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ERIC Number: ED472199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Certification Synergy: Adding Value to the Curriculum.
Nickoli, Rebecca; Keen, Mark
Ivy Tech State College (Indiana) is the statewide two-year college system in Indiana, with 23 campuses and a fall 2002 enrollment of 64,110 credit students and approximately 13,000 non-credit students. Ivy Tech has a long history of offering certification training and, in some cases, testing, in a variety of areas from health to business and technology. Previous to 2000, each campus offered whatever certification training seemed to be needed by the local workforce. In 2000, the college developed a strategic plan for implementation of workforce certification centers, initially at several campuses, with a more extensive rollout plan for the following 2 years. Nine hundred thousand dollars from an external funding source was distributed to eight campuses in the first year. The Certification Crosswalk was developed with the assistance of faculty committees to match, wherever appropriate, certifications with credit coursework. In addition to providing more access and flexibility for the students, the initiative offers recognition of students' past learning experiences as well. The program was also conceived as a means to compete with private, for-profit providers by seamlessly integrating certification earned into degree credit. In addition, the program serves to link the Corporate and Continuing Education Services (CCES) with the academic side of the college. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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