KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT — The transition from high school to higher education can be challenging. FAFSA? Assessment tests? Picking a major? Parents and students can get answers to their questions April 19 when Ivy Tech Community College sponsors “College 101” from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Kokomo and Logansport campuses.
“College 101” is an evening dedicated to helping high school students and parents with all things related to college. “We’ve been communicating about this event directly with parents of high school juniors and seniors,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Parents of eighth-graders also can benefit as they consider the educational path their youngsters will take in high school, whether technical honors, Core 40, or honors.
At both campuses, the evening will begin with an overview session covering financial aid and the support services available to help students be successful during their academic career. The discussion will include the two pathways the college offers – short-term programs that prepare graduates to quickly enter the workforce and two-year degrees designed to transfer into bachelor degree programs at four-year schools.
Speakers also will cover the State of Indiana’s innovative Workforce Ready Grant, which can cover tuition and fees for eligible students in selected programs. As of July 1, the state is expanding the program to cover students with “dependent” status, meaning that recent high school graduates may be eligible for the funding.
Breakout sessions will follow and parents can choose those that interest them. Subjects include opportunities for students taking dual-credit classes that earn both high school and college credit, as well as transfer options for students seeking bachelor’s degrees, including Ivy Tech’s ASAP program, which allows motivated students to earn an associate degree in one year.
At both sites, the Express Enrollment Centers will be open and staff members will be on hand to answer additional questions relating to financial aid and college admission.
At Logansport, campus tours will be available for parents and students, who are also invited to attend the Cass County College & Career Fair April 24 at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl to learn more about specific programming. Participants at the Kokomo Campus will have a chance to meet Dean McCurdy, Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new chancellor, and see the future boards previewing the campus transformation that will occur over the next 18 to 24 months. Exhibits and demonstrations will be set up throughout the main building where parents can interact with Ivy Tech faculty members, many of whom bring years of employment experience in the field they teach.
“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” Worland said. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the students put into attending class and studying, transitioning from high school to college-level coursework and expectations, and for many, living away from home for the first time. Parents can help their children make good decisions by knowing all the options – including community college.”
Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus is located at 1815 E. Morgan St. and the Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way (Ind. 35 at 18th Street). For more information, contact Tammy Herschberger, assistant director of admissions based in Kokomo, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 765-252-5487 or Jovita Flores, assistant director of admissions based in Logansport, by email at email@example.com or by calling 574-398-6097.
SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region