SUDBURY, MA--Methods Machine Tools recently donated the use of a FEELER VMP-580 CNC Vertical Machining Center and a FEELER HT30-Y Turning Center to Ivy Tech Community College’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) in Warsaw, IN.  
Methods is providing the new machines to Ivy Tech for instructional use in its curriculum during the 2012-13 academic year, including in its Advanced Manufacturing program and the Orthopedic Quality Standards and Technical Skills certificate program. Methods intends to replace the machines with the latest models in subsequent academic years.
According to Ivy Tech North Central Chancellor Thomas Coley, “This generous donation from Methods ensures that Ivy Tech students will always be training on the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art equipment available. Coursework and training at the OAMTC already meets rigorous standards and students will now have the added value of experience on always-current machines. Employers who hire our graduates will also see the benefit of new employees who have a wider range of machine-related experience.”
"One of the key issues facing our industry is the shortage of skilled, qualified machinists," Dale Hedberg, FEELER Product Manager at Methods, explained. "Over the years, we have partnered with different technical schools, colleges, and universities across the country to help train the workforce. The students get a great education on high-tech equipment, the industry gets trained people, and students leaving here know our equipment." 
The FEELER machines feature extensive engineering by Methods Machine Tools, the exclusive FEELER importer in North America. Designed to provide users unsurpassed performance and value, FEELER machines are very well equipped for the demands of the medical, aerospace, energy and other industries.