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Manufacturing Bootcamp
Planning for our 2023 Manufacturing Bootcamp is well underway!  The FREE program is scheduled for June 5-9, and is open to all high school students in Indian River County, age 16-20:  public school, private school, Charter school, home-schoolers and those finishing up their GED in Summer 2023.  Priority consideration is given to students enrolled in Career & Technical Education curriculum (CTE).  You must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program. 
The online application is now available. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2023. 
Click here for an informational brochure which provides more details on the program.  Or, call/email the Indian River Chamber's Economic Development Office at 772-567-3491 or

The program provides high school students and young adults an opportunity to consider an alternative career path in the manufacturing industry.  It is a FREE week-long program, that immerses participants into the manufacturing environment with facility tours and one-on-one conversations with owners and plant managers.  

Our 2022 Manufacturing Bootcamp program was held the week of June 6-10, 2022.   We had 13 participants visit 12 manufacturing facilities, meeting the Owners, Plant Managers, and Operations managers. Please enjoy a few photos from our 2022 Bootcamp week.  

Workforce Training

CareerSource Research Coast, our regional workforce agency, is an employer driven organization. The agency’s goal is to help employers expand and grow their businesses. They have developed resources to meet the needs of local employers, most at no cost to the employer, including:

  • Workforce recruitment and assessment
  • Assess employers’ workforce needs; Work Readiness certification programs
  • Qualify and refer candidates to employers at no cost to the employer
  • Subsidized training – new hires and employed workers
  • Provide labor market information
  • Employer Learning Library
  • Job fairs

For more information, please call the CareerSource Research Coast Business Services Center in Vero Beach, 772-494-2100 or toll free at 866-482-4473.

Indian River State College (IRSC) is committed to advancing workforce and career training in our region. The college, recognized as one of the mostly advanced distance-learning centers in the U.S., maintains four campuses in our region offering Associate, Technical and Bachelor degree programs. The Mueller Campus in Vero Beach offers a variety of classes and can facilitate training grants and programs for local business and industry. The Dean of Industrial Education at IRSC will assist in applying for training funds available through the State of Florida.

IRSC’s Fast Track to Manufacturing Program is a 12-week program  designed around an initial set of technical skills, with the goal of  participants gaining an interview for employment with one of the  college’s partnering manufacturing companies. The college also  provides training courses in:

  • OSHA and Safety Training
  • Power Plant Technology Institute
  • Robotics and Photonics Institute
  • Welding Program

The Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce is a regional high-tech educational hub with facilities and programs that offer customized hands-on training in robotics and modern manufacturing techniques for area employers, plus a prototype lab for area manufacturers.

For more information, please call the IRSC Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, 772-226-2536.


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