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.

Ivy Tech Community College Expands ServSafe Training in Partnership with the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association

Ivy Tech Community College have announced their new partnership with the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association (InRLA) to expand ServSafe Food Safety Training at Ivy Tech locations across the state.

ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association for foodservice professionals. ServSafe training covers the importance of food safety, temperature control, cleaning and sanitizing, safe food preparation, food safety regulations and more. This training and certification are recognized by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification.

“This is an exciting opportunity to serve Indiana employers and deliver a high quality, high demand required training for food service managers, which supports the food service and hospitality industries,” said Aaron Baute, vice president for business, logistics and supply chain, Ivy Tech Community College. “We have more than 100 classes already scheduled to run across the state at Ivy Tech locations, which is expected to serve more than 1,300 students.”

The ServSafe program provides food safety training, exams and educational materials to foodservice managers. Students studying for this certificate can take the program online or in a classroom at one of the many classes located on Ivy Tech campuses throughout Indiana.

“The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association is excited to grow our partnership with Ivy Tech Community College by now offering ServSafe Training at Ivy Tech locations across the state,” said Patrick Tamm, Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association President and CEO. “With the help of Ivy Tech, members of Indiana’s hospitality industry will have more access than ever to ServSafe classes, resources and more to ensure food safety remains the number one priority.”

Students looking to get certified can visit www.inrla.org/servsafetraining to access resources and view the class schedule.

About the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association

The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association represents more than 1,800 hotel and restaurant properties as well as industry-related service companies. It is these members that help make the hospitality industry the nation’s largest private sector employer and one of the state’s most politically active and public service-oriented industries. Our members are the cornerstone of the Indiana community and the backbone of our state’s economy.

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.

Ariel Crawley, director of Ivy Tech’s IvyWorks program, named Tech Educator of the Year at 20th annual TechPoint Mira Awards

Ariel Crawley, director of IvyWorks at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, was awarded the Tech Educator of the Year award at TechPoint’s 20th annual Mira Awards for her work and partnership with Indy Women in Tech (IWiT) program.

The Mira Awards are the most significant tech awards event in Indiana, celebrating the best in the industry. Winners were announced during the recent Mira Awards gala presented by Angie’s List, Infosys and Salesforce. This sold-out event took place at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis, with 1,400 in attendance—making it the largest ceremony in its history.

Crawley was one of 11 tech educators nominated for the award who adopt, demonstrate and encourage the use of technology in Indiana classrooms. She and 14 others took home a Mira Award out of the 109 total individuals, companies and products that were nominated.

“I am beyond honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Mira Awards Tech Educator of the Year award. I love serving as the director of the program as it is a joy to assist female information technology Ivy Tech students on their journey as they work to enter the booming tech community in Indiana,” said Crawley. “Ivy Tech has always served as an academic leader and I’m proud of the work we are doing. Through our partnership with IWiT, we are on the front lines of the gender gap issue in tech and consistently work to make sure we see equal representation in Indiana.”

Crawley has been with Ivy Tech for seven years, two of which have been with IvyWorks. The program and partnership with IWiT provides students with scholarships, professional development and wraparound services including daycare assistance. It strives to combat systematic challenges that prevent many women from entering the state’s tech workforce.

“We have over 15 students who have earned paid internships through a grant awarded through Salesforce,” Crawley added. “The grant allows the women to work at partnering organizations such as the state of Indiana, BlackInk IT and Sandhi Solutions.”

These internship opportunities help the women gain on-the-job training while learning in the classroom, all while balancing career and family obligations.

“We are happy to have local organizations see the importance of adding more women to the tech force of Indiana,” Crawley said.

With many tech companies choosing Indiana to grow their business, Crawley’s efforts within IvyWorks help match employers with qualified and diverse employees. There are 50 students currently enrolled in the program and since its inception in 2017, 13 students have graduated — another 14 on track to graduate by the end of 2019.

More information about this award can be found in TechPoint’s release, “Ivy Tech Community College IvyWorks Program Director Ariel Crawley wins Tech Educator of the Year Mira Award.”

To learn more about IvyWorks, visit IvyTech.edu/IvyWorks.

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 TechPoint

TechPoint is the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on attracting talent, accelerating scale-up companies, activating the community, and amplifying stories of success. TechPoint is an economic development initiative sponsored by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) to advance the mission of our region’s continued prosperity and growth. For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.