Ivy Tech Community College Providing New Tuition Model and Free Textbooks for Students in 2021-2022 Academic Year

Tuition held flat for the next two years

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees recently approved a new tuition model for the Community College. The new approach, Ivy+, is focused on making college more affordable, ensuring students have equitable access, transparency of cost, on-time completion, and a seamless experience. 

Ivy Tech becomes one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. Ivy+ transforms the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. If a student takes 12 credits, 15, or even 24 credits in a given term, the cost of tuition will be the same for the student. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.

As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

“Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook with the biggest reason that they cannot afford them. Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Ivy+ makes us the only state institution that is not only freezing the cost of tuition, but significantly reducing the cost of attendance at a time when we need many more Hoosiers to earn a quality college credential to launch a high-wage career.”

For more information, visit IvyTech.edu/Tuition.

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, Franklin College Partner to Offer Bachelor’s Degree Path

Ivy Tech Community College and Franklin College have partnered to provide an accelerated pathway to a bachelor’s degree, giving students an opportunity to earn both a high-value associate degree and a distinguished four-year bachelor’s degree in only three years.

Effective fall 2021, Ivy Tech students who have earned an associate degree in liberal arts through the College’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) can easily transfer their credits to Franklin College and complete one of 17 liberal arts bachelor’s degree in two years. ASAP students are guaranteed admission to Franklin College, based on certain provisions, into select Franklin programs via a Guaranteed Admission Articulation Agreement.

Ivy Tech’s Associate Accelerated Program helps high school graduates earn an associate degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer seamlessly to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. ASAP is a rigorous program for traditional-age college students, in which coursework is spread over five eight-week terms and classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The partnership with Franklin College builds on that foundation to give students a well-rounded, highly regarded bachelor’s degree that can propel them into their careers or on to additional higher education. Ivy Tech and Franklin’s guaranteed admissions partnership for ASAP students is the only arrangement of its kind in state.

“Our ASAP program has served as an innovative and inspiring format to help our most driven students earn their associate degree in less than one year,” said Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Pairing it with a prestigious bachelor’s degree program at Franklin College will guarantee our students have the opportunity to continue their education, reach their academic goals, and prepare to succeed in their careers. We are grateful for Franklin’s partnership and the benefits this pathway will provide our students.”

Aligning current best practices and the state’s established initiatives, the Guaranteed Admission Agreement spells out necessary coursework toward degree requirements at both institutions. Applying for admission to Franklin College is free, and the deposit to secure registration is $200. There is no additional cost to transfer to Franklin College from Ivy Tech. This guaranteed admission eliminates any loss of credits while minimizing cost to students and ensuring they can complete their bachelor’s degrees on time.

“Franklin College is committed to educational partnerships, and to supporting students in pursuit of their passions,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “We are eager to welcome Ivy Tech’s Liberal Arts ASAP students into our college community, where they will have access to all the resources necessary to reach their academic potential and complete a bachelor’s degree program.”

For eligibility, students must enroll at Ivy Tech Community College and complete all ASAP course work for the Associate of Science degree and the Transfer General Education Core requirements, earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and meet any other eligibility requirements for their specific program.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements can transfer into one of the following bachelor’s degree programs at Franklin College: Art History, Art Studio-Graphic Design, Art Studio-DFAP, Art Studio-Painting, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Multimedia Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Sociology: General Track, Sociology: Criminal Justice Track, or Theatre.

“Ivy Tech ASAP students from across the state will have the opportunity to take advantage of this unique partnership with Franklin College,” Dr. Steven Combs, Chancellor of the Ivy Tech Columbus campus, said. “As the campus that serves Johnson County and the Franklin area, we are particularly excited by this agreement that enables our ASAP students to smoothly transition to a four-year institution and continue their education close to home. We look forward to building a strong relationship with Franklin College and potentially developing additional opportunities for students.”

Once students transfer to Franklin College, they will be awarded no less than 60 semester hours of transfer credit toward their bachelor’s degree and will then pursue the additional 60 credit hours or more at Franklin to complete their specific degree. Students must also meet Franklin’s minimum grade requirements for specific courses and program requirement grade point averages.

“We are excited to partner with Ivy Tech through this targeted articulation with their Liberal Arts ASAP program,” said Dr. Kristin C. Flora, Franklin College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “Such a partnership increases the accessibility of a Franklin College education to high-achieving students throughout the state who begin their educational journey on an Ivy Tech campus. We are confident that this relationship will positively contribute to our state’s goal of 60 percent of working-age Hoosiers having a quality college degree or credential by the year 2025.”

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.

About Franklin College
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, Greek Life, musical and theatre productions, and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit http://www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

Anderson University & Ivy Tech Community College Announce Christian Ministries Articulation Agreement

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University (AU) and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech) are proud to announce a new articulation agreement in Christian ministries, through which students will have the opportunity to earn a dual degree.

Ivy Tech graduates with an associate of arts or an associate of science degree may transfer and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours from that completed degree to the requirements for Anderson University’s bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministries.

This transfer agreement is available to Ivy Tech students completing any associate of science or associate of arts degree regardless of the degree major. Ivy Tech transfer students will be expected to complete all upper-division core curriculum requirements at Anderson University, in addition to the faith courses built into the Christian ministries major.

Anderson University and Ivy Tech have a strong, ongoing academic partnership,” Joel Shrock, AU provost. “We are excited to expand our relationship to include this articulation agreement between Ivy Tech‘s associate of arts and associate of science degrees and AU’s Christian ministries major in its bachelor of arts degree.”

