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Daniels Says Community Colleges Key To New Workforce

Mitch Daniels says the state needs to have "tough conversations" about the value of four-year universities versus community colleges.

Ivy Tech Community College

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Ivy Tech Community College has been partnering with the Department of Workforce Development to graduate students who can fill gaps in the Indiana workforce.

Governor Mitch Daniels says an ill-prepared workforce is the single biggest obstacle to improving Indiana’s business climate.  And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the governor says community colleges will play a significant role in solving that problem.

Governor Daniels says providing alternative higher education institutions like Ivy Tech Community College with enough resources is key to helping more Hoosiers complete some post-secondary credential or degree.   He says the state must start having tough conversations about how valuable traditional four-year schools are compared to places like Ivy Tech.

“They lift somebody’s life prospects as much or more per dollar as the traditional four-year schools as they’ve gotten so expensive,” he says.

Daniels says Ivy Tech can produce a more qualified workforce through its links to the state Department of Workforce Development.

“Ivy Tech is designing courses in different places in the state specifically because employers in the area ask for a certain kind of training,” he says.

Daniels says Ivy Tech’s enrollment has increased by two-thirds during his administration and with the rapid growth, he says there’s now a race to keep resources up with demand.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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