TERRE HAUTE, IN – Ivy Tech Community College and the Vigo County School Corporation today announced an innovative new partnership, Achieve Your Degree, designed to provide guidance and financial assistance to VCSC employees interested in pursuing an education at Ivy Tech Community College. The VCSC’s Achieve Your Degree program will primarily focus its efforts on helping the school corporation’s education assistants develop into teachers to help address the shortage of teachers in the area.
“We are excited to partner with Ivy Tech Community College and provide our education assistants the opportunity to further their education,” said Danny Tanoos, Superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation. “Participation in Achieve Your Degree will help the school corporation have access to additional teachers in secondary, elementary, and special education to address the shortage of teachers in these areas.”
VCSC employees will be able to start classes during Ivy Tech’s spring semester. Participants will be encouraged to pursue coursework that puts them on a path to earning an Associate Degree in Education or an Associate of Applied Science degree in an area of their choice. Upon earning an Associate Degree in Secondary, Elementary or Special Education, VCSC employees can transfer those 60 credits via the Transfer Single Articulation Pathway to either Indiana State University or St. Mary of the Woods College to complete their bachelor’s degree. VCSC employees would then enter ISU or St. Mary of the Woods as a junior. Upon earning an Associate or an Associate of Applied Science degree the employee would also be credentialed to teach as a substitute teacher in the VCSC.
The goal is to limit out of pocket costs for VCSC employees in the program by covering the cost of tuition, fees and books through a combination of federal financial aid and Ivy Tech scholarship funds. For future semesters, Ivy Tech and VCSC will seek other forms of funding to help keep the cost of completing the degree minimal for VCSC employees.
“One of the bigger challenges facing school corporations in the State of Indiana is the shortage of folks interested in becoming teachers. With the Achieve Your Degree program, Ivy Tech Community College is helping the Vigo County School Corporation develop the next generation of teachers from talent already working in the schools,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Once again, Danny Tanoos has proven himself a creative, visionary statewide leader in education. We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity to improve the college attainment rate for the citizens of our community.”
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.