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Transition Assistance for UTEC Employees

A reported 738 employees of United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) in Huntington are expected to be displaced by a relocation of UTEC's manufacturing operations, beginning in March 2017 and concluding in June 2018. This page is designed to help connect those employees with education, training and social services providers who can assist the workers in transitioning to new opportunities in northeast Indiana.

UTEC employees who are separated as a result of the planned manufacturing relocation will receive separation benefits, including continued access to the company's Employee Scholar Program, which will pay employees' college tuition, fees and books for up to four years after separation. UTEC will also reimburse technical training costs for employees who prefer to pursue a vocational technical certification program.

UTEC workers who have been or may become separated as a result of the relocation are also eligible to receive services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

This page is a product of Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast. Information about WorkOne career and job search services are detailed elsewhere in this site. Questions about those services or the TAA program can be directed to utec@neinworks.org 


Huntington County Community Learning Center

The Huntington County Community Learning Center fosters lifelong learning for all, providing access to a variety of local educational opportunities, including industry-recognized certifications and college courses. The learning center also serves as the testing site for the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. For more information about the courses offered, please visit us online or contact Tiffanney Drummond at 260-356-1096, ext. 1096, or by email

Huntington University

Huntington University’s Adult Education Programs combine a high-quality, convenient educational experience with a solid Christ-centered foundation. By choosing to attend our accelerated five-week format (with classes held one night a week) you can complete your degree while you work. Or, our online courses allow maximum flexibility to fit within your schedule. Email Mel Winans or call 260-359-4254  for details about our next information session centered on helping you navigate your occupational transition. You can also visit us here.

Indiana Wesleyan University

IWU LogoYou want to earn more than a degree. You want to make a statement about what matters in your life.  Within Indiana Wesleyan University’s accelerated programs for working adults, students develop strategies and solutions for complex problems, evaluate personal management capabilities and design a plan to integrate critical analysis within different disciplines. 

For more than 30 years, Indiana Wesleyan University has offered a flexible format of one class at a time, one night a week, or completely online to help busy people turn full schedules into fulfilling lives. Indiana Wesleyan University is a regionally accredited, private, Christian university and a member of the Higher Learning Commission.  If you want a degree that makes a statement, contact a representative at 1-866-498-4968.  Also, contact Jonell Sherman, corporate representative by email or at 765-677-2876.  You can also visit us here.  


IPFW-Left.pngIndiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) offers many options for adults seeking to continue their education and gain the attention of employers. Our Training Outreach department provides a variety of non-credit training opportunities for those wishing to develop their professional skills. We offer more than 300 individual classes and 15 certificate programs. Check out our classes in lean manufacturing, production and inventory management, CNC, leadership development, and project management. To learn more, visit us online or contact us at 260-481-6619 or by email.

IPFW Online also offers more than 200 online courses that provide students with the
flexibility to schedule classes around their lives.  Our online courses range from business to engineering and can be taken for credit towards an IPFW degree or simply to develop professional skills.  Visit us online or contact us at 260-481-6111 or by email

Ivy Tech Community College

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Ivy Tech Community College offers two paths for students to follow. Those who want a good career as soon as possible get an associate degree or certificate, and can enter (or re-enter) the workforce in two years or less. Others come here for two years, and then transfer their credits to a four-year institution — earning their bachelor’s degree. Since the beginning, Ivy Tech has trained students in areas like automotive technology, HVAC, welding, and many other tech fields. But after half a century, we offer more than 150 academic programs. So you’ll also see in-demand programs in fields like health information technology, cyber security, engineering, and aviation technology. Email Lisa Smith or call 260-480-4134 for more information, or visit us here. You may also want to learn about the Achieve Your Degree program.


University of Saint Francis

USF_logo-(2).pngThe University of Saint Francis has a long-standing reputation for quality and academic excellence. Here, your education will be personalized, engaging and leave you prepared to begin your professional career. With more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, we offer you opportunities to learn through hands-on experience. Schedule a visit with us, take a specialized tour, and let us start the discussion on how you can reach your goals. Contact the admissions office at 260-399-8000, email us or go online

Other Adult Education

Assistance is available for people who are seeking a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, high school diploma, post-secondary preparation, and/or occupational skills training.  All classes are free to students.

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools (Allen County),  (260) 467-1064
  • Impact Institute  (DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties),  (888) 349-0250
  • The Learn More Center  (Wabash County),  (260) 982-6138
  • The Literacy Alliance (Allen County),  (260) 426-7323
  • Marion Community Schools (Marion County),  (765) 667-0507
  • Northeast Indiana Works (Adams, Wells),  (260) 824-0855.

Social Services

United Way 

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The United Way of Huntington County works to unite the community to enhance the quality of life for all, including helping ensure UTEC employees are united with support and resources in the transition to their next roles. We are a hub for all individuals who are in need of crisis management, financial stability in operating with new budgets in which to live, connecting with mentors in the community, and serving as a liaison to a host of other resources within Huntington County and beyond. Please contact President & CEO Adam Drummond at 260-356-6160 or email for details on how we can help enhance your quality of life. You can also visit us here.


Knowing what occupations are in demand and what they pay can help people make informed decisions about the training and education required to chart a career path.

Regional information is available here. You can also access similar information for Grant, Huntington and Wabash counties.    

In other Newsmedia reports & releases  

WorkOne Northeast at UTEC to provide job search assistance

WorkOne Northeast representatives will be at United Technologies Electronic Controls two days a week beginning March 21 to provide job search assistance and information about education and training opportunities. They will be on site from 6-8 a.m. and noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

75 Workers Will Lose Jobs in 1st Wave of Huntington Layoffs, UTEC Says

United Technologies Electronic Controls in Huntington has announced when the first wave of layoffs will occur. The initial cut is expected to impact 75 workers. 

Carrier Deal Good for a Decade; Huntington Out of the Mix

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith says Carrier Corp.'s reconsideration of moving manufacturing jobs from its Indianapolis plant to Mexico signals a "decade commitment, at least."

Editorial: Services Made Available for UTEC Workers

Northeast Indiana Works, the regional workforce development agency, just unveiled a new website tailored specifically to UTEC workers. The agency's quick and proactive response to the impending job losses should make the transition easier for employers and the community.

UTEC Employees Qualify for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Employees of United Technologies Electronic Controls in Huntington are eligible to receive services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said. 

To get connected with re-employment services available through the program, contact your local WorkOne Career Center.

Federal Grant To Help Carrier Employees in Indianapolis

The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded a three-year, $355,000 grant to the city of Indianapolis to assist Hoosiers in finding alternative employment opportunities, including those affected by the closure of the Carrier Corp. facility in Indianapolis. 

Severance Agreement Reached for Carrier Corp. Employees

Carrier Corp.’s 1,400 displaced employees will receive severance pay equal to one week for every year of service and six months of medical insurance, according to an agreement between the company and United Steelworkers Local 1999.

State, Indy Recoup Funds From Carrier, UTEC

The city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana have clawed-back incentives given to Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The funding, which totals around $1.6 million, was issued to Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis and United Technologies Electronic Controls in Huntington for job-creation plans. In February, the company announced it would move manufacturing operations from Indiana to Mexico, a move which will eventually result in the loss of some 2,100 Hoosier jobs.

Huntington has not yet announced if it has been reimbursed. UTC said last month each of the cities and the state would get their money back.

WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
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