Ivy Tech Students Awarded CyberCorps Scholarships for Service

South Bend, Ind. – Three Ivy Tech Community College South Bend – Elkhart students have been awarded CyberCorps Scholarships, giving them 100% tuition, paid at Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University Northwest, plus a $25,000 stipend, plus travel and professional development, each year for three years. These students agree to work for the federal government for 3 years after graduation to serve our country

The three students awarded this scholarship are Ghadir Alfadhl, Sharyl Riley and Philip Zuehlke. All students plan on transferring to Purdue NW after obtaining their Cyber Security degree. Alfadhl, a native of Yemen is the founder/president of the Women’s IT Club at the campus and has taught coding to Monroe Primary School students in South Bend. Riley and one of her sons attended Ivy Tech at the same time. She has dreams of relating her studies and service to combat human trafficking. Zuehlke is the acting Computer Club president.

The National Science Foundation hosted the kickoff bootcamp recently where all three students joined. According to the National Initiative for Cyber Security Careers and Studies, “The Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program is designed to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of Federal, State, local, and tribal government. This program provides scholarships for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In return for the financial support, recipients must agree to work for the U.S. Government after graduation in a cybersecurity-related position, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.”

Obligations for these students include:

  • To work for a government agency for a period equal to the length of scholarship after graduation.
  • To maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 (undergraduate) and 3.5 (graduate) while on scholarship.
  • To attend all the required PNW CyberCorps Program workshops and activities.
  • To meet with the project team and Career Center to secure summer internship.
  • To attend CyberCorps Job Fairs for summer internship and full time positions at government agencies.
  • To be willing to take security clearance and background checks required for federal, state, local, or tribal government employment.

For more information on CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service visit THIS LINK.

For more information on Ivy Tech programs and opportunities, please visit www.ivytech.edu or email bstiner3@ivytech.edu

About Ivy Tech Community College South Bend – Elkhart
The South Bend-Elkhart campus serves students and employers in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties from locations in South Bend and Elkhart County. The campus annually serves full- and part-time students through its academic programs with more than 3,000 employees and citizens.

Ivy Tech Community College offers traditional courses in the classroom setting and distance learning (online) opportunities. Many of our courses, degrees and certificates transfer to four-year institutions. Learn more about Ivy Tech Community College at IvyTech.edu.

Cengage and Ivy Tech Community College Partner to Save Students Money on Textbooks and Course Materials

Ivy Tech’s 90,000+ Students Gain Access to Thousands of Digital Course Materials, eTextbooks, Online Homework Platforms and More through Cengage Unlimited 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College, the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the country, has partnered with Cengage to provide all 90,000 students at more than 40 locations across Indiana, as well as online, with day-one access to textbooks and course materials through Cengage Unlimited. Cengage will also provide academic services and professional development to Ivy Tech administration and faculty to facilitate hybrid and online teaching.

Cengage, the largest U.S.-based education and technology company serving the college market, provides course materials to almost half of the 20 million students pursuing higher education in the U.S.

“Ivy Tech faculty have always embraced innovative strategies such as online learning and eight-week courses. Our partnership with Cengage is another example of that innovation as it is providing enhanced faculty academic freedom in choice of course materials, while simultaneously reducing the financial burden and time burden for students to get course materials. This is yet another way that our faculty continue to meet students where they are and support their success in any way possible,” said Kara Monroe, Senior Vice President and Provost at Ivy Tech. 

The cost of course materials is a top financial stress for students, according to a recent Morning Consult survey. Previously, Ivy Tech students spent on average more than $1400 annually on textbooks. Following the agreement with Cengage, Ivy Tech students whose courses use Cengage won’t have to pay for textbooks this academic year. 

“Research suggests that more than a quarter of community college students don’t purchase books, typically, because they have other more pressing financial needs as many are low income, working in low wage jobs, and shouldering family responsibilities.  And those statistics were pre-COVID. We are pleased to partner with Cengage in offering free course materials across the college helping reduce the financial strain on tens of thousands of Ivy Tech students.” said Sue Ellspermann President at Ivy Tech. 

Ivy Tech used funding allocated to the institution under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide students with Cengage materials. The Cengage Unlimited content license model made it easy for Ivy Tech to acquire learning materials across courses, while also providing greater value for students.

“Too many students around the country have struggled for too long with cost being a barrier to education. Covid-19 has only accelerated this struggle,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “At the same time, higher education institutions are under greater pressure than ever before to lower the cost of college and adapt to new learning models while facing budget cuts and enrollment uncertainty. 

“Ivy Tech and Cengage are coming together in this pioneering partnership to give students access to a wide variety of high quality, affordable learning materials that are designed to be used whether teaching is in-person, online or in a hybrid model. We’re impressed by Ivy Tech’s vision and shared commitment to quality and affordability,” continued Hansen.

Students will be able to access their Cengage course materials through the university learning management system starting on the first day of class. Students who also want print materials can rent up to four free hardcopy textbooks, with a limited shipping cost for each. Ivy Tech’s bookstore partner, Barnes & Noble Education, is facilitating the distribution of Cengage Unlimited.

Cengage Unlimited gives students access to more than 22,000 products, including eTextbooks, online homework platforms, study guides, and college success and career support. 

Institutions deliver Cengage Unlimited at scale through a model called Cengage Unlimited for Institutions. Ivy Tech is one of more than 100 higher education institutions that have partnered with Cengage to provide course materials at scale through a content license model. The license model delivers value based on an institution’s unique implementation and enrollment needs. In addition to affordable student access to eTextbooks and award-winning digital learning platforms, Cengage Unlimited for Institutions offers scalable academic services to help administrators make the transition to hybrid or online learning, as well as new professional development resources to help faculty teach online.

More than 2.2 million U.S. college students have subscribed to Cengage Unlimited, and they’ve saved more than $200 million on course materials. For more information, visit: www.cengage.com/unlimited-institutional.

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.

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher ed, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Ivy Tech Community College Leaders Appointed to National Commission

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nine Ivy Tech Community College leaders have been appointed to serve on five American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commissions.

  • David Bathe, chancellor, Lafayette campus – Small and Rural Colleges
  • Travis Haire, chancellor, Sellersburg campus – College Readiness
  • Alex Huskey, chancellor, Marion campus – College Readiness
  • Rebecca Rahschulte, vice president of K-14 Initiatives and Statewide Partnerships – College Readiness
  • Lori Handy, vice chancellor, Indianapolis campus – Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation
  • Rod Brown, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indianapolis Campus – Structured Pathways
  • Dean McCurdy, chancellor, Kokomo campus – Structured Pathways
  • Countance Anderson, vice chancellor for Student Success, Valparaiso campus – Student Success
  • John Cowles, vice chancellor for Student Success, Indianapolis campus – Student Success

There are nine commissions authorized by the AACC Board. Each commission consists of an average of 24 people from member institutions who are CEOs or administrators.

The Commission on Small and Rural Colleges will offer the association advice and council on trends and issues impacting these institutions. They will highlight innovative practices in small and rural colleges and can serve as models for other institutions. They will also make suggestions to the association on ways that it may address the needs of the segment of this sector.

The Commission on College Readiness will provide recommendations for consideration to AACC and AASA leadership in the design and execution of the two associations’ joint meetings. They will help identify promising practices and colleges and K-12 districts that have innovative solutions to advance college-going rates. They will also volunteer as needed to assist in designing innovative programming for superintendents and college presidents to foster more effective and efficient relationships between the two associations.

The Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation will be charged with focusing on the transformation of the institution to improve student success, which includes administrative processes, infrastructure, technology and building human resource capacity.

The Commission on Structured Pathways will focus on strategies for scaling community college pathways across systems, states, and the nation. They will contribute to the development of the AACC Pathways resources and related work through identification of pertinent resources, technical assistance expertise, and college examples, as well as through review of emerging evidence on the efficacy of pathways.

The Commission on Student Success will focus on student access and success, and organizational transformation. They may examine subject areas, including but not limited to the following: degree completion and two-year to four-year transfer. In addition, the commission may focus on initiatives that facilitate the implementation of the 21st-Century Initiative and Implementation Guidelines; showcase cutting-edge innovation with proven outcomes and improve student success; and provide affordable, high-quality technical assistance in areas that support student success.

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.