Students continue to flock to Ivy Tech
June 19, 2008
Growth is to Ivy Tech as heat is to summer. You can’t separate one from the other.
Summer enrollment at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Bloomington grew 20.6 percent from 2007 to 2008. That’s on top of the 10.9 percent increase it realized from summer of 2006 to the summer of 2007; and the 26.8 percent increase measured from summer 2005 to summer 2006.
In fact, Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s summer enrollment has grown from 1,370 in 2003 to 2,663 in 2008 — an increase of 94.4 percent.
The growth is not limited to summer, of course. The Bloomington campus had more than 5,000 students for the first time in its history during the 2007-2008 academic year.
The increased enrollment here and at Ivy Tech statewide — at a slower rate but still substantial — illustrates the evolution of the community college system in Indiana. It is serving as a place for students to begin their college careers, in addition to being a place where students can earn two-year degrees and receive job training or continuing education. Its range of course offerings continues to grow, as with the recent addition on the Bloomington campus of a program in radiation therapy and other life sciences-related courses. Even more recently, a program in criminal justice — specifically fire science — was approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.
The community college system continues to expand and serve Hoosiers, as the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon envisioned it would. It is a continuously improving asset for the state.