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Ivy Tech Community College confirms plans for January 2021 start

EVANSVILLE — Ivy Tech Community College has confirmed it will offer spring 2021 semester classes starting in January in a wide variety of formats to be safe and flexible for students.

Enrollment for a second fall start at Ivy Tech on Oct. 26 is continuing at this time and enrollment for spring classes that start Jan. 19 is also now open.  

Classes will be offered in-person, as well as virtual, online, and in blended formats. The College will also continue to expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was launched as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course choose between in-person, virtual, and online learning for each class session based on their needs at that time.

“Ivy Tech is committed to offering flexibility so our students take that next step to prepare for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We continue to carefully balance our plan to have a focus on safety and flexibility. Our team continually monitors the recommendations provided by the state of Indiana and federal guidelines. Ultimately, our students’ success is the goal, while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”

Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal explained that there are 8-week and 16-week course offerings. “The flexibility and the different course lengths make Ivy Tech classes ideal for not only traditional aged students, but also for employed Hoosiers looking for new skills, and for students at other colleges. These students, for whatever reason, might want to get ahead as a guest student, or transfer to begin closer to home in January.”

Spring break will take place March 14-21. On March 22, the second start of the spring semester will begin, giving students multiple opportunities to enroll and optimize their class schedule. All courses conclude on May 15.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges around every corner the continued commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff has allowed us to rethink how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “Ivy Tech’s history of high-quality online learning and educational technology combined with faculty and staff dedicated to student success for adult learners leading busy lives have allowed the College to convert quickly to learning formats that allow the student to prioritize learning and personal safety.”

Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place regularly. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses.

“Ivy Tech recognizes many families continue to experience uncertainty about what the residential college experience may be for students. I certainly encourage all students to continue on their educational journey, regardless of the college or university they attend. Instead of considering a break or a delay in starting, students should consider the community college,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, and personalized instruction make the community college the perfect place to take classes. Transfer is one of the important roles the community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor degree seeking students.”

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