Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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September 12, 2013

Who will fill "The Skills Gap" in Indiana?

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This is a significant savings compared to students following a more traditional pathway. Ivy Tech students are more likely to remain in their communities after graduation to work and raise their families.

Ivy Tech graduates, once transferred, also earn higher grade-point averages and are more likely to complete their bachelor’s degree than students without an associate degree.

Regionally, we need a new facility. The region is currently operating with a space deficit of about 200,000 square feet. Ivy Tech’s current main facility, Poling Hall in Columbus, just turned 30. The building requires updating. The capital project we are proposing would ease the facility crunch but would still not bring our campus up to the state standard for space per student.

I remain hopeful that Ivy Tech in Columbus will receive an appropriation to expand our facilities in 2015.

It is clear that more Hoosiers are choosing Ivy Tech as a means to earn a degree and begin a career or as a means to make a bachelor’s degree more affordable by transferring Ivy Tech credits.

The community college makes college degrees at whatever level – associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate – more affordable through pathways and partnerships we have with universities throughout Indiana.

Ivy Tech has become the answer for the “skills gap” problem. The challenge now is facing Indiana and its leaders. The community college cannot do the work necessary to fill that gap without help. I urge you to get involved in this conversation and ask Indiana policy makers and city and state leaders to understand that an Ivy Tech building project will make a difference in their businesses and in the lives of countless Hoosiers.

John Hogan is the Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Franklin

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