Ivy Tech ASAP

Lawrenceburg Campus, Spring 2016

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Fall Celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo, October 2015

Coordinator's Corner - by Kelly

When I meet with prospective students, I describe ASAP as a unique educational opportunity. But what makes ASAP so different from other college options, and why is it the best choice for students?


Earning two years’ worth of credits in just 11 months puts students on track to earn a bachelor’s degree in 3 years. With ASAP, it is possible for students to begin their careers a year sooner and be earning money instead of still spending it on college tuition.


What makes the accelerated pace manageable? The answer is the extensive assistance built into ASAP. The support offered is unmatched; students have the encouragement of their fellow cohort members, myself as the coordinator, the faculty team, and the Lawrenceburg campus as a whole. Everyone is in their corner! They are not left alone to navigate admission, registration, financial aid, applying to graduate, or transferring. There is help available every step of the way.


ASAP touts some impressive statistics in terms of graduation and retention. Locally, the first ASAP cohort in Lawrenceburg has a 100% retention rate and is on track for a 100% graduation rate in the 11 month time frame. All of the Lawrenceburg ASAP students are planning to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree or second associate degree.


Every 8 weeks, the ASAP cohort completes feedback surveys to share more about their experiences. When asked which three aspects of ASAP were most valuable, here is what they had to say:


“The fast-pace: by going this pace, I will be able to reach my goal faster and get to the point in life that I am most excited for. We are getting a two year degree in one and still getting an amazing education.”

• “The support: the ASAP community is very supportive with trying to help you achieve your goals. There is a togetherness and cohesion.”

• “I have learned that I am stronger, more mature, and smarter than I have given myself credit.”

• “Openness: People are very open to ideas and meeting new people.”




Nominate a student by visiting www.ivytech.edu/asap. ASAP has 24 spots available for the 2016-2017 year!

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Fall Celebration #2- Laser Tag

The ASAP cohort celebrated the end of their third term by playing 3 rounds of laser tag, jumping at the indoor trampoline park, and having dinner at Skyline.


The end of fall term in December marked the 60% point for the cohort. They will graduate May 7th with Associate of Science in Liberal Arts degrees.

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ASAP as a Stepping Stone

Here are students’ next steps:

· Kelsi Amer, Patriot, transferring to IUE to earn a B.S. in Communication Studies

· Cheyenne Burress, Dillsboro, transferring to Mt. St. Joseph to earn a B.S. in Sport Management

· Isabella Gramaglia, Friendship, transferring to IUE to earn a B.S. in Communication Studies

· Bo Kaiser, Batesville, continuing at Ivy Tech to earn a real estate license

· Leah Kirkpatrick, Aurora, transferring to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to earn a B.S. in Mortuary Science

· Elizabeth Langefeld, Lawrenceburg, transferring to IU Bloomington to earn a B.S. in Apparel Merchandising

· Delaney Murphy, Aurora, continuing at Ivy Tech to earn an A.S. in Nursing, then transferring to IUE to earn a B.S. in Nursing

· Emma Powell, Dillsboro, transferring to Mt. St. Joseph to earn a B.S. in Nursing

· Gabrielle McGinnis Sparkman, Milan, transferring to IUE to earn a B.S. in Business Administration

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Flexible Fridays, Spring 2016

Students in ASAP have classes Monday through Thursday.

Fridays are set aside for college visits, volunteer opportunities, homework time, cohort meetings, term celebrations, tutoring opportunities, team meetings, and other enrichment experiences.


January:

· Minute to Win It Team Building- On Campus

· Transfer Planning: Applying for Scholarships & Admission, Creating a Backup Plan


February:

· IU Representative Kelly Waggoner visiting to talk about transfer admission to IU Bloomington

· Lunch with the Chancellor at the Levee Grill

· Visit to and tour of Mt. St. Joseph University


March:

· 1st 8 Week Celebration- TBD (Fancy dinner, zip lining, or movie)

· Visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati


April:

· Capstone Presentations


May:

· Final Celebration- TBD (Kings Island trip or laser tag)

· Graduation Practice

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