BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington and Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School 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 to Indiana public colleges and universities.

“We are excited for our students to have this opportunity through Ivy Tech,” said Principal Kyle Neukam. “Springs Valley will always work to provide the best course offerings for all of our students.”

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 universities, having already completed their first year of college credits.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington is thrilled that Springs Valley High School is now an Early College high school,” said Joe Hughbanks, Ivy Tech Bloomington Director of K-14 Initiatives. “Earning the Indiana College Core credential in high school can significantly reduce the cost of higher education and improve college success. It is a testament to Springs Valley’s vision that they have implemented this pathway to put their students in position to succeed in life after high school.”

Springs Valley is the 11th school in Ivy Tech Bloomington’s service area to join early college at Ivy Tech. Other early college high schools include The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Bloomfield, Bloomington North, Eastern Greene, Loogootee, Martinsville, Mitchell, Mooresville, Paoli, and West Washington.

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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.