Dr Steven Combs, Columbus Campus President for Ivy Tech Community College, recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club weekly dinner meeting at the Quality Inn. Ivy Tech Community College provides an affordable education to Indiana students. PIctured with Dr Combs is Kiwanis President David Wilson and Kiwanian Darryl Smith.
Dr Combs discussed the 21st Century Scholars program which provides free tuition to at-risk students who make a pledge in the 8th grade to be drug-free and who meet Grade Point Average standards during high school.
Students who complete an Associate of Science degree through Ivy Tech can fully transfer their credits to a four-year state university in Indiana, including Indiana University and Purdue University. The cost of tuition for an Associate of Science Degree at Ivy Tech is approximately $8,000, which is substantially less than two years of tuition at I.U. or Purdue.
Dual Credit Courses offered by Ivy Tech at both Austin and Scottsburg High Schools enable a student who successfully completes certain high school classes with a grade of B or higher to receive college credit. Students have been able to receive full credit for their entire first year of college with dual credit courses. This program has saved Indiana families $87 million in tuition.
Dr Combs explained that record numbers of Ivy Tech graduates are transferring to four-year colleges.
Ivy Tech also provides an Associate of Applied Science degree. These course credits are not transferable to a four-year college, but can result in a Technical Certificate. One outstanding example is the Welding Institute at the Scottsburg Campus of Ivy Tech at the Mid-America Science Park. Students who complete this one-year program have a 100% placement rate and are in high demand by industry.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Dr. Combs for his interesting and informative presentation, and for all that Ivy Tech does to provide affordable education to Indiana students.