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 Northwest region is the second largest college in northwest part of Indiana and serves the counties of Starke, LaPorte, Porter, Jasper, Lake, Newton and Pulaski. There are four campuses in all: Gary, Valparaiso, East Chicago (De La Garza), and Michigan City (The Pejec Campus). The college has a total annual enrollment of 8,000 students.
This region offers various degree, certificate, and technical certificate programs through the following schools: Applied Science & Engineering Technology, Business, Computing & Informatics, Education, Fine Arts & Design, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Public & Social Services, and Technology
The degrees offered include the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees. The areas of study include Advanced Manufacturing, Design Technology, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Early Childhood Education, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Paralegal Studies, Nursing, and Criminal Justice. Various certificates are offered by the college in areas such as Accounting, Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, Industrial 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 here, 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 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 may be eligible for 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 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Abbott & Fenner Scholarship, Lukach Memorial Scholarship, Dislocated Worker Fund Opportunity, and Porter Health Occupations Scholarship.
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Students can enhance their career and educational prospects by participating in campus organizations and activities and are actively encouraged to participate in community service activities through student government, classroom activities, partnerships with community agencies, and student clubs and organizations. 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. 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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