A new partnership involving the state, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University aims to help high school students accelerate the completion of a high-demand credential. The Indiana Department of Education says the Crossing the Finish Line initiative will give juniors and seniors the chance to reach their goals over the summer.
The program is available for students who are close to completing a credential or the Indiana College Core, which is a 30-credit hour block of college-level general education courses. The College Core, according to the IDOE, transfers to any public, as well as some private, higher education institutions across the state.
The state says the initiative will cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, obtaining transcripts, and any required College Level Examination Program tests for students.
“Completing a college credential before starting college boosts confidence, reduces college costs, and improves the likelihood of launching into a successful career,” said Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann. “We believe this summer program is a win for students, families, schools and employers.”
Over the next several weeks, Ivy Tech will reach out to eligible students directing them to complete an interest form. The college will then speak with interested students and help them obtain transcripts and identify the courses they need to earn their credentials.
Vincennes University will work with students individually to help them complete the Indiana College Core or another credential, according to the IDOE.
“In order to maximize the outcomes for students, communities and our state, we must continue blurring the lines between K-12, higher education and workforce,” said Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner. “A person’s educational attainment, including a post-secondary credential or high-value industry certification, can positively impact quality of life, health, living wage, employment and sustained earning, which further emphasizes the incredible value of this collaboration.”