Derrick Hill, new Ivy Tech student, plans to pursue a career in public safety and healthcare administration. He chose to major in Homeland Security/Public Safety at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington because it offers the certificate and associate degree programs he needs to accomplish his goals.

Hill also chose Ivy Tech because of the wraparound services and supportive staff. “They have staff and professors that care about you and want to see you succeed in what you do,” he said.

Because of Ivy Tech’s new tuition model, Ivy+, Hill is benefitting from free required textbooks through Spring Semester 2022 and a frozen, flat tuition rate. He is taking 16 credit hours of classes in one semester, but he is paying the same tuition rate as 12 credit hours! To help full-time students graduate faster and with fewer college costs, Ivy Tech classes are free after 12 credit hours per semester with Ivy+.

Before becoming an Ivy Tech student, Hill was working in the hospital in the emergency department cleaning rooms and helping patients. He previously served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He is now working in retail full-time, going to school full-time and raising a family.  Hill ultimately plans to work for Homeland Security in the Austin, Tx. area.

Choosing Homeland Security/Public Safety at Ivy Tech Bloomington allows students like Hill the opportunity to explore the many aspects of a career in the field. This profession serves the spectrum of possible jobs at the local, state, and federal level at fire departments, emergency response agencies, Transportation Security Administration, and others. To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now at, email or call 812-330-6013.

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.