Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University announce seamless transfer agreement for Engineering Program

Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College have entered into a transfer agreement creating a seamless process for Ivy Tech engineering graduates to move into ISU’s program.

“We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech to provide an additional pathway for interested Hoosiers to become engineers — the creative problem solvers and builders of our state,” said Nesli Alp, ISU’s Dean of the College of Technology.

Ivy Tech’s engineering program provides a foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering for electrical, mechanical, civil, computer or other engineering.

Under the new agreement, any Ivy Tech engineering student meeting the transfer agreement requirements, including 61 credits for their Associate of Science, can transfer into Indiana State’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering program as a junior.

The requirements students must meet to be eligible include:

  • Application for admission to Indiana State University
  • Course grades of “C” or better
  • Average grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

“This engineering articulation agreement is the latest example of a long history of strong transfer partnerships between Ivy Tech and Indiana State University,” said Dr. Russ Baker, Ivy Tech’s vice president of Academic Affairs. “We are excited that this collaboration will allow Hoosier engineering students to begin their educational journey with an Ivy Tech associate degree and then seamlessly transfer into the engineering degree at ISU.”

For more information about getting started with Ivy Tech’s engineering program, visit IvyTech.edu/engineering. To learn more about ISU’s Engineering program, visit indstate.edu/engineering.

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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Ivy Tech Community College IT Leadership Wins Mira Award

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Chief Information Officer Matt Etchison, Chief Data Officer Brad Watts, and the Ivy Tech Community College ITS Team was announced as the Tech Education Award winner at the 2021 Mira Awards. The Award recognizes educators, organizations, and programs that inspire and open doors for learners of all ages in ways that supply the future workforce and create economic opportunities for Hoosiers. These leaders respond to the needs of students, with special attention to opportunities for underrepresented groups, and have an undeniably positive impact on student achievement and the future workforce.

“Ivy Tech is laser focused on providing resources for students as we know the important role Ivy Tech plays in the success of our state. We believe in high tech and high touch to help our students launch their careers after leaving Ivy Tech,” Etchison said. “Ivy Tech recently partnered with Salesforce to transform and optimize the student journey throughout the college. We harnessed the power of the Salesforce platform to create the most modern, innovative student system in all of higher education. It provides applicants and students a seamless experience while allowing the college to have data analytics and insights into our students and how best to serve them.”

Ivy Tech was already on its way to a vast agile and digital transformation before the pandemic. In 2020, when the pandemic caused colleges to close its physical locations, Ivy Tech took just 48 hours to make an aggressive pivot to a fully-online institution with more than 40 locations across Indiana. Additionally, more than 100,000 students needed to be completely virtual within a matter of one week. Not only did the College support the digital needs of the students, including pointing its wireless network to parking lots, they also ensured laptops were available to underserved students.

Indianapolis-based company, TechPoint, hosts the annual Mira Awards event and winners were selected by a panel of 52 independent, volunteer judges, including company founders, CEOs and presidents, engineers, and more. The event was held virtually to an audience of nearly 6,000 including more than 120 nominees in 16 categories.

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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Dr. Lorenzo Esters Next Indianapolis Campus Chancellor 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Lorenzo Esters as its next Indianapolis campus chancellor, effective July 1, 2021. Current chancellor Dr. Kathleen Lee announced her retirement after serving 36 years with the College. The Indianapolis chancellor position will include oversight and leadership of the College’s largest service area, including Marion, Hendricks and Boone counties.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Esters to Ivy Tech. His broad and rich experience along with his recognized leadership in higher education makes him ideal to serve our largest and most diverse campus. We have the opportunity to reach well over one million Hoosiers in the greater Indianapolis service area,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Dr. Esters’ work with Strada, AAC&U, ETS, and two higher education institutions gives him both an inside and outside view of the college. As a resident of Central Indiana, he has deep ties to many Indianapolis organizations and communities. I am confident he will ‘hit the ground running’ as the Indianapolis campus has an outsized role in developing talent for the city’s growing economy and increasing the prosperity of our students, families, neighborhoods and communities.” 

“I am honored to be selected as the next chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis campus. As an Indiana resident for almost seven years now, I consider myself a Hoosier,” said Dr. Esters.  “I believe in this community and it is evident from the interview process that the students, faculty, staff, Campus Board of Trustees, and community leaders are committed to the important role that the college plays in building the pipeline of talent needed to meet the needs of our economy today and in the future.”

Dr. Esters currently serves as vice president for Advancement and Member Engagement with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, a higher education association representing more than 1,200 two- and four-year institutions located in 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. Territories and 25 countries.  

Dr. Esters previously served as executive director for Higher Education Partnerships within the Global Education Division of Educational Testing Service, where he led the “Skills for a New Economy Initiative”, an effort focused on creating new solutions for workplace success by visualizing the skills, capabilities and knowledge needed to thrive in a changing economy. His professional experiences have been uniquely centered on generating philanthropic and institutional capacity to support student access, completion, and career readiness efforts, particularly for those from marginalized backgrounds. 

“Education and the ability to use the skills I have acquired through an education on the job was my pathway out of poverty and into a meaningful life and career. That is the power of what Ivy Tech does for students with faculty as the facilitators of teaching and learning,” said Dr. Esters. “I look forward to partnering with our internal and external communities to build on the great work already underway at the college. With students and community at the center of everything that we do, we will collaborate with our K-12 and four-year institutions, build innovative industry partnerships, and leverage relationships with community organizations to assure a strong education-to-work ecosystem for our communities.”

His prior experiences also include serving as vice president for Philanthropy at Strada Education Network, a nonprofit corporation located in Indianapolis, Ind. At Strada, he supported innovative student success and career development efforts nationally focused on faculty development, diversity, equity and inclusion and teaching and learning. He also was the inaugural vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management at Kentucky State University where he managed the co-curricular and holistic development of students. There, he led efforts that resulted in increased student enrollment and retention, and built partnerships with businesses such as Toyota Corporation that provided paid internship, mentorship, and job opportunities for students.

Dr. Esters served as vice president for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) Office for Access. Demonstrative of his entrepreneurial leadership skills, he has developed partnerships between higher education institutions and private and federal agencies, and with institutions internationally in an effort to build student recruitment, study abroad, and research capacity. He has managed a portfolio of over $17 million in grants to higher education institutions nationally and has secured over $3 million in funding, including to support the development of the APLU Minority Male Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative, an effort designed to incentivize partnerships between two- and four-year institutions toward increasing the numbers of minority males who pursue STEM careers.

Prior to his arrival at APLU, he served as senior advisor to the President of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. He has over ten years of experience as a career federal employee including serving as management and program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Esters’ scholarly publications examine entrepreneurial leadership in community colleges, equity, access, and completion in higher education. He has served as adjunct professor of English at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. He is the former vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Northern Virginia Community College and has served on the Board of Directors for Democracy Federal Credit Union. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Martin University located in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Dr. Esters earned his undergraduate degree in English literature from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. He earned his MA in English from Jackson State University and holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration/Community College Leadership from Morgan State University. He is the grandson of sharecroppers from the Mississippi Delta and is the first person in his family to graduate from college.

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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.