Ivy Tech Community College Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“We’re honored to be among the top schools recognized for service to our veterans,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “Providing the opportunity for them to receive an education is one small way for us to give back for their service to our country. We feel it is our privilege to make that possible for our veterans.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit ivytech.edu/veteran-services.

Ivy Tech will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

About Military Friendly® Schools: The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, https://www.militaryfriendly.com.

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.

About Victory Media: Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our datadriven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ivy Tech Forms Relationship with Chinese College to Enhance Educational Opportunities

Ivy Tech Community College has established a sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College of Huzhou, China, to provide academic and cultural exchange opportunities that will greatly enhance the educational capabilities of both institutions. 

The two colleges formalized the partnership at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 23, at the Ivy Tech Columbus campus. Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder and Wu Haiyan, Vice President of Huzhou Vocational & Technical College, finalized the agreement and were joined by representatives from both schools as well as local economic development officials.

 

“Ivy Tech deeply values partnerships that can strengthen our culture of providing meaningful opportunities for our students and faculty,” Snyder said. “We welcome the sister college relationship with Huzhou Vocational & Technical College and look forward to developing mutually beneficial connections between our two institutions.”  

 

Huzhou Vocational & Technical College is a public college located in the city of Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, which is one of the most developed economic hubs in China. The college has seven schools offering 32 full-time diploma programs and about 60 diploma and degree programs of open and continuing education.

The sister college relationship between Ivy Tech and Huzhou grew from visits by Columbus-area government, economic development, and education officials to China. Ivy Tech participates in the visits to ensure business leaders considering expansions in Indiana that the local workforce has opportunities for education and training.

 

Both colleges will develop student and faculty exchange programs and collaborate on teaching materials and methods, distance education, scientific research, and innovations. Programs that could give students the opportunity to complete one or more years of their education in China or the U.S. are also possible under the agreement.

 

“Ivy Tech and Huzhou Vocational & Technical College share the mission of ensuring our students are well prepared for success academically and in their professional careers,” said Chris Lowery, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Columbus/Southeast. “Our sister college collaboration will enable our faculty to expand their courses, offer our students valuable cultural experiences, and help us align education with the needs of our corporate partners.”

 

Ivy Tech and Huzhou offer similar academic programs, including advanced automation robotics, computer information technology, and engineering technology. These programs provide students a pathway to careers at international companies with operations in China and Indiana.

 

“Many careers will require students to have a broad education that can translate to working at an international level,” said Sue Smith, Vice President of Ivy Tech’s Technology Division. “By partnering with Huzhou, we can make a profound difference in the education we provide.”

 

Ivy Tech also benefits from a sister college relationship with Wuxi Professional College of Science and Technology in Wuxi, China, which was established in November 2010.

 

 

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.

 

Ivy Tech Community College experiences increased student satisfaction, improved customer service with launch of Express Enrollment Centers

INDIANAPOLIS – Two years ago, Ivy Tech Community College launched an innovative way to deliver and streamline student services that created a one-stop shop for the college’s most-used student services.  Now the initiative is delivering an improved customer service experience for the state’s largest student body.

The launch of the college’s one-stop initiative, dubbed the Express Enrollment Center, began in Fall 2013 with the opening of the initial center at its South Bend campus.  With Express Enrollment Centers now located at 16 Ivy Tech campuses, the centers are satisfying student needs quickly and efficiently.

With the launch of the Express Enrollment Centers, Ivy Tech was able to streamline and standardize processes in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records and Business Office (Bursar) allowing students to visit any Express Enrollment Center to experience the same customer service and consistent procedures.  It also eliminated the student from having to visit multiple offices if they had several questions.  Instead, they visit one central location to answer nearly all questions.

Anne Penny Valentine, the college’s Vice President for Customer Service and Student Experience, said extensive cross training and customer service training was provided to existing staff in order to prepare for their roles in the Express Enrollment Center.

“We implemented a very detailed training plan to ensure our Student Service Professionals who would work in the Express Enrollment Center were equipped with the right information to be able to answer any student concern, and our efforts have truly paid off,” she said.

Students are in agreement.  According to a statewide survey of students, 95 percent indicated they would recommend the Express Enrollment Center to a friend, while 93 percent indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with their overall experience in the Express Enrollment Center.

“We really put a focus on delivering top-notch customer service through one location so students wouldn’t have to be bounced around from office to office, which is a new concept for colleges, and is an especially challenging project given the size of Ivy Tech,” said Valentine.

At the Express Enrollment Center, a student can apply for admission, create student accounts, complete the FAFSA, get financial aid information, complete new student orientation, pay tuition, schedule appointments for assessment and advising, and much more.

For more information on the Express Enrollment Center, visit https://ivytech.edu/enrollmentcenter/index.html.

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.