Ivy Tech breaks school graduate record

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – There are a record number of students graduating from Ivy Tech Community College around the state and in the Lafayette region.

Spring graduation is near for Ivy Tech Community College. But this year, there will be more students graduating than ever before.

Ivy Tech Lafayette Chancellor David Bathe said about 22,000 students statewide will graduate this year. More than 1,200 of them will graduate from the Lafayette Region, which includes campuses in Frankfort, Monticello and Crawfordsville.

“We’re very excited because ultimately our goal is to serve our students,” said Bathe. “To help them to reach their career potentials.”

Bathe said the high number of graduates may be from students knowing the importance of having a certificate or degree. He said Ivy Tech recruiters are working with high school counselors, and advisers are helping their students along the way.

“Because of the sophistication of technology, everything has changed academically. Therefore, students have to be more and more prepared in order to get a good paying job in the workforce, to have a family, and to move on in life,” stated Bathe.

Greg Morland is a business student at Ivy Tech who sees the importance of education. He said in the last four semesters, he has noticed the campus growing.

“When I first started, my first semester, it didn’t seem like it was so broad. But now, yeah it has picked up a lot,” said Morland. “So, I mean I think that’s a good thing for Ivy Tech and the community itself.”

Bathe said Ivy Tech strives to help the community by adding programs to help fit the demands of the region. He said about 92 percent of students stay within 50 miles of where they live.

“The workforce is expanding, and we want to make sure that we have a population that’s prepared,” Bathe explained.

Ivy Tech is anticipating continued growth, according to Bathe.

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