In the summer of 2004, I was 18 years old and you could say I was having a rough go at things. I was a high school dropout working 12-hour night shifts at a low-paying, dead end job just a few blocks from where I grew up. You can imagine my excitement, then, when I received in the mail a letter that said I had been accepted to Ivy Tech Community College. My academic advisor helped me chart a path that, in two years, would earn me an associate degree in computer information systems. With the help of financial aid and a job as a paid work-study at the school I was able to afford tuition and books while still being able to ditch the factory. Things were already looking up.

Ivy Tech's knowledgeable instructors helped me begin to transform my hobby into a career. Even in classes where I had some difficulty (I'm looking at you, accounting) there was tutoring available with one-on-one attention at the Learning Resource Center as well as study groups that helped me succeed. Before even graduating I had earned a technical certification in my field as a part of one of my classes. As I approached the finish line to my degree, the school's Career Services staff helped me to get my first professional resume put together and I used their job postings board to land an interview for a job in my new field.

Not only did I get my degree, I got the job. Ivy Tech Community College follows through and is truly committed to helping their students succeed. The path I started at Ivy Tech now sees me as a Software Engineer at ExactTarget in Indianapolis getting paid to do what I love. I can truly say that Ivy Tech changed my life.
Dustin McCormick