Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington and Bloomington High School North have partnered to give students the chance to start college early by earning the Indiana College Core (ICC) in high school. The ICC is a 30 credit hour general education core of college credit guaranteed to transfer between Indiana public colleges and universities.

“The Indiana College Core is an excellent opportunity for students to get a jump start on their future,” said Matthew Stark, Bloomington High School North Principal. “The ICC also allows students to expand their major or complete college at a reduced cost. We are excited to be a partner in this endeavor.”

Students take high school and Ivy Tech classes at the same time through dual credit or dual enrollment. Completing 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 Bloomington High School North 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 Bloomington High School North’s vision that they implemented this pathway to put their students in position to succeed in the next phase of life after high school.”

“We are proud of the many relationships and intentional programming that our teams are building together with our K-12 partners,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “Dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities create additional pathways to college completion for Hoosiers in our communities, and reduces college costs for students and families.”

Bloomington High School North is the eighth school in Ivy Tech Bloomington’s service area to join early college at Ivy Tech. Other early college high schools include Bloomfield, 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 Community College offers more than 70 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.