Ivy Tech Grad Assisting the Sick in New Jersey, New York

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” -Mary Roach

StacyMeet a hero from our very own Ivy Tech! Stacy Steele has been an EMT for 5 years and has experience working at St. Vincent Emergency Department and is currently employed by American Medical Response. She typically spends her time answering 911 calls on an Advanced Life Support unit with paramedics. She earned her EMT certification at Ivy Tech and has used it to work her way toward specifically helping in the field of Trauma. Last year she was named the EMT of the Year by the Evansville AMR. She plans to return to Ivy Tech this fall, to earn her Paramedic Science Associate Degree. One of her goals is to become a flight nurse.  

During these hard times, she is serving communities along the east coast where a few weeks FB_IMG_1586892022469ago she was deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Her schedule now consists of working 24-hour shifts, taking 12 hours off at a hotel, and then returning to work for the next 24 hours. When she arrived, 911 calls come in every 6-18 seconds for her and her team to answer. She has found herself working alongside Evansville paramedics and EMTs as well as medical personnel from all over the US. 

No matter how back-breaking, heart wrenching, and potentially dangerous the work must be, Steele insists, “If anyone is looking for a career where they can grow through helping people, and obtain character development while doing it, this is a job that has truly shaped me into a better person.”

Wow, what a hero! Thank you, Stacy!

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Ivy Tech Grad Assisting the Sick in New Jersey, New York

Ivy Tech Community College Offers Online Express Enrollment Day

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EVANSVILLE, IN – Ivy Tech Community College will host an online Express Enrollment Day on Thursday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. via Zoom. Summer and Fall registration is now open.

This free event is designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially all in one day, all from the safety of their home, virtually.

At the event students will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete the FAFSA or have their financial aid questions answered.  Also, students can learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans.
  • Determine what assessments may be needed to enroll.
  • Learn about our programs.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Students should be prepared with the following documents:

  • Government issued ID
  • Tax information for 2017 if enrolling for summer, and 2018 if enrolling for fall (Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • SAT/ACT/PSAT scores or High School and/or College Transcripts – if available
  • An idea of what he/she would like to study

Interested individuals must RSVP to ivytech.edu/EEVirtual in order to receive the Zoom meeting details by visiting.

Ivy Tech Community College Offers Online Express Enrollment Day

In a time of crisis, Ivy Tech guest student program provides a much-needed option

GuestStudent_Postcard_2020_v4_Page_1By Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College

During the past month, I have been tremendously impressed by the ingenuity and responsiveness of America’s higher education professionals. With little notice, colleges and universities across the nation moved classes to virtual and online formats and found new ways to provide the services students depend upon as they pursue their educational journey. While I’m most proud of the efforts made by Ivy Tech Community College faculty and staff, it is clear that all institutions share a strong commitment to students and their families.

At Ivy Tech, we see many college students ably navigating the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and successfully completing their coursework. We are hearing from faculty of the resiliency and commitment of our students across the state. We also know, however, that some students risk falling behind as they juggle competing priorities with school, work and home as they deal with the pandemic’s devastating effects. Further, many parents and guardians are wondering if they can afford for their students to continue in college. With this in mind, Ivy Tech has committed to providing all students with another pathway by increasing our capacity to serve guest students via online and virtual classes. This has long been a strength and competency of Ivy Tech, but it has never been as relevant as it is right now.

What is Ivy Tech’s guest student program? It allows students who remain enrolled at their home four-year institution to earn credits at Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition rate (lowest in the state), then transfer those credits back to their home institution. It’s truly the best of both worlds: students continue to progress toward a degree from their institution of choice while enjoying the tremendous flexibility that Ivy Tech’s online and virtual classes provide. Students can take classes this summer, or add Ivy Tech classes to their existing summer schedule at their home institution. Best of all, Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition means guest students can save money during these challenging times while accelerating their progress toward graduation.

Ivy Tech makes it easy to enroll as a guest student. The process starts with a free application, which can be completed at IvyTech.edu/Guest. Everything can be done online and with virtual services to support students every step of the way.

As we continue to withstand and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, our state and country will benefit from having more bright minds and talented students succeeding in college and prepared to enter the workforce in high demand careers. Through our guest student program, Ivy Tech can help make that vision a reality and give students some much-needed affordability and flexibility.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited statewide community college system in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

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In a time of crisis, Ivy Tech guest student program provides a much-needed option

Ivy Tech Community College offers virtual College 101 event to answer questions about college

c101-header3-1EVANSVILLE, IN – Ivy Tech Community College will host a virtual College 101 event on Tuesday, April 21, at noon via a Zoom meeting.

During this event, anyone interested in learning more about going to college at Ivy Tech will have the opportunity to speak to representatives about topics including financial aid, picking a major, enrollment steps, and much more. College 101 also gives individuals the opportunity to ask questions, and see what Ivy Tech has to offer, including certificate programs, affordable tuition, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships.

Interested individuals must RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting details by visiting ivytech.edu/college101, scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting the Evansville dropdown.

Ivy Tech Community College offers virtual College 101 event to answer questions about college

Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees Member Pledges $500,000 Toward COVID-19 Relief

Marianne Glick and Mike Woods pledge $500,000 matching gift to Ivy Tech’s Relief Fund efforts

 Evansville, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees member, Marianne Glick, and her spouse, Mike Woods, have committed $500,000 in matching funds across the state for Ivy Tech’s newly established COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist students.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide increased flexibility to assist the Evansville, Princeton, and Tell City locations in meeting unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days. Our campus specifically has $15,000 in matching funds available.  The funds will be entirely supported by unrestricted charitable donations and gifts at any level to help meet our campus’s time-sensitive needs. We must secure local matching funds by April 30, 2020 in order to benefit from the Glick gift.

