Ivy Tech Community College partners with Comcast to offer employees free college

Indiana’s You Can. Go Back. Program for adult students

INDIANAPOLIS — Comcast is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College to offer its 2,000 Hoosier employees the opportunity to return to school and complete a degree or workforce credential with no out-of-pocket tuition costs. The initiative is part of the You Can. Go Back. Program, a statewide campaign that aims to help the 750,000+ Hoosier adults with some college but no degree finish what they started.

More than a traditional employee college reimbursement benefit, the partnerships allow Comcast employees to attend college without paying up-front, out-of-pocket tuition expenses. Ivy Tech offers programs that will allow Comcast employees to earn a degree or certificate directly related to their career, including technology, engineering and business administration.

“This partnership between Ivy Tech and Comcast opens doors for those aspiring to serve in leadership roles, allowing employees to get valuable degrees and certifications,” said Dr. Kathleen Lee, chancellor of Ivy Tech Central Indiana. “We love partnering with businesses like Comcast who are really investing in their employees and their communities.”

Comcast is partnering with three Indiana colleges: Ivy Tech, WGU Indiana and Indiana Wesleyan University. The company identified these three institutions as the best equipped to meet the needs of its roughly 2,000 Hoosier employees. Comcast Indiana Public Relations Director, Mike Wilson, says the company is taking the education initiative a step further.

“We know these partnerships will benefit both our Comcast Indiana employees and the talent pool that drives our company’s success,” Comcast Indiana Public Relations Director Mike Wilson said. “Working with these colleges was an enlightening and positive experience, and I think every Indiana company can benefit just by starting that conversation with colleges and learning what opportunities may be available for employees.”

Comcast unveiled a best-practices guide for corporate-college partnerships to help employers navigate the process and find connections that support and meet the needs of companies, colleges and students. The guide, available online here, was developed in collaboration with Ivy Tech, Indiana Wesleyan University and WGU Indiana.

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSACMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About 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.  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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