Community Foundation of Wabash County Board of Directors approves $22k grant to support Ivy Tech initiatives

On May 7, 2019, the Community Foundation of Wabash County Board of Directors approved grants totaling $22,000 to the Wabash County Community Learning Center to support two new Ivy Tech Community College initiatives for Wabash County high school students.

  • $16,000 will fund Ivy Tech instructors for select Communications and Math courses for the 2019–20 school year. Through the partnership of Ivy Tech Community College, the Wabash County Community Learning Center, and Heartland Career Center, these courses will be tuition free to all Wabash County and Heartland Career Center high school students. Additionally, these students are eligible to take designated Anatomy and Physiology and Psychology courses for tuition free through a different
  • $6,000 of the grant money will fund tuition for up to four Heartland Career Center Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) students to complete the Ivy Tech Community College CDL+ certificate. The CDL program is new to Heartland Career Center students and was created in response to employer workforce needs in Wabash County. The CDL program will begin in the 2019–20 school

“We are thankful for the generous support of the Community Foundation of Wabash County in our efforts to expand dual credit opportunities to Wabash County students,” says Joshua Blossom, director of the Wabash Community Learning Center. “The innovative programming developed through the partnership of Ivy Tech Community College, Heartland Career Center, and the Wabash Learning Center will allow participating Wabash County high school students and their families to save thousands of dollars in tuition on their way to earning credits towards technical certificates and associates degrees.”

The following courses will be offered free of charge to Wabash County and Heartland Career Center high school students at the Wabash County Community Learning Center in the fall semester. Spring semester courses will be announced at a later date.

Fall 2019 course offerings

MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 to 8:50 a.m.
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking Monday 9 to 11:50 a.m.
APHY 101 Anatomy & Physiology I Tuesday, Wednesday 9 to 11 a.m.
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Friday 9 to 11:50 a.m.

For more information, contact Joshua Blossom at 260-563-8828.

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MDRC Announces New Initiative: Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS)

MDRC is pleased to announce the Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) initiative, with support from Arnold Ventures. SUCCESS seeks to improve graduation rates for traditionally underserved students at community colleges, by helping states and institutions align their resources with evidence-driven practices. SUCCESS combines components from multiple programs that have proven themselves to be effective at helping students succeed in college. It seeks to create financially sustainable programs that will dramatically improve graduation rates at scale.

SUCCESS programs will be built around elements derived from more than 15 years of postsecondary research conducted by MDRC and others. These program components include: frequent proactive advising; financial incentives tied to service usage; strategies focused on increasing academic momentum (like requiring full-time enrollment or encouraging summer/winter enrollment); and the use of real-time data to support student progress.

MDRC will provide in-depth technical assistance to up to nine colleges from four states to develop new, financially sustainable student support programs that will be implemented beginning in fall 2019. Institutions already participating include:

  • California: Bakersfield College and Chaffey College
  • Indiana: Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Areas
  • New Jersey: Essex County College and Passaic County Community College
  • Ohio: Stark State College

Ivy Tech Community College will launch the initiative at the Bloomington, Indianapolis and Kokomo campuses, including their respective service area locations, with the intent to scale it statewide. Once determined, MDRC will assist the College in creating a cost-effective model and how to identify the funds needed.

States and institutions will be encouraged to align SUCCESS programs with existing statewide student success initiatives and may focus on specific student populations, such as low-income students, underrepresented minorities, or adults. By disseminating the results and providing additional technical assistance, MDRC will support the expansion of SUCCESS within and beyond these initial states and colleges.

For more information about MDRC, visit www.mdrc.org.

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.