COLUMBUS – The headcount at Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus/Franklin increased three percent this fall as compared to the beginning of the fall 2012 semester.
The number of students enrolled is 4,424 as compared with 4,292 last year at this same time. Statewide, Ivy Tech has again enrolled more than 100,000 students.
Increased transfer and dual credit opportunities are contributing factors to the recent regional growth, according to college officials.
“As our enrollments continue to increase, we find ourselves more urgently in need of a new building in which to hold classes,” commented John Hogan, chancellor of the local campus.
“Ivy Tech has continued to develop many financially-friendly pathways for students to complete their associate degrees, which increases their earning power, and also the most affordable pathways to bachelor’s degrees, which increases earning power even more,” Hogan said. “Prospective college students are coming to realize they can save tens of thousands of dollars by attending their local community college campuses.”
Regionally, Ivy Tech has transfer opportunities with the Purdue College of Technology, IUPUC, and Trine University. Ivy Tech also has transfer agreements with IU Bloomington, Purdue West Lafayette, Indiana State University, Ball State University, and IUPUI.
Ivy Tech’s free dual credit classes also have drawn many high school students to the community college.
Through the dual credit program, high school students take advanced placement/college-level courses at their high school, earning high school and college credit at the same time. Since the Ivy Tech courses are tuition-free when taught as part of this program, the savings to participating students and their parents is significant, and, at the same time, students get a head-start on their college careers.
Dual credit courses, taught at the high schools by high school or Ivy Tech faculty, are college level, requiring a proficiency on the part of the student that is high enough to master them. High school faculty who offer dual credit courses must meet credential requirements and participate in professional development provided by Ivy Tech. Dual credit courses include such subjects as calculus, trigonometry, public speaking, political science, marketing, criminal science, and technical graphics.
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