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Ivy Tech adds more free certificate opportunities

(photo courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College Evansville)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus has announced it is offering additional free classes for residents to gain new skills and earn a certificate. Chancellor Daniela Vidal says the courses can lead to training needed for in-demand career opportunities in the Evansville region.

Ivy Tech says it is also offering free certificate and technical certificate credentials through the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative. The college says federal funding through the CARES Act has enabled it to temporarily expand programs that will be financially covered and all of the previous educational restrictions have been waived.

Vidal says, “It is imperative – now, more than ever – that our community’s residents get the training they need to qualify them for the safe, secure and valuable jobs that are so important to jump starting our economy.”

Ivy Tech says students can earn a free credential and are not required to have a high school diploma or high school equivalency. The Rapid Recovery Expansion opportunity ends Dec. 30.

Vidal says Ivy Tech is at a critical juncture to be the location where both employers and individuals can receive skills to meet workforce demands. Ivy Tech says many of its free classes are still available to the public.

Other areas of study supported by the Next Level Jobs funding include advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, information technology and business services, and transportation and logistics.

Ivy Tech also received a grant from the Department of Workforce Development to offer High School Equivalency preparation classes, the High School Equivalency exam and Adult Basic Education. The college says classes will be offered at the main Evansville campus beginning August 1. Funding for the classes ends on Dec. 30.