New Ivy Tech head visits Columbus campus

Incoming Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann toured the Columbus campus on Monday. Ellspermann said there are many things going well in Columbus that other campuses could learn from.

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She said the combination of Ivy Tech with IUPUC and Purdue Polytechnic, along with online Trine University programs was exceptional. And she said the joint Columbus Learning Center, where the schools share facilities, labs, a library and other equipment was also worth consider elsewhere.

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Ellspermann said that she is encouraging all Ivy Tech campuses to work more closely with employers in showing students the need and pathway from Ivy Tech classrooms to jobs.

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The incoming president was asked what the school could do to smooth the path for non-conventional students, or those who are working, to fit school into their life schedules.

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Monday was Ellspermann’s first trip to the Ivy Tech campus on Central Avenue, since assuming the new role. She held a listening tour, meeting with campus employees and faculty and with community leaders during her day-long visit to the Columbus campus.

Ellspermann, the former lieutenant governor, will take over the Ivy Tech system on July 1st