Ivy Tech Foundation awarded $4.9 million from Lilly Endowment

Grant will help the college fill the middle-skill worker gap in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS— The Ivy Tech Foundation is the recipient of a $4.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.  The grant is one of a series of grants totaling nearly $63 million that the Endowment awarded to 39 colleges and universities as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations.  

Ivy Tech will use the $4.9 million grant to implement a four-year transformative set of strategies that better align the college’s degree and certificate programs with the needs of Indiana employers.  These strategies will engage the entire academic institution, including Academic Affairs, Corporate College, Student/Career Services, Institutional Research, Foundation/Alumni Services and all Ivy Tech campuses, and its constituents, along with an extensive array of business, education, economic and workforce development partners.

The initiative will contain three major components: regularly gathering and evaluating employer and student survey data; growing certificate and degree programs in demand by Indiana employers, including the addition of a new automation and robotics technician degree designed in collaboration with auto manufacturing employers; and improving and increasing career planning, internships and job placements across the campuses of Ivy Tech.

Programs funded by this grant will impact major labor market sectors in Indiana, including information technology, manufacturing, logistics, automotive, health, business and others.  Ivy Tech anticipates training, certifying and/or graduating 15,000 students with grant support; placing 80 to 90 percent of certificate and degree completers in jobs; impacting the lives of at least 36,000 students through career planning, internship and placement services; and improving communication and engagement with 150,000 constituents.  

To ensure the successful implementation of these programs, Ivy Tech’s Institutional Research staff will create benchmarks and assist departments in monitoring metrics and outcomes and will oversee data evaluation efforts.  The research staff will repeat the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) survey of students nearing degree completion every other year and will facilitate a survey of employers and alumni every other year to monitor changes in attitudes/success.  Research staff will track student placement and earnings using the Workforce Intelligence System.  Additionally, they will utilize the Ivy Tech Banner system to track student progress and track student engagement with career services.  Programs demonstrating success will be sustained long term to the extent that labor market demand persists.

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.

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