Early College@Ivy Tech Speaker Series Kicks Off Jan. 22

A new collaboration will offer the community interesting and informational topics of discussion during a monthly speaker series at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus.  “Early College@Ivy Tech Speaker Series” will feature the talents and knowledge of Early College and Ivy Tech faculty and staff, as well as others in the community. The series, which is free and open to the public, kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:15 p.m. with the topic, “Raising an Olympian.”

The presentation will take place in Vectren Auditorium, Room 147, at Ivy Tech Community College. The Evansville campus is located at 3501 N. First Avenue.

First speaker in the series will be Early College faculty member Mark King. King is the father of Olympic Swimmer and Gold Medalist Lilly King. In his presentation, “Raising an Olympian” he will share some of the ways he and his wife, Ginny, help their children reach their goals. “I will touch on specific decisions that we made that allowed Lilly, and my son, Alex, the freedom to chase their dreams,” King said. He also indicated there will be many stories about Lilly’s pursuit of Olympic Gold.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School is located at Ivy Tech Community College, and its students attend Ivy Tech classes, along with regular high school coursework – many completing an Associate Degree while still in high school, or their General Education Core — 30 credits transferable to any college in Indiana.

Wendy McNamara, director of Early College, said “Many of our faculty have vast knowledge in subject areas others would find interesting, so we partnered with Ivy Tech to showcase these talents and information; along with Ivy Tech’s expertise areas.”

Jonathan Weinzapfel agreed with McNamara. “There are a multitude of faculty and staff that not only are experts in the areas in which they teach; but also have personal interest areas that the public will find engaging. We are pleased to be able to offer this monthly series, which will also include some speakers from our community, as well.”

 

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Early College@Ivy Tech Speaker Series Kicks Off Jan. 22

University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Dual Admission Partnership

Beginning in January 2019, the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College will partner to offer a dual admission program, which will offer students a structured, guaranteed pathway for attaining both a two- and four-year degree.

Students in any major who meet all dual admission program admission standards are guaranteed acceptance to UE and will receive an $18,000 per year scholarship toward UE tuition.

“We will provide a guaranteed transition from an Ivy Tech associate’s degree to a UE bachelor’s degree by providing one integrated curriculum plan right from the start,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz.

Dual admission program students will begin by taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College and will have access to all the benefits offered to UE students from the very beginning of their college career. They will have access to on-campus housing and will have full use of the UE library, computer labs, and other academic spaces. They will also have access to advising, student affairs, financial aid, and career services prior to full admission. Additionally, dual admission program students may attend student activities such as sporting and cultural events at both institutions.

“We are pleased to partner with UE to offer a seamless transition for our students who desire to continue their education after attaining their associate degree,” said Ivy Tech chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Through this partnership we are creating a different pathway; a different option for students to be successful. It is also very beneficial that our students will have the opportunity to access all student spaces on campus, including housing, from the beginning of their collegiate career.”

“Students will reap the benefits of both institutions during the entirety of their college career,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “Not only will course credits seamlessly transfer, but by having the support from both institutions and access to UE services and experiences from the beginning, it will allow for an easy personal transition as well.”

In addition to the dual admission program, UE and Ivy Tech have many articulation agreements in place to allow for an easy transition between institutions. Credits from Ivy Tech programs including engineering, nursing, education, criminal justice, and supply chain management are already automatically accepted at the University of Evansville toward completion of a four-year degree.

To learn more or apply for the dual admission program, visit https://www.evansville.edu/dual-admission

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About the University of Evansville: Located in Evansville, Indiana the University of Evansville is a private, comprehensive university with over 80 majors and more than 100 areas of study in the arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. UE’s diverse student body represents 45 states and 55 countries. U.S. News & World Report recognized UE as a “Best Value” Midwest university and is recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges. For more information, please visit http://www.evansville.edu. 

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.

University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Dual Admission Partnership

Ivy Tech to Host Paws ‘N Relax Event for Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Evansville, Ind .- The Paws ‘N Relax program is planned again at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus during final exam week on Dec. 10 – 12. This is the fifth year for this program. During Paws ‘N Relax, students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the stress-reducing benefits of visiting with Certified Therapy dogs, a cat, and, for the first time, a miniature horse. Ivy Tech is the first college in the area to host a pet therapy horse. Paws N Relax will take place in Ivy Tech’s Koch Student Center located at 3501 N First Ave.

Schedule:

Paws ‘N Relax Pet Therapy: Koch Student Center 

Dec. 10, 11, and 12:       10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

Dec. 11:       10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Miniature Horse outside Entrance C)

Dec. 12:       11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Cat therapy)

The Ivy Tech Wellness and Fitness Center developed Paws ‘N Relax to help students manage the stress of final examinations. Ivy Tech is the first college in this region to offer pet therapy.  “Studies have shown that pets help lower anxiety and blood pressure,” said Amy Lutzel, Ivy Tech’s Wellness Director.

“We’re always looking for ways to help our students de-stress, as stress takes such a toll on the body and can cause numerous health issues. We hear a lot of positive feedback about this program from our students each semester.”

