Ivy Tech Community College and the City of East Chicago Propose Partnership to Expand the East Chicago Campus

Second East Chicago Ivy Tech Location Across From Lake Michigan

East Chicago, IN — Ivy Tech Community College and the City of East Chicago have proposed a partnership to expand educational opportunities to East Chicago’s underserved North Harbor community. The community college’s proposed expansion to a second East Chicago location—across from the Lake Michigan shoreline—will add 60,000 square feet of classrooms and space for workforce development and training. The expansion is part of a larger effort by the City of East Chicago to revitalize its lakefront neighborhoods.

The proposed second location is the site of the former Eugene Field School facility.

“Ivy Tech is committed to serving East Chicago and surrounding communities,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Thomas G. Coley, Ph.D.  “We are looking forward to conducting a feasibility study to determine the viability of the second location to the community as well as the type of programs that residents and businesses want.”

The limited space surrounding Ivy Tech’s Foundations of East Chicago De La Garza building on Columbus drive minimizes the College’s ability to increase the facility’s size. Ivy Tech East Chicago educates over a thousand students each year. The College strives to balance adequate classroom sizes while supporting enrollment commitments.

“Providing educational opportunities is key to the success of any revitalization effort,” said East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland. “We are excited to help Ivy Tech address its capacity needs while, at the same time, utilizing the second community college location as a pillar for attracting residents and visitors to our lakefront.”

The City of East Chicago plans to revitalize the North Harbor community by increasing access to the lakefront area. This includes re-establishing the Cline Avenue Bridge—a major transportation artery for South Chicago and Northwestern Lake County (Indiana) communities—as well as establishing a bus route from East Chicago’s Southside neighborhoods and current Ivy Tech campus to the proposed second Ivy Tech location.

East Chicago has also committed to building a walkway from the Ameristar Casino to the proposed second location. The walkway will provide access to the casino’s shoreline.

About Ivy Tech: 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.

About East Chicago: The City of East Chicago is on the move! With a combination of new economic and social initiatives, a great energy radiates from our city on the lake. Rich in culture and tradition, East Chicago brings opportunities for all ages. Incorporated in 1893 as a railroad and steel town, East Chicago was one of the Northwest Indiana Region’s first industrial cities, which was created to meet the needs of its workers. At one time, East Chicago was the home of over seventy different nationalities complete with their own ethnic based neighborhoods. East Chicago is vital to Northwest Indiana because of its access to Lake Michigan and its close proximity to downtown Chicago.

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Ivy Tech Community College transfer students save more than $34.8 million in tuition costs in a year; more than 11,000 students transfer credits from Ivy Tech to four-year partners

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College students who transferred their Ivy Tech credits to each of the state’s public institutions during the 2012-13 school year saved more than $34.8 million in tuition costs.

More than 11,000 Ivy Tech students transferred 226,333 credit hours in 2012-13 – a savings that equates to $34.8 million.  The savings calculations are determined by taking the total credit hour cost at the transfer institutions minus the Ivy Tech per credit hour rate.

In the previous 2011-12 school year, Ivy Tech students who transferred credits to the state’s public institutions saved $32.6 million, with two year total savings equating to more than $67 million.

Of those Ivy Tech students transferring credit in the 2012-13 school year, 15 percent completed an Ivy Tech associate degree or a certificate before transferring while 85 percent did not.

IUPUI is the largest recipient of Ivy Tech transfer students with 2,287 students transferring 69,301 credit hours, which also equates to the largest amount of savings totaling $11.9 million.  Indiana University’s Bloomington campus received 2,260 Ivy Tech transfer students, while Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus received 1,935 students.

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 State Board of Trustees Looks for Additional Funding of Community College

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees has approved a resolution asking the College’s leadership to make specific new line item requests as part of its biennial budget submission to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and Indiana General Assembly.  The Board of Trustees urged favorable consideration for new requests for additional academic advisors, full-time faculty and equipment.

“We know the importance of partnering with the state in order to achieve the goals it has set forth in the recently released Career Council strategic plan.  Those goals focus on system alignment, worker-and student- centric services and demand-driven programs and investments,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.  “These are the three pillars of transformation according to the plan and precisely align with our mission as the state’s community college.”  (The Indiana Career Council strategic plan Align, Engage, Advance: A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce can be found at http://www.in.gov/icc/2377.htm)

The resolution sited the fact that the state of Indiana ranks 41st in the nation in educational attainment and has been ranked in the bottom ten in the country for over three decades and the state’s attainment ranking is the lowest amongst Big Ten states and has increased by only one percent over the last four years.  The number of Indiana residents holding an Associate degree has increased by over 26,000 from 2010 to 2012 as compared to an increase of just over 11,000 for those holding a Bachelor’s degree.

