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.

Pence Allows Energy Program to Expire

No surprise here from the Governor. It will take years to undue the damage caused by this man. Here are the comments from the Hoosier Environmental Council:

“By allowing SB 340 to become law, the Governor has become the first one in the country to repeal a successful, ambitious and foresighted program aimed at significantly cutting energy bills for Hoosiers. And Indiana has become the first state in the nation to repeal an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, the best, most comprehensive strategy that states can employ to help cut the energy costs of homes and businesses. The Governor’s decision needlessly creates instability in the energy efficiency market, when a careful deliberation — before any radical shift in policy is made — was what was merited. While we will continue to work constructively with the Governor’s office on energy and environmental matters, we are very troubled by the rushed decision to stop the Energizing Indiana program, and remain extremely skeptical that any successor program will match the pace and scale of the current one.”

Pence Allows Energy Program to Expire – Newsroom – Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

Six Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated by the Food Industry

We really need to get a grip on this people. I know it is easier to stay in denial, but we are promoting this behavior when we opt for fast food and grocery bought meat products. They can clean them and present them nicely, but the extreme abuse these animals experience are captured in their bodies and passed along to us when we consume their meat.

We are condoning this behavior and actually poisoning ourselves and our families.

If you read the comments after articles like these, there is someone asking how the employees can tolerate this abuse. Many cannot. Most of Big Ag relies on illegal immigrant labor who will work for cheap and won’t run to local newspapers or officials. Why? Because they will be deported.

It’s hilarious to watch the republicans take a stand against immigration reform and the media to spin all the reasons why immigration bill is dragging. Big Ag is why it is dragging – more specifically – Big Meat.

They don’t want their employees having access to wages that are floors and protections under the federal law. They need to maintain control over them so there are no whistle-blowers. Big Meat has already used their influence over state governments via ALEC to get legislation protecting their farming practices from journalists and animal activists.

Six Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated by the Food Industry.

Alternative Models to Capitalism Which Places the Worker First

Richard writes,

Convinced that we can do better than capitalism, many have analyzed the incipient alternatives emerging from capitalism’s deficiencies, such as cooperatives, workers’ self-directed enterprises and others. For us, Occupy Wall Street represents a powerful surge against capitalism, yet another sign of the waning tolerance for a system that Yellen will try to preserve.

Check out the video embedded in the article – very enlightening.

Janet Yellen and I Were Taught to Revere Capitalism. But It’s a Failing System. | Blog, Perspectives | BillMoyers.com.

Crime Doesn’t Pay? JPMorgan Chase Begs to Differ | Richard (RJ) Eskow

This one goes out to all those who clamor about our socialist government, led by Barack Obama, and followed by his large entourage of liberal journalists.

Riddle me this.

Here is a Bankster who has been at the helm during the following criminal activities:

The crimes committed during Dimon’s time in senior management include bribery, mortgage fraud, investor fraud, consumer fraud, credit card fraud, forgery, perjury, violation of sanctions against Iran and Syria, violation of laws prohibiting the bilking of active-duty service members … shall we continue?

As you’ll see from RJ Eskow’s article, the list does go on…

This Bankster is the easiest Richie Rich target a liberal could hope for and what happens to him? What does our socialist president do? The Justice Dept? Federal Reserve? SEC? Do they break up the bank? Fire the senior staff?

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Zero.

Not only does Jamie Dimon avoid the wrath of an obvious socialist president (sic), his Board gave him a raise for negotiating smaller settlements with the government for crimes his bank committed against lots of Americans.

So, while Fox News tells you about all the socialists handing out tax dollars to lazy democrat voters, ask them why aren’t these socialists in the Whitehouse taking down the easiest, most obvious symbol of greed and corruption in the world, and why isn’t the liberal media slamming this guy 24/7 on cable?

Crime Doesn't Pay? JPMorgan Chase Begs to Differ | Richard (RJ) Eskow.

Tobacco, Firearms and Food – NYTimes.com

Every once in awhile, you run across an article which restores your faith in the human race by reassuring you there are others are out there fighting the good fight to rid our government of its corporate influence.

Mark Bittman nails the food, tobacco and firearm industry in one fail swoop. Personally, I enjoyed the food angle, especially the animal products where,

“You can treat the animals as you like and damn the consequences, from salmonella contamination to antibiotic resistance to water contamination to, of course, cruelty. There are even incentives, in the form of subsidized prices for animal feed.”

Mark hits them on all points and how our government (really just the policy making division of corporate America) established policies which negative impact the public. Mark writes, “But the job of government is not to encourage profitable businesses at the cost of public health; it’s to regulate them so that the public is served. Who is this country for, anyway?”

Read the whole article: Tobacco, Firearms and Food – NYTimes.com.