COMPLETIONStudents earn 50,000 high-quality certificates, certifications, and degrees annually.
Ivy Tech Community College is committed to seeing students through to completion and will provide intentional academic advising to students so they can choose a career or higher education pathway from the beginning of their college experience. Ivy Tech will quantify the value of certificates in the workplace, expedite the time to completion through enhanced scheduling, streamline Prior Learning Assessment, and increase the understanding of the value of a credential, both long- and short-term.
HOW WE GET THERE
STRATEGY 3.1 Ensure students receive intentional advising to make well-informed decisions toward attaining their educational and career goals.
STRATEGY 3.2 Actualize a seamless K-14 system.
STRATEGY 3.3 Focus completion efforts on stacked associate degrees.
STRATEGY 3.4 (In maintenance phase) Increase the number of reverse transfer degrees awarded.
STRATEGY 3.5 Close equity gaps in completion.
Implement initial career assessment followed by methodical, required advising.
Identify gaps in high school programs and create solutions to fulfill Statewide General Education Core (STGEC) completion. Design a college-wide definition and framework for Career Technical Education (CTE) concentrators and illuminate potential funding sources.
Implement additional marketing to increase knowledge of available certificates. Incorporate programming changes and leverage Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) to accelerate completion.
Generate additional reverse transfer agreements with four-year transfer partners. Explore competency-based approaches to the reverse transfer degree structure.
During his sophomore year in high school, Caleb Pierson met with his parents, leaders and advisors at Batesville High School to plan for his future. Caleb shared his dream to someday work in engineering.
At the start of Caleb’s junior year, he enrolled in Ivy Tech’s dual enrollment manufacturing co-op program. The program allowed Caleb the opportunity to attend courses at the Ivy Tech Batesville campus while completing his Core 40, Technical Honors program, and other dual credit requirements at Batesville High School.
“The dual credit program gave me the opportunity to explore design and engineering careers in the real-world environment, including jobs in my own community,” said Caleb. “It was great to gain work experiences even while I was taking classes. That gave me the chance to apply what I was learning and see the work in different settings. It was also great because the flexibility and schedule that Ivy Tech developed allowed me to stay involved in my high school and extracurricular activities.”
Caleb rotated through a variety of on-the-job experiences at Batesville Tool & Die, Batesville Casket, Heartwood Manufacturing, and Hill-Rom. The rotation allowed him the opportunity to learn more about design technology, engineering, and general workforce expectations.
“The on-the-job experiences opened my eyes to what opportunities are available, and the classroom programs taught me the skills I needed to do the work,” said Caleb. “I have learned to take advantage of, and really appreciate, the resources in my community. It is so important to learn what is available – from the jobs to the scholarships – there are many ways you can get help.”
After completing the dual credit program, Caleb was offered a full-time position at Heartwood Manufacturing. He graduated from Batesville High School with honors, technical certifications, and more than half of his associate degree credits completed. In December 2017, Caleb will graduate from Ivy Tech with his completed associate degree.
“Ivy Tech has been a great partner. They work with the high schools, the employers and with students to make the dual credit program work. I have been able to graduate with a college degree in my chosen field, gain certifications, stay in my community and find a good job in my career field. And, I have no student debt at all,” said Caleb. “I look forward to helping other students participate in the program and giving back where I can.”
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