Ivy Tech Community College launches Statewide Apprenticeship Hub through the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Building America Grant

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College recently received $4,736,976 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Building America program for its Expanding Registered Apprenticeship Programs (ERAP) project.  

The ERAP project establishes a statewide apprenticeship hub to promote apprenticeship as a viable, postsecondary education-to-career option and expand employer use of apprenticeship as a recruitment, training, and retention strategy. The project will support registered apprenticeship program development and expansion in industries and occupations in the critical supply chain for electric vehicle manufacturing and adoption, including public/home charging stations and line improvements. It will also support transportation infrastructure improvements, such as vertical and horizontal construction, planned within the state.

The ERAP project will serve men and women in Indiana with varying skill levels, including those with high school diplomas, those enrolled in GED programs with little to no industry experience, those wanting to increase their skills or lack certification, and those who are unemployed or are considered underrepresented populations.  

“The Expanding Registered Apprenticeship Programs project offers Hoosiers across our state with a clear pathway to a high-wage, high demand job,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “As Indiana’s workforce engine, this grant allows Ivy Tech to dramatically increase the number of student apprentices filling talent pipelines of our employer partners.”

The Apprenticeship Building America grant program is designed to expand and modernize Registered Apprenticeship by increasing the number of programs and apprentices, diversifying the industries that use Registered Apprenticeship and improving the access to and performance of Registered Apprenticeship Programs for underrepresented and underserved communities.

For more information on Ivy Tech’s apprenticeship program, click here.

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 degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Ivy Tech Community College Receives Low-Income Community Investment Award

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits has awarded Ivy Tech Community College with an award for its community investment of the Automotive Technology Center. The Journal recognizes organizations that have made exceptional qualified low-income community investments (QLICIs) in the past year with the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Real Estate QLICI of the Year Award.

Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology Center was made possible through a variety of automotive and community partners, including a $1 million gift from the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association, which provided a jumpstart on the fundraising for this project. It was also made possible through its New Market Tax Credit partners: Cinnaire, PNC Bank and the City of Indianapolis.

“The Indianapolis Automotive Technology Center project is an example of the best kind of community partnership,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “The investment is aligned to the needs of the city both in workforce and economic development. By investing in a low-income area of the city, Indianapolis and Ivy Tech are revitalizing the Lafayette Square area and providing Hoosiers with postsecondary training that will lead to high-wage, high demand jobs.”

The 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Training Center located at 4751 Century Plaza Road houses classrooms, training labs, student commons, faculty offices, and corporate labs for Ivy Tech’s manufacturing partners. Students can pursue one of many certificates and degree programs such as diesel electronics, electric and hybrid vehicle, auto body technology, automotive service technology, diesel heavy truck technology, and motorsports technology as early as this fall. Many of these programs are eligible for the Workforce Ready Grant. Individuals can earn salaries up to $76,000, according to indeed.com.A full list of programs and courses is available here.

Winners of the 2022 Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits QLICI of the Year Awards were announced at the Novogradac Spring New Markets Tax Credit Conference in Washington, D.C.

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. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Ivy Tech Community College Names New South Bend-Elkhart Chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper as the next chancellor for its South Bend-Elkhart campus. She will begin her duties on July 11, 2022.

Dr. Robinson-Cooper, formerly the president of Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California, was chosen after a national search and with input from members of the Ivy Tech President’s cabinet, campus and state boards, chancellors, campus faculty and staff, the South Bend-Elkhart Ivy Tech Foundation, and members of the Elkhart community.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Robinson-Cooper to Ivy Tech,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “She is an experienced community college leader with two decades of progressive leadership experience. I look forward to supporting her work as she leads the South Bend-Elkhart campus, placing more students on the path to high-quality education and successful careers which support the economic growth of South Bend-Elkhart.”

“I have always admired Ivy Tech’s intentional commitment to workforce development and social-economic mobility,” said Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper. “I am honored to serve as chancellor of Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and look forward to continuing this important work.”

Prior to her presidency at Contra Costa College in California, Dr. Robinson-Cooper served as the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Inver Hills Community College, one of 30 community colleges within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. As Provost, she created a data-informed culture focused on continuous improvement, equity in student learning, and maximizing labor market impact.

Dr. Robinson-Cooper has also served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at East Central College. She was instrumental in increasing student enrollment and retention; advancing early college programs; improving student success outcomes; fostering a holistic student-centered experience; and establishing partnerships with nonprofit and business leaders. Before Dr. Robinson-Cooper’s tenure at East Central, she served in numerous positions including Dean of Teaching and Learning (Rock Valley College); Associate Dean and Dean of Instruction (Olive-Harvey College); Dean of Academic Affairs (Northwestern College); and adjunct faculty appointments (City Colleges of Chicago, Elmhurst College, and University of Phoenix).

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Robinson-Cooper earned a Doctor of Education in Counseling and Adult Higher Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from National Louis University in Chicago, IL; a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL; and an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL.

The college engaged the national search firm MyersMcRae to assist in the selection process.

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. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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