The Ivy Tech Community College is the largest college in the state of Indiana and the largest single accredited statewide community college system in the United States. The history of this campus dates back to 1968 when the first classes were held with a total of 17 students and the college was known as the Tippewa Technical Institute. In 1977, a facility for the college was built on the south side of Lafayette.
The main campus of the region is in Lafayette with instructional centers in Crawfordsville and Monticello. The school has an annual enrollment of 8,000 students. The main campus at Lafayette features a joint college/county library, an administration building, two academic buildings and a building trades training center.
This region offers degrees and certifications in various specialties through the following schools:
- Applied Science & Engineering
- Computing and Informatics
- Fine Arts & Design
- Health Sciences
- Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Public & Social Services
The degrees and certifications offered here include the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees, and technical certifications. The areas of study include Automotive Technology, Design Technology, Business Administration, Respiratory Care, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, Paralegal Studies, Surgical Technology, and Criminal Justice. Various certificates are offered by the college in areas such as Accounting, Dental Assisting, Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, Automotive Technology, and Human Services.
The school admits first-time students, returning Ivy Tech students, GED credential holders, transfer students, international students, 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. There is an 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/PSAT scores or if they have prior college credits in English and Math.
Financial aid is provided 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.
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. The students of this region can apply for various scholarships such as the Brenda Mitchell, Buckles Student Challenge, Friends of Ivy Tech, Griffin, Montgomery County Scholars, and Tippecanoe Master Gardener scholarships.
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The school believes that students can enhance their career and educational prospects by participating in campus organizations and activities.
The Student Leadership Academy provides the platform for emerging leaders to hone their leadership skills through study, observation, and application.
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 Academic Advisors on campus provide assistance to students to help them achieve their educational, personal, and career goals.
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. Students are recommended to participate in student clubs and organizations with the objective of having fun, meeting new friends, and learning new skills. There is a bookstore on the campus which stocks textbooks and supplies. Students are actively encouraged to participate in community service activities through student government, classroom activities, partnerships with community agencies, and student clubs and organizations.
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Students can register for the Ivy Tech YMCA membership and participate in intramural sports such as co-ed volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, and basketball. Various events such as Wii Olympics, Capture the Flag, and Bags Tournament are hosted on the campus. The Lafayette campus also boasts of the Jan and Jim Shook Wellness Center with facilities such as locker rooms with divided showers and Cardio and Weight equipment.
Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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