INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has approved Ivy Tech Community College to offer a new Technical Certificate and Certificate in Entrepreneurship that will be available at all 31 campuses beginning in August 2014. These new certificates directly link with the College’s mission toward providing higher education programs that enhance Indiana’s economic development.
The 31-credit hour Technical Certificate and 18-credit hour Certificate in Entrepreneurship are intended to prepare graduates to apply a comprehensive set of principles toward establishing, owning and operating an independent business. Selected courses in the certificates include Entrepreneurial Marketing and Market Research, Venture Growth and Development and Entrepreneurial Tax and Finance. Business plan development is an integral component of the program and business plan writing software is utilized.
The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed for students with knowledge in other fields of study acquired either through postsecondary education or through industry or life experience. The Technical Certificate includes the Entrepreneurship courses and adds an accounting, marketing, computer, communication and college success course.
The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus worked collaboratively with a group of statewide faculty and academic leadership to develop these new programs in an effort to provide students practical tools to start businesses upon graduation from Ivy Tech.
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.