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Next Level Jobs at Ivy Tech

Through the Next Level Jobs program at Ivy Tech you have the opportunity to take the next step in your career in a variety of high-demand fields including IT, healthcare, building and construction, advanced manufacturing, business, and transportation and logistics.

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.

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?

The Next Level Jobs Program offers the chance to earn IT certificates, discover paths to advance your IT and cyber security training, as well as opportunities to get started in several medical assistant programs.

Overall, 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 throughout the year at Ivy Tech as part of the  Next Level Jobs eligible credit program:

Advanced Manufacturing

Building & Construction

Health Sciences

Information Technology & Business Services

Transportation & Logistics

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!

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.)*

What's next?

Just follow these three easy steps!

  1. Review the list of eligible programs.

  2. Fill out Ivy Tech's free application!

  3. Fill out your FAFSA and file for any other financial aid offered at Ivy Tech.

Next Level Jobs Success Stories

Christopher Arevalos - Ivy Tech Columbus

April Trent - Ivy Tech Muncie


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. 

Learn more about José's success story and read his award-winning National Distance Learning Week poem. 

Non-Credit Program Information
Select a campus near you for contact information on the following eligible non-credit programs.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Boiler Operator Maintenance
  • Boiler Pressure Vessel Inspector
  • Certified Production Technician (Manufacturing Skills Standard Council)
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC) Program with NIMS Certification

Building and Construction

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) - Electrical
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) - Plumbing
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) - Project Supervision

Health Sciences

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Information Technology & Business Technology

  • Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Transportation & Logistics

  • Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL)