Ivy Venture Club hosts 3rd Annual Ivy Shark Tank Pitch Competition and Marketplace

Ivy Tech Community College hosted its third annual “Ivy Shark Tank Pitch Competition and Marketplace” on July 14 with students in the newly revamped Entrepreneur Program.  

Students in the Entrepreneur Program can earn a certificate (16 credits), a technical certificate (31 credits), or an Associate of Applied Science (61 credits) in Entrepreneurship in the new School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 

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Ivy Tech Community College Hosting Express Enrollment

Ivy Tech Community College will host Express Enrollment starting Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. During the event, prospective students will complete their enrollment steps virtually and sign up for classes that start August 18, 2021.

Interested participants must RSVP. During the appointment, participants will receive assistance with assessment, meeting with an advisor, and registering for classes.

There’s never been a better time to get started at Ivy Tech! With the new Ivy+ approach, the cost of tuition has been frozen and all required textbooks will be FREE for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Ivy Tech offers the most career-focused programs in the state and graduates earn 12 percent more than the state average just one year after graduation. Partnering with employers and colleges, Ivy Tech serves prospective students whether they are working toward a certificate to join the workforce quickly, credits that easily transfer to four-year universities, or an associate degree that guarantees their admission to schools throughout Indiana.

Hundreds of classes start August 18 and are available in multiple formats, including in-person and online.

For more information or to RSVP, visit http://www.ivytech.edu/eeday.

Ivy Tech Community College Providing New Tuition Model and Free Textbooks for Students in 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Tuition held flat for the next two years

The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees recently approved a new tuition model for the Community College. The new approach, Ivy+, is focused on making college more affordable, ensuring students have equitable access, transparency of cost, on-time completion, and a seamless experience. 

Ivy Tech becomes one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. Ivy+ transforms the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. If a student takes 12 credits, 15, or even 24 credits in a given term, the cost of tuition will be the same for the student. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.

As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

“Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook with the biggest reason that they cannot afford them. Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Ivy+ makes us the only state institution that is not only freezing the cost of tuition, but significantly reducing the cost of attendance at a time when we need many more Hoosiers to earn a quality college credential to launch a high-wage career.”

For more information, visit IvyTech.edu/Tuition

Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation Announces Award Recipients for the Mobility Access Fund Pilot

In a press release from IndyGo, The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation (IPTF) announced the Mobility Access Fund pilot’s award recipients. The Mobility Access Fund provides funding to support the more than $2 Million in free or discounted rides IndyGo offers each year to Veterans, students, seniors, and people with disabilities. In partnership with IndyGo with investments from OneAmerica, The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and an anonymous donor; IPTF launched a new component to the Mobility Access Fund, offering bus passes to nonprofit organizations serving people in Marion County.

More than $35,000 in bus passes were granted to 12 organizations in the pilot phase. The following organizations were awarded grants:

Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation
Coalition for Homeless Intervention & Prevention
Dress for Success Indianapolis
Easterseals Crossroads
Hawthorne Community Center
Horizon House
Indy Black Chamber
Indy Hunger Network, Inc.
Ivy Tech Foundation
Marian University
Shepherd Community, Inc.
Wheeler Mission


“Dress for Success Indianapolis clients have long identified transportation as a significant barrier to gaining and keeping stable employment,” said Candice Brisson, Director of Programs. “Stable employment is key to building a career that pays a living wage, promoting household and community viability. Being able to provide our clients with bus passes allows them to better use the confidence and tools provided by our organization.”

More than 100 applications were received for the pilot with requests totaling $1.5M. “We’re incredibly thrilled with the amount of interested applicants we received for the Mobility Access Fund and understand bus passes are a critical lifeline for so many individuals in need,” said Rick Wilson, Chair of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation. “As it grows, this fund will decrease the barriers to reliable transportation can be for so many people in our city.”

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation is working to create a sustainable framework for the Mobility Access Fund for future award cycles. To make a contribution in support of mobility solutions, visit www.IndyGo.net/Foundation

About Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation is dedicated to supporting accessible and inclusive public mobility solutions throughout Marion County and the surrounding area. Through philanthropic efforts such as public-private partnerships, fundraising, and grant-writing, the Foundation seeks to invest in programs and opportunities that create public transportation and transit options for all people throughout the region. To learn more, visit our website at https://www.indygo.net/foundation/.

Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis opens new $14 million Automotive Technology Center in the International Marketplace District

Alongside campus leadership, community leaders, automotive partners and more, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis officially opened the doors of its new $14 million, 59,000-square-foot Automotive Technology Center in the city’s International Marketplace District (4751 Century Plaza Road) on June 9, 2021. This new Center sits on land donated by Sid and Louis Eskenazi and the Eskenazi Family Foundation, replacing the College’s former automotive learning facility on East Washington Street near downtown Indianapolis.

“Our new center will bring about new opportunities in technology, partnerships, and experiences that up until now have been quite limited,” said Steven Bardonner, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science at Ivy Tech Indianapolis. “This will not only positively affect the area where it is located but the Indianapolis service area as a whole, too.” 

Speakers at the event included Ivy Tech Indianapolis Chancellor Dr. Kathleen Lee, incoming Ivy Tech Indianapolis Chancellor Dr. Lorenzo Esters, Ivy Tech Community College President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, District 94 Representative and Democratic Floor Leader Cherrish Pryor, District 33 and Minority Leader Senator Greg Taylor and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. 

The new Ivy Tech Indianapolis Automotive Technology Center

Ivy Tech’s new Automotive Technology Center was made possible through a variety of automotive and community partners, including a $1 million gift from the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association, which provided a jumpstart on the fundraising for this project. It was also made possible through its New Market Tax Credit partners: Cinnaire, PNC Bank and the City of Indianapolis. 

Today, Ivy Tech Indianapolis has nearly 300 students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program and hopes to double enrollment with this new Center. Additionally, Ivy Tech’s presence in this community will provide an additional resource to the more than 1,100 current Ivy Tech students that live in the International Marketplace neighborhood. 

Automotive Technology students will learn the technological skills needed for today’s industry in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, including corporate labs for GM ASEP and Toyota T-TEN. They receive training in a variety of areas of expertise, including electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, brakes, steering, suspension systems, air conditioning and engine repair. 

Aiding in the College’s mission to get Hoosiers into high-wage, in-demand jobs, the automotive program offers paid cooperative education opportunities, with a 100% job placement for those who meet industry eligibility requirements. Classes are taught by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master certified instructors using more than 100 training vehicles to help students build career advancement skills and explore manufacturer-specific diagnostic service tools and information. 

Students can earn an array of credentials, including certificates and technical certificates in as little as two to three semesters, or an associate of applied science degree in as little as five semesters. They are also prepared to take and successfully pass the ASE Technician Certification exam and land secure jobs as technicians, service writers, service managers, dealerships, independent repair shops, part stores, and more.

“Locally in Indianapolis, graduates of the Toyota T-TEN and GM ASEP programs often earn $40,000 to $70,000 per year ($20 – $38 per hour), with the potential to earn more as you advance in your career,” said Jeff Evans, Automotive Technology program chair. “They land a variety of jobs such as technicians, service writers and service managers in dealerships, independent repair shops and part stores.”

In addition to housing this new program, Ivy Tech Indianapolis admissions representatives plan to have a presence in this new Automotive Technology Center to assist anyone wishing to enroll at Ivy Tech. The College also plans to enhance partnerships within the International Marketplace to increase educational attainment, including partnering with the nearby Global Village to potentially house general/core classes in the future. 

For more information about the services and resources available at the new Automotive Technology Center, visit IvyTech.edu/IndyAutomotive. Photos of the event can be found at link.ivytech.edu/IndyAutoGrandOpening and photos of the new facility can be found at link.ivytech.edu/IndyAutomotiveCenter-Photos