Ivy Tech Community College reports double digit growth
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ivy Tech Community College is reporting that the College has hit a record high for first day of spring semester enrollment. With 79,366 students enrolled statewide for class on Monday, the College's total headcount was up 10.4 percent over the first day of classes last spring (1/8/07). The state's community college saw an increase of nearly 7,500 students enroll this spring semester as compared to last spring. In addition, more students are taking more credit hours as the full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers increased by 11.4 percent to a record spring high of 44,645. "More and more Hoosiers are seeing the value of the state's community college," Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said. "We have a mix of working adults, seeking additional education or retraining to reenter the workforce, along with those students just out of high school who will start their post-secondary education at Ivy Tech and then either begin a career or transfer their credits to a four-year school. Our growth is a result of both traditional and non-traditional students taking advantage of the benefits of a community college which in many cases is within minutes of their home or workplace." Ivy Tech Community College is the nation's largest statewide community college system and the state's second largest public post-secondary institution serving more than 110,000 students a year. Ivy Tech remains Indiana's most affordable option to earn a college degree, as students can earn an associate degree from Ivy Tech for less than $6,000. Those degrees result in good-paying jobs and students can transfer their credits to four-year colleges and universities in pursuit of a bachelor's degree, saving half the cost annually. In December, eleven of Ivy Tech's 14 regions were listed amongst the fastest growing community college campuses in the nation, in a report released by Community College Week. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.