The Ivy Tech Community College is the largest college in the state of Indiana and the largest community college system in the United States. The East Central region serves seven counties namely, Madison, Blackford, Henry, Delaware, Randolph, Jay, and Grant. This campus region came into existence in 1968 and has been granting associate degrees since the year 1971.
The East Central region is comprised of three campuses in Muncie (which is the main campus), Anderson, and Marion.
The East Central region offers degrees and certifications in more than 80 specialties through the following schools:
- Applied Science & Engineering
- Computing and Informatics
- Fine Arts & Design
- Health Sciences
- Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Public & Social Services
Various degrees and certifications offered include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science degrees and Technical certificates and DOE certificates. Students attend this campus to earn their two-year degrees to either enter the workforce in entry level positions or they can use their degrees to transfer to a four-year college or university. Others earn their certificates in order to learn new skills for career advancement.
This campus also provides industry training for employers who sign up for the program. The school will work out a custom program to train employees, with the added bonus of having certifications for various programs.
The school admits first-time, returning, GED credential holders, transfer, international, and dual credit high school students. To seek admission, students need to complete an admission application form. They are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Students are also required to attend the admission workshop. There is a mandatory orientation session for new students. Students are also required to appear for the COMPASS Placement test for assessment of basic skills in Algebra, Mathematics, English and Reading. Students can seek exemption from the placement test based on their SAT/ACT scores or if they have prior college credits in English and Math.
The school provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aid available include: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans. The Ivy Tech Community College-East Central recommends a priority deadline of March 10 to apply for the financial aid.
Different types of grant options available to the students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Ivy Tech Grant, TEACH grant, and Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Direct Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Parent PLUS loans, and (Private) Student Loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.
Students may be eligible for various scholarships such as the Harvey S Poling, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Bob Shoup Memorial Scholarship, Michael Hawkins Memorial Scholarship, George S. and H. Loma Berkebile Scholarship, and Riverview Surgical Center Scholarship.
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There are various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. The Academic Skills Advancement program is aimed at students facing academic difficulty and provides assistance with developmental instruction in communications, math, sciences, and writing and study skills. The Career Services Center has its own job search website, JobZone, where students can search for open positions and post their resume. The Student Government is the voice of the students and promotes the college spirit. There is a bookstore on the campus which stocks textbooks and supplies.
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Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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