Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College Team Up With AWS to Provide Tech Skills Training to 5,000 Citizens Statewide

Government, education, and industry leaders in Indiana commit to increasing access to cloud computing education to individuals interested in upskilling and reskilling

Indianapolis, IN, July 26, 2021—Today, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Ivy Tech Community College, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced a statewide initiative to allow access to cloud computing education courses and certifications for learners in high schools and community colleges across the state. This initiative aims to train, upskill, and certify at least 5,000 Hoosiers over the next two years to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their local communities.

In support of this initiative, AWS has committed to provide education institutions with free professional development, technical training, and a select number of certification exams for educators who will begin teaching cloud computing courses to their students starting next fall. AWS education programs provide education institutions with ready-to-teach, cloud computing curriculum that prepares students for in-demand cloud jobs and industry-recognized AWS Certifications. Education institutions across the state are invited to participate in AWS education programs, including high school, career and technical education sites, community colleges, and universities.

“We are pleased to collaborate with AWS to bring this opportunity to Hoosiers across Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College. “As the state’s community college our focus is on bringing the education needed to earn credentials that result in high-paying careers right into the communities we serve.  This is a perfect example of how being agile and partnering with our industry experts brings access to training that results in high-paying careers via the community college.”

As part of this commitment, Indiana will create stronger pathways to tech careers and the Indiana DWD has already been playing a critical role in developing and connecting workers to in-demand jobs across the state. By supporting career training for adults and work-based learning opportunities, this initiative has been supported by DWD from the beginning. Many Hoosiers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reinforced their mission to reskill and upskill all who are interested. “We recognize the economic impact that this collaboration will have on the citizens of this state,” said Fred Payne, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “We will continue to support this initiative that will reinforce Indiana’s efforts to build and train the workforce of the future.”

According to LinkedIn, cloud computing has remained one of the most in-demand hard skills for the past five years, and two AWS Certifications appear on the top 10 highest paying certifications list by Global Knowledge (2020). Data from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) identified 39,035 unique job postings in Indiana requesting cloud computing skills in 2020, and more than 10 percent of those jobs specifically requested AWS skills. Only a select number of Hoosiers currently hold an AWS Certification, creating a significant skills gap for local employers interested in hiring technical talent to fill open roles.

“If you look at how technology played a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—ensuring our children could continue to learn, allowing businesses to enable staff to work remotely, and keeping us safely connected virtually—skilled technical talent helped make this possible,” said Kim Majerus, Leader, US Education, State and Local Government, AWS.  “As the economy recovers and organizations continue to develop life-changing solutions, we are thrilled to collaborate with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College to create agile and equitable reskilling and upskilling programs to unlock opportunities for Hoosiers to build new careers and get back to work.”

As Indiana continues to attract more tech jobs to the state, this collaboration will increase access to education and skills training to secure jobs from organizations across various sectors and industries in roles such as software development, cloud architecture, data science, cyber security, cloud support engineers, and more.  Ivy Tech Community College is uniquely positioned to connect individuals to these high-paying cloud computing jobs, serving as the largest, public post-secondary institution in Indiana.

“With the demand for cloud talent, I believe we are launching a program that can get people back to work and onto a path to financial freedom,” said Linda Calvin, Vice President, School of Information Technology, Workforce Alignment, Ivy Tech Community College. “I also believe this is a great opportunity to reach out to engage with women and our communities of color to encourage the pursuit of a great career in tech.”

Indiana high schools are also an important part of this collaborative effort. “The partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and our local high schools and career centers is critical to ensure a strong pipeline of future cloud-ready technical talent in our state,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Vice President of K-14 Initiatives, Ivy Tech Community College. “Our secondary career and technical education programs will lay the foundation for students to learn about cloud computing on AWS and other high-tech skills through dual credit and enrollment programming in the high schools to prepare students for advanced training and skill development, to secure in-demand, high-wage jobs.” 

Local employers are equally excited about the potential of building a stronger pipeline of cloud-skilled talent by partnering with Ivy Tech Community College to meet the needs of the local Indiana workforce.

“As cloud adoption accelerates, the talent gap continues to grow. Ivy Tech Community College is leading the charge to equip students and workers to meet the need,” said Chris Seitz, Vice President, CleanSlate Technology Group. “The Ivy Tech vision is thoughtful and the programs are compelling, creating a clear path for employers to identify and retain emerging cloud professionals.”

“Infosys’s mission is to identify and scale the digital capabilities needed by our clients, who include some of the largest and most high-profile companies in the world,” said Richard Cardwell, Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Infosys. “As a result, it is our firm belief at Infosys that the reskilling and training of American workers in these digital technologies must be a priority. The collaborative effort with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s Workforce Development, and AWS is a testament to that vision.”

To learn more about AWS cloud training offerings at local education institutions and how to enroll, please visit www.ivytech.edu/cloud-technologies.  To learn more about AWS education programs, a part of AWS Training and Certification, please visit here.

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.