“We wanted to do something to help Ivy Tech students at this challenging time,” Marianne and Mike shared. “We hope this gift will inspire others to open their hearts to enable our students to have access to the resources they need to stay in school and stay healthy.”

“We are so grateful for those in our community who are willing to give and for the generous gift that will match their donations, ensuring we can best help address the needs of our Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff,” said Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “They have all been extremely resilient and flexible in responding to this new way of operating, but as the situation prolongs, needs are increasing.”

Ivy Tech’s President Sue Ellspermann announced that all campus buildings have been closed and over 70,000 students, faculty and staff will operate in an online instructional virtual environment.

“As always, our top priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of our students,” said Ellspermann. “Many of our students already faced challenges including juggling work, family and school, food insecurity, childcare needs, and even housing uncertainty. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for Marianne and Mike, and their pledge of $500,000 in matching funds across the state. This makes it possible for us to truly help our students who need it now more than ever.” 

“Their commitment to Ivy Tech student success is unwavering and their philanthropic hearts are truly full of passion for the betterment of tomorrow,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation president.  “We are very appreciative of Marianne and Mike stepping up and providing such a tremendous match to our campuses to meet unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days.”

For more information on the Covid-19 Relief Fund and where to donate please visit impact.ivytech.edu/COVID.Relief.Fund

Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees Member Pledges $500,000 Toward COVID-19 Relief

During Community College Month and amid COVID-19, Ivy Tech more committed than ever to the communities it serves

By Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College

This April, as our students, alumni, faculty, and staff observe National Community College Month, our hearts are with the many families whose lives are being forever changed by the current global health crisis. While this is not a time for celebration, we are honoring those affected by the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to work alongside our communities as we deliver on our core mission of accessible, high quality post-secondary education for Hoosiers and workforce development aligned to the needs of Indiana’s employers.

Ivy Tech Community College has always been focused on making our communities stronger – and that has never been more important than it is right now. Accordingly, we are dedicated to mitigate the damaging effects of COVID-19 and provide relief for those on the frontlines – healthcare providers, first responders, essential workers, and all those who are courageously battling to keep us safe. Here are just a few examples:

  • Keeping students moving forward while mitigating the spread of the virus. Ivy Tech is committed to ensuring our students can continue their studies and complete credentials to enter high-demand careers. We quickly transitioned all courses and student services to being fully virtual after Spring Break. With the safety of our communities and students in mind, we’ve closed buildings, but we continue to offer enrollment, financial aid, advising, tutoring, and even “wrap around services” to our students virtually. Ivy Tech was already one of the nation’s largest providers of online learning with nearly half of our courses able to be delivered virtually even before COVID-19. We will continue in a virtual format during the Summer semester here for our students, as well as students who had their residential college experience disrupted and high school graduates who want to get a cost-effective jump on college before the Fall.
  • Providing more support for our students.

State Trustee Marianne Glick and her spouse, Mike Woods, have generously committed $500,000 in matching dollars to establish a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist Ivy Tech students across the state with emergency financial needs. This will help students offset the financial challenges they are facing and allow them to remain enrolled. Technology, internet access, food and housing assistance are just a few of the additional challenges some of our students and those newly unemployed are facing right now.

  • Doing our part to support and partner with healthcare providers. Our campuses have donated masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to their local hospitals. Our Advanced Automation and Robotics programs across the state are 3D-printing parts for face shields and masks for Indiana’s healthcare workers and first responders. We are ramping up to provide more than 2,000 per week to augment the limited supplies currently available.  And several of our campuses are designated as alternative care sites for their communities utilizing our campus nursing wings if/when needed.
  • Preparing for life after COVID-19. While there is much work to do in the present, Ivy Tech is also planning for how we can best serve going forward. What are the new skills Hoosiers will need for jobs during the coronavirus recovery? How might we quickly help the thousands of unemployed Hoosiers to reskill for high-wage, high-demand jobs? How might we assist employers in having the talent they need to ramp back up? What else do our communities and state need from us as we recover from this crisis? These are all questions being considered by our leadership, staff, and faculty to ensure we all emerge from this pandemic even stronger.

Our nation’s community colleges serve nearly half of all college students. As Indiana’s community college, Ivy Tech is here to help Hoosiers of all ages, backgrounds, races, and abilities to pursue their post-secondary education and career goals. Even now, amid the greatest challenge many of us will ever know, Ivy Tech and multiple institutions across the country remain confident that better days are ahead. And we pledge to work alongside our communities to ensure this becomes Indiana’s reality.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited statewide community college in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

During Community College Month and amid COVID-19, Ivy Tech more committed than ever to the communities it serves

What is the state financial aid deadline for completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA?

Students who do not file the 2020-2021 FAFSA by the April 15th  deadline will not be eligible for awards such as 21st Century Scholarship and Frank O’Bannon Grant (Higher Education Award). Students who do not file their FAFSA until after this deadline as a direct result of COVID-19 illness or disruption, may submit an appeal in ScholarTrack (https://www.in.gov/che/4512.htm). Students will need to explain in their appeal why they were unable to submit the FAFSA by the April 15th deadline either due to a lack of access to the application, or as a result of serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling).  PLEASE NOTE: There are numerous ways to complete the FAFSA, including online at FAFSA.gov (by desktop, laptop, or mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones) or through the myStudentAid mobile app.

For assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 812-429-1429 or email evansville-finaid@ivytech.edu

What is the state financial aid deadline for completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA?