Area 31 Career Center and Cummins, Inc. Join Forces in New Partnership

Cummins, Inc. is creating a new Youth Technician Apprenticeship Program at Ben Davis High School’s Area 31 Career Center. The program will train students and give them a head start in securing high-paying jobs in the diesel industry.

Area 31’s Automotive Technology Program is pairing with Cummins to allow qualified students the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor-approved Cummins Youth Apprentice Program. This is a work-based learning program designed to give students experiences in the automotive and diesel fields.

In addition to workplace skills and knowledge, the program is designed to help students obtain industry-recognized certifications and provide resources to assist high school students in making informed decisions about future career paths.

“Cummins is very happy to partner with the Area 31 Career Center to launch the Youth Technician Apprentice Program,” said Ken Hurst, Cummins Area Manager for the Indianapolis and Evansville Sales and Service Branches. “This program provides high school students with the chance to build valuable skills in a technical field with extraordinary career opportunities. Our service technicians are a critical part of our business, and they’re the experts who keep the equipment running that keeps America’s economy moving.”

The Area 31 Automotive Program is the second Cummins Youth Technician Apprenticeship Program in the United States and was selected because of its outstanding quality and its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification.

“Working with certified industry professionals will give our students a ‘head start’ in the diesel field so that they can become successful professionals at an early age,” said Patrick Biggerstaff, Area 31 Director. “We are very grateful for this partnership, and we anticipate great results for our students and Cummins.”

Area 31 serves high school students from Avon, Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Cascade, Danville, Decatur Central, Monrovia, Mooresville, Plainfield, Speedway and Tri-West. Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions.