EVANSVILLE, IN- Ivy Tech Community College and Deaconess Health System announced an innovative new partnership today, Achieve Your Degree. The Deaconess Achieve Your Degree program will provide guidance and financial assistance to any Deaconess Health System employee interested in pursuing an education at Ivy Tech Community College.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and provide our staff the opportunity to further their education and skills training,” said Linda E. White, President and CEO of Deaconess Health System. “Participation in Achieve Your Degree will produce well-educated health care professionals in a variety of important fields while simultaneously addressing the need for post-secondary education. It’s a win-win situation for our entire community.”
The Achieve your Degree program is open to all Deaconess employees, and they can begin participating immediately. Employees will also be able to start classes during Ivy Tech’s spring semester, which begins on January 11, 2016. Participants will be encouraged to pursue coursework that is applicable to their current or desired position at Deaconess, and it is anticipated that Nursing, Surgical Technology, CNA, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, and Paramedic Science will be among the most frequently selected programs.
There will be no out-of-pocket tuition costs for Deaconess employees to participate in the program. Tuition will be covered by a combination of financial aid and tuition reimbursement. Another benefit that all employees will receive is deferred tuition (which will cover any initial fees) and in-state tuition rates regardless of their location.
“Employers across the state are struggling to find qualified and skilled workers. With the Achieve Your Degree program, Ivy Tech Community College is helping employers to develop that talent from within,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor, Jonathan Weinzapfel. “In addition, by participating in the Achieve your Degree program, Deaconess is investing in their employees and helping them to grow both personally and professionally.”
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 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.
Deaconess was founded in 1892 by a group of Protestant ministers and laymen who felt called to care for the sick. More than 120 years later, Deaconess Health System has become the premier provider of health care services to three states and 26 counties. We continue our mission of providing quality health care services with a compassionate and caring spirit to the community.
Deaconess Health System consists of six hospitals in Southern Indiana: Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, The Heart Hospital, Deaconess Cross Pointe, and HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital. Additionally, the health system includes Deaconess Clinic, a fully integrated multispecialty group featuring primary care physicians as well as top specialty doctors. Also included in the health system are a freestanding Cancer Center, Urgent Care facilities, a network of preferred hospitals and doctors, more than 20 care sites, and multiple partnerships with other community health care providers.