Martin University and Ivy Tech Announce Partnership

Partnership Will Further Education of Minority Students and Assist Employers

INDIANAPOLIS –  In an effort to encourage and help students succeed in their educational goals and assist employers in hiring a more diverse and inclusive workforce, Martin University and Ivy Tech Community Colleges today announced a partnership.  It will combine aspects of the university’s Martin WORKS with Ivy Tech’s focus on minority student success into high wage in-demand careers.

Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers 4-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, developed Martin WORKS to provide students with paid internships and other career development experiences while earning their degrees.  Ivy Tech, well-known for its workforce development training, associate degrees and short-term certificate programs, can offer students the opportunity to continue their education and earn a college degree.  

The partnership will allow stakeholders to make positive progress in overcoming racial gaps in education and career paths toward goals of both the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Indiana Commission of Higher Education.

“We believe that Martin University is the best choice in Indiana to help position students of color for success in both their education and career paths,” said Sean Huddleston, President of Martin.  “We are grateful to be able to capitalize on Ivy Tech’s long-standing and well-respected workforce development program to make inroads for and benefit both students.”

“This partnership gives Ivy Tech a unique opportunity to better attract and support students of color for success not only at Ivy Tech, but for success in completing their bachelors degree from an exceptional university and launching them into high wage, high demand careers,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech.  “Dr. Huddleston and I believe that, together and alongside employer and community partners, we can make a larger impact on racial equality and inclusion in Indianapolis and our state.”

According to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, “Together Martin University and Ivy Tech will capitalize on each other’s strengths to improve the education and top-level employment of minority students.  This collaboration will not only help our state reach its goals for a more diverse and technology-based workforce, it will also aid employers as they strive to be more inclusive.” 

Information Technology (IT) will be a specific focus of the partnership to increase diversity in this sector.  Martin will create a new Cyber Entrepreneurship program designed to expand access to the IT field for minority groups and people of color.  This will be melded with Ivy Tech’s NSA-certified Cybersecurity associate degree resulting in highly skilled and innovative professionals of color to fill thousands of high wage careers in Indiana’s tech sector.  Ivy Tech students, upon completion of the Cybersecurity degree, are guaranteed to be admitted into the Martin Cyber Entrepreneurship program.

Martin’s new Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, created to assist organization leaders in their efforts to strengthen diversity equity and inclusion, will provide Ivy Tech with access to expertise and training to better educate faculty, staff and students for success in their focused areas.  This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, seminars, programs, initiatives, and consulting engagements.

The partnership will also focus on increasing the pipeline of teachers of color by offering guaranteed admissions into Martin’s School of Education and scholarship opportunities to Ivy Tech students completing associate degrees in elementary and secondary education.

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.

Martin University’s  mission is to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive, and healthy collegiate environment.

Ivy Tech Community College and Bellevue University Partner to Provide Transfer Indiana Students with Access to 4-Year Degrees, Special Tuition Rate

More than 70,000 Students in Communities Across the Hoosier State Stand to Benefit from Premier Partnership Relationship

BELLEVUE, NE – Thanks to an innovative partnership, tens of thousands of Indiana residents enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC), which serves the entire state of Indiana and online, now have the opportunity to receive full credit for their associate degree and a lower tuition rate when they transfer to Bellevue University.

The new partnership offers Ivy Tech students the opportunity to continue their education beyond an associate degree at one of the nation’s leaders in providing career-relevant, applied learning. Bellevue University, which is recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as one of the nation’s best schools for transfer students, offers more than 50 undergraduate online degree programs.

Jim Nekuda, Bellevue University Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, said, “We’re excited to make Ivy Tech Community College part of our nationwide network of community college partners. ITCC students who complete their degree and then transfer to Bellevue University will save both time and money, and enjoy a seamless transfer to an institution that understands the needs and lifestyles of today’s learners.”

Community college graduates are able to bring their entire associate degree with them, putting them nearly halfway through their bachelor’s degrees. All bachelor’s degree-seeking students who transfer from any Ivy Tech school through the partnership will be eligible for a $350 credit hour tuition rate.

Ivy Tech’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Russ Baker, said Indiana students are looking for good online transfer options.

“This agreement enhances our graduates’ opportunities by providing another direct avenue to earning a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “The online environment makes the coursework easily accessible and complements the online learning options available from the 18 Ivy Tech colleges.”

Dr. Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University, is looking forward to expanding the ITCC partnership, which began with just three community colleges in 2016. “This partnership is a prime example of education that works from a collaborative model,” she said. “By leveraging both organizations’ strengths, we can continue to benefit both individuals and employers in Indiana.”

Bellevue University will have two full-time Relationship Managers on different campuses serving students at more than 40 locations. The Relationship Managers are responsible for coordinating and building programming to serve ITCC students.

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.

About Bellevue University
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 57,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). 

Ivy Tech Community College Names Dr. Mia Johnson as Anderson Campus Chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Mia D. Johnson as chancellor for the Anderson campus, effective immediately. Ivy Tech underwent a community listening tour, a national search, and finalist community and campus forums for the selection process. Dr. Johnson has served in many leadership roles at Ivy Tech including, most recently, as interim chancellor for the Anderson campus and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Muncie campus. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus,” said Johnson. “Over the last 10 years, our community has evolved and I know as we work to grow the campus, this team will be dedicated to ensuring student success. We are committed to providing students the skills necessary to further their education or go directly into the workforce. Education is the catalyst that helps communities thrive. I am passionate about ensuring that Ivy Tech is a strategic community partner. We will collaborate with our local schools, employer partners, and community officials. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure this campus flourishes.” 

In addition to Johnson’s most recent roles, she is also an associate professor of Psychology and Human Services at Ivy Tech. She has been with Ivy Tech for more than 12 years. Her career at the College began as a certification and assessment center associate in the testing center. She has also worked as the assistant registrar, regional registrar, human services faculty, program chair, department chair, and dean. 

“Dr. Johnson is the quintessential chancellor,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “She was an Ivy Tech student and graduate, has served in a number of roles at the college, and has progressively grown as an academic and leader over 12 years. During her time as the Interim Chancellor, she demonstrated her commitment, engagement, and leadership ability with the Anderson campus and community. We welcome her to the full rank of Chancellor.”

Johnson is active in the community serving as the president elect for the YWCA-Central Indiana, and serving on the board of directors for the YMCA of Muncie, and the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County’s scholarship advisory committee. She also is a mentor for Project Leadership, member of Rotary and Altrusa International, and very active in International Leadership Association. 

She is a Muncie native who graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2003 and then went on to earn both her Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in Psychology, and a PhD in Global Leadership with a Higher Education concentration in 2016.

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.