Indiana Wesleyan and Ivy Tech sign milestone agreement

Ivy Tech students will be able to transfer all credits to Indiana Wesleyan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. The leaders of Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech Community College have signed a landmark agreement that enables Hoosier students to matriculate seamlessly from Ivy Tech’s early childhood education program to Indiana Wesleyan’s bachelor’s program in the same subject area.

This program provides a single pathway for students who have earned their Associate of Science in early childhood education to move on to the Bachelor of Science in early childhood education at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Through this program, all credits from Ivy Tech would transfer to Indiana Wesleyan, said Sally Ingles, dean of the School of Educational Leadership within the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) at IWU.

Ivy Tech and Indiana Wesleyan plan to introduce the program to students at an informational session on Nov. 30 at Ivy Tech’s campus at 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Dr., Indianapolis.

“This agreement is the first of its kind for the School of Educational Leadership,” said Ingles, who realized such an agreement would be beneficial for students after attending a graduation at a small town in rural Indiana. “When they announced at the graduation where the students were attending college, student after student was going to Ivy Tech. When I saw the numbers I said, ‘Let’s partner with them.’”

The agreement enables the students to pursue their associate degree and then their bachelor’s degree in an affordable manner, Ingles said. The agreement applies only to students who are enrolling in the bachelor’s program in early childhood education through CAPS, Ingles said. IWU’s bachelor’s in early childhood education prepares students to be recommended for an early childhood, preschool through grade 3, initial teaching license in Indiana.

Right now, Ivy Tech has about 500 students enrolled in the associate program, said Diane Lynn Smith, professor and program chair of the early childhood education department at Ivy Tech. Smith estimated that initially, about 10 percent of those students would take advantage of the program.

“Our students who would be interested need the online courses because most of them are working at day care centers,” Smith said. “They need options to attend school. This is a way to enable students to go on and pursue that bachelor’s degree from an excellent institution. And, once students take notice of the program and how it works, I’m sure it will continue to grow.”

“This agreement is a win-win for everyone, from Ivy Tech to Indiana Wesleyan and, most certainly, to the students,” said R. David Rose, vice president for enrollment and marketing in non-residential services in the Adult Enrollment Services program. “This single pathway provides a seamless plan for students to continue with their education and helps them reach their goal of earning their bachelor’s degree and becoming licensed pre-K through grade 3 teachers in Indiana.”

About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to global liberal arts and professional education. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind. More than 10,000 adult learners study online or at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. IWU has a sister institution in Sydney, Australia. More information on Indiana Wesleyan’s educational offerings is available at

Ivy Tech Community College Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“We’re honored to be among the top schools recognized for service to our veterans,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “Providing the opportunity for them to receive an education is one small way for us to give back for their service to our country. We feel it is our privilege to make that possible for our veterans.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit

Ivy Tech will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on

About Military Friendly® Schools: The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website,

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. 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 Forms Relationship with Chinese College to Enhance Educational Opportunities

Ivy Tech Community College has established a sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College of Huzhou, China, to provide academic and cultural exchange opportunities that will greatly enhance the educational capabilities of both institutions. 

The two colleges formalized the partnership at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 23, at the Ivy Tech Columbus campus. Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder and Wu Haiyan, Vice President of Huzhou Vocational & Technical College, finalized the agreement and were joined by representatives from both schools as well as local economic development officials.


“Ivy Tech deeply values partnerships that can strengthen our culture of providing meaningful opportunities for our students and faculty,” Snyder said. “We welcome the sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College and look forward to developing mutually beneficial connections between our two institutions.”  


Huzhou Vocational & Technical College is a public college located in the city of Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, which is one of the most developed economic hubs in China. The college has seven schools offering 32 full-time diploma programs and about 60 diploma and degree programs of open and continuing education.

The sister college relationship between Ivy Tech and Huzhou grew from visits by Columbus-area government, economic development, and education officials to China. Ivy Tech participates in the visits to ensure business leaders considering expansions in Indiana that the local workforce has opportunities for education and training.


Both colleges will develop student and faculty exchange programs and collaborate on teaching materials and methods, distance education, scientific research, and innovations. Programs that could give students the opportunity to complete one or more years of their education in China or the U.S. are also possible under the agreement.


“Ivy Tech and Huzhou Vocational & Technical College share the mission of ensuring our students are well prepared for success academically and in their professional careers,” said Chris Lowery, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Columbus/Southeast. “Our sister college collaboration will enable our faculty to expand their courses, offer our students valuable cultural experiences, and help us align education with the needs of our corporate partners.”


Ivy Tech and Huzhou offer similar academic programs, including advanced automation robotics, computer information technology, and engineering technology. These programs provide students a pathway to careers at international companies with operations in China and Indiana.


“Many careers will require students to have a broad education that can translate to working at an international level,” said Sue Smith, Vice President of Ivy Tech’s Technology Division. “By partnering with Huzhou, we can make a profound difference in the education we provide.”


Ivy Tech also benefits from a sister college relationship with Wuxi Professional College of Science and Technology in Wuxi, China, which was established in November 2010.



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. 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.