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Indiana’s Ivy Tech Plans To Increase Enrollment, Degrees

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Ivy Tech has faced scrutiny for low enrollment rates in the past.

A technical college system in Indiana plans to more than double the number of degrees and credentials awarded annually over the next five years.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Ivy Tech Community College officials also hope to boost enrollment rates statewide by over 25 percent by 2023.

President Sue Ellspermann says the plan launching next week is designed to increase Indiana’s available workforce for the anticipated 1 million jobs that’ll be open by 2025.

Ellspermann’s predecessor faced scrutiny for low graduation rates and declining enrollment.

Ivy Tech faces the challenge of increasing enrollment during a period of low unemployment, which is at 3.7 percent. Ellspermann says it’s difficult to recruit students when they’re fully employed.

The school’s looking to recruit from new areas, such as the Department of Corrections to train ex-offenders.

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