INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College is helping participants in the Indiana National Guard’s Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy (HYCA) attend Ivy Tech. Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of Indiana, and Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder signed an agreement that will give cadets in the program the opportunity to earn three different types of scholarships at Ivy Tech.
Through the partnership, Ivy Tech will award up to fourteen $1,000 scholarships to each HYCA graduating class, preferably one scholarship from each Ivy Tech region. All HYCA graduates will also receive a scholarship for one three credit hour course. In addition, selected cadets will also be eligible to take a three credit hour Ivy Tech class while living at the Academy.
HYCA is a 17 month military-modeled training program for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. The Academy teaches the participants the life skills they need to be successful in school, work, and the community. During the first five months in HYCA, participants work towards earning their GED. During the last 12 months, they chose to continue their education or seek employment opportunities. The participants receive assistance from mentors who help them achieve their educational and employment goals.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has 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 and a member of the North Central Association.