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Ivy Tech offers two new degrees

IVY TECH:To help develop more STEM teachers in Indiana,Ivy Tech Community College has received approval to offer the Associate of Science in Secondary Education with concentrations in Mathematics or Biology.

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Ivy Tech Community College has received approval to offer the Associate of Science in Secondary Education with concentrations in Mathematics or Biology.

Fifteen Ivy Tech locations will begin offering the degree, starting in Fall 2018, including: Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lake County, Lawrenceburg, Muncie, Richmond, Sellersburg, South Bend/Elkhart, Terre Haute and Valparaiso

“One of Ivy Tech’s primary goals is to offer programs that are aligned to workforce needs,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “There is a growing shortage of high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers, and as a result, we have worked closely with the Commission for Higher Education and Indiana’s public universities to develop programs in secondary math and biology education. These programs will provide an affordable, high quality, seamless transfer opportunity for Ivy Tech students to continue at a four-year university to meet the growing need for high school STEM teachers.”

The Associate of Science in Secondary Education is the newest offering to the Transfer as a Junior program options. When enrolled in a Transfer as a Junior program, the student will earn their associate degree from Ivy Tech and then can transfer as a junior to any Indiana public four-year university upon meeting the receiving institution’s admissions requirements.