“It is clear that Ivy Tech Community College is the institution of higher education that will impact the state’s attainment levels the most over the next decade and is the main driver as Indiana strives to reach the Big Goal attainment levels,” Snyder said.  “ Ivy Tech continues to provide the greatest return on investment amongst institutions of higher education, and as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year, our graduates, on average, out earn graduates of all other institutions of higher education in the state their first year in the workforce.”

As has been reported in the past Ivy Tech’s performance under the CHE’s performance funding formula has been excellent, yet the College remains the lowest funded institution in the state at just over $1,200 per student which is over $11,000 less per student than the highest funded school and over $3,000 less than select regional campuses.  The College has stated that the lack of funding has resulted in Ivy Tech being forced to defer the hiring of additional full time advisors and full time faculty along with the purchasing additional training equipment.  The amount deferred is estimated at over $83 million.  The current ratio of students per full-time advisors is 1,000 to 1, and currently only 23 percent of the faculty are full-time, putting Ivy Tech in the bottom 10th percentile in the country in the number of full-time faculty on staff.

The College will make its initial budget request presentation to the CHE in early October.

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 State Board of Trustees approves leadership consolidation for Kokomo and Lafayette regions

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees has approved the consolidation of the administrative structures of the College’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. The restructuring is part of a series of regional leadership consolidations that began last year to decrease costs and increase efficiencies in the nation’s largest community college system.

David Bathe, currently chancellor of the Lafayette Region, will have administrative responsibility for a restructured leadership team with duties across the two regions.

Following Ivy Tech’s new structure, the Kokomo and Lafayette regional boards of trustees will remain in place to respond to the needs of their regions and campus presidents will be named for the Kokomo and Lafayette campuses to serve as the College’s liaison in the two communities.

Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen Daily, who announced in July that he will retire Jan. 15, 2015, will assist in the implementation of the consolidation plan that he and Bathe will develop for the region to ensure a smooth transition.

“The two chancellors are working on a strategic plan designed to minimize the impact on faculty and staff and to maximize the region’s ability to serve its students and its communities,” Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said.

“The Kokomo and Lafayette regional trustees, along with the campus presidents, will continue to work closely with their communities to ensure that the needs of our students and area employers are being met,” Snyder continued. “The excellent services and education provided at our campuses will continue.”

Bathe noted the consolidation is entirely at the administrative level. “Students will continue to receive services at their home campus and will see no impact on their academic experience,” he said. “Area employers, college supporters, and community leaders will continue to have access to the Ivy Tech campus in their community, as always.”

The new administrative structure will oversee campuses and instructional sites at Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Monticello, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash. It will serve 14 counties: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, and White.

“From the perspective of business and industry, the combined region encompasses the area covered by the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Board,” Bathe said. “The Ivy Tech Corporate College offices from Lafayette and Kokomo have already partnered on several projects to promote workforce and economic development, including the federal Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant to foster workforce and economic development.

“I look forward to working across north central Indiana to build on Ivy Tech’s history of educational and community service fostered by Chancellor Daily,” he continued. “Personally, I also want to recognize Steve for being my mentor and adviser when I became chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Region.”

This marks the fifth such regional consolidation that the College has announced.  The first took place in April 2013 when the Northwest and North Central regions were merged.  In January 2014 the College announced the consolidation of the East Central and Richmond regions along with the consolidation of the Columbus and Southeast regions.  And in April 2014 the Wabash Valley and Southwest regions were merged.

“We have been pleased with the consolidation efforts to date,” Snyder said.  “Our efforts to become more efficient and streamline administrative duties have been a success thus far.  And we are seeing increased local engagement and outreach which is core to our mission as the state’s community college.”

With the consolidation of the Kokomo and Lafayette regions Ivy Tech will now operate with nine regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past.  Chancellors will continue to oversee the 32 degree-granting locations and 75+ educational sites throughout the state within the various regional boundaries.

The College is in the process of naming Campus Presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the College’s degree granting locations.  This new title replaces the current title of Vice Chancellor/Dean that exists in many of these locations.  The Campus Presidents will report to the chancellors within the sites they serve.  The focus of the local Campus President will be outreach to the local community.

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 State Board of Trustees approves leadership consolidation for Kokomo and Lafayette regions

INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees has approved the consolidation of the administrative structures of the College’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. The restructuring is part of a series of regional leadership consolidations that began last year to decrease costs and increase efficiencies in the nation’s largest community college system.

David Bathe, currently chancellor of the Lafayette Region, will have administrative responsibility for a restructured leadership team with duties across the two regions.

Following Ivy Tech’s new structure, the Kokomo and Lafayette regional boards of trustees will remain in place to respond to the needs of their regions and campus presidents will be named for the Kokomo and Lafayette campuses to serve as the College’s liaison in the two communities.

Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen Daily, who announced in July that he will retire Jan. 15, 2015, will assist in the implementation of the consolidation plan that he and Bathe will develop for the region to ensure a smooth transition.

“The two chancellors are working on a strategic plan designed to minimize the impact on faculty and staff and to maximize the region’s ability to serve its students and its communities,” Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said.

