Ivy Tech Community College Launches First Statewide Campaign

Public phase of $285 million capital campaign kicks off

Ivy Tech Community College’s impact is felt all across Indiana. When the College’s students succeed, our communities and local businesses thrive, our state attracts new industries and entrepreneurs, and our futures are bolder and brighter.  A recent study revealed Ivy Tech has a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact to the state.

Now the communities Ivy Tech serves have an opportunity to play a part in strengthening the critical role the College plays in Indiana.  Ivy Tech is beginning the public phase of its first-ever statewide campaign – a $285 million “Invest IN Ivy Tech” effort.

“Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college, plays an outsized role in upskilling Indiana’s workforce and increasing Hoosier prosperity,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “This campaign is largely a ‘human capital’ campaign ensuring we reach, educate, and serve all Hoosiers from first generation high school graduates to single parents and displaced workers allowing them to launch successful careers in high wage, high demand fields that will drive Indiana’s future economy.”

Invest IN Ivy Tech provides greater opportunity for each of the college’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support its students. The funds raised through the campaign will benefit all of the campuses serving the 92 counties across Indiana. It reflects the College’s strategic plan and each campus’ strategic priorities, and will make a substantial difference for students, communities and the state.

“This campaign to invest in Ivy Tech will be one of the most impactful statewide philanthropic efforts in the history of the College and the Foundation. I am proud to work with those who share their passion and generosity with our students” said Becky Miller, Interim President of the Ivy Tech Foundation.

The campaign is being co-chaired by Glick Art Owner & Chairwoman of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation Marianne Glick and Old National Bank Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones.  Ontario Systems Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer Ron Fauquher is serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the campaign.

“I believe that an investment in Ivy Tech is the most impactful on the future of our citizens, our communities, and our State.  I am honored to co-chair this campaign and help tell the Ivy Tech story,” stated Glick.

“I have seen first-hand the role of Ivy Tech graduates in our communities.  They graduate ready to work and to contribute to the quality of life in their hometowns,” said Jones.

Ivy Tech’s impact supports the equivalent of 56,697 jobs. For perspective, the activities of Ivy Tech and its students support one out of every 70 jobs in Indiana.  A recent economic impact study showed that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers.

“Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits students derive from their education,” said Ellspermann. “When the College’s students enter the workforce, whether right out of Ivy Tech or after continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree, they bring with them valuable skills acquired through their education, resulting in increased productivity for their employers. That has a lasting impact on our state and the dozens of communities where our students live and work.”  

To unite the past with the future, Invest IN Ivy Tech will be completed in 2023, the 60th anniversary of Ivy Tech.  Learn more at InvestINIvyTech.org.

Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Announce Guaranteed Admissions Partnership

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College have built on their long history of partnership in support of students by creating new transfer pathways with five new guaranteed admissions agreements.

The agreements will allow Ivy Tech students who have earned specific associate degrees to transfer as juniors and choose from among nine related baccalaureate programs at IU Bloomington: four in psychology, two in biology and one each in elementary education, informatics and criminal justice.

Students who enrolled at Ivy Tech after June 1, 2021, are eligible for the guaranteed admission option. Each program has specific requirements for admission and the timing of when students may transfer — either the fall or spring terms. According to each agreement, admitted students will be awarded at least 60 semester hours of credit toward their bachelor degree.

“We are thrilled about this new partnership with our colleagues at Ivy Tech,” IU Bloomington Interim Provost and Executive Vice President John S. Applegate said. “The guaranteed admissions agreements plan builds upon our current successful transfer agreements and helps place well-prepared students directly into some of our most sought-after majors.”

“Ivy Tech is pleased to help more students realize their goal of completing a bachelor’s degree at IU Bloomington,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “While there has been a transfer pathway for years, this guarantees a student who completes the appropriate associate degree and meets IU’s requirements will be admitted as a junior into selected programs. This relieves many students and their families of the worry, ‘Will I get admitted?’ and saves them and the state thousands of dollars by completing their associate degree at Ivy Tech.”

