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.

Ivy Tech Community College and University of Virginia announce new transfer partnership

Ivy Tech Community College and University of Virginia (UVA) are pleased to announce a new articulation agreement. This agreement allows Ivy Tech students who complete a designated pathway within the Liberal Arts Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program to complete an online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) through the University of Virginia.

“The UVA and Ivy Tech Community College articulation agreement offers a designated pathway for Ivy Tech graduates to earn an online degree from one of the nation’s top public universities,” says Damon Wade, associate dean for student services and enrollment at the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Ivy Tech students that meet the requirements would transfer to UVA as third-year students and complete 60 credits to earn the online BIS degree. This agreement provides a seamless, cost-effective pathway for students seeking degree-completion in a broad range of interdisciplinary education options, with concentrations ranging from cyber security to health care management.

This new transfer partnership is yet another great opportunity for Ivy Tech students to complete a four-year degree, particularly in our liberal arts area of study, “said Russ Baker, vice president of academic affairs, Ivy Tech Community College. “Partnerships with new universities such as University of Virginia give our students more options for continuing their education at prestigious universities without ever having to leave the state of Indiana. We are excited to add this agreement to our growing list of articulation partners from across the country.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s transfer opportunities visit www.ivytech.edu/transfer.

About University of Virginia

The UVA Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a degree-completion program offering a broad interdisciplinary education with online and evening classes. Individuals transfer to UVA as third-year students and complete 60 credits at UVA to earn the degree. They can choose concentrations in business, cyber security, early childhood, health care management, individualized, information technology, liberal arts, and more.

Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission. Students have access to financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans.

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.

From “Can’t” to “Can”: Community Colleges Turn Dreams Into Reality

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

I hear the word “can’t” quite a bit:

  • “Everyone talks about getting a good job, but my family can’t afford to send me to college.”
  • “I’m willing to work, but I can’t make ends meet on my income.”
  • “I have a family and I can’t find the time, freedom, or money or to go to college. I’m stuck.”
  • “Even if I got a credential, I can’t imagine that anyone would hire me into one of those high-wage jobs. The system is rigged.”

You may hear some of the same things. You may even say them yourself. But this April, as we celebrate National Community College Month, we at Ivy Tech Community College are focused on helping people understand that they can get an affordable education, succeed in college, make it work even with a job and a family, and find a great job after just two years. In fact, that is exactly why Ivy Tech exists—to turn “can’t” into “can”—and to transform lives in the process.

Community colleges like Ivy Tech are a proven success nationwide. More than 40 percent of all college students start at community colleges, including many who transfer their credits and complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. In Indiana, this is becoming more common thanks to agreements with our university partners that make the transition incredibly easy. These universities accept nearly 100 Ivy Tech transfer courses, the “freshman year” of general education electives, and many “Transfer as a Junior” associate degrees that are perfectly matched to a bachelor’s degree. The advantage of starting at a community college like Ivy Tech is that we’re more affordable, offer small class sizes and personal attention, and have campuses close to nearly every household in the state.

We’re also unique in that we support two distinctly-different student populations:

  • Recent high school graduates, including thousands of 18-22 year olds currently enrolled at Ivy Tech. More Indiana high school graduates choose Ivy Tech than any other college in Indiana. Our tuition is a just over $4,000 a year, allowing students to complete an associate degree that transfers to any Indiana four-year university. By completing their first two years at Ivy Tech, students save anywhere from $10,000-$50,000—or more. This is an especially important consideration for students and families who want to lower their college debt—and who doesn’t?
  • Working adults, including tens of thousands of other students currently enrolled at Ivy Tech. Regardless of where you started your career, or what job you’re in now, Ivy Tech gives you the opportunity to move into high-wage fields like information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. You can earn a high-demand certificate in as little as six courses, then “stack” additional credentials that prepare you for better jobs along the way. In fact, more than 100 credentials like this are available at no cost through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs. And, once you’re in a good job, your employer may even pay for you to continue skilling up for an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond, with tuition reimbursement or through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program.

So, the next time you hear yourself saying you can’t make college work or you can’t find a good job, remember that you can—at Ivy Tech Community College. The first step is visiting one of our Ivy Tech’s 40+ locations across the state, or getting started online at IvyTech.edu. Millions of Americans have made the community college a success story. Now, it’s time to begin creating a success story of your own.

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

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.