Ivy Tech Community College President to testify before Congress, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College President, Sue Ellspermann, will testify today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Washington, D.C.

The Subcommittee on Research and Technology will hold a hearing titled “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work”. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence on the workforce, including issues related to worker displacement, retraining of the current workforce, and developing a skilled technical workforce of the future that can thrive in an economy in which AI increasingly plays a role.

“Community colleges are forming new partnerships with businesses to provide employers with the talent they need by developing new certifications and nimble programs to address the demand and changes that will inevitably arise from the implementation of AI and machine learning,” said Ellspermann.

Ellspermann will highlight the most significant points of her testimony followed by time for questions. She will speak on Ivy Tech’s use of local supply and demand data to align programming. Additionally, she has been specifically asked to focus on the new Ivy Tech Career Coaching and Employer Connections model which intentionally brings together career development and employer engagement to meet the needs of the workforce.

“Ivy Tech’s new approach to career services emphasizes career readiness practices alongside academics throughout the duration of the student experience,” said Ellspermann. “Implementation of these strategies will ensure all students have the work experience, knowledge, and skills needed to thrive in high-value careers of today and tomorrow.”

Additional topics include a discussion on how machine learning and artificial intelligence are affecting how community college and vocational schools educate and train the workforce. Also, Ellspermann will be discussing recommendations for how the Federal government can work with community colleges and vocational schools to address future research and education needs.

“Ivy Tech is addressing the changing demands for the skilled technical workforce in many ways by partnering with industry leaders to develop flexible degrees that are interdisciplinary in nature, changing

our delivery models for class offerings and receipt of payments to best meet student and employer needs, and establishing a comprehensive data-driven program and workforce demand review process to ensure we are keeping our fingers on the pulse of changes in our communities,” Ellspermann continued.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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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