“The Kokomo and Lafayette regional trustees, along with the campus presidents, will continue to work closely with their communities to ensure that the needs of our students and area employers are being met,” Snyder continued. “The excellent services and education provided at our campuses will continue.”

Bathe noted the consolidation is entirely at the administrative level. “Students will continue to receive services at their home campus and will see no impact on their academic experience,” he said. “Area employers, college supporters, and community leaders will continue to have access to the Ivy Tech campus in their community, as always.”

The new administrative structure will oversee campuses and instructional sites at Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Monticello, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash. It will serve 14 counties: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, and White.

“From the perspective of business and industry, the combined region encompasses the area covered by the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Board,” Bathe said. “The Ivy Tech Corporate College offices from Lafayette and Kokomo have already partnered on several projects to promote workforce and economic development, including the federal Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant to foster workforce and economic development.

“I look forward to working across north central Indiana to build on Ivy Tech’s history of educational and community service fostered by Chancellor Daily,” he continued. “Personally, I also want to recognize Steve for being my mentor and adviser when I became chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Region.”

This marks the fifth such regional consolidation that the College has announced. The first took place in April 2013 when the Northwest and North Central regions were merged. In January 2014 the College announced the consolidation of the East Central and Richmond regions along with the consolidation of the Columbus and Southeast regions. And in April 2014 the Wabash Valley and Southwest regions were merged.

“We have been pleased with the consolidation efforts to date,” Snyder said. “Our efforts to become more efficient and streamline administrative duties have been a success thus far. And we are seeing increased local engagement and outreach which is core to our mission as the state’s community college.”

With the consolidation of the Kokomo and Lafayette regions Ivy Tech will now operate with nine regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past. Chancellors will continue to oversee the 32 degree-granting locations and 75+ educational sites throughout the state within the various regional boundaries.

The College is in the process of naming Campus Presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the College’s degree granting locations. This new title replaces the current title of Vice Chancellor/Dean that exists in many of these locations. The Campus Presidents will report to the chancellors within the sites they serve. The focus of the local Campus President will be outreach to the local community.

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 names Alex Huskey as Marion campus president

Marion, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Alex Huskey as Marion campus president, effective August 25, 2014. Huskey most recently served as chairman for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in Indianapolis.

Huskey will report to the regional chancellor, Andy Bowne. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents will manage the day-to-day operations while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the community.

“I am excited to join a team that is dedicated to educating individuals and the development of communities within this region,” says Huskey. “Ivy Tech continues to provide relevant educational opportunities that prepare individuals for lifelong learning and employment in competitive marketplaces. I’m looking forward to working with regional administrators, campus faculty and staff, and students, to support student success.”

Huskey’s career includes employment with the Marion Police Department, and he is well known throughout the community for his service as a DARE Officer. He also worked for Cornerstone Behavioral Health Center (Marion) as a program assistant of outpatient services and impatient mental health specialist, and the United States Air Force as a noncommissioned officer in charge of behavioral sciences, 930th tactical fighter group, Grissom Air Force Base.

“We are thrilled that Alex is going to be the Marion campus president,” says Andy Bowne, regional chancellor for East Central and Richmond regions. “Alex brings a broad set of experiences which roll up into a servant’s heart. He is deeply committed to helping individuals and families prepare for a future full of opportunity. His commitment, both personal and professional, is a wonderful addition to the Marion team.”

Huskey earned his Bachelor’s of General Studies and Master’s of Public Management from Indiana University. He is an ordained minister and pastor for New Bethany Church of God in Christ, Marion. Huskey and his wife, Eileen, reside in Marion. Their daughter (Alissa) son-in-law, (Michael) and grandchild (Grace), live in Moore Oklahoma. Huskey’s son (Matthew) also resides in Marion.

The Richmond region aligned with the East Central region in early 2014. Currently two campus president positions have been named, Dr. James Willey, Anderson campus president, and Chad Bolser, Richmond campus president. A formal search process to hire the campus president in Muncie/Henry County will initiate in the near future. Dr. John (Rob) Jeffs was appointed interim Marion campus president, following the retirement of Dr. John Lightle in May 2014. Jeffs will resume his role as associate professor for mathematics.

About Ivy Tech Community College
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 Cook Center for Entrepreneurship partners with Crane to promote small business ventures

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane (NSWC Crane) have entered into partnership to promote technologies developed at Crane to the small business community.

NSCW Crane is a Federal Laboratory of the U.S. Department of the Navy, providing multipurpose research and development, manufacturing technology, engineering, testing, manufacturing, and fleet support.

NSWC Crane has a significant portfolio of patented technologies available for commercial activities and is actively looking for partners in industry to license these technologies and move them to new markets.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington and its Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship will work with Crane to market and promote these existing technologies to the small business community in the Bloomington and surrounding areas.

This is the first agreement of its kind between NCSW Crane and Ivy Tech.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) 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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