Ivy Tech Announces Partnership to Increase Access for Working Adults

Indianapolis, IN – Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with Guild, a Career Opportunity Platform, which enables employers in Indiana and across the nation to invest in their employees, unlocking opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Guild matches higher education needs of employers and employees, with pre-determined programs offered through Ivy Tech’s online platform, IvyOnline. Many employers pay all or a portion of their employees’ tuition and fees, as an employee benefit, while they skill up their workforce. This helps to ensure learners can access their education and learning programs without facing significant financial barriers that present a hurdle to degree enrollment and completion.

 “We are pleased to be able to offer a portfolio of in-demand programs to Hoosiers who work for exceptional companies through this Guild initiative. We are also serving those nationally who have the same needs as our Hoosiers,” said Ivy Tech President, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Ivy Tech is a perfect fit to offer programs to help individuals advance their knowledge and their careers and to meet the needs of employers.”

“We are proud to welcome Ivy Tech Community College to Guild’s learning marketplace,” said Marty Martinez, Senior Vice President, Learning Marketplace at Guild. “Ivy Tech is an innovator in workforce-aligned learning. Their programs are high-quality, affordable, and uniquely suited to support the needs of working adult learners.”


Companies offering Ivy Tech programs to their employees through Guild include: Kohl’s, Regions Bank, Sentara Healthcare, Target, and Walmart.

“With programs offered through Ivy Tech, we’re creating a path of opportunity for our associates to grow their careers at Walmart, so they can continue to build better lives for themselves and their families,” said Lorraine Stomski, senior vice president of associate learning and leadership at Walmart.

The Ivy Tech Evansville campus serves as the enrollment hub for the Guild initiative, and a similar program—Achieve Your Degree—working with employers to defer tuition payment until the end of the semester.  Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal said the Evansville campus volunteered to take care of all enrollment, advising, and financial aspects of the Guild partnership, because of the success of the Achieve Your Degree program work.

“Our team has developed a plan, and employees from these companies are able to seamlessly reach our team members to get concierge service for all of their enrollment and advising needs,” Vidal said.  “I look forward to seeing both students and employers skill up with Ivy Tech.”

For employers to learn more about GUILD and Ivy Tech, call (812) 492-0175.

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

About Guild

Guild unlocks the talent and economic potential of America’s workforce for employees and their companies. Guild partners with the nation’s largest employers—including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Macy’s, Target, and The Walt Disney Company—to create cultures of opportunity that help them attract and retain top talent, while building the workforce of the future from within. By using Guild’s proprietary Career Opportunity Platform to connect workers to a marketplace of education and learning programs that work in the real-world, employees at those companies can gain the skills, knowledge, and guidance they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families—all without paying for tuition or career services on their own. For more information, visit https://www.guildeducation.com/

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Ivy Tech Community College Partners with Ascendium and RAND Corporation to Conduct Three-Year Research Evaluation on Achieve Your Degree Program

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ivy Tech Community College today announced a partnership with RAND Corporation to conduct a three-year research study on the Achieve Your Degree (AYD) program. The nonprofit organization, Ascendium, is providing funding for the study.

The study, led by RAND Corporation, will provide a detailed, first look at the AYD program across Ivy Tech to inform continuous improvement in the program and other Ivy Tech programs focused on low-income working adult learners. The study will focus on learner level outcomes, including persistence from first to second year, credential completion, time to obtain a credential, and labor market success and upward social mobility.

Ivy Tech launched AYD six years ago, originally at the Evansville campus, and has since scaled the program statewide. AYD is a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and community businesses and institutions to offer employees the opportunity to receive a community college education at minimal up-front cost, given employer tuition benefits.

“Partnering with Ascendium and RAND Corporation will provide Ivy Tech with critical information about Achieve Your Degree and the impact of the program on our students at our 19 campuses across the state,” said Molly Dodge, Senior Vice Presidents of Workforce and Careers at Ivy Tech. “Our initial data demonstrates that Achieve Your Degree students are retained at an 8% higher rate than students who are not served by the AYD program. With the results from this study, we hope to understand how we can increase those success rates and enrollment in the program in collaboration with even more employers.”

Data retrieved from the study is expected to improve the AYD program and guide the implementation of similar programs for low-income learners across the nation’s community college campuses.

Project insights will be distributed to various stakeholders throughout the course of the project. Stakeholders interested in learning more about the program and its supports for low-income working adult learners in partnership with employers can visit the Achieve Your Degree webpage on the Ivy Tech website.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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State of Indiana partners with Ivy Tech to offer education opportunities for state employees

Ivy Tech Community College’s Achieve Your Degree Program provides state employees with an upfront tuition assistance

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College today announced a new partnership that will offer state employees an affordable education with no upfront tuition costs.

“This is an investment in our state employees that provide them with more flexibility to pursue education opportunities that ultimately contribute to a stronger workforce,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “We are grateful for this partnership with Ivy Tech that will ease the up-front financial burden for our employees to enroll in courses.”

The state will join Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree (AYD) program. Rather than paying for tuition expenses at the time of enrollment – which can be a barrier for some employees seeking to earn degrees and certificates – the state will pay Ivy Tech directly upon an employee’s successful completion of a course. State employees already have education reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year. Ivy Tech’s full-time annual tuition is less than $4,500, and the agreement with Ivy Tech means that employees won’t have to be reimbursed, but rather can enroll and begin taking classes with no upfront costs. Additionally, the College will provide the state with a rebate of up to 5% of the net tuition paid, which means the state will benefit from an even lower education cost.

All Ivy Tech campuses across the state are participating in the program.

“The State of Indiana is once again leading by example, this time by providing tuition assistance to employees, making it easier for individuals to pay for higher education,” Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann said. “Programs like Achieve Your Degree can help businesses build their own talent pipeline through recruitment of individuals without a degree and helping those individuals learn the skills necessary to advance.”

Partnering with Ivy Tech Community College offers state employees access to more than 70 academic programs, as well as opportunities to receive associate degrees, short-term certificates and workforce certifications in various fields. Additionally, Ivy Tech’s Ivy+ Tuition and Textbooks model provides students with free textbooks for required courses through the spring 2023 and a flat rate tuition cost students who enroll in more than 12 credits.

On-site application assistance and academic advising are provided by Ivy Tech faculty and staff to accommodate state employees’ busy work schedules and to ensure appropriate course schedules. Ivy Tech will also provide individualized advising, financial aid and tutoring to foster employee success.

Through partnerships such as the Achieve Your Degree program at Ivy Tech, the State of Indiana can skill-up its current workforce and encourage employees to earn free credentials through on-campus and online coursework.

Tuition reimbursement and assistance is available up to $5,250, to all State of Indiana employees of executive branch agencies who:

  • have been employed full-time continuously with the state for at least 12 months prior to submitting their Education Reimbursement program application;
  • have not received a disciplinary action in the 12 months prior to the end of the course; and
  • have completed the course with a satisfactory grade of at least a “C” or above (or an equivalent “pass” grade).

As part of its NextLevel State Work initiatives, the State of Indiana will continue to pursue partnerships, policies and programs that continue to make the State of Indiana a competitive, engaged and flexible workplace.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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