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

IVY_HZ_W waterstep

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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Ivy Tech Community College wins 26 regional marketing awards

Kokomo Chancellor Steve Daily Pacesetter Award winner

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College won 26 awards for its marketing efforts at the regional conference of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations Professionals (NCMPR) held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 22-24.

Eight gold medals, nine silver medals and nine bronze medals were awarded for various marketing projects and initiatives at Ivy Tech Community College. The College has earned more than 100 awards from NCMPR over the last few years, in addition to several national awards for its successful branding and marketing campaigns.

Steve Daily, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, also was honored at the event with the District 3 Pacesetter Award given each year to recognize a chief executive officer of a two-year community or technical college or district office who has demonstrated leadership and support in the area of college communications and marketing. As a regional winner, he is one of seven finalists for the national Pacesetter Award to be presented at NCMPR’s conference in Portland, Oregon, next March.

Ivy Tech’s awards are as follows:

Academic Catalog – Gold
Brochure Series – Gold
Logo Design – Gold and Bronze
Print Ad Series – Gold and Silver
Communication Success Story – Gold and Bronze
Successful Recruitment/Marketing Program – Gold and Silver
Wildcard – Gold and Bronze
Special Events – Gold, Silver and Bronze
TV Advertisement – Silver
Novelty Advertising – Silver
Outdoor Media – Silver
Flyer – Silver and Bronze
Magazine – Silver and Bronze
Brochure – Silver and Bronze
Government/Community Relations – Bronze
Social Media/Online Marketing Campaign – Bronze

NCMPR is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of college communications’ staff in public relations, public information, marketing, enrollment management, community relations and development. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges.  NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

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 instructors receive Siemens training

COLUMBUS  – Twelve Ivy Tech Community College instructors from across the state graduated from a two-week training program provided by Siemens International, one of the largest high-tech manufacturing corporations in the world. Instructors who attended the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program certified as Siemens Level I instructors, and they were recognized at a graduation ceremony on October 23.

Ivy Tech Columbus/Southeast Chancellor Chris R. Lowery and Provost Dr. Mary Ostrye attended the ceremony, along with representatives from Siemens. Siemens sent Certified Mechatronics Instructors from Germany to conduct the training session.

The Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is an international comprehensive skills certification in mechatronics systems which equips workers with the specialized skills needed in precision engineering, mechatronics, medical technology and electronics-related industry sectors.

Students who are certified at Level I demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge needed for systematic troubleshooting in an automation system and troubleshooting complex systems found in manufacturing environments. Emphasis is placed on efficiently operating complex mechatronic systems, troubleshooting and foreseeing problems.  All students enrolled in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology at Ivy Tech across the state will now have the opportunity to earn the Mechatronics/Siemens Certification. Students who secure Level 1 certification will further equip themselves with the industry-standard system skills that will make them even more competitive in today’s job market.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our faculty and students. Certifications are essential to ensuring our students are successful in their careers, and this training will provide our students with the opportunity to show future employers that they have the knowledge needed in the high-demand field of mechatronics, advanced automation and robotics,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Ivy Tech Community College Provost.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Ivy Tech. The Ivy Tech statewide Community College System will become the largest Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) educational partnership worldwide, with 17 SMSCP centers throughout the State of Indiana. We look forward to a fruitful partnership,” said Martin Stoeckmann, Director of Education and Training for Siemens Professional Education Region North/East.

Six Ivy Tech instructors will travel to Germany in the spring to certify as Siemens Level II instructors, which will allow Ivy Tech to offer Level II certifications in future semesters.

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification training is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations. This grant was awarded to support the expansion of Ivy Tech’s Mechatronics and Advanced Automation and Robotics programs.

About Siemens Professional Education Berlin Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturing corporations, is a leader in complex technologies, particularly in complex systems integrating electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. The marriage of these three engineering fields is better known as mechatronic systems. With the increasing prevalence in which integrated mechatronic systems are being used globally, the expertise of Siemens AG is now available through the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) which is developed by the Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin, Siemens’s own elite international technical college. Its aim is to offer graduates from overseas colleges or universities an industrial certificate which guarantees a world-class training standard.

About Ivy Tech Community College
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 200,000 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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Sandra Howarth selected as Executive Director of Ivy Tech Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Sandra Howarth to serve as Executive Director of the Ivy Tech Foundation under the leadership of Ivy Tech Foundation President John Murphy.  She will begin her position on November 3.

Howarth most recently served as Director of Advancement for Purdue University Libraries and Press where she was responsible for the development and execution of the Libraries and Press advancement plan, as well as bringing donors/prospects to the unit and the University through use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.  Howarth consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $2 million fundraising goal and raised more than $8.3 million in fiscal year 2014.

Before assuming her position as Director of Advancement, Howarth served as Director of Development for Purdue University’s College of Science where she was responsible for securing major gifts that served to meet the various funding needs as established by each department’s strategic goals.  She consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $1 million fundraising goal, raising nearly $6 million in the 3 years she held the position.

Prior to her career at Purdue, Howarth served as Executive Director of the Perry Township Education Foundation where she was responsible for the distribution of more than $100,000 in grants to more than 900 Perry Township teachers and administrators which impacted 14,000 students annually.  She also managed several successful fundraising activities, and developed and maintained more than 900 individual and corporate relationships for the Foundation.

Howarth also spent seven years at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis and served six years as Director of Development where she built and sustained relationships with Presidents, CEOs and Community Relations Directors of more than 55 Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 Indiana-based companies.  In this capacity, she raised $2.3 million in financial support to cover operating expenses and built 24 Habitat homes for low-income Indianapolis families in 2006.  She also implemented the Terry Axelrod “Raising More Money” fund raising/cultivation program, generated $132,000 and $167,000 from one-time and multiple year donations, and reinstituted the Habitat’s Golf Classic.

She also spent several years as an Independent Training Consultant at SHH, Inc. and Nina S. Miller Associates.  Howarth has also held positions as Manager of Accounts Payable at Stokes-Ellis Corporation and Vice President of Human Services at Mountain States Transportation, Inc., both located in Denver, Colorado.  She has also served as Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Loan Processing for Indiana Mortgage Corporation and Internal Consultant for Indiana National Bank.

Howarth earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 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 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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