Ivy Tech, Purdue create pathway for Ivy Tech students into Purdue’s College of Engineering

INDIANAPOLIS – (December 10, 2014) Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University’s College of Engineering have signed off on a transfer agreement that creates a path for Ivy Tech pre-engineering students to continue their studies towards a bachelor’s degree in one of two engineering disciplines at Purdue. The agreement joins several transfer agreements between the two schools, including the innovative Pathway to Purdue agriculture transfer program. The statewide transfer program becomes effective beginning the Fall 2015 semester.

“Our goal is to continue to develop statewide transfer agreements to make it easier and more affordable for our students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Senior Vice President and Provost at Ivy Tech. “This agreement represents a great move forward as we continue to partner with four-year institutions across the state to create seamless transfer opportunities for our students. We are grateful for a strong partnership with Purdue University and look forward to creating additional transfer agreements to further enhance career pathways.”

“Purdue University’s College of Engineering is constantly looking for ways to partner with other institutions of higher education, especially in the State of Indiana,” said Dr. Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “Increasing the number of STEM graduates is crucial to the success of this state and the nation. Partnering with Ivy Tech provides another valuable pathway for the students of Indiana to gain access to high quality engineering programs. I would like to thank Professors Larry Nies and Garrett Jeong for their hard work with Dr. Todd Roswarski, Dr. Candace Vibbert, Purdue’s Department of Mathematics/College of Science, and the College of Technology in developing these articulation agreements. It is the College of Engineering’s goal to expand our partnerships with Ivy Tech and other institutions of higher learning in the State of Indiana. “

Ivy Tech students who meet the requirements can seamlessly continue their education into Purdue’s civil engineering or environmental and ecological engineering programs. They must complete an associate of science degree in pre-engineering with a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average overall and in science, mathematics and engineering courses. Candidates must also meet admission requirements for the specific Purdue degree programs. Purdue will reserve up to five admission slots per program for Ivy Tech graduates. More slots could be provided to qualified students as capacity becomes available.

“This agreement is a milestone in providing transfer opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Todd Roswarski, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. “Pre-engineering graduates who qualify for transfer will be able to continue their studies at one of the top engineering schools in the nation and worldwide. We are pleased that our partners at Purdue continue to recognize the excellence of Ivy Tech’s curriculum and instruction.”

Ivy Tech offers the associate of science in pre-engineering at seven of its 32 campuses statewide, including Indianapolis, Lafayette, South Bend, Warsaw, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso and Evansville. Through the program, students explore a variety of engineering fields and receive a strong foundation in science and mathematics. More information is available at ivytech.edu/pre-engineering.

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of undergraduate programs, Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 9th in the nation. The civil engineering programed ranked 4th, and the environmental and ecological engineering program is ranked 13th. More information is available at engineering.purdue.edu.

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Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Corporate College partners with Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council for agriculture training, scholarships and industry certifications

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new strategic alliance with Ivy Tech Corporate College, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council has produced a new Next Generation Farming course, a 21-week, online course and comprehensive curriculum designed to serve as a foundation for a successful career in livestock, poultry and agricultural operations.

Today’s farms require a combination of skilled labor, technology-focus, business acumen, equipment knowledge, as well as, facility, animal and feed management and logistics to make them work profitably. The new Indiana Animal Agriculture Certificate, the most comprehensive and only livestock and aquaculture certificate program available, will begin on January 19, 2015. Scholarships are available from the soybean and corn check-off organizations.

“Farmers will benefit from the course by helping the next generation prepare for a more rewarding career and assure an enduring legacy. Employers will be rewarded with better employees who understand the big picture, contribute more effectively and will stay on the job longer,” said Indiana Corn Marketing Council Director of Livestock Andy Tauer.

The seven-module course consists of presentations, discussions, activities and exams, all designed to upgrade the participant’s contribution, responsibilities, commitments, and overall value. Topics of training will also include labor management practices and how to write a business plan.

Additional modules will familiarize the student with how to write a contract and the role of various regulatory agencies, animal nutrition, husbandry and waste management, biosecurity and a guided onsite facilities visit, plus the required information needed to pass the Indiana category 14 fertilizer/applicator certification exam.

“Together, the curriculum, materials and guidance are all designed to better attain a path to success that benefits the worker, farmer, owner and ultimately the community and state. The timing is right, the price is right and the value will start this year as the skills learned are applicable right away,” said Ivy Tech Corporate College Lead Program Manager Mike Pickrell.

For more information or to register for the Ivy Tech Next Generation Farming program, visit www.ivytech.edu/corporatecollege/agriculture/. The registration deadline is January 16, 2015. Cost is $2,187.50 per person. A limited number of scholarships are available. To see if you qualify, visit www.indianasoybean.com/livestock or www.incorn.org/livestock.