According to the agreements, the new pathways for transfer students are:

  • Associate of Science in informatics to Bachelor of Science in informatics.
  • Associate of Science in elementary education to Bachelor of Science in Education, elementary education.
  • Associate of Science in criminal justice to Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.
  • Associate of Science in biology to Bachelor of Arts in biology or Bachelor of Science in biology.
  • Associate of Science in psychology to Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Bachelor of Science in psychology, Bachelor of Science in organizational and business psychology, or Bachelor of Science in clinical psychological science.

More information about transfer pathways to IU Bloomington is available on the Transfer Single Articulation Pathways webpage.

The five new agreements expand the list of guaranteed admissions options that are available to Ivy Tech students. More information is available on Ivy Tech’s guaranteed admissions webpage.

What they’re saying:

“Ivy Tech’s mission includes being Indiana’s workforce engine, as well as the state’s largest transfer institution. We enroll a large number of students each year who wish to graduate from Ivy Tech and then transfer to IU Bloomington and complete a bachelor’s degree. In the past, students were somewhat uncertain about whether or not they would be admitted to IU Bloomington. This will not be the case with these new opportunities, which clearly identify the requirements for guaranteeing their admission to IU Bloomington. We are particularly pleased with the variety of program opportunities, including in STEM areas with high job demand in Indiana.” Kara Monroe, Ivy Tech provost

“We are excited to broaden our collaboration with Ivy Tech and continue to find ways to support student success. The existing Hoosier Link program and Transfer Tuesday events have been successful in transitioning students from Ivy Tech to IU Bloomington. These guaranteed admission agreements, in some of the most in-demand and popular majors, will assist in continuing to streamline degree progression and completion.” David Johnson, IU vice provost for enrollment management

“Helping students realize their dream of pursuing an undergraduate degree and being successful at this endeavor is of utmost importance to us at IU Bloomington. The partnership makes this goal more attainable for students who have begun their studies at Ivy Tech and who want to pursue a baccalaureate degree in one of these five areas on the Bloomington campus. The certainty and affordability these agreements promote greatly benefit these students and, in turn, all Hoosiers.” Kurt Zorn, IU Bloomington’s acting vice provost for undergraduate education

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.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Julius Edwards as Vice President of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Julius Edwards the vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain, effective September 27, 2021. Edwards currently serves as the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Marion, Ind. campus.

The vice president for Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain builds deep relationships in these economic sectors and utilizes employer-driven, voice-of-the-customer, and demand-driven data to develop strategies and plans to meet the workforce needs of this space. The vice president will assist and represent the senior vice president of Workforce and Careers in establishing strategic linkages with employers and associations related to the economic sectors that can benefit from the College’s mission to enhance the educational achievement of Hoosiers.

“Ivy Tech is at the forefront of helping students achieve their academic goals and assisting organizations in hiring and training Indiana’s workforce,” said Edwards. “I look forward to working with campus leaders in developing relationships with organizations and businesses statewide and beyond.”

In his current role, Edwards provides vision, leadership, and mentoring to 20 chairs, faculty, and dean at the Marion campus. Most notably, he collaborated with Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University to secure an AVD Foundation Grant, increased tutoring utilization by 20 percent, and worked with program chairs to review and revise employer advisory councils to identify business leaders who can provide insight on workforce needs.

Edwards started with Ivy Tech ten years ago as the assistant director of the Financial Aid Office/Default Management. His roles have included: director of the Transfer Center, divisional department chair/interim dean for various programs, and dean of the School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain and School of Public Affairs & Social Services.

“Julius Edwards is uniquely qualified to fill this incredibly important role. His extensive and successful background in business, his track record of leading change and growth at the College, and his demonstrated commitment to our students, employer partners, and the great Hoosier state, underscore why he is the best person to serve as our next vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain. I am delighted he has agreed to serve in this capacity and look forward to working closely with him,” said Chris Lowery, senior vice president of Workforce and Careers, Ivy Tech Community College.

Prior to Ivy Tech, Edwards held roles at: JT International LLC as accountant/financial advisor/business consultant; Flagstar Bank as branch manager/subject matter expert; First Investors Corporation as a registered representative; and Unified Financial Services as a mutual fund accountant. His accomplishments include co-founding the Indiana Transfer Council (ITC), nomination for the Center for Leadership Development’s Minority Achievers Award, and a finalist for “Indiana’s Best and Brightest” in in education.

Edwards has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Indiana University and Purdue University Kelly School of Business and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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.