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Ivy Tech-Bloomington sets more than enrollment records this spring

January 14, 2009

Bloomington, Ind. The spring semester brings about many changes at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington. Once again, the beginning of the new semester marked a significant enrollment increase. As of Monday, January 12, spring enrollment is at 5,623. This is an 11% increase from last spring, as enrollment was 5,040 on January 14, 2008.

In spring 2009, 437 students will have classes in the brand-new Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, which opened its doors to students for the first time ever on Jan. 12. The opening of this new facility is a benchmark achievement for Ivy Tech – Bloomington, and is a goal that the college has been continually working toward, through a partnership with Monroe County Government. As part of Ivy Tech – Bloomington’s mission is to support the growth of life science initiatives in Indiana, the opening of the center sets a record as one of the larger steps in that direction.

Bloomington’s growth is its student life department. Student life and recreational sports activities are at a record-setting high in the spring 2009 semester. For the first time ever, there is an all-women’s indoor soccer team, and the first ever all-women’s basketball team, established in fall 2008, will also continue into the spring semester. In fall 2008, two new student organizations were established: Campus Activities Board and Student Senate. In spring 2009 they have already begun to build upon their success. The Student Senate has approved two new clubs on campus: Business Professionals of America and the Drama Club. Campus Activities Board has begun planning events for the upcoming months. Ivy Tech – Bloomington’s Student Ambassador program has also grown, with the addition of five new ambassadors this semester. The 16 Student Ambassadors will lead New Student Orientation, give campus tours, and fill many other important roles on campus.

Chancellor John Whikehart believes that Ivy Tech – Bloomington’s growth in many areas is evidence of its success as a comprehensive community college. “Ivy Tech – Bloomington is truly a comprehensive community college in terms of our diverse academic offerings, credit transfer agreements, regional partnerships, and our support of a diverse student population by the variety of student life & leadership programs we offer.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.