Ivy Tech offers new degree program in Greencastle; classes starting Aug. 19

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A new degree program, Supply Chain Management/Logistics, will be offered at the Greencastle campus of Ivy Tech Community College beginning this fall.

It is one of six new areas of study new to the Wabash Valley region this fall when Ivy Tech classes begin Aug. 19.

With a projected growth of nearly 1,600 material-moving jobs in Indiana for 2020 and more than 200 first-line supervisor positions, a Supply Chain Management/Logistics program is now being offered at the Greencastle campus.

Students learn to accurately and effectively move goods through an associate of science degree that prepares them to work as a cargo and freight agent, first line supervisor, or shipping and receiving clerk as well as transfer to a four-year degree program.

A short-term certificate is also available online or through a hybrid format.

Meanwhile, not new for the Wabash Valley region, but a new degree program for Greencastle will be General Studies. Starting this fall, students can take and complete a General Studies degree in Greencastle and transfer to a four-year institution.

Of course, Ivy Tech will also continue to offer classes that can be applied toward other degree programs and students can finish the remaining courses at other locations.

To meet the needs of workers in an ever-changing world, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley will introduce six new areas of study. Besides Supply Chain Management/Logistics they are Energy Technology, Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Fine Arts and Health Care Support-Massage.

"Each of these fields is growing with strong demand for a well-trained workforce," Wabash Valley Chancellor Ann Valentine said. "By frequently taking the pulse of our local businesses, industry and students and developing programs to meet new demands, Ivy Tech is a vital resource for student success in a rapidly changing environment."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31 percent of the Wabash Valley electric utility workforce is close to retirement, compared to 17.5 percent across all workforce sectors. Over the next several years, trained and experienced workers will be needed to fill these positions.

In partnership with Indiana Energy Consortium (IEC), an associate of applied science degree in Energy Technology has been developed to prepare students for work as a line operator, natural gas service specialist, power plant operator, substation mechanic, boilermaker, meter technician and several other jobs in an evolving career field. A technical certificate is also available.

Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology courses prepare students to work alongside engineers as process designers, process technicians, product designers and research associates and prepare students to transfer to Indiana State University's engineering program.

Health Care Support - Massage students learn the theory and hands-on technique of therapeutic massage used in a wide variety of clinical settings for general and specialized populations. Students can earn an associate of applied science degree through the Health Care Support program.

Students can now study drawing, design, color and modern art in our now offered Fine Arts classes. Classes can be applied to an Associate of General Studies degree.

To register for classes, students can go to www.ivytech.edu/admissions/ or call 888-IVY-LINE.

Ivy Tech Community College 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 with campuses throughout Indiana.

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