INDIANAPOLIS - Ivy Tech Community College has been selected to participate in the national nonprofit Education Design Lab initiative, in partnership with three other community colleges. The multi-year challenge will develop strategies to improve success rates for single mother students over the next six years. 

In addition to Ivy Tech Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, Delgado Community College, and Monroe Community College will join the initiative. 

“Ivy Tech’s primary purpose is to engage all students so they successfully launch or expand their careers or educational opportunities,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech president, in a news release. “Single mother students pursuing educational and career goals face significant hurdles, both for themselves and their families. We are thrilled to be a part of this opportunity to build a solution for their needs that can be scaled across our state system.”

Over the next two years, the Education Design Lab will implement a structured process for the institutions to design and scale interventions that can raise attainment rates for single mothers attending community college.

Upon successful completion of the design year, each institution will be eligible to receive a one-time startup fund up to $50,000 to support the launch of the pilot.