New Ivy Tech Career Coaching and Employer Engagement Initiative Receives Over $1 Million in New Funding

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awards nearly $1.1 million over two years for Indianapolis campus

Ivy Tech Community College’s new career coaching and employer connections initiative will empower Ivy Tech students to achieve their career aspirations by facilitating meaningful employer connections from pre-enrollment through post-graduation, in part with the support of a $1,092,860 grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

The career coaching and employer connections is a statewide initiative that will emphasize comprehensive career readiness best practices alongside rigorous academics through the duration of the Ivy Tech student experience. With this support, each student will be required to develop a career action plan within the first semester of enrollment that is informed by labor market data and aligned with the student’s academic plan. Ivy Tech coaches will engage with students early and often, ensuring students complete iterative career-aligned milestones every 15 credit hours, including resume development, interview preparation, employer engagement and work-and-learn experiences.

“We are grateful and honored for the investment the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has made in Ivy Tech and our students,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “Our approach to what some might refer to as career advising or career services is going to change and become part of the student experience from day one so that when our graduates leave to take that next step in their career they are ready to enter into a high-value, high-demand job.”

Under this new initiative, dedicated, campus-based staff will help students align curriculum selection with high-wage, high-demand careers, as well as build and sustain employer partnerships. This new staffing structure will lead to a significant increase in individualized career coaching, student internships and other work-and-learn experiences, and career placements that align with the needs of Indiana’s workforce, all of which will ultimately enhance the Hoosier economy and strengthen communities across the state.

“Research shows that students who engage in career advising are more likely to select academic programs that align with their desired career, and students who complete work-and-learn experiences have greater success in securing employment after graduation,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. “We are proud to support Ivy Tech Community College’s work to provide students the resources and opportunities necessary to achieve meaningful career outcomes.”

Ivy Tech Community College will roll out the new program through a phased approach over the next four years.  The first phase started this fall with six campuses: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend/Elkhart, Kokomo, Sellersburg and Madison. Student-facing activities will begin on these campuses in the Spring of 2020.

The Fairbanks Foundation grant will support the implementation of the program at the Indianapolis campus.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation adds to the list of partners who has provided resources to help the College establish this unique experience for students. The list includes: Central Indiana Community Foundation, Glick Fund, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and Salesforce.

 

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.

 

McDonald’s Restaurants of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College Launch Statewide Alliance

INDIANAPOLIS- (Jan. 9, 2020) — McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College across Indiana today launched an alliance to make college more affordable and offer training for the future workforce that will be shared at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses with 40 sites.

Through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes, plus individualized counseling – allowing them to earn a degree faster.

McDonald’s restaurants in Indiana have enrolled a number of employees in the Archways to Opportunity tuition assistance program since its inception five years ago. Throughout 2019, McDonald’s invested more than $1.2 million in tuition assistance to restaurant employees across Indiana. “There is no limit,” said Robert Terhune, McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the Greater Indiana Operator Co-Op. “We want to encourage as many of our employees and students across Indiana as we can to take advantage of this tuition assistance program. We believe this strengthens all of our communities throughout Indiana.”

Ivy Tech’s degree crosswalk will allow McDonald’s employees to work with an Ivy Tech counselor to determine which of their McDonald’s training and work experiences may articulate into credits which they can apply towards their certificate or degree. The flexibility of Ivy Tech having both online classes and locations statewide will give employees the option to complete coursework on their schedule: whether that be during the day, evening, weekend or whenever it’s convenient.

With most Ivy Tech students working while they attend school, Ivy Tech leadership says this new partnership fits in perfect with Ivy Tech Community College’s mission. “Ivy Tech locations across Indiana currently enroll many talented McDonald’s employees pursuing upward mobility in their careers and we expect this partnership to encourage even more employees to enroll and at the same time, assist in finding potential new employees for McDonald’s and new students for Ivy Tech,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.  “Each Ivy Tech campus will dedicate an advisor to McDonald’s employee enrollment, questions and scheduling needs. We are committed to helping each and every employee further their education and achieve their dreams.”

“This is the exact kind of forward-thinking partnership that enables Indiana to develop our skilled and ready workforce,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “The combined strength of these two great entities will allow thousands of students to pursue their dreams and simultaneously help keep Indiana’s economy moving full steam ahead.”

McDonald’s and its independent franchisees provide jobs for almost 2 million people across the world and are committed to inspiring workplaces where everyone – from crew to C-suite – is equally supported and empowered to realize their full potential. This Ivy Tech alliance underscores the ways jobs at McDonald’s restaurants help build skills, education and relationships that translate to new experiences. Whether crew members plan to enjoy a career at McDonald’s or in another industry, the skills made at McDonald’s restaurants are transferrable no matter what career path they choose.

To learn more about the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity education program, visit any Indiana McDonald’s or the Archways to Opportunity website (archwaystoopportunity.com) or visit Ivy Tech’s website (ivytech.edu/mcdonalds).

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ABOUT McDONALD’S
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 38,000 locations in over 100 countries. Approximately 93% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


ABOUT ARCHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY
The Archways to Opportunity program provides eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education/ career advising services and learn English as a second language. Since 2015, the education program has increased access to education for over 40,000 people and awarded over $63 million in high school and college tuition assistance. To learn more about the Archways to Opportunity program, please visit ArchwaysToOpportunity.com.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Cyber Security Program Makes Top List

Indianapolis, Ind. – A recent report by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has named Ivy Tech Community College’s cyber security program in its list of Top 60 Cyber Security Degree programs for 2020. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 105 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

 

Ivy Tech ranked 37 and was the only associate degree granting school in Indiana to make the list. The top five on the list were: Bellevue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Webster University, Southern New Hampshire University and Friends University. Other notable schools include: Western Governors University, Capitol Technology University, Oklahoma State University, Capella University, George Washington University, and John Hopkins University.

 

In the 2018-2019 academic year, more than 1,400 students were enrolled in the program. For the same academic year, nearly 1,000 credentials were earned.

 

“The School of Information Technology is very excited to make the list,” said Linda Calvin, vice president of information technology, Ivy Tech Community College. “It’s certainly validation of the hard work of faculty to architect a great program, recognized nationally by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security. Making this list also sends a great message to our Indiana communities that Ivy Tech is the real deal for tech education; we craft quality programs to fill the tech talent gap in Indiana!”

 

Ivy Tech has multiple credential offerings, many of which can be completed online, including:

  • Digital Forensics certificate – in-person and/or online
  • Network Penetration certificate – in-person and/or online
  • Network Security – in-person and/or online
  • Technical Certificate – in-person and/or online
  • Associate of Applied Science – in-person and/or online
  • Associate of Science (transfer focus) – in-person and/or online

In addition to the traditional two-year degree, the Ivy Tech Columbus campus offers an accelerated cyber security degree through its Cyber Academy at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Jennings County. Students in the Cyber Academy complete 60 credit hours in 11 months, learning in a one-of-a-kind environment that is unlike any other cyber security program in the country. Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is the Department of Defense’s largest urban training facility and offers a globally unique, urban and rural, physical infrastructure, as well as its own integrated cyber network.

 

For more information about Ivy Tech’s cyber security program, visit ivytech.edu/cyber-security.

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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