ST. LEON – Ivy Tech Community College representatives discussed the benefits of dual credit and dual enrollment programming with Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees Sept. 12.
Mark Graver, Lawrenceburg and Batesville chancellor; Dr. Matthew Probst, vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Shakira Grubbs, vice chancellor for enrollment services and student success, explained that Ivy Tech offers two pathways students can take: getting a certificate and entering the workforce or taking courses that can transfer to four-year institutions.
It’s a win-win for everyone, Grubbs pointed out.
“Students have the opportunity to think about what they want to do and make informed decisions about college. They can create a realistic plan for the future. Schools win because we can help them meet graduation pathway requirements.
“Parents win because they save time and money and have a sense of relief that their sons and daughters have a college and career pathway. Ivy Tech wins because it receives enrollment and completions and prepares students to meet regional employer needs, and the community wins because we are meeting workforce needs.”
Probst revealed the difference between dual credit and dual enrollment.
“Dual credit courses are taken at East Central High School and are taught by credentialed ECHS teachers .... Students earn both high school credit and Ivy Tech credit for successful course completion. These courses are free to the high school and students.
“Dual enrollment courses are taken on an Ivy Tech campus or online and are taught by credentialed Ivy Tech instructors. Students earn both high school credit and Ivy Tech credit for successful course completion. Ivy Tech tuition and fees apply for these classes.”
Grubbs reported, “There are about 31 dual credit courses taught by 13 ECHS teachers .... It’s very impressive the number of students who take these classes.”
The number of ECHS dual credit course enrollments has grown steadily from 368 during the 2015-16 school year to 922 last school year. It is expected to be 1,134 for this school year.
Likewise, the number of ECHS dual credit hours earned has also increased, with 3,135 in the 2018-19 school year. “A majority of students do take multiple courses,” Probst revealed.
“We don’t do a lot of dual enrollment courses with ECHS due to you having so many dual credit classes.”
“We have worked a lot with Jamie (Rosfeld, assistant principal) to get students toward a degree rather than just getting credits randomly.”
Trustee Glenn Scholl praised the efforts: “Kids seem to be more focused on what they want to do earlier in their high school years. The more you can work with those kids, the faster they’ll advance to their career .... (and) the cost savings are great, too.”
Grubbs said, “The STGEC (Statewide Transfer General Education Core) is a block of 30 credit hours, or the first year of college, that transfers to all public, Indiana four-year institutions. Students have the opportunity to complete this, which is basically the first year of college, before they finish high school, which is a cost savings of more than $20,000.”
Graver added, “With Senate Enrolled Act 182, the Indiana General Assembly made it law that students who complete the STGEC will have all of these credits transfer,” satisfying the General Education Core Equivalent at the public, in-state institution.
In addition, Probst noted, “Almost all nonpublic schools have also jumped on board. We also have a very good relationship with other institutions around the Tristate area.”
“There are also Career and Technical Education Pathways, which offer opportunities for career focus, not credit transfer.” At the Lawrenceburg campus, students can work toward certifications in manufacturing, welding and software development. At the Batesville campus, students can work toward certifications in health care fields, information technology and manufacturing. They also participate in work-based learning opportunities, clinicals or externships.
Grubbs reported, “We have 56 ECHS grads taking classes with us, and seven are part of the ASAP Associate Accelerated Program, where they earn an associate degree in just 11 months.”
Graver offered, “I would love to have an Ivy Tech person up here (at ECHS) one day a week to help support students and answer their questions.”
Personnel recommendations were approved: new: Lisa Back and Tracy Kruthaupt, Sunman-Dearborn Middle School instructional assistants; Caroline Payne, North Dearborn Elementary School instructional assistant; Tom Coates, Sunman Elementary School long-term substitute teacher; Christy Roy, SDCSC test administrator; Katie Croley, ECHS 2.5-hour food and nutrition associate; resignations: Cindy Houser, ECHS nurse; Kelcie Kleckner, SDMS instructional assistant; Ann Taylor, SDCSC bus driver; Judy Tiemann, ECHS food and nutrition associate.