The Old National Bank Foundation has awarded Ivy Tech Community College a $500,000 grant to be shared across several Indiana communities over five years. The funding will support dual credit programs and help facilitate the transition from high school to higher learning.
As part of the grant, will partner with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, to develop a Pathways Plus program that aims to prepare high school students for high-wage, high-demand careers by allowing them to complete a college degree by the time they graduate from high school.
Pathways Plus expands on the dual credit courses already offered in the high schools and the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center by combining them with dual enrollment courses offered at Ivy Tech.
The Old National Bank Foundation grant will also help fund College Connection Coaches who counsel, guide, and assist students in career exploration and college enrollment.
“Pathways Plus provides an intentional college pathway for high school students, plus the opportunity to earn a college certificate, technical certificate or degree; plus the opportunity to prepare skilled employees for the workforce; plus an opportunity to use those credits to continue their college education,” said Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.