Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, 80/20 Inc. sign Achieve Your Degree program agreement


80-20-logoIvy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and 80/20 Inc. recently signed an agreement to offer all employees of 80/20 Inc. in Columbia City the opportunity to earn college credit through the College’s Achieve Your Degree program.

Achieve Your Degree (AYD) is a statewide collaboration between Ivy Tech campuses and its community businesses and organizations that offers free or low-cost tuition to employees and members through tuition reimbursement or financial support from business and industry.

(front) Trent Kumfer, training coordinator, and Patrick Buesching, CEO, of 80/20 Inc.
(back) Lisa Smith, director of community engagement, and Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne

“We have had a long-standing relationship with 80/20 Inc. Many of our current students and alumni are already employed by the company,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “The new agreement with the Ivy Tech Achieve Your Degree program will provide additional opportunity for all employees to continue their education to reach their career goal.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne representatives will work directly with 80/20 Inc. to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of the company’s tuition assistance program. 80/20 employees participating in AYD will have access to all Ivy Tech courses, with the opportunity to earn a credential with reimbursement conditions developed and implemented by 80/20 Inc. Employees have the opportunity to take advantage of higher education at Ivy Tech with little or no upfront cost to the student. It also assists the company in skilling up their workforce.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech for the Achieve Your Degree program is another great way 80/20 rewards and demonstrates the significance our employees hold,” says Patrick Buesching, chief executive officer of 80/20 Inc.. “It also supports one of our corporate core values of employee development as a key competitive advantage in the marketplace and in the community. We have a ‘pack-your-own-chute’ mentality, and this program promotes that initiative. These types of partnerships also speak to the advantages and benefits that accrue with continued dialogue and collaboration between Ivy Tech and the region’s employers.”

The program is available to 80/20 Inc. employees beginning this fall.

Benefits of Achieve Your Degree include:

  • Financial barriers are removed with employer deferred tuition
  • One point of contact for both the employer and the student/employee
  • Enrollment concierge services in Ivy Tech’s AYD office or on employer site
  • Monitoring the student/employee’s academic success and providing supports as needed
  • Flexible scheduling that will work around the student/employee’s work schedule

Upcoming semester start dates include:

  • Fall 16-week courses begin Aug. 20, 2018
  • Fall 12-week courses begin Sept. 17, 2018
  • Fall 8-week courses begin Oct. 15, 2018
  • Spring 16-week courses begin Jan. 14, 2018

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne-programs for Ivy Tech’s academic programs in the Fort Wayne area.

Visit IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree for more information about Achieve Your Degree.


About 80/20 Inc.

80/20 Inc. is the originator and the manufacturer of “The Industrial Erector Set”, a modular aluminum framing system for every industry or application since 1989. From light to heavy-duty, 80/20 modular framing is a perfect solution for machine frames, guarding, enclosures, displays, workstations and the DIY home hobbyist. A catalog of over 6,000 products to choose from, design assistance and value-add support, 80/20 Inc. will ensure your project is completed to the highest standards. Visit www.8020.net for details.

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