Ivy Tech Community College and Damar announce Achieve Your Degree partnership to support degree completion

Ivy Tech Community College and Damar Services, Inc., announced a new partnership to support degree and certificate completion. Through its Achieve Your Degree program, Ivy Tech will provide guidance and financial assistance to any Damar employee interested in earning a degree or certificate from the Community College.

The program allows Damar employees to avoid up-front out of pocket tuition expenses when they utilize the company’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefit. In addition, Ivy Tech will assist the company’s employees with the college and financial aid application process, and will defer billing until the end of the semester, ensuring students take advantage of any financial aid opportunities for which they qualify. Onsite application assistance and academic advising are provided by Ivy Tech faculty and staff in order to accommodate busy work schedules and ensure appropriate course schedules.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that the Achieve Your Degree program will provide for our employees. Layering this program on top of our $3,000 annual tuition benefit turns the dream of pursuing a degree into a reality,” said Jennifer Mann, Chief Human Resources Officer for Damar Services, Inc.

Damar employs nearly 1,000 Hoosiers in and around Indianapolis. The Achieve Your Degree program is open to all employees; they can begin taking classes during the fall 2017 semester, which begins August 21. Ivy Tech offers more than 150 degree and certificate options, including many in healthcare, IT and business administration.

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 737,000 Hoosiers have some college experience, but have not completed a degree. Lumina Foundation has set a goal of increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

“Ivy Tech is partnering with organizations like Damar that are seeking to make a difference in their community,” said Dr. Kathleen Lee, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis. “Through the Achieve Your Degree program, companies have the opportunity to come alongside Ivy Tech to help achieve the goal of higher degree and certificate completion right here in Indiana.”

For more information about the Achieve Your Degree program, visit www.ivytech.edu/achieveyourdegree.

About Damar Services, Inc.

For 50 years, Damar Services has been a leader in providing services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities. From its main campus on Indianapolis’ southwest side, a northeast side clinic and other locations across the state, Damar offers residential and community-based treatment, outpatient behavioral health services and ABA Autism Services by Damar. In addition, Damar operates two schools and provides foster care services. For more information, visit www.damar.org.

About Ivy Tech Community College

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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