Local college gives more options for higher learning

The Lafayette Ivy Tech is partnering with a university in Nebraska to offer a new program to help further your education.
The Lafayette Ivy Tech is partnering with a university in Nebraska to offer a new program to help further your education.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette is partnering with a university in Nebraska to offer a new program to help people advance their educations. The program may help some save time and money.

Lafayette’s Ivy Tech is the first in the state to partner with Bellevue University.

Michelle Overman is a university representative who will help with enrollment.

“They offer online bachelor degrees within a cohort type of environment, which means that the bachelor’s degree can be earned in 18 months,” she said.

Greater Lafayette residents and current Ivy Tech students have the advantage to take this opportunity while maintaining a busy lifestyle.

“We understand at Bellevue that you’re working, you have a family, you have a life,” Overman said.

The online students will have access to a librarian along with a writing and tutoring center.

“If you are stuck in what you’re doing, if you need educational help, those things are put in place to make sure that the student is successful,” Overman said.

She said every credit earned in an associate’s degree will transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at Bellevue for free. She says by proving you have an associate’s degree, there is no doubt the student can be successful in their bachelor’s program.

“And they want to be able to allow the student to follow their dreams and their passions,” Overman said.

The same goes for people who received their associate’s degree in the past.

“[If someone is] in the workforce and decides that they want to further themselves in their career or make a career change, those associate’s degree credits will also be accepted and transferred into a bachelor’s degree program,” Overman said.

Overman said Bellevue University is accredited in the same way as Big Ten schools.

“We’re the same as Purdue. We’re the same a IU,” Overman said.

Even though the partnership with Ivy Tech and Bellevue is new, Overman said she thinks it will be around for years to come.

She says she is able to offer grants and scholarships as well as waive applications fees. You can contact her via email at moverman@bellevue.edu.