What is Next Level Jobs?
Next Level Jobs is a program that gives you the opportunity to earn a FREE credential from Ivy Tech, thanks to the Workforce Ready Grant, setting you up to take your next step towards a high-paying, high-demand job in Indiana.
Take the next step towards a new you in 2021 at Ivy Tech Community College!
As Indiana’s best value in higher education, Ivy Tech offers the financial and course flexibility that meets you where you are, and provides you with the opportunity to advance your career, thanks to the Next Level Jobs program.
Start your new career journey in the new year with Ivy Tech! Join us for classes starting January 19.
Now, more than ever, getting an education is incredibly important and Ivy Tech offers you the opportunity to earn an affordable, in-demand credential.
Did you know you can stack credentials, earned via the Workforce Ready Grant, toward a technical certificate or an associate degree?
Click here to discover your potential stackable options today!
Apply now for free! It only takes about ten minutes and if you need any assistance during the application process, our team is here to help seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET at 888-IVY-LINE or directly via online chat.
What type of job can I get through this program?
Ivy Tech offers many exciting eligible credit certificate and technical certificate programs that are covered as part of the Next Level Jobs program and all are part of these five high-demand job fields where employers are currently looking to fill positions:
Click on the job field for a list of the certificates and technical certificates offered at Ivy Tech as part of the Next Level Jobs eligible credit program:
How do I know if I am eligible?
You are eligible to be a part of Next Level Jobs at Ivy Tech if you fulfill all of the following requirements:
- Are an Indiana resident
- Have a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency
- Have not previously received a certificate in a Next Level Jobs eligible program
- Have not previously received an associate degree or higher (bachelors, masters, etc.)*
*The Governor's Workforce cabinet has announced that Hoosiers with two-and four-year degrees are temporarily eligible to receive full tuition reimbursement for short-term Workforce Ready Grant-eligible programs through December 30, 2020.
Just follow these three easy steps!
- Review the list of eligible programs.
- Fill out your FAFSA and file for any other financial aid offered at Ivy Tech.
Robert Lindley, current Superintendent of Wastewater Utility for the City of Monticello, gives credit to Ivy Tech Community College not only for his recent promotion to lead an important city department, but also for helping his family through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lindley has worked for the City of Monticello Wastewater Utility for 25 years, ten years as assistant superintendent, and his career goal was to be appointed to the superintendent position. But Lindley knew he needed more than the GED he received in the early eighties to put himself into the best position to advance.
“As a husband, father of seven children and eleven grandchildren, and working full-time, going back to school was not going to be easy,” Lindley said. “Ivy Tech helped a non-traditional student from the Boomer generation go back to school.”
A Workforce Ready Grant through the Next Level Jobs program offered through the state of Indiana helped Lindley enroll in Ivy Tech’s Business Administration technical certificate program. Technical certificates are short-term certificates that can be completed in 12 months or less.
“The grant helped pay for my tuition, which eased a financial burden while paying a mortgage and raising a family,” Lindley said. “Also, my wife Bernice was furloughed from her job twice during the pandemic. Ivy Tech’s COVID-19 Relief Fund helped us during some very uncertain times.”
Ivy Tech’s COVID-19 Relief Fund was established with the matching gift support of Marianne Glick and Mike Woods. The fund is entirely supported by charitable donations to help Ivy Tech students and faculty meet the challenges of the pandemic.
Lindley’s hard work was rewarded with his recent promotion. “Next Level Jobs and Ivy Tech gave me the training and administrative skills needed to take my career to the next level,” he said, “when Mayor Cathy Gross appointed me to serve as Superintendent of Wastewater Utility for the City of Monticello.” This year he was also recognized as Wastewater Operations Specialist of the Year by the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water.
Lindley appreciates the opportunities that led to his promotion. “I’d like to thank Ivy Tech advisor Patty Plantenga for taking the time to inform businesses and local government employees about Next Level Jobs, Workforce Ready Grants, and what Ivy Tech Community College has to offer. I wish to thank the Lord for being with me during these tough times and the everyday struggles we all encounter, especially during the current pandemic that has affected us all in one way or another.”
José Gómez Márquez knows a thing or two about taking risks and starting over. He was born in Peru (the country, not the Indiana town), but it lacked employment opportunities, so he moved from Lima to Miami, Florida in 2003.
Things were better in Miami, but only marginally so. José could get by in Miami with only understanding a little English, but there still weren’t many opportunities for someone who wanted to work in manufacturing. So he worked hard on improving his English while researching small cities in the United States that had a strong plastics manufacturing presence.
José started over yet again in 2005 when he moved to Fort Wayne to work at Mullinix. Eventually he left that company to pursue an opportunity at D&W Fine Pack, and that’s where he discovered Ivy Tech and Next Level Jobs.
To continue advancing at D&W Fine Pack, José knew he needed to continue his education. He was able to get his tuition and fees paid for while attending Ivy Tech Fort Wayne through Next Level Jobs. José completed his certificate in Supply Chain Management and Logistics in fall 2019 with summa cum laude and is continuing his education with an associate degree starting spring 2020.
While at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, José has excelled. One of his most notable accomplishments was winning first place as part of a multi-college team at the Conexus Case Competition in Oct. 2019, where he problem-solved a real-life scenario faced by the Caterpillar corporation.