Ivy Tech Community College Leaders Appointed to National Commission

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nine Ivy Tech Community College leaders have been appointed to serve on five American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commissions.

  • David Bathe, chancellor, Lafayette campus – Small and Rural Colleges
  • Travis Haire, chancellor, Sellersburg campus – College Readiness
  • Alex Huskey, chancellor, Marion campus – College Readiness
  • Rebecca Rahschulte, vice president of K-14 Initiatives and Statewide Partnerships – College Readiness
  • Lori Handy, vice chancellor, Indianapolis campus – Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation
  • Rod Brown, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indianapolis Campus – Structured Pathways
  • Dean McCurdy, chancellor, Kokomo campus – Structured Pathways
  • Countance Anderson, vice chancellor for Student Success, Valparaiso campus – Student Success
  • John Cowles, vice chancellor for Student Success, Indianapolis campus – Student Success

There are nine commissions authorized by the AACC Board. Each commission consists of an average of 24 people from member institutions who are CEOs or administrators.

The Commission on Small and Rural Colleges will offer the association advice and council on trends and issues impacting these institutions. They will highlight innovative practices in small and rural colleges and can serve as models for other institutions. They will also make suggestions to the association on ways that it may address the needs of the segment of this sector.

The Commission on College Readiness will provide recommendations for consideration to AACC and AASA leadership in the design and execution of the two associations’ joint meetings. They will help identify promising practices and colleges and K-12 districts that have innovative solutions to advance college-going rates. They will also volunteer as needed to assist in designing innovative programming for superintendents and college presidents to foster more effective and efficient relationships between the two associations.

The Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation will be charged with focusing on the transformation of the institution to improve student success, which includes administrative processes, infrastructure, technology and building human resource capacity.

The Commission on Structured Pathways will focus on strategies for scaling community college pathways across systems, states, and the nation. They will contribute to the development of the AACC Pathways resources and related work through identification of pertinent resources, technical assistance expertise, and college examples, as well as through review of emerging evidence on the efficacy of pathways.

The Commission on Student Success will focus on student access and success, and organizational transformation. They may examine subject areas, including but not limited to the following: degree completion and two-year to four-year transfer. In addition, the commission may focus on initiatives that facilitate the implementation of the 21st-Century Initiative and Implementation Guidelines; showcase cutting-edge innovation with proven outcomes and improve student success; and provide affordable, high-quality technical assistance in areas that support student success.

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.

Next Level Jobs Expansion Results in More Tuition-Free Credentials at Ivy Tech Community College

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has increased its tuition-free credential offerings thanks to the expansion of the State’s Next Level Jobs initiative. The initiative is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda to continue the positive momentum of Indiana. Hoosiers can earn a free short-term certificate to prepare them for a career in a high-growth, in-demand job field.

Recent eligibility changes were also announced where Hoosiers with two- and four-year degrees are temporarily eligible for Next Level Jobs credentials. Additional eligibility requirements include: being an Indiana resident, having a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency, having not previously earned a Next Level Jobs certificate, and filing a FAFSA.

Ivy Tech’s recently added offerings include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing non-credit: NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance Level I, SACA Industry 4.0, Welding
  • Building and Construction non-credit: NCCER – Carpentry, NCCER – CORE, NCCER – Electrical, NCCER – Plumbing, NCCER – Project Supervision
  • Health and Life Sciences non-credit: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Phlebotomist
  • Transportation and Logistics non-credit: Certified Logistics Technician (CLT), Certified Logistics Associate (CLA), Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Credit programs: Technical Certificate in Paramedic Science, Certificate in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

“We are committed to expanding our August start offerings for Hoosiers who need to skill-up or find employment, especially with so many today experiencing challenges from the pandemic,” said Chris Lowery, senior vice president of workforce and careers, Ivy Tech Community College. “We know employers need skilled employees to fill job vacancies and most require a short-term certificate or training. Combine employer need with Ivy Tech’s ability to offer them free, thanks to the State of Indiana, and all Hoosiers benefit.”

Classes start at Ivy Tech on August 24 and prospective students still have time to get signed up for a Next Level Jobs program offering. For the full list of Next Level Jobs eligible programs visit: www.ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs .

 

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.

Ivy Tech Indianapolis partners with City of Indianapolis and Community Development Entities for new $14 million Automotive Technology Center

College celebrates with Mayor Joe Hogsett and community partners at July 22 groundbreaking ceremony

Left to right: Sue Ellspermann (Ivy Tech president), Kathleen Lee (Chancellor, Ivy Tech Central Indiana), Joe Hogsett (Mayor of Indianapolis), Mary Clark (Executive director of the International Marketplace District), Cherrish Pryor (State representative district 94 and Indiana House Democratic Caucus Floor Leader), Maggie Lewis (City councilor, district 10 and majority leader)

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Automotive Technology Training Center (4751 Century Plaza Road) in the city’s International Marketplace District on Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m. This new location is scheduled to open prior to the Fall 2021 semester and will replace its existing facility on East Washington Street.

“This groundbreaking has been years in the making and we are extremely grateful for the generous gifts and funders that helped make this possible,” said Dr. Kathleen Lee, chancellor of Ivy Tech Central Indiana. “While it is bittersweet to leave the East Washington location, we are so happy that TWG Development is going to develop the facility. The neighborhood will be in good hands and our downtown campus is still only a few miles away to serve the community.”

The new $14 million Automotive Technology Center is one of the $176 million in new developments for the International Marketplace District. Graduates of the program will be able to take advantage of its great job placement rates, which have an average salary of $50,000 per year.

“We’re excited to break ground on this state-of-the-art facility,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “The City is proud to partner with Ivy Tech Community College to make sure the next generation of Indianapolis students have the resources and skills necessary to thrive as they enter the workforce.”

The new Automotive Technology Center is approximately 60,000 square feet and will house classrooms, training labs, faculty offices, student commons and corporate labs for the College’s manufacturing partners. It will also have an admissions professional on-site to assist anyone that wants to enroll in any of Ivy Tech’s programs.

Rendering of new building

 

In addition to the new building, the College plans to enhance partnerships within the neighborhood to increase educational attainment. It has already partnered with the nearby Global Village, where it will offer general/core classes.

“The International Marketplace neighborhood looks forward to having Ivy Tech as an anchor institution in our community,” said Mary Clark, executive director and founder of the International Marketplace Coalition. “It is one of the many ways we will build diversity and strengthen our community.”

To learn more and follow the progress of the new Automotive Technology Center, visit IvyTech.edu/IndyAutomotive

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.

 

About the International Marketplace Coalition

The International Marketplace Coalition exists to promote the revitalization of the Lafayette Square area by creating an environment conducive to sustainable economic development for the benefit of this community, the city of Indianapolis, and the region.

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