Ivy Tech Community College Names Teresa Hess Executive Director of Apprenticeship Studies

INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Community College has named Teresa Hess the new Executive Director of Apprenticeship Studies. She replaces Craig Fry who will retire from the college.

Hess first joined Ivy Tech in 1994 as Apprentice Enrollment Manager. Over the years, she has held several other positions, such as Apprentice Operations Manager and Workforce and Economic Development Assistant Director. Hess most recently worked as the Director of Apprenticeship and Grants Administration, which she will be leaving in order to take on her new role as executive director.

“We are excited about Teresa taking on her new role as executive director of our apprenticeship studies,” said Sue Smith, Vice President of the Technology and Applied Sciences Division. “She has seen this program grow from its very first years until now, and we have no doubt that with her diligent leadership, the apprenticeship program will continue to flourish and expand.”

Ivy Tech’s apprenticeship program first began in 1993 as a pilot program. It had four apprenticeship programs, which have since expanded to include 15 trades at 63 sites. The original goal of the Apprenticeship Degree Program was to provide academic recognition for the educational and training activities of the building trade’s apprenticeship programs. Under this partnership, Ivy Tech is currently providing training to nearly 5,000 apprentices and over 3,000 journeypersons.  

Hess is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. Hess then went on to earn her master’s degree in human resource development at Indiana State University. Hess is involved in several organizations in her field, and is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), Building Trades Coordinators Directors Association of Indiana, and Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

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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