Ivy Tech Community College Offering 10,000 Participants Free Classes and Trainings

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is offering free classes and trainings for 10,000 participants. The College is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 experiencing unemployment, reduced hours, and/or furloughs across the state. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of relevant high-demand areas. 

Hoosiers can get detailed information about the classes and trainings, and register for free, by visiting ivytech.edu/10kclasses.

Many of the classes and trainings will be offered so that the participant can start and finish on their own timeline, with no regular course meeting times. A few offerings are time limited. The College plans to increase the types of offerings and trainings throughout the summer.  

“Nearly 650,000 Hoosiers are faced with unemployment, reduced hours or furloughs. While we hope many will return to their jobs, this is an outstanding opportunity for Hoosiers to skill up and become more marketable to their current and future employers,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann shared. “Ivy Tech and our partners have come together to provide free relevant training for what we hope will be many more than 10,000 Hoosiers.” 

Classes and trainings that are currently being offered as part of the initiative include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Smart Automation Certification Alliance Industry 4.0 Silver Level Multi-Skill Maintenance and Operations Technician Certifications (Associate I and II, Electrical Systems, Electric Motor Control Systems, Motor Control Troubleshooting, Pneumatic Systems)
  • Tools of the Industry with Autodesk: Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining, Fusion 360 Introduction to CAD and CAM, Simulation Analysis for Mechanical Engineers, 3-Axis Machining with Fusion 360, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Modeling and Design for Mechanical Engineers. Autodesk Inc. is the software provider for people who make things
  • Information Technology: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials, AWS Educate Cloud Practitioner
  • Business and Cross-Sector: LinkedIn Learning

Later this summer more class and training offerings for skills credit, and for-credit classes and trainings, will be phased in later this summer.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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 Senior Vice President Chris Lowery recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Indiana University

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Senior Vice President Chris Lowery will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Since 2011, the Distinguished Alumni Council has helped chart the path of educational progress for the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs to be the best of its class by recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in their careers and who serve as accomplished role models for current O’Neill School students and the greater community as leaders.

“Over the years, I have been fortunate to have my professional and personal interests intersect in public policy, the private sector, philanthropy, and education,” said Lowery. “My experiences at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs were formative and critically important in allowing this to be possible. I am truly honored by this recognition and grateful for the positive impact the O’Neill School has on Indiana, our nation, and the global community.”

As an Indiana University alumnus, Lowery has given back to the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs by serving on the Distinguished Alumni Council and by mentoring students. Lowery has supported the school’s Manufacturing Policy Initiative and demonstrated his dedication to O’Neill students through the generous Chris R. and Jerilyn W. Lowery Scholarship. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the IU Alumni Association.

Like many O’Neill alumni, Lowery has transitioned between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Ivy Tech, he led public policy and engagement efforts for Hillenbrand, Inc. He has also worked as the executive director of the Association of Indiana Counties, an aide to former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, and an aide to then-Senator Dan Quayle. While on staff for Governor Orr, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for his service to the state of Indiana. Lowery holds a bachelor’s degree from the O’Neill School and a master’s degree from the DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University.

This annual event will take place later this month and will be presented virtually.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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 Announces Plans for Fall Semester 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced its plan for Fall semester classes that will begin on Monday, August 24. The state’s community college will invite students back onto campuses throughout Indiana for face-to-face courses while continuing to offer virtual and online opportunities. The focus for the College will continue to be on flexibility and safety for students, employees, and its communities. Should new guidelines from the Governor or federal regulations be released prior to the August start date then adjustments will be made accordingly.

Ivy Tech is offering its summer semester courses, which begin June 8, virtually and online with the exception of some small labs that may be offered later this summer.

“Ivy Tech looks forward to students being able to return to campus and take that next step to prepare for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We are carefully balancing our plan to have a focus on safety and flexibility. Our teams continually monitor the recommendations provided by the state of Indiana and federal guidelines. Ultimately, our students’ success is the goal, while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”

Starting in August, classes will be offered in-person, online, and with hybrid options. The College has built out a robust schedule of classes that will allow students maximum flexibility including both 8- and 16-week terms.

“Thanks to the commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff, the current situation we are all living in, has allowed us to rethink how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “The ‘new normal’ in August will allow students to be in charge of their learning environment. Students will have options, possibly even week-to-week, if they will attend their class online, virtually, or in-person, as their health and safety requirements could fluctuate.”

Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place prior to the start of classes and ongoing. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses. Further details will be shared with students, faculty, and staff leading up to campuses reopening in August.

“Ivy Tech recognizes many families are experiencing uncertainty about what the residential college experience may look like for students. I certainly encourage all students to continue on their educational journey, regardless of the college or university they attend. Instead of considering a ‘gap year’ more students should consider a ‘visiting year’ with the community college,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, and personalized instruction make the community college the perfect place to take classes. Transfer is one of the important roles the community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor degree seeking students.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

 

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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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