Partnering to Support Stronger Transitions for Students

Source: [Indiana Department of Education – Holly Lawson]

INDIANAPOLIS — This summer, thousands of Hoosier high school students will have the opportunity to accelerate the completion of a high-demand credential or one year of college credit through a new partnership between the State of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University.

“As we work to build intentional, future-focused pathways for all, this initiative will help jumpstart a world of opportunity for eligible students,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “In order to maximize the outcomes for students, communities and our state, we must continue blurring the lines between K-12, higher education and workforce. A person’s educational attainment, including a post-secondary credential or high-value industry certification, can positively impact quality of life, health, living wage, employment and sustained earning, which further emphasizes the incredible value of this collaboration.”

The initiative — called Crossing the Finish Line — will accelerate learning for thousands of high school juniors and seniors. It’s available for students who are close to completing a high-demand credential or the Indiana College Core, which is a 30-credit hour block of general education college-level courses that transfers to any public (and some private) higher education institutions across Indiana. The initiative will cover students’ tuition, fees, books, as well as the cost of obtaining transcripts and any required College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

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