Earned Skills Will Jump Start Our Community’s Economy

By Daniela Vidal, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Evansville

You see it every day in the news; or you are hearing it from your children at residential campuses across the nation – the four-year college experience this year is not what it once was. Getting together after class for a study session or a coffee; walking down the dorm halls where doors are open and dropping in on your neighbors; social events and sporting events – all are largely gone. Many, if not most classes, are meeting virtually. The classroom has largely become the student’s dorm room or apartment.

I understand it. We do what we need to do to keep everyone safe. I became chancellor a week before our Ivy Tech Community College campus went home to quarantine in March. My first foray into leading a college was helping it pivot every spring class into a virtual realm.

Those safety precautions taken early, and continuing in even greater detail today – are what are allowing Ivy Tech to have classes in-person, blended virtual/in-person and with maximum flexibility, the Learn Anywhere model. We need our colleges and universities to stay safe and open, because our economy needs our graduates!

As our community faces a rapid shift in employment opportunities and resources become more scarce, it presents a double conundrum to those in need…new high-wage jobs require the acquisition of higher-level skills but many don’t currently have the resources to be able to afford the education to obtain those skills. 

This is why Ivy Tech is a great answer to how we give individuals the skills they need quickly, and affordably, and get them into the workforce to jumpstart our economy. Our certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees make Ivy Tech a great option as students navigate their educational experience under COVID; and our flexibility with class delivery is making this a reality.

We also now offer a majority of our courses in an eight-week term. Not only do students complete faster, new students can start every eight weeks. Our next term begins October 26. 

It also begs us to ask the question of how our colleges and universities can serve our communities better. Now, more than ever, we need to find collaborative models among educational institutions, employers and government entities to make changes that will accelerate the learning curve and increase affordability. Watch for an exciting local announcement about this soon!

We have also been blessed to be able to offer a wide variety of courses where qualifying individuals can earn a certificate or technical certificate at no cost, through the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant. And, we also have opportunities for students attending other colleges, to be a guest student here and earn credits to transfer to their home institution.

Employers are seeking skilled workers and there are tremendous career opportunities available now. Within every great challenge are even greater opportunities, and Ivy Tech can help our employers get the skilled staff they need.

Interested individuals don’t need to wait. Starting at Ivy Tech in October is the first step toward a brighter future.

Earned Skills Will Jump Start Our Community’s Economy

Ivy Tech Community College Hires New Tell City Site Director

KKing Headshot 2TELL CITY, IN – Ivy Tech Community College has hired Katie King as its new Tell City Career & Technology Center Site Director.

King is a Heritage Hills High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to starting at Ivy Tech on Aug. 31, King held the position of mortgage loan officer at Hoosier Hills Credit Union. In the past, she has served as a property manager, online marketing consultant, purchasing manager, and training specialist.

King is a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Perry County. She is also an active member of Perry County 4-H serving as club leader and on the endowment launch committee.

The Ivy Tech Tell City Career & Technology Center opened in 1981 and serves Perry and surrounding counties by providing specialized industry training, and college courses close to home. King said the focus of this location is to offer programs that will enable residents of Perry and surrounding counties to qualify for skilled entry-level jobs that offer a pathway to a productive career. It offers general education courses, as well as courses in healthcare, welding, industrial technology and more and has dedicated labs for Welding, Anatomy and Physiology, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Mechatronics. “Our goal is to increase student success and decrease time to completion and help our area citizens balance their personal, work, and education ambitions,” King says. “I see my role as a connector of the resources Ivy Tech has to offer and the needs in our community.”

King has called Perry County home for 20 years and currently lives in Cannelton with her husband, Ryan, and their two children. “This is my community, my home. The people who live and work here are my neighbors and friends.  I am committed to the success of the Tell City Career and Technology Center and the students we serve,” she said.

For more information about the Ivy Tech Tell City Career & Technology Center, visit IvyTech.Edu/TellCity or call (812) 547-7915.

Ivy Tech Community College Hires New Tell City Site Director

National Intern Day Spotlight – Jasmine Hoy

JasmineName: Jasmine Hoy

Degree/Major: General Studies

Graduation date/Anticipated graduation date: December 2020

Company where you completed/are completing your internship:
Old National Bank

When did you complete your internship?
Will complete in September 2020

What has been your favorite assignment/project as an intern?
My favorite part of this program is the weekly meetings. We learn about the company as a whole and learn more about ourselves. The meetings have made a big difference about working in my future.

