Ivy Tech Community College Learns from Recent Survey – Walker Research Survey Shows Businesses Need New Training Options

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College recently commissioned Walker Research, based in Indianapolis, to survey Indiana business owners and executives about workforce training needs and services the college offers.  Hundreds of responses clearly indicated that more comprehensive training initiatives are needed to build added benefits for employers and address significant and emerging needs created by the new economy and global competition.

“We are learning a lot from the results of this recent survey,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.  “Those companies that Ivy Tech performed training for saw the benefits of that training in a more prepared and productive workforce.  But, many more companies expressed a need for additional training focusing on specific areas and many others had not engaged the community college in training to date.  These findings will help us shape the future of our workforce training operations here at Ivy Tech.”

Ivy Tech is currently the state’s largest training provider and workforce and economic development is at the core of the community college’s mission and its strategic plan, Accelerating Greatness.

“We plan to build greater flexibility into our training courses, so that they will fit unique business situations, job skill requirements or company culture.  Recognizing that the evidence of effective training is improved employee and business performance, we are committed to making those our goals when designing our new training courses and services,” said Snyder.

The College is expected to make further announcements regarding its workforce training plans in the coming weeks.

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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