Ivy Tech has offered this program every semester since Fall 2014.

Ivy Tech to Host Paws ‘N Relax Event for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 event

c101-header3-1EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting a College 101 event for high school students and parents on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m., at its Evansville campus located at 3501 N First Avenue in Evansville.

At the event, Ivy Tech admission representatives will present on navigating college decisions, as well as the benefits of choosing Ivy Tech.

This event is free and participants are encouraged to RSVP. All details, including a link to RSVP, can be found at IvyTech.edu/College101.

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 event

Kyla Krieg Named Workforce Development Consultant for Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus Service Area

Evansville, IN – Kyla Krieg, director of Outreach and Engagement for both the Princeton Kyla Krieg-e18and Tell City Career and Technology Centers, has been named Workforce Development Consultant for Ivy Tech’s Evansville Campus service area.

In this role, Krieg is charged with building the college’s profile and serving as the workforce development liaison in the communities the college serves. She will engage with community members, business, and local government to align courses with local workforce needs, to be offered at the Evansville Campus, as well as the Tell City and Princeton Centers.

Krieg has been site manager and director of the Princeton site since 2014; and began in the same position at Tell City in 2017. Prior to that she taught at Ivy Tech in Princeton and Evansville, Harrison College and Vincennes University’s Ft. Branch location. Krieg also worked as a sales representative for Princeton Publishing for two years, and as a teacher and department director of Princeton Community High School for six years.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University and a Master of Arts degree from Oakland City University.

Krieg is active in the community and is the current vice president and board member of the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Gibson County Economic Development Corporation board, member of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce board, the Perry County Learning Partnership, and is a board member of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Center of Pike County.

To contact Krieg about possible collaborations with Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Tell City or Princeton, email kkrieg3@ivytech.edu.

Kyla Krieg Named Workforce Development Consultant for Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 event

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting a College 101 event for high school students and parents on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m., at its Evansville campus located at 3501 N First Avenue in Evansville.

At the event, Ivy Tech admission representatives will present on navigating college decisions, as well as the benefits of choosing Ivy Tech.

This event is free and participants are encouraged to RSVP. All details, including a link to RSVP, can be found at IvyTech.edu/College101.

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 event

Ivy Tech Community College, EVSC Partner to Prepare High School Students For Careers with Local Employers

Evansville, IN – The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus last week approved a Memorandum of Understanding to build career and academic pathways that allow EVSC high school students to earn a college credential that is highly valued in the workforce at little or no cost to the student.

In order to better prepare today’s high school student for good-paying jobs with local employers, EVSC and Ivy Tech have created a formal partnership between the college, local business and industry, and the school corporation to effectively create a preK-14 educational system.  While students won’t be required to attend two additional years of school to participate in this program, it does ensure that high school students can acquire the education and work skills provided through a rigorous community college education that employers demand.

“Through this partnership, every student will have the chance to earn a certification, certificate or technical certificate in high-skilled, high-demand fields that is highly valued in the workplace,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Evansville. “This will create great career opportunities and build a brighter future for young people to make a decent living, raise a family and contribute back to our community.”

EVSC Superintendent David Smith said, “This is a tangible example of the partnerships we are creating to prepare students for future success. We are committed to doing everything possible to support our students in reaching their goals in life after high school.”

OptIN’s mission is to introduce, explore and prepare EVSC students for all pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand careers paired with student interest, abilities, skills and knowledge. This work, in collaboration with leading community partners, will expand post-secondary options and opportunities for students throughout the EVSC.

By intentionally sequencing dual credit and dual enrollment courses offered respectively by EVSC and Ivy Tech in pathways outlined in EVSC’s OptIN program, a high school student should be able to earn a credential before graduating.  EVSC students have the potential to earn college credentials in Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Technology, Automotive Technology, Visual Communications and Business Administration.  Additional pathways in Healthcare, Information Technology, Logistics and Transportation are currently being built for students.

This partnership will help to eliminate duplication of course materials and instruction and maximize the use of equipment, facilities, resources, and faculty so that students may complete programs in a cost and time efficient manner. Weinzapfel noted that private sector support of this program will assist in holding students and families harmless financially.

Weinzapfel said in addition, the MOU outlines how Ivy Tech and EVSC will expand educational opportunities also for students already planning on going to college, by creating academic pathways to allow students to earn a post-secondary credential to transfer to other post-secondary institutions in Indiana, though Ivy Tech’s seamless Transfer as a Junior initiative.

“I want to applaud Superintendent David Smith’s vision in creating OptIN and his relentless focus on creating a brighter future for young people in our community,” Weinzapfel said. “This agreement would not have been possible without his foresight and the support of the school board and the OptIN advisory council.”

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Research & Analysis, 82 percent of the projected job openings through 2024 will require less than a four-year degree. Twenty-five  percent of the manufacturing workforce is eligible to retire today; and 45 percent will be eligible to retire by 2024.

These opportunities are expected to begin by Fall 2019. For additional information, please send questions to Optin@evsck12.com.

Ivy Tech Community College, EVSC Partner to Prepare High School Students For Careers with Local Employers