Ivy Tech Community College sees increase in certificates awarded

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has seen an increase in the number of certificates and technical certificates it has awarded increase by 55 percent since 2012. The Community College awarded 11,224 certificates in the 2015-16 academic year. These certificates are designed to be short-term credentials and stackable toward an associate degree. Many certificates alone have immediate value in the workforce.

According to a recent release from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), “Certificate production has increased by nearly a third (31 percent) since 2012, with 70 percent of certificates awarded by the state’s public colleges. Nearly three-quarters of these certificates took students more than one year, but less than two years to complete. Short-term certificates also saw significant growth since 2012.”

With growing industry workforce demand in high priority sectors, such as Manufacturing, Information Technology, Healthcare, Agriculture, and Logistics, Ivy Tech Community College is well prepared to train the needs of employers. The ICHE release stated, “Nearly 12,000 certificates were awarded in 2016” and Ivy Tech awarded 11,224 certificates earned in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College students to visit Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 400 Ivy Tech Community College students from each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions will convene in Indianapolis to participate in the annual Ivy Tech Community College Day at the Statehouse event.

The purpose of the activity is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with state legislators, enhance their understanding of state government, strengthen their roles as citizens at the local, state, and national level, and to increase their feelings of connectedness to the College. Students have the opportunity to hear speakers during their time at the Statehouse.

Speakers may include:

  • Governor Eric Holcomb
  • Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush
  • President Pro Tempore of the Senate David Long
  • State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell
  • Senator Dennis Kruse
  • Attorney General Curtis Hill
  • Representative Vernon Smith
  • Representative Holli Sullivan
  • Representative Robert Behning
  • Commissioner Teresa Lubbers
  • Superintendent Jennifer McCormick
  • Representative Cherrish Pryor.

In addition, Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann will address the students – giving them a special insight as to the importance of this day. The students will also be joined by several legislators from across Indiana for a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium at noon. In the afternoon, students will have time to tour the Statehouse and to visit the House and Senate galleries.

“I think the idea of having students being seen at the Statehouse is a critical part of showing our legislature who we are, what we do, and what an amazing and diverse group of people we are,” said Ivy Tech Student and SGA President East Central region, Terri Sanders. “It’s beneficial for the students and the college because it’s a chance, for many, to talk face-to-face with some of our representatives and share our comments and concerns in a setting where dialogue is permitted and encouraged.”

Ivy Tech has coordinated a Day at the Statehouse for several years. Most of the students have previously never been to the Statehouse. Students have been encouraged to have questions ready to ask their legislators and many hope to discuss concerns especially relevant to Ivy Tech students.

“I am looking forward to hearing from the people that make decisions for my family and the agencies that rely on state funding,” said Ivy Tech Student and SGA President Southeast region, Danielle Harvey. “My major is in human service and most of the jobs I will have are state funded. I am attending to better understand how the government operates to better understand my career.”

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.

10th annual I-69 Challenge Collegiate Innovation Challenge Event

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Marion, IN (February 15, 2017) – The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosted the tenth annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge on February 10-12 at Plymouth’s Swan Lake Resort. This challenge brings together university students from along the I-69 corridor for a weekend of innovation, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. A total of five teams competed in the challenge. Each team was comprised of a student representative from each participating university. The students were placed into teams Friday afternoon based on the Basadur Creative Profile, a problem-solving assessment, and collaborated for less than 24-hours on a for-profit business solution to the social problem that was selected by the students. The 2017 social problem that the students choose was prison overcrowding.

pic1.jpgThe participating schools in 2017 were Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University, Ivy Tech Community College, Huntington University, and Grace College. Here is a complete list of participating students:

Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Kyle Barry
  • Paxton Singer
  •  Amy Bowman
  • Kelly Pender
  • Olivia Rasmussen

Taylor University

  • Jackson Wilcox
  • Sam Petersen
  • Alicia Garnache
  • Pablo Ortiz
  • Ruben Bedon

Ivy Tech Community College

  • Carson Adams
  • Meyantae Johnson
  • Shana Reff
  • Joselyn Whipple
  • Katharine Musick

Huntington University

  • Emma Reese
  • Constanze Goelz
  • Nathan Hahn
  • James Couchman
  • Erin Van Kampen

Grace College

  • Emily Guinter
  • Matthew McNeal
  • Annette Hammond
  • Dominic Kimbroug
  • Abbey Hartwiger

The Growth Council is proud to announce the competition’s winning team: Kyle Barry of Indiana Wesleyan University; Emma Reese of Huntington University; Emily Guinter of Grace College; Jackson Wilcox of Taylor University; and Carson Adams of Ivy Tech Community College.

pic2In this competition, the groups of students were tasked with creating a for-profit business plan that addresses prison overpopulation. The first place winners were each awarded $500 gift cards for their business concept, “Design Again,” a business solution that utilizes the creativity of former inmates to create design and marketing products for small businesses. “It was great to work with different individuals who all had different strengths and ideas,” shared Kyle Barry of the winning team.

The second place team members each won $250 gift cards for their proposal of “KP Trucking,” a freight moving company that hires, trains, and mentors prisoners after their sentences are served. The team consisted of Paxton Singer, Sam Petersen, Meyantae Johnson, Contstanze Goelz, and Matthew McNeal. The third place team members were awarded $100 gift cards for their idea, “Life Loan,” a career placement and lending organization. The students on this team include Amy Bowman, Alicia Garnache, Shana Reff, Nathan Hahn, and Annette Hammond.

Saturday afternoon, the five teams presented their solutions to a panel of five judges: Matt Tuohy of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Iris Hammel, the program director of St. Joe CEO; Charles A. Kennedy of Cambridge Capital Management Corp.; Phil Black of Community Investment Fund of Indiana; and Maggie Phelps of Integrating Woman Leaders Foundation. Following the presentations, the judges selected the winning teams based on criteria that included innovation, profitability, and market potential. After all five of the teams presentations, Maggie Phelps commented on the efforts of the teams by saying, “I was blown away by how knowledgeable the students were, especially considering how little time they had to prepare their plans.”

Susie Ripley of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs said, “This is such a great event and it is wonderful that you can share what you all are doing and bring others along to catch that vision!!”

The purpose of the I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge is to encourage entrepreneurship among students along the I-69 corridor, provide networking opportunities for students and judges, generate creative ideas, and allow for collaboration between universities. The Event was sponsored by each participating university, the Grant County Economic Growth Council, and Indiana Michigan Power.

For more information, contact Danielle Towne at dtowne@grantcounty.com or call 765-662-0650