Ivy Tech Northeast’s Frequently Answered Questions

Why is Ivy Tech Northeast such a crucial part to higher education and our future workforce?

  • Ivy Tech is the top choice for high school graduates here in northeast Indiana and across the state. 27.5% of high school graduates who enroll in Indiana public colleges choose Ivy Tech.
  • Ivy Tech Northeast enrolls between 15,000 and 17,000 students per academic year (more than 170,000 statewide), making it the state’s largest public post-secondary institution.

  • Ivy Tech Northeast offers 50 degree programs and numerous certificate programs from the Fort Wayne campus (150 degree programs statewide).
  • Ivy Tech offers more than 100 transfer programs with in-state and out-of-state schools.
  • More than 31,000 Ivy Tech students transferred credits in the academic year 2013–14.
  • Regional student transfers have increased 119 percent. (Past five years)
  • More than 10,720 high school students earned dual credits in 2014–15 from Ivy Tech Northeast.
  • Nearly 1,450 associate degrees and certificates were awarded in 2015 from Ivy Tech Northeast (more than 21,000 statewide). That’s an increase of 26 percent over the last two years, and an increase of 70 percent over the last five years.
  • Bachelor’s degree candidates who spend their first two years at Ivy Tech can save upwards of $10,000 over the tuition they would have paid at some four-year schools.
  • Ivy Tech’s average tuition (as of July 2015) is $3,995; making it the most affordable college in Indiana.
  • Average first-year earnings for Ivy Tech graduates are greater than those of other public institutions in the state ($37,777).
  • Early College programs allow students to complete 75 percent of a two-year degree before high school graduation.
  • Ivy Tech Northeast will award more than $300,000 in scholarships during the 2015–16 academic year.
  • Ivy Tech maintains more than 170 community and education partnerships in northeast Indiana.

What are some of Ivy Tech Northeast’s top academic programs?

  • Agriculture (Enrollment has increased nearly 700 percent since the program’s launch in 2015 with seven students.)
  • Automotive Technology (Program was named the 2016 Outstanding Technical Program in the United States by the American Technical Education Association.)
  • Hospitality Administration (Graduates sustain the region’s culinary needs, with positions ranging from executive chef and pastry chef to restauranteur.)
  • Nursing (State licensure passing rate among graduates in 2015 was 90.43 percent. The national average passing rate for all nursing programs, which includes bachelor’s degree programs, was 84.53 percent last year.)
  • Respiratory Care (Graduates have a 100 percent success rate in passing their professional credentialing exams; employers are 100 percent satisfied with graduates; and graduates are 100 percent satisfied with the program, according to the 2015 Report of Current Status for an Education Program report.)
  • Visual Communications (Students have won 13 Fort Wayne Advertising Honors during the past two years.)

What are some unparalleled student opportunities at Ivy Tech Northeast?

  • Accelerated Associate Program (ASAP)
  • Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge
  • American Honors
  • A Reason to Taste
  • New Venture Competition
  • Club Sports (Titans Basketball and Titans Soccer)
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Dual Credit
  • European Competition
  • Express Enrollment Center
  • Free tutoring assistance (Center for Academic Excellence and TRIO)
  • Ink Cloud: Student Poetry Contest
  • INSPIRE Academy
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
  • WOW Wednesdays

Who are some of our distinguished Ivy Tech Northeast alumni?

  • Donna Kessler, owner, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits
  • Trent and Erick Ehinger, co-owners, 3E Industries and Woodland Water Gardens
  • Melody Wang, co-owner, Fortezza Coffee and Trionfale Espresso
  • David Tomaszewski, co-owner, Summit City Brewerks
  • Chuck Pastor, owner, Chop’s Steak and Seafood
  • Michael Rusher, inventor, Rusher valve (breathing assistance device)
  • Olivia Fabian, owner, Ofabz Swimwear

What grant successes do we have at Ivy Tech Northeast?

  • Accelerated Associate Program, Lumina, $985,000 statewide (6/2010 to 05/2016)
  • Adult On-Site Accelerated Learning (College for Working Adults), Chase JPMorgan Foundation, $102,000 (08/2015 to 08/2016)
  • Advanced Technical Education, National Science Foundation, $122,000
  • Higher Growth, Emerging Industries, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, $679,000 (Five years)
  • Refugee Scholars, St. Joseph Foundation, $396,000 (10/2013 to 09/2015)
  • TAACCCT, U.S. Government, $1 million (10/2012 to 10/2015)
  • TRIO, U.S. Department of Education, $231,000 annually (Five years)

So, Ivy Tech Northeast has state-of-the-art educational facilities?

  • Early Childhood Learning Center (Daycare lab to support hands-on learning for early childhood education students)
  • Healthy Essence Clinic (Massage clinic to support hands-on learning for therapeutic massage students)
  • Ivy Tech Aviation Center (Houses the only aviation programs in the Ivy Tech statewide system)
  • Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (132,000-square-foot building that will be owned by Ivy Tech Northeast outright by 2022.)
  • Respiratory therapy instructional classroom and lab (2,200-square-foot space to support hands-on learning for respiratory care students)
  • The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center (Building given Advanced Technology Center status in 2016 by the National Coalition of Advanced Tech Centers)

Who constitutes Ivy Tech Northeast?

  • 75 percent of students attend part time
  • More than 41 percent of our students work while attending college part-time
  • 44 percent of students receive need- or merit-based financial aid
  • 19 percent of students are single parents
  • 25 percent of students are part of a minority or immigrant population
  • 26 is the average student age
  • 20 percent of students have adjusted gross incomes of less than $16,000 annually

How does Ivy Tech Northeast engage with the community?

  • Adventure and Imagination Summer STEM Camp
  • American Heart Association’s Heart Walk for Northeast Indiana
  • Anthis partnerships (Aviation Maintenance Technology and Machine Tool and Die)
  • A Reason to Taste annual culinary banquet, silent auction, fundraiser
  • ASM STEM Camp for Teachers
  • Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge College
  • Boy Scouts’ University of Scouting
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship Dinner
  • Edible Book Festival
  • FIRST LEGO League competition
  • Ford and Mustang Show
  • INSPIRE Academy events (Ivy Tech Northeast Speakers, Performers, Intellectual exhibits and Recreational Experiences)
  • Special Cuisines Dinner Series
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Three Rivers Festival Parade
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
  • YBOT (Youth Building Our Tomorrow) competition

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