Ivy Tech Community College, including the Fort Wayne campus and Warsaw site, confirmed it will offer Spring 2021 semester classes starting in January consistent with how classes started in August, and those that will begin on October 26. The state’s community college will continue to provide students choices on how to take classes when they begin on January 19, 2021.
Students will be welcomed back onto Ivy Tech campuses throughout Indiana for face-to-face courses while the Community College continues to offer a majority of courses as blended, virtual, and online. The focus will continue to be on flexibility and safety for students, employees, and the communities Ivy Tech serves. Should new guidelines from the Governor or federal regulations be released adjustments will be made accordingly. Facial coverings will continue to be required on all campuses until further notice.
The College will also continue and expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was launched as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course choose between face to face, virtual, and online learning for each class session based on their needs at that time.
“Ivy Tech is committed to offering flexibility so our students take that next step to prepare for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We continue to carefully balance our plan to have a focus on safety and flexibility. Our team continually monitors the recommendations provided by the state of Indiana and federal guidelines. Ultimately, our students’ success is the goal, while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”
The first spring term begins on January 19. Most offerings are eight-weeks in length and the rest run 16-weeks. Spring Break will take place March 14-21. On March 22, second eight-week courses will start giving students multiple opportunities to enroll and optimize their class schedule. All courses conclude on May 15.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges around every corner the continued commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff has allowed us to rethink how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “Ivy Tech’s history of high-quality online learning and educational technology combined with faculty and staff dedicated to student success for adult learners leading busy lives have allowed the College to convert quickly to learning formats that allow the student to prioritize learning and personal safety.”
Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place regularly. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses.
“Ivy Tech recognizes many families continue to experience uncertainty about what the residential college experience may be for students. I certainly encourage all students to continue on their educational journey, regardless of the college or university they attend. Instead of considering a break or a delay in starting, students should consider the community college,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, and personalized instruction make the community college the perfect place to take classes. Transfer is one of the important roles the community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor degree seeking students.”