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Ivy Tech Corporate College is the premier provider of quality workforce training solutions for the needs of businesses, industry, organizations and individuals. Corporate College will contribute to business success through talent development, organizational improvement, and increased productivity and profitability. With 31 campuses and more than 100 learning facilities statewide, Ivy Tech is readily accessible and has a proven track record of providing value-based solutions for thousands of businesses and students each year.

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Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder to receive Champion of Diversity award

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has been selected as a 2015 Champion of Diversity by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine.

The award will be presented at the 2015 Champions of Diversity Awards Dinner to be held January 16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The award is given to individuals who have exhibited the true meaning of diversity with their respective field, or have broken racial or gender barriers.

Snyder has served as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system, since 2007. He leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana’s largest and fastest growing college, serving more than 200,000 students annually at 32 campuses and 100 learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce training and professional certification.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech. The college has a minority student enrollment of more than 25,000 students.

Snyder has been committed to fostering diversity at Ivy Tech. He hired the college’s first Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and commissioned a study that resulted in a proposal to create a statewide diversity program. Snyder has committed to partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in order to hire full-time faculty members, as well as increased the number of African-Americans on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors. He has also fostered greater engagement with the state and branch NAACP officers.

The college has also increased the level of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) purchases by 93 percent since 2007. To drive continued success, the college has recently created a Supplier Diversity Playbook which requires the identification and solicitation of at least 2 MBE’s and 2 WBE’s when seeking proposals, quotes or bids above $25,000.

Snyder has been nationally recognized for efforts and achievements, including a feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of seven community college Presidents making a difference and as the 2009 Freedom Award recipient by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission for providing major, positive, societal influence in the community. He was also recently granted an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Greater Indianapolis Branch NAACP 3053 and a Corporate/Partnership Award from the state NAACP.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Announce College Connection Coach Initiative

EVANSVILLE- Ivy Tech Community College and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) announced their College Connection Coach initiative today.

The College Connection Coaches will be Ivy Tech employees embedded in EVSC high schools. Their role is to create and promote a culture of college attainment as well as provide career counseling and advisement. They will be working hand-in-hand with school guidance counselors, administrators, and teachers to provide career counseling, to help students earn college credit while still in high school, and to map out career and educational pathways.

“This partnership will mean so much to our students…and ultimately to our community’s future,” said David Smith, EVSC superintendent.  “This intentional outreach for specific career counseling, will help students to be able to select the most appropriate post-secondary education for their career goals.”

Currently, Ivy Tech employs a College Connection Coach who is embedded in Harrison High School and Central High School. Ivy Tech will hire two additional coaches this year, to cover North High School, Reitz High School, Bosse High School, New Tech Institute, and the Academy for Innovative Studies.

“The Indiana Career Council estimates that the state will experience a skills gap of 675,000 workers by 2025; it means we have a looming crisis in Indiana. In addition, I continually hear from employers that they can’t find qualified applicants for the hundreds of skilled jobs they have available,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor, Jonathan Weinzapfel. “We believe that one of the solutions to this tremendous challenge is the College Connection Coach initiative.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College offers Health and Hygiene Online Course in Nairobi, Africa

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INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College and WaterStep have entered into a partnership to deliver online Health and Hygiene training to prepare students to educate local communities about safe water solutions in Nairobi, Kenya.

Over the past several months, staff from Ivy Tech Corporate College and Ivy Tech Online have worked with WaterStep subject matter experts to convert their face-to-face Health and Hygiene course into an online modality that allows the Louisville-based organization the opportunity to provide such training anywhere in the world with internet access by computer, tablet or smart phone.

Kenya was selected as the first country to receive the online course by WaterStep and it is anticipated that the course will be expanded to other countries in the future. Participants enrolled in the course are students of the Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, Tangaza University, and enrolled as a part of their requirements for the Sustainable Human Development degree program. The Institute, a faith-based organization, focuses on training for the fields of community development, project management, leadership, conflict resolution and social advocacy for justice.

“We are both excited and passionate about partnering with WaterStep for this particular project, as we know it will improve lives in Nairobi by training the citizens of this part of Africa about how to deliver training for safe drinking water practices,” said Dr. Jeff Pittman, Vice President of Corporate College and Online Education for Ivy Tech. “We are thankful for the involvement of the Institute of Social Ministry and the students enrolled in the course, as they will be armed with knowledge that will enable them to enter under-developed regions around Nairobi to teach life-saving skills on how to make available water sources for use, as well as engage citizens in proper hygiene techniques to prevent illness from sources beyond unsafe water.”

