Ivy Tech courses arrive at the Marshall Community Center in Columbia City

COLUMBIA CITY, Indiana (WANE) – Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are teaming up to launch a new learning space at the Marshall Community Center, located at 107 N Walnut St. in Columbia City.

With the launch of the new learning space in the former Eagle Tech Academy, Ivy Tech and Whitley County leaders said they are deepening their shared commitment to connecting students to Ivy Tech college credit while in high school. and beyond.

“Our joint work has focused on developing educational experiences and opportunities that will enhance the well-being of Whitley County citizens and provide Whitley County business and industry leaders with the power to work together. the labor they need for their growth and development, “said Dr Jerrilee K. Mosier. , Chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne & Warsaw. “We have enjoyed a strong partnership over the years through dual credit recognition and State Earn and Learn (SEAL) certifications. This community learning center is therefore the next logical step in our collaboration. “

Chancellor Mosier and Dr Laura McDermott, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, signed a memorandum of understanding on June 11, Ivy Tech said.

“Whitley County Consolidated Schools are extremely pleased to join with Ivy Tech in providing Whitley County students and community members with tremendous opportunities through scholarships and local courses to further their education. studies and achieve their career goals, ”McDermott said.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Whitley County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Dale Buuck are two of the project’s many supporters.

“The idea of ​​bringing Ivy Tech options closer to our students and our workforce is very exciting and beneficial to this community. Anytime you can add additional courses for continuing education, that’s something we appreciate, ”said Buuck.

“We are delighted to see the expansion of Ivy Tech’s higher education in the city of Columbia City,” said Daniel. “The partnership between Columbia City High School and Ivy Tech will further expand educational opportunities in our community for students and adults.”

Ivy Tech said it will offer three college courses in fall 2021, as well as a $ 10,000 scholarship for students at Whitley County Consolidated High School and $ 5,000 for residents of Whitley County.

All courses are three credit hour courses and are part of the Indiana College Core, which allows these courses to transfer to all colleges and universities in the State of Indiana, as well as many colleges and universities outside of Indiana.

Fall 2021 courses at the Marshall Community Center include:

  • ENGL 111 Composition in English on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8.50 p.m.
  • COMM 101 Introduction to public speaking on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8.50 p.m.
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to psychology Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8.50 p.m.

As part of the opening of the Marshall Community Center, Ivy Tech has announced that it will be hosting an express registration event on July 15 starting at 3 p.m. ET. –19h00 The event is free and open to the public without an appointment.

To find out more about these courses, other higher education opportunities in Whitley County, or the July 15 event, contact Lisa Smith at [email protected]. Current students at Whitley County Consolidated High School can contact Claire Baker (dual credit counselor) at [email protected] or call / text 260-255-6605.

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