Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Launches Career Coaching and Employer Connections Program

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis students can participate in the College’s newly launched program, Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC), which brings together career development and employer outreach to meet the needs of the workforce.

Created with students in mind, CCEC creates a cohesive model for student and employer engagement. This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience.

“The College values being a place for students of all ages to launch their career, as well as a go-to for employers to seek top talent,” said Ivy Tech Indianapolis Chancellor Kathleen Lee. “With the ever-changing workforce, Ivy Tech provides custom training to meet the demands of companies looking to skill-up current employees so people can thrive in their career. We look forward to CCEC expanding those opportunities.”

Students that participate in this program will have a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Creation of a Career Development Portfolio: students will create and showcase to employers a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work and learn experiences, and the professional network and connections they have built with support from their CCEC team.
  • Career Coaching: focused, one-to-one relationship to help the student determine the right steps for their career path that match their values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Work and Learn: opportunity to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student, such as working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.

Career Coaching and Employer Connections also benefit employers by helping them find top talent for their workforce needs and/or skill-up current employees with custom training. By closely aligning the student experience and employer needs, CCEC will meet the specific skills and training needs of employers in Indiana and neighboring states.

“I’m looking forward to building on the great work happening at Ivy Tech by expanding student access to career coaching and meaningful interactions with employers,” said Ben Carter, Executive Director of Ivy Tech the Indianapolis campus’ CCEC. “Ultimately, through CCEC, we want to empower students to make informed decisions about their future while creating strong connections to employment and transfer opportunities.”

Ivy Tech has received support to establish this program from several other organizations that include: Lilly Endowment, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Glick Fund, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and Salesforce.

The College will roll out this new CCEC model statewide through a phased approach over four years. The first phase commenced in the fall of 2019 at the following six campuses: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend/Elkhart, Kokomo, Sellersburg, and Madison.

For questions or more information, visit IvyTech.edu/IndyCCEC or contact Ben Carter, Executive Director of the Ivy Tech Indianapolis CCEC, at bcarter145@ivytech.edu.

Those interested in starting at Ivy Tech this fall can sign up for classes that start October 26 and take advantage of the new CCEC. To get started, apply now for free at IvyTech.edu/apply.

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