News Brief - 3/8/17
Partnership between two Indiana institutions yields significant results for Hoosier workforce
INDIANAPOLIS This week, WGU Indiana welcomed its 1,000th graduate transfer from Ivy Tech Community College. The two higher education institutions strengthened their long-standing partnership in 2015, granting Ivy Tech graduates the privilege of immediate acceptance to continue their education through WGU Indiana.
“Ivy Tech Community College and WGU Indiana are relentlessly focused on together helping our students succeed and meeting Hoosier employer’s workforce needs,” said President of Ivy Tech Sue Ellspermann. “Ivy Tech is proud of the success our students achieve at WGU. Our associate degree graduates are among WGU’s most well prepared students to complete a bachelor’s degree.”
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is the nation’s largest singly accredited institution of higher learning, with 32 campuses throughout the state. Like WGU Indiana, Ivy Tech caters to students in all 92 Indiana counties.
“Ivy Tech graduates have innumerable options after graduation, and that so many have continued to pursue their education through WGU Indiana speaks to the strength of WGU’s curriculum and our commitment to serving them,” said Chancellor Allison Barber of WGU Indiana. “Those students who come to WGU Indiana with an Ivy Tech degree in hand are among our most determined and most successful.”
Graduates from Ivy Tech have matriculated in each of WGU Indiana’s four schools: business, health professions, information technology (IT), and teaching. Total enrollees from each program are detailed below:
- 342 in College of Business
- 368 in College of Health Professions
- 133 in College of Information Technology
- 166 in Teachers College
Staff members from WGU Indiana and Ivy Tech have taken on advisory roles within their partner organization, strengthening the relationship between the institutions. President Sue Ellspermann of Ivy Tech is a member of the WGU Indiana Advisory Board and WGU’s outreach manager, Mary Hendrick, was recently named to the Ivy Tech Northeast Education Advisory Committee and the Ivy Tech East Central School of Education Advisory Board.
Ivy Tech graduates also receive a five percent tuition discount as a result of the corporate partnership between the two institutions. Any Ivy Tech students seeking additional information about WGU Indiana should go online to indiana.wgu.edu/ivy_tech.