Ivy Tech Community College Selected as Educational Partner for Indiana Department of Correction

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has been selected to serve as an educational partner with the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). The statewide community college will provide Adult Basic Education services and college-credit courses at 15 correctional facilities across the state of Indiana. The partnership will be managed out of the Ivy Tech Madison campus.

The Indiana Department of Correction Education Division provides high-quality educational services to incarcerated individuals. The Adult Basic Education program provides learning opportunities up to a high school equivalency diploma for those incarcerated to assist in providing them the best chances for successful re-entry.

“We are pleased to partner with the Indiana Department of Correction and thankful for our Madison campus leading in these efforts,” Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann said. “As the state’s community college, we serve various populations all with the same goal in mind – to utilize education to take the next step in their journey. Those journeys are different for everyone, but in the end, we serve the people of our state through accessible world-class education meeting our students where they are at.”

“Education is important for the incarcerated population we serve and is an essential part of our mission for successful re-entry into communities upon release from an Indiana DOC facility. This partnership allows us to continue fulfilling that mission,” IDOC Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry and Youth Services Christine Blessinger said.

Under the leadership of the Ivy Tech Madison campus, nearly 90 employees will serve an estimated 3,600 incarcerated individuals statewide, providing workforce prep activities, integrated education and training, integrated English literacy and civics education, and English as a second language skills. The services delivered will be aligned to, and within, the guidelines and requirements of the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

“This is another great example of Ivy Tech teaming up with the state of Indiana as we embrace our vision of economic transformation inspired by the educational attainment of our citizens, the vitality of our workforce, and the prosperity of our unique and diverse communities,” Ivy Tech Madison Chancellor Molly Dodge said.

The services Ivy Tech will provide will be designed to help an individual acquire a combination of basic academic, critical thinking, digital literacy, and self-management skills. All IDOC education programs will be a service-based approach that provides adult education and literacy activities, concurrently and contextually, with workforce preparation activities and workforce training. The goal of the integrated English literacy and civics education program is to provide a program that would prepare adults for employment in in-demand occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency.  

The Indiana Department of Correction and Ivy Tech entered into a four-year agreement to provide these educational services. This agreement builds on prior work Ivy Tech has done with IDOC which began in November of 2017. Through that partnership, 699 individuals were provided the opportunity to participate in training such as manufacturing production, CNC machining (mill and lathe), OSHA, and welding. To date, these students have earned 1,280 industry recognized certifications preparing them for entry-level careers in high-wage, high demand fields.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College Foundation President John Murphy Announces Retirement

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Foundation President John Murphy announced his retirement effective July 31, 2021. Murphy has led the Foundation for the last eight years. For seven of those years, the Ivy Tech Foundation ranked first amongst community colleges in dollars raised according to Voluntary Support of Education (VSE).

John Murphy

“It has been my highest honor to serve the Ivy Tech Foundation. My priority was always our students and their needs. Ivy Tech is a special place and our students are making such an important difference in our state,” Murphy said. “I want to thank our Board of Directors for their tireless pursuit and guidance on our fundraising initiatives to support our students.”

“John Murphy has taken every opportunity he can to tell the story of Ivy Tech in a way that has inspired people and organizations to invest in our mission,” Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann said. “He has been one of our biggest cheerleaders, first as a Foundation board member, and then most recently, its President. John has grown the Ivy Tech Foundation more than three-fold allowing us to ever better serve our mission to students and our communities. We will miss John’s leadership and enthusiasm.”

Murphy’s commitment to Ivy Tech began more than 26 years ago serving in various roles as a board member, adjunct professor, and donor. He served as the chair of the Foundation Board from 1999-2001.

“Our organization has grown and become more robust thanks to John’s commitment to our mission, vision, and values. The impact he has made goes beyond measure. The Foundation has never been in a better place than it is right now, and our fundraising successes have continually reached record numbers under his leadership,” Ivy Tech Foundation Board Chair Mike Harmless said.

Under Murphy’s leadership the Foundation created a metrics-driven culture raising more than $365 million to support students and programs throughout the state. It increased overall annual fundraising from an average of $15 million in his first year as Foundation President to exceeding an average of $55 million in recent years. Recently, he led efforts to raise $1.2 million in 30 days to assist in COVID relief efforts for Ivy Tech students in a critical time of need. He created one of the most successful giving initiatives in Ivy Tech’s history through Circle of Ivy with nearly 900 members annually and raising $750,000 since inception. He will serve an advisory role with the Foundation.

A national search will be conducted for his successor. Becky Miller has been appointed interim President of the Ivy Tech Foundation effective August 1. Miller has been with Ivy Tech for more than 22 years, 15 of those leading the Foundation’s fundraising efforts both at the campus and statewide levels.

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.

Dr. Aaron Baute Named Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette Chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Aaron Baute as its next Lafayette campus chancellor, effective August 2, 2021. Current chancellor Dr. David Bathe announced his retirement after serving 22 years with the College.

“Dr. Baute defines a well-rounded and well-prepared leader for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. Born and raised in Lafayette, an esteemed career with FedEx, working up the ranks from adjunct faculty to dean on the Lafayette campus, and then taking on a college-wide role as Vice President of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain working to ensure our programs are state-of-the-art and meeting the needs of Indiana’s employers,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are counting on Ivy Tech to meet the growing workforce needs and increasing educational attainment of citizens to ensure a thriving economy. I am confident that Dr. Baute will build upon the success of Chancellor Bathe in serving the students, employers, and communities within the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus service area.” 

“Lafayette is a great community. I am excited to return there and work with the exceptional faculty and staff on campus. They have done terrific work and I look forward to assisting them in their ongoing efforts. I am honored to have an opportunity to play a role in their success. I will work closely with Dr. Bathe to get connected with the communities we serve to understand their needs and how Ivy Tech can continue to fill those needs,” Baute said. 

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Baute back to the Lafayette campus as our new Chancellor,” said Dr. Scott Hanback, chair of the Lafayette campus board. “Dr. Baute has extensive knowledge of the area’s business and industry, K-12 institutions, and Purdue University. I know that he will hit the ground running on the first day and build on Dr. Bathe’s legacy.”

Baute started his career at Ivy Tech Community College in March 2004 as an adjunct instructor helping learners complete their educational journey. He has served in various roles at the Lafayette campus including faculty, program chair for Business Administration, department chair for the School of Business, and division dean of Technology. In 2017, he made the transition from the Lafayette campus to Systems Office where he serves as the vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain Workforce Alignment. 

In Baute’s current role, he has focused on the development of new industry partnerships including with the Indiana Insurance Industry Indiana Land Title Association, McDonalds, Trilogy Healthcare, the Indiana Motor Truck Association, the World Food Championships, and Conexus, which includes a partnership with the Lafayette Career Center. He has also partnered extensively with Purdue University to secure multiple National Science Foundation Grants in Manufacturing and Logistics and has developed multiple articulation agreements. Baute himself has taught several leadership courses at Purdue University.

Multiple, major accreditations have been led by Baute, including the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). Dr. Baute also led the Transfer Single Articulation Pathway in Business for the College, which was one of the first established in the state.

Prior to Ivy Tech, Baute had a 19-year tenure with FedEx Corporation where he served in a variety of management and leadership roles, both at FedEx Ground and FedEx Corporate Services. Those roles included areas of Senior Management, Sales Development, and Operations Management. His work had significant contributions to the launch of FedEx Home Delivery in the Midwest, including opening a facility in Lafayette in 2000. He won a national award for performance leading the Lafayette FedEx Home Delivery facility. 

Baute earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Last year, he earned his PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Indiana State University. He takes lifelong learning seriously and has attained many certifications such as the Society of Human Resource Professionals, Six Sigma Blackbelt, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, APICS Supply Chain, and Certified Grant Writing. 

He is the proud husband to Jennifer who he met while the two were working between college semesters at McDonalds on the south side of Lafayette. Jennifer, like her husband, was born and raised in Lafayette where she now proudly serves as a nurse for Indiana University Health after attaining her nursing degree from Ivy Tech in Lafayette. Both of their children Elizabeth (25) and Tyler (24) were also born and raised in the Lafayette community.

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.