Edwin Oketch, one of the students enrolled in the Health and Hygiene course, states “I am taking this degree program to build my skills and competency as an agent of social transformation in the community.”

“Incorporating Ivy Tech’s progressive education technology, WaterStep’s vast training and field experience with the passion to act among these college students in Nairobi, Kenya gives them the tools to empower their own communities. The collaboration creates a stirring in all of us because this work brings hope,” said Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep.

Students enrolled in the course are working with a WaterStep subject matter expert who is guiding them through the online modules of the Health and Hygiene course. The course is available to students through the Ivy Tech’s Learning Management System – Blackboard.

WaterStep is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) international organization that works to create solutions to the global water crisis and save lives with safe water. By combining training and simple equipment, WaterStep empowers people to provide safe and sustainable water, health and hygiene solutions to their own communities. Since 2001, WaterStep has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in almost two dozen countries including Haiti, Kenya, India, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, and Costa Rica. To learn more, call (502) 568-6342 or visit www.waterstep.org.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College ranks as one of the top colleges for part-time student success

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College ranks as one of the top community colleges in the nation when looking at the success of its part-time students.  Recent national benchmark data shows Ivy Tech part-time students have great success over a six year period.  The overwhelming majority of community college students are part-time.

Ivy Tech is:

  • In the top 17 percent in the nation with the percentage of part-time, first-time students who complete or transfer in six years.
  • In the top 19 percent in the nation with the percentage of part-time students who complete in six years.
  • In the top 21 percent for part-time students who transfer within six years.
  • In the top 23 percent for full-time students who transfer within six years.

Ivy Tech’s fall enrollment is more than 65 percent part time students.   Most of the part-time students are also in career fields working full-time.  In fact, just over five percent of Ivy Tech students take a full course load of 15 credits in a term.

“We have always felt that measuring our students’ completion success after just three-years does not accurately depict the efforts of our students.  While we certainly always want to improve any measurement of success, we are focused on benchmark data to better understand how Ivy Tech compares with other community colleges in the country,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.  “These numbers are impressive considering the complexity of our student body including 70 percent needing remediation.”

Current reports indicate even more Ivy Tech students are transferring as compared to previous reports.  In fact, Ivy Tech is in the top 50 percent of full-time students who transfer in three years.  Many transfer prior to earning a credential, one of the reasons Ivy Tech is in the lower quartile for degrees earned in three years by this same group of students.

“Our state does not encourage students to complete a degree or certificate at the community college prior to transferring,” Snyder said.  “In fact, in some measures a student who starts at Ivy Tech and leaves prior to completing a degree, but goes on to transfer his/her credits to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree, counts as a failure against Ivy Tech.  We need a better way to measure transfer and reward the Community College for its role in successful transfer students.”

The state of Indiana’s median household income is in bottom 16 percent in the country, creating challenges for potential higher education students.  And with the most complex student body in the state, Ivy Tech often works through these challenges with students more than any other institution in Indiana.  This includes a population of Pell grant eligible students that is the highest in the Midwest.  And the data shows the community college is doing it with limited full-time faculty.  In fact, 96 percent of other community colleges in the nation have a higher ratio of full-time faculty as compared to part-time faculty.

“Increasing the number of full-time faculty and our advising staff, as well as improving our lab and training space are the three main priorities for Ivy Tech during this budget year,” Snyder said.  “We know that all three play critical roles in the success of our students and the success of our state.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

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Ivy Tech Community College receives multiple awards from the NAACP

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College was the recipient of three awards from the NAACP.

The awards were presented at the organization’s State Convention held Saturday, October 25, in Bloomington.  This year’s theme was “All in for Justice and Equality.”

The Corporate/Partnership Award was presented to Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder.  This award is given to a company, corporation, institution or organization that supports the NAACP through a number of activities including participation in NAACP initiatives and programs, support of the Indiana State Conference (ISC), collaboration with NAACP locally and statewide and donation of resources and participation in NAACP functions.

Snyder has served as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system, since 2007.  He leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana’s largest and fastest growing college, serving more than 200,000 students annually at 32 campuses and 100 learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce training and professional certification.

Doris McDougal, an academic advisor at Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana region, received the WIN Lifetime Achievement Award (Women in NAACP) for her years of service with the organization.
Deb Vance, Executive Director for Diversity and Outreach at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, received the Achievement Award.  The award is presented to an individual that has shown unusual success in achievements or services benefiting the State Conference.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech.  The college has a minority student enrollment of over 25,000 students.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
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