Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington and the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship have partnered to help students get a head start on college by offering the Indiana College Core in high school. The credential is a 30 credit hour general education core of college credit guaranteed to transfer between Indiana public colleges and universities.

“By providing students with early college experiences while in high school, we can provide students with an affordable way to get a head start on college-level coursework, as well as their transition to and success in the rigor of college-level courses,” said Angie Evans, Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship Principal. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Ivy Tech Bloomington in this new capacity and hope to see more of our students earning the Indiana College Core each year.”

Students take high school and Ivy Tech classes at the same time through dual credit or dual enrollment. Earning the core provides students the chance to Start As a Sophomore at Ivy Tech or other public colleges, having already completed the first year of college credits.

“Earning the Indiana College Core in high school is a chance for Academy of the Science and Entrepreneurship students to reduce college costs by more than $5,000 and increase their college success rates,” said Joe Hughbanks, Ivy Tech Bloomington Director of K-14 Initiatives. “It is truly a testament to the Academy’s vision that they implemented this pathway to put their students in position to succeed in the next phase of life after high school.”

The Academy is the ninth school in Ivy Tech Bloomington’s service area to join early college at Ivy Tech. Other early college high schools include Bloomfield, Bloomington High School North, Eastern Greene, Loogootee, Martinsville, Mitchell, Paoli, and West Washington.

For more information, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/programs/special-programs-for-students/high-school-programs/indiana-college-core-in-high-school/.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers more than 40 career and four-year transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quick entry and graduation. To get started, apply for free online at ivytech.edu, call 812-330-6013, or email askBloomington@ivytech.edu. For information on tuition-free programs at Ivy Tech Bloomington, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/NLJ.

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.