Ivy Tech Community College is the largest college in the state of Indiana and the largest community college system in the United States. The Columbus region serves six counties, namely Jennings, Brown, Bartholomew, Jackson, Decatur, and the southern portion of Johnson. The Columbus-Franklin region comprises two campuses, one in Columbus (which is the main campus) and the other in Franklin. Students enroll to earn associate degrees or certificates in their fields.
The school educates about 6,700 students annually through its academic programs and about 1,500 employees through the Departments of Workforce Solutions and Corporate College. The campuses features the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Columbus Learning Center, Poling Instructional Center, Industrial Technology building, Corporate Training Institute, and the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Additional classes are also held in Nashville, Greensburg, Seymour, and North Vernon.
The school offers various degrees and certifications through its programs. Most students come here to earn a two year associates degree, such as the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Arts. Like many community colleges, there are a variety of programs to take, many of which help to serve local community after graduation. There are programs offered in areas such as Design Technology, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Visual Communications, Criminal Justice, and Mechanical Engineering Technology, just to name a few.
Various certificates are offered by the college in areas such as Accounting, Paramedic Science, Office Administration, Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, Health Care Support, and Industrial Technology.
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. 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.
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 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.
Students here are eligible for various scholarships such as the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Scholarship, Columbus Development Endowed Scholarship, Community Education Coalition (CEC) Scholarship, and Futures Unlimited Fund.
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 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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