BLOOMINGTON – Graduates from Bloomfield High School also earned credentials from Ivy Tech Community College in May 2018. These 13 graduates earned the Statewide General Education Transfer Core (STGEC) certificate, a block of 30 credit hours that transfers to all Indiana four-year institutions, upon student acceptance. The STGEC is a popular option for students who intend to complete bachelor’s degrees while also saving on college costs.

“We are fortunate to be able to provide the opportunity to our students to earn the Statewide General Education Transfer Core through Ivy Tech Bloomington,” said David Dean, principal at Bloomfield High School. “Our goal is to facilitate a jump start to a student’s college degree and to reduce financial costs to families. In earning the STGEC, a student can save up to one year of tuition at the state university of their choice. This can save families upwards of $10,000 depending on what state university they attend.”

Grace Ganster, graduate, plans to attend University of Southern Indiana in fall 2018.

“Earning college credits while still in high school allowed me to get ahead,” said Grace Ganster, Bloomfield High School graduate. “Being able to go earn these credits in high school was also a huge financial blessing. I was able to take these courses for little or nothing, instead of spending a large amount taking them later on. This is especially beneficial considering I am planning on pursuing higher education after my bachelor’s, so saving money where I can is important.”

Patrick Beard, graduate, plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing.

“Earning college credits in high school was very beneficial to me,” said Beard. “It gave me an advantage over other incoming freshmen. Earning these credits will allow me to spend less time on general education requirements and get right into the study of my intended major.”

Isaac Combs, graduate, also plans to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“By earning college credits in high school, it gives you a grasp on how college courses will be and it will save you money and time in college,” said Combs.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers early college options for high school students who intend to earn bachelor’s degrees and save on college costs. High School students can earn college credits by enrolling in dual credit classes at their high school or on Ivy Tech’s campus. For general information about earning college credits in high school, visit

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.