEINFAME also accepts incumbent workers looking to change their career paths and veterans who would like to work in the manufacturing industry.

What are the career pathways upon completion?

NEINFAME students will gain experience within a modern, advanced manufacturing floor environment and develop a multifaceted technical skillset. The practice areas include electricity, robotics, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication, industrial troubleshooting, and more, as well as lessons that tackle the Manufacturing Core Exercises and Professional Behaviors. NEINFAME graduates will receive an associate degree, 60-79 credit hours, and 1,800 hours of on-the-job training – that will launch their career as manufacturing technicians. NEINFAME students are prepared for an accelerated career in maintenance upon graduation, but graduates seeking to continue their education can continue their education to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Is NEINFAME a virtual or in-person program?

Manufacturing is a hands-on industry, and because of that, our training does require participants to complete in-person lessons.

How do students enroll in NEINFAME?

If you meet the requirements, select the Apply tab listed above and fill out the application.


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Company Sponsors

Please click on the logos below to learn more about each of our company sponsors.

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Zimmer Biomet
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Education Sponsor

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The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education connects area students with employer partners to obtain sponsorship to pursue a two-year degree. Sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time while attending classes.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne