Commentary by Kathleen Lee
This fall Ivy Tech will celebrate the opening of its 32nd campus, this time in Noblesville. We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to continue to partner with Hamilton County.
Our new location will provide Hamilton County residents easier access to college credits, technical certifications and associate degrees. Ivy Tech offers the state’s most affordable tuition state and credits that transfer to colleges and universities across Indiana.
The relationship between Hamilton County and Ivy Tech dates to 1980, when the college began offering classes in Noblesville. In 1995, we opened an Ivy Tech site at Carmel Community Life and Learning Center, where students can still take courses today. The college also continues to offer classes at Noblesville High School. In the spring 2013 semester, more than 3,000 students took Ivy Tech courses in Hamilton County.
We also partner with Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern and Sheridan High Schools in our dual enrollment program. This program allows students to earn college credit at Ivy Tech while they are still in high school. More than 1,500 Hamilton County students took part in the program last spring.
Hamilton County High School students have made Ivy Tech one of their top choices for Indiana colleges in recent years. In 2011, more than 300 Hamilton County high school students chose to come to Ivy Tech upon graduation. In fact, Ivy Tech ranked within the top three choices of all Indiana colleges for 2011 graduates from each of the above Hamilton County high schools. We look forward to now partnering with Hamilton County on a larger scale and serving your growing population!
Ivy Tech is busy at work to determine what the site will look like and how to best serve your community, including what degree programs and courses to offer. We look forward to continually informing you of the progress we are making. We intend to keep you updated each step of the way. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/noblesville.
Kathleen Lee is chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. She may be contacted at email@example.com.