What advice do you have for a student who is considering an internship?
Be open minded! Be coachable! Be you!

National Intern Day Spotlight – Jasmine Hoy

National Intern Day Spotlight – Mason Clark

masonName: Mason Clark

Degree/Major: Professional and Community Communications

Graduation date/Anticipated graduation date: 2020

Company where you completed/are completing your internship:
Ivy Tech Community College Evansville


When did you complete your internship?

Summer 2020

What have you learned as an intern?
I have learned that many projects don’t quite go as planned, so it is important to have backup ideas and to be as adaptable as possible. I have also learned that it is important to communicate constantly with all parties involved on a project; this makes everything go smoothly.

What has been your favorite assignment/project as an intern? 
My favorite assignment was either editing a Virtual Tour for Ivy Tech or planning out the social media for National Nursing Week.

What advice do you have for a student who is considering an internship?
If it is right for you, do it! It is a great way to learn about the field you are working in and get experience and knowledge about higher education or other institutions. It can also be a great way to hone your skills or develop new ones that will be essential to your future. Also: Stay organized!

National Intern Day Spotlight – Mason Clark

National Intern Day Spotlight – Gina Nalley

Name: Gina Nalley

Degree/Major: Business and Community Communication

Graduation date/Anticipated graduation date: October 2020

Company where you completed/are completing your internship:
Ivy Tech Community College Evansville

When did you complete your internship?
Summer 2020

What have you learned as an intern?
I learned many practical skills like running social media for a business, but I also learned how to use my time effectively and how to balance a vast workload.

What has been your favorite assignment/project as an intern? 
I enjoyed interacting on a campaign between the Evansville campus and McDonald’s. Getting to take part in the planning and behind the scenes was both interesting and enlightening. I loved getting to voice my ideas with the knowledge that our work would help Ivy Tech’s students to prosper.

What advice do you have for a student who is considering an internship? Be prepared to be flexible with your time and to abandon your comfort zone. An internship is primarily about learning and gaining experience, but it is also about engaging in activities that you may never have been brave enough to do on your own. Take advantage of these opportunities and allow yourself to make mistakes and grow.

National Intern Day Spotlight – Gina Nalley

National Intern Day Spotlight – Eresha Amarasekara

Eresha

Name: Eresha Amarasekara

Degree/Major: Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Graduation date/Anticipated graduation date: May 2021 with Honors (Magna Cum Laude)

Company where you completed/are completing your internship:
Atlas World Group International

When did you complete your internship?
I do not have any specific date.

What have you learned/done as an intern?  

  • Prepared monthly financial reports and maintain detailed and accurate confidential records and file
  • Account payables inquiry
  • Utilized Moveware Accounting Package (like Quick Books)
  • Prepared monthly Bank Reconciliation statements

What has been your favorite assignment/project as an intern? 
Account receivable analysis report

What advice do you have for a student who is considering an internship?
It gives you the opportunity to learn practical skills and utilize what you previously learned from your college. You can get more experience, and they are willing to provide you a reference when you are applying for another job or if you are working well, they are going to hire you for full-time position.

National Intern Day Spotlight – Eresha Amarasekara

Ivy Tech Community College Offers Drive-Up Enrollment

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  Ivy Tech Community College Evansville is planning an enrollment event designed to make it easier for potential students to get enrolled outside, in the fresh air – and potentially, all from the comfort of a vehicle.

Enroll ‘N Go, planned for July 29 and 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, will allow students to drive up and talk with educational professionals about their next steps for enrollment. Advisors, Enrollment Center staff, and faculty of the college will be on hand to assist students.

There will also be individuals available to assist with selecting and enrolling in one of the many free class opportunities that are now available through Ivy Tech, and funding provided through the Next Level Jobs initiative.

“We realize that this opportunity may not work for everyone. The building will also be open to assist those who need things we cannot do quickly outside.” said Chancellor Daniela Vidal, “We wanted to offer an outdoor opportunity for our continuing students and others who are interested, to see a person face to face and have their questions answered.”

Continuing Student Enroll ‘N Go Dates:

  • July 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science; and the Frank L. Hilton MD School of Health Sciences
  • July 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Schools of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain; Public Affairs & Social Services; and Information Technology

For a completely virtual experience, potential students can plan to attend Ivy Tech’s Virtual Express Enrollment Day July 22, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/Go.

To arrange an appointment to meet with someone in person to talk about enrolling at Ivy Tech for fall classes beginning Aug. 24, call 812-429-1435.

 

Ivy Tech Community College Offers Drive-Up Enrollment

Ivy Tech Community College Adds More Free Opportunities to Learn

treelogoEVANSVILLE, Ind. – Daniela Vidal, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus, announced today (July 16) that there are now even more free classes that residents can take in order to gain new skills; earn a certificate or technical certificate; or as an entryway into an associate degree.

“These courses can lead to the training needed for in-demand career opportunities in our Evansville region,” Vidal said. “It is imperative – now, more than ever – that our community’s residents get the training they need to qualify them for the safe, secure, and valuable jobs that are so important to jump starting our economy.”

Vidal said that Ivy Tech is at the critical juncture of being the location where both employers and individuals can come to get the skills to meet workforce demands. “We are here to provide the skilled offerings that will give residents the tools they need to succeed, and help area business and industry flourish,” she said.

FREE – 10,000 Classes

One opportunity, originally announced in May, are free classes for up to 10,000 people to take. Many are still available and individuals can register here: www.ivytech.edu/10kclasses/

FREE – Next Level Jobs

Ivy Tech is also offering a wide variety of free certificate and technical certificate credentials through the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative. Federal funding through the CARES Act has enabled the temporary expansion of programs which will be financially covered and all of the previous educational restrictions have been waived.  Students can now earn a free credential and are not required to have a high school diploma or high school equivalency. They may have also earned a college degree previously.  This Rapid Recovery Expansion opportunity expires December 30, 2020.

Classes will be offered on the main campus in Evansville and also at the Princeton and Tell City Career & Technology Centers. Among those opportunities include CDL classes in Evansville and Dubois County, Certified Nursing Assistant training in Tell City and Princeton; and welding in Newburgh.

Other areas of study that Next Level Jobs will fund include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building and Construction, Health and Life Sciences, Information Technology and Business Services, and Transportation and Logistics. To register go to: www.ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs

FREE – Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency

Ivy Tech Evansville also recently received a grant from the Department of Workforce Development to offer High School Equivalency preparation classes, the High School Equivalency exam (TASC) and Adult Basic Education for those who want basic skill development. These classes will be offered at the main Evansville campus beginning Aug. 1. There is also a class to be offered at the Princeton Career & Technology Center. Funding for these classes for this school year ends Dec. 30, 2020. More information will soon be available at www.ivytech.edu/evansville/abe or by calling 812-492-0163.

Saeed Walcott, robotics and PLC technician for MidWest Motion Incorporated, is a 2019 Ivy Tech associate of applied science graduate in Advanced Automation and Robotics. He said that Ivy Tech not only educated him, but helped him through any struggles he had and prepared him with the skills needed for his position. He had praise for instructors in his program and for the hands-on education he received.

Walcott urged individuals to take advantage of these free opportunities to better prepare themselves. “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” Walcott said. “Take this one.”

Vidal added, “With thousands of our communities’ residents having lost their job, were furloughed, or are underemployed, these classes and trainings are important for our economy. This is a great way for our residents to skill up to become even more valuable to their current and future employers.”

Ivy Tech Community College Adds More Free Opportunities to Learn

Ivy Tech to Host Virtual Express Enrollment Day June 25

Ivy Tech Community College will host a Virtual Express Enrollment Day on Thursday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the event, prospective students will complete their enrollment steps virtually, all from the safety and comfort of their home. Virtual Express Enrollment Day is the perfect time for anyone interested in starting their education to sign up for classes that start July 6 or August 24.

Classes that begin July 6 run for only four weeks and include:

  • Business 101 – Introduction to Business
  • Business 105 – Principles of Management
  • Business 201 – Business Law
  • Marketing 101 – Principles of Marketing
  • Psychology 101 – Introduction to Psychology
  • Software Development 120 – Computing Logic

Ivy Tech is excited to welcome back students this fall for classes that start August 24. There are thousands of classes available in online, virtual, and face-to-face formats, and students will be able to choose week-to-week which format works best for them.

During Virtual Express Enrollment Day, participants will learn more about assessment, either meet with an advisor or set up an appointment, and register for classes.

To sign up, go to www.ivytech.edu/eeday

 

Ivy Tech to Host Virtual Express Enrollment Day June 25