Ivy Tech Community College Offering Free Personal Care Attendant Course

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is now offering a free Patient Care Attendant (PCA) course in response to the much-needed support of long-term care facilities in Indiana. Ivy Tech will provide the five-hour classroom portion of the PCA class virtually through Zoom, while the long-term care facilities will be responsible for three hours of skills training and check-offs on-site at the facility.

“Ivy Tech has a long-standing relationship with the long-term care providers in our state,” said Mary Anne Sloan, vice president of Healthcare, Ivy Tech Community College. “Our ability to offer this training at no cost to them is one way to assist in increasing the ability of long-term care facilities to provide safe and efficient care to some of our most vulnerable citizens. Our faculty are committed to providing this important training and are very excited for the opportunity.”

Upon completion, the eight-hour course will allow individuals to assist long-term care residents with basic needs such as feeding assistance, dressing, and more. Individuals must register through a long-term care facility to attend the training.

For more information contact Martha Moody at mmoody24@ivytech.edu.

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.

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In a time of crisis, Ivy Tech guest student program provides a much-needed option

By Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College

During the past month, I have been tremendously impressed by the ingenuity and responsiveness of America’s higher education professionals. With little notice, colleges and universities across the nation moved classes to virtual and online formats and found new ways to provide the services students depend upon as they pursue their educational journey. While I’m most proud of the efforts made by Ivy Tech Community College faculty and staff, it is clear that all institutions share a strong commitment to students and their families.

At Ivy Tech, we see many college students ably navigating the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and successfully completing their coursework. We are hearing from faculty of the resiliency and commitment of our students across the state. We also know, however, that some students risk falling behind as they juggle competing priorities with school, work and home as they deal with the pandemic’s devastating effects. Further, many parents and guardians are wondering if they can afford for their students to continue in college. With this in mind, Ivy Tech has committed to providing all students with another pathway by increasing our capacity to serve guest students via online and virtual classes. This has long been a strength and competency of Ivy Tech, but it has never been as relevant as it is right now.

What is Ivy Tech’s guest student program? It allows students who remain enrolled at their home four-year institution to earn credits at Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition rate (lowest in the state), then transfer those credits back to their home institution. It’s truly the best of both worlds: students continue to progress toward a degree from their institution of choice while enjoying the tremendous flexibility that Ivy Tech’s online and virtual classes provide. Students can take classes this summer, or add Ivy Tech classes to their existing summer schedule at their home institution. Best of all, Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition means guest students can save money during these challenging times while accelerating their progress toward graduation.

Ivy Tech makes it easy to enroll as a guest student. The process starts with a free application, which can be completed at IvyTech.edu/Guest. Everything can be done online and with virtual services to support students every step of the way.

As we continue to withstand and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, our state and country will benefit from having more bright minds and talented students succeeding in college and prepared to enter the workforce in high demand careers. Through our guest student program, Ivy Tech can help make that vision a reality and give students some much-needed affordability and flexibility.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited statewide community college system in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Doneisha Posey, J.D. as vice president of Diversity, Equity and Belonging, effective April 6, 2020. The position was posted nationally and had more than 90 qualified applicants. This position will champion a diverse and inclusive college environment, and will actively engage students, faculty, and staff to advance behaviors, attitudes, and policies that increase awareness and commitment to eliminating student success and employment equity gaps. Posey most recently served at the College’s executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging.

“Ivy Tech Community College continues to enhance our statewide impact on the community by supporting our students, faculty, and staff with a welcoming, inclusive and equitable culture,” said Posey. “I’m honored to continue to contribute to the mission of creating a culture where everyone is respected and where all perspectives and backgrounds work together to advance diversity, equity, and belonging for all.”

Prior to Ivy Tech, Posey served as deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also serves as an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches Housing Discrimination and Segregation, as well as Race and the Law. Earlier this year, she was named 40 Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal and Indy’s Best and Brightest in Education/Nonprofit by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. In 2019, she received the Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s Drum Major for Justice Award and was the 2018 Marion County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year.

Posey’s career includes serving as legal advisor for the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women Business Enterprises, administrative law judge at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and immigration litigation attorney in private practice.

“As Indiana’s most accessible post-secondary education institution, Ivy Tech is critical to Hoosier prosperity and a strong Indiana economy. We understand it is our responsibility to serve all Hoosiers and eliminate equity gaps for students and employees,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “I am pleased to have someone as qualified and respected as Doneisha Posey to lead our College’s efforts and engage with the communities we serve across the state.”

As a native of Indianapolis, Posey holds her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree from Marian University.

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.

 

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