‘Return 2 Learn’ event offers guidance for adults ready to continue their education

 Area high school seniors also invited to Walton Public Library event

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is sponsoring a “Return 2 Learn” event Thursday, March 31, at the Walton Public Library in Walton. The event is aimed at encouraging area residents to continue their education, no matter where they are in their pursuit, and to offer the information and resources they need to get back on track.

The event is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Walton Public Library. Area high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend, along with adults who are wanting to either complete their high school equivalency or pursue a college degree.

Participating agencies, and their areas of interest, include the following:

 

  • Ivy Tech Community College Logansport – certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees
  • Trine University – bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Logansport Community School Corporation Adult Learning Center – HSE (high school equivalency/formerly known as GED) and ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • WorkOne Center – information on educational funding opportunities through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • The Bridge Immigrant Connection – legal services and translation services for immigrants, as well as serving as a central resource center for immigrant needs through the Bridge Community Church in Logansport
  • Upgrades Training Center – an approved Indiana Department of Workforce Development training provider in Logansport

Ivy Tech and Trine representatives will be focusing on the importance of higher education, with information on various degree programs and the enrollment process as well as options for financing higher education that make going to college more feasible for working adults and parents. It’s a topic Indiana state leaders are focusing on in the recently announced “You Can. Go Back” campaign.

“State leaders recently announced a new initiative designed to encourage Hoosier residents with some college credit to go back and finish their degrees,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus. “According to Indiana data, there are a lot of working adults – an estimated 750,000 in the state – who are in that situation. And we know there are a lot of challenges for working adults, especially those with families, to find the time, money and energy to go back to school.”

Under the new state campaign, the Indiana Commission for High Education will offer a variety of programs and incentives to address these challenges. These include $1,000 scholarships through a $7.5 million state grant, flexible class schedules and online courses, college credit for work and military experience, grade- and debt-forgiveness programs, and tuition assistance. Indiana has a goal of increasing the percentage of adult residents with education beyond high school to 60 percent by 2025.

“We know the impact higher ed credentials can have on job satisfaction and earning power,” Dillman added. “Ivy Tech and Trine representatives will be on hand at the Walton event March 31 to talk about all the options and student support services that are available.”

For more information on “Return 2 Learn” at the Walton Public Library, contact Suzanne Dillman at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu ; or Betsy Beatty at 574-516-1218 or beattyb@trine.edu . For more information on Indiana’s “You Can. Go Back” campaign, go to YouCanGoBack.org and www.learnmoreindiana.org.

 

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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