Ivy Tech awarded $130,000 grant from Lumina Foundation

Grant to fund national convening focused on encouraging accessible adult education.

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana has received a $130,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for Education toward funding a national convention of public community colleges. The convention, to be held in or near Indianapolis between March and May of next year, will focus on increasing access and success for working adults in post-secondary, associate degree level education.

The conference will discuss educational needs pertinent to working adults–nontraditional students who may not have good secondary or post-secondary experience and may lack skills and resources to succeed at the college level. 

The convening will explore specific strategies community colleges can apply to make education more accessible to working adults, such as cohort learning, access to student services, and holding classes at convenient times and locations. Ivy Tech’s College of Working Adults already implements some of these strategies and the college hopes this convening will be an opportunity to share its own experiences while learning new strategies from other colleges and educators.  

Ivy Tech Community College aims to offer open access, affordable education to Indiana residents, seeking to empower Indiana’s workforce, which currently ranks 46th in the nation in proportion of adults with associate degrees. The convening will encourage pooling information on the effectiveness of various strategies to aid adults in completing their degree. Ivy Tech and other community college institutions will have a chance to compare experiences and methods that have been effective toward meeting the needs of working adults. 

“We are thrilled about the opportunities that will open up thanks to the Lumina Foundation’s generosity and are excited to explore ways to better serve our adult learners through this convening” said Dr. Rebecca Nickoli, Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development at Ivy Tech Community College.

Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school. Through grants for research, innovation, communication and evaluation, as well as policy education and leadership development, Lumina Foundations addresses issues that affect access and educational attainment among all students, particularly underserved student groups, including adult learners. The Foundation bases its mission on the belief that postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments that individuals can make in themselves and that society can make in its people. For more details on the Foundation, visit www.luminafoundation.org.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is one of the nation’s largest statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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