“This articulation agreement with Anderson University is especially exciting for students because of its flexibility. Ivy Tech students who earn one of 30 different AS (Associate of Science) degrees or our AA (Associate of Arts) in Liberal Arts, now have a direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries,” said Dr. Mia D. Johnson, Chancellor for the Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus. This is an unprecedented pathway at Ivy Tech Community College and we are excited to offer this opportunity to our students.”    

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Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College Team Up With AWS to Provide Tech Skills Training to 5,000 Citizens Statewide

Government, education, and industry leaders in Indiana commit to increasing access to cloud computing education to individuals interested in upskilling and reskilling

Indianapolis, IN, July 26, 2021—Today, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Ivy Tech Community College, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced a statewide initiative to allow access to cloud computing education courses and certifications for learners in high schools and community colleges across the state. This initiative aims to train, upskill, and certify at least 5,000 Hoosiers over the next two years to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their local communities.

In support of this initiative, AWS has committed to provide education institutions with free professional development, technical training, and a select number of certification exams for educators who will begin teaching cloud computing courses to their students starting next fall. AWS education programs provide education institutions with ready-to-teach, cloud computing curriculum that prepares students for in-demand cloud jobs and industry-recognized AWS Certifications. Education institutions across the state are invited to participate in AWS education programs, including high school, career and technical education sites, community colleges, and universities.

“We are pleased to collaborate with AWS to bring this opportunity to Hoosiers across Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College. “As the state’s community college our focus is on bringing the education needed to earn credentials that result in high-paying careers right into the communities we serve.  This is a perfect example of how being agile and partnering with our industry experts brings access to training that results in high-paying careers via the community college.”

As part of this commitment, Indiana will create stronger pathways to tech careers and the Indiana DWD has already been playing a critical role in developing and connecting workers to in-demand jobs across the state. By supporting career training for adults and work-based learning opportunities, this initiative has been supported by DWD from the beginning. Many Hoosiers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reinforced their mission to reskill and upskill all who are interested. “We recognize the economic impact that this collaboration will have on the citizens of this state,” said Fred Payne, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “We will continue to support this initiative that will reinforce Indiana’s efforts to build and train the workforce of the future.”

According to LinkedIn, cloud computing has remained one of the most in-demand hard skills for the past five years, and two AWS Certifications appear on the top 10 highest paying certifications list by Global Knowledge (2020). Data from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) identified 39,035 unique job postings in Indiana requesting cloud computing skills in 2020, and more than 10 percent of those jobs specifically requested AWS skills. Only a select number of Hoosiers currently hold an AWS Certification, creating a significant skills gap for local employers interested in hiring technical talent to fill open roles.

“If you look at how technology played a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—ensuring our children could continue to learn, allowing businesses to enable staff to work remotely, and keeping us safely connected virtually—skilled technical talent helped make this possible,” said Kim Majerus, Leader, US Education, State and Local Government, AWS.  “As the economy recovers and organizations continue to develop life-changing solutions, we are thrilled to collaborate with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College to create agile and equitable reskilling and upskilling programs to unlock opportunities for Hoosiers to build new careers and get back to work.”

As Indiana continues to attract more tech jobs to the state, this collaboration will increase access to education and skills training to secure jobs from organizations across various sectors and industries in roles such as software development, cloud architecture, data science, cyber security, cloud support engineers, and more.  Ivy Tech Community College is uniquely positioned to connect individuals to these high-paying cloud computing jobs, serving as the largest, public post-secondary institution in Indiana.

“With the demand for cloud talent, I believe we are launching a program that can get people back to work and onto a path to financial freedom,” said Linda Calvin, Vice President, School of Information Technology, Workforce Alignment, Ivy Tech Community College. “I also believe this is a great opportunity to reach out to engage with women and our communities of color to encourage the pursuit of a great career in tech.”

Indiana high schools are also an important part of this collaborative effort. “The partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and our local high schools and career centers is critical to ensure a strong pipeline of future cloud-ready technical talent in our state,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Vice President of K-14 Initiatives, Ivy Tech Community College. “Our secondary career and technical education programs will lay the foundation for students to learn about cloud computing on AWS and other high-tech skills through dual credit and enrollment programming in the high schools to prepare students for advanced training and skill development, to secure in-demand, high-wage jobs.” 

Local employers are equally excited about the potential of building a stronger pipeline of cloud-skilled talent by partnering with Ivy Tech Community College to meet the needs of the local Indiana workforce.

“As cloud adoption accelerates, the talent gap continues to grow. Ivy Tech Community College is leading the charge to equip students and workers to meet the need,” said Chris Seitz, Vice President, CleanSlate Technology Group. “The Ivy Tech vision is thoughtful and the programs are compelling, creating a clear path for employers to identify and retain emerging cloud professionals.”

“Infosys’s mission is to identify and scale the digital capabilities needed by our clients, who include some of the largest and most high-profile companies in the world,” said Richard Cardwell, Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Infosys. “As a result, it is our firm belief at Infosys that the reskilling and training of American workers in these digital technologies must be a priority. The collaborative effort with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s Workforce Development, and AWS is a testament to that vision.”

To learn more about AWS cloud training offerings at local education institutions and how to enroll, please visit www.ivytech.edu/cloud-technologies.  To learn more about AWS education programs, a part of AWS Training and Certification, please visit here.