Ivy Tech Community College and Martin University Expand Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Martin University and Ivy Tech Community College have expanded their partnership. Dr. Marcus Kolb, assistant vice president of Academic Quality and Assessment at Ivy Tech, will be shared with Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers four-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, to serve as an Executive on Loan.  

Dr. Marcus Kolb, assistant vice president of Academic Quality and Assessment at Ivy Tech

Launched in December 2020, the partnership between the two schools focuses on the advancement of minority students to make positive progress in overcoming racial gaps. The schools will focus on helping students succeed in their educational goals and assist employers in hiring a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

“With Martin University and Ivy Tech sharing so many common goals, and working to serve many of the same kinds of students, I am honored to be asked to continue to contribute to the growing partnership and help chart a path for the next set of initiatives and innovations,” said Kolb.

Information Technology (IT) will be a specific focus of the partnership to increase diversity in this sector. Martin will create a new Cyber Entrepreneurship program designed to expand access to the IT field for minority groups and people of color. This will be melded with Ivy Tech’s NSA-certified Cybersecurity associate degree resulting in highly skilled and innovative professionals of color to fill thousands of high-wage careers in Indiana’s tech sector. Ivy Tech students, upon completion of the Cybersecurity degree, are guaranteed to be admitted into the Martin Cyber Entrepreneurship program.

Martin’s new Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, created to assist organization leaders in their efforts to strengthen diversity equity and inclusion, will provide Ivy Tech with access to expertise and training to better educate faculty, staff, and students for success in their focused areas. This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, seminars, programs, initiatives, and consulting engagements.

“The selection of Dr. Marcus Kolb to serve as an Executive on Loan to Martin University is another great example of Ivy Tech’s continued investment in, and commitment to, the success and longevity of our strong partnership,” said Dr. Sean Huddleston, President of Martin University. “I am looking forward to Dr. Kolb’s leadership in collaboration with our leadership team, faculty, and staff as we continue to build the important transfer and success pathways for Ivy Tech students as they transition to Martin. Our aligned focus on access, equity, and career mobility for the amazing students we both serve will truly be a game-changer for our entire region.”

The efforts of the two schools will also focus on increasing the pipeline of teachers of color by offering guaranteed admissions into Martin’s School of Education, and scholarship opportunities to Ivy Tech students completing associate degrees in elementary and secondary education.

“Ivy Tech is excited about our full and robust partnership with Martin University. Dr. Marcus Kolb, who has been engaged with this partnership since inception, will provide the cross-institutional leadership to ensure we achieve the educational and career equity outcomes this partnership promises,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “It is our shared goal to see Ivy Tech students leverage Martin’s guaranteed admissions, strong academic programs, and robust Martin Works Program to complete their bachelor’s degrees and launch high impact, successful careers in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana.”

Kolb serves as the Ivy Tech’s Systems Office Diversity Lead and was an appointed member of the President’s Strategic Planning Advisory Council. He continues his commitment to equity and inclusion as an adjunct professor for a social justice learning community at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics from Kutztown University.

Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers four-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, developed Martin WORKS to provide students with paid internships and other career development experiences while earning their degrees. 

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest higher education institution serving more than 150,000 students at more than 40 locations, awarding more than 35,000 associate degrees and workforce credentials annually.  

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.