Ivy Tech announces three new Institute of Technology options

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College is offering three new options this fall to students wanting to study in the Ivy Institute of Technology, including one available at its Greencastle site.

Beginning either Oct. 1 or Jan. 7, the Ivy Institute of Technology will offer new programs in Office Administration, Automotive and Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing.

The three new programs will be offered in addition to the Welding, HVAC and Machine Tool Technology Institutes that were introduced last fall.

The Ivy Institute programs are technology-focused and rely on integrated lab activities to teach class material and prepare students for jobs in their area of study. Programs focus on the skills and technology for each field while building math, reading and writing exercises into the course material.

Each institute is a 40-week program that meets for six to seven hours per day, five days per week. At the end of the course, students will take exams for industry certifications.

Students can also use their credits to continue their education in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at Ivy Tech, with approximately 30 percent more coursework to complete.

Students in the new Office Administration Institute, to be offered at Ivy Tech's Greencastle location, will learn word processing, spreadsheets and databases, and desktop publishing software.

Students in the new Automotive Institute will learn about electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning systems and engine repair. The Mechatronics Institute teaches students to operate, troubleshoot and maintain high-tech manufacturing equipment.

"The Institute model has seen a great response from students, and the new institutes were developed to continue to prepare our students for the jobs that are in highest demand in Indiana. We work closely with industry professionals in designing Ivy Institute programs that are focused and will best prepare students for careers in each of the fields," Ivy Tech Provost Mary Ostrye said. "The new Ivy Institutes give our students additional options for learning skills and earning certifications that will make them most competitive in today's job market."

While the new Office Administration program will be offered in Greencastle, the Automotive Institute will be available in Terre Haute, Kokomo, Lafayette and Richmond. The new Mechatronics Institute will be offered in South Bend, Columbus, Valparaiso and Sellersburg.

Enrollment is open and space is limited. Students are encouraged to find out more information about enrolling by visiting the website at http://ivytech.edu/ivy-institute.

Ivy Tech is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.

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