Ivy Tech Community College East Central region extending deadline for ASAP Program

Muncie, Ind. (PRESS RELEASE) – Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region is extending the deadline for applications for their one year associate degree program called Associate Accelerated Program (known as ASAP). Previously, the deadline was March 15.  Applications will be accepted until June 1.

The Muncie campus will offer an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and an Associate of Science in Education. The Anderson campus will offer an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. These degrees are an excellent foundation for both entering the workforce, as well as transfer to a variety of baccalaureate programs across the State.

With the ASAP program, a student will complete their associate degree in one year instead of the traditional two year track. This should enable the majority of graduate ASAP students (depending on area of study) to be placed at some institutions, such as Indiana University, Purdue University and Ball State University, at junior level upon their admission.

In 2013, the Lumina Foundation awarded a grant of more than $2.2 million to allow for expansion of the ASAP program statewide throughout Ivy Tech Community College. Along with that, local support from donations has helped fund East Central efforts, including stipends for qualified students. Financial aid is available as well, including Pell Grants for those that qualify.

Overall, the cost of the ASAP degree is less than a third compared to any other college in Indiana, and for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, could be at little to no cost.

ASAP serves students graduating high school who are prepared to enter college academically, but face obstacles. The students attend school full-time, almost 40 hours a week. Students are also in a learning group, called a cohort, which allows them to form a close community and provide peer support for each other. Additional development learning will be provided for further exposure and access to community resources.

The first cohort group will begin June 2014 and enrollment is limited to 30 students per campus. Interested candidates should visit ivytech.edu/ASAP to fill out an interest form, call 888-IVY-LINE, or speak with their high school guidance counselor.

Visit ivytech.edu/ASAP for more information on the program and to apply.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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