Representing Grace College and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana for the signing of the agreement are, front row, left to right: Cindy Sisson, Grace College Director of Graduate and Adult Education Enrollment; Ronald E. Manahan, Th.D., Grace College President; Randy R. Maxson, Vice Chancellor/Dean of the Warsaw Campus of Ivy Tech Community College; Nancy Brown, Ivy Tech Business Administration and Accounting Program Coordinator; and, back row, left to right, Jo Lemon, Ivy Tech adjunct faculty member; Dee Anna Muraski and Sarah Kinder, Ivy Tech graduates accepted into the Grace College GOAL program, Bill Katip, Ph.D., Grace Provost; Tyler Phillips, Ivy Tech graduate accepted into the Grace College GOAL program; and Stephen A. Grill, Ed.D., Grace College Dean of Adult and Community Education.
From the Warsaw (IN) Times-Union:
Grace College, Ivy Tech Enter Into Degree Agreement
Times-Union Staff Writer
Ivy Tech Community College and Grace College signed an agreement Thursday that will allow Ivy Tech graduates to further their education.
The agreement will give Ivy Tech graduates the option to enter into a Grace Opportunities of Adult Learners program immediately after completing their associate’s degree from Ivy Tech.
Adult Ivy Tech graduates, with a two-year associate of science degree, will be able to continue their education at Grace College and receive a four-year bachelor’s degree management through Grace’s GOAL program.
GOAL students meet one evening per week and a few Saturdays, and are able to complete their bachelor’s degree in 16 months while working full time.
The initial goal class of 20 students begins in January. Grace College now is accepting applications to fill the remaining places. A second class will be formed to begin on the same schedule once the initial class is full.
Dr. Steve Grill, Grace College dean of adult and community education, said the program is a rigorous degree program designed to prepare students for management challenges in business, non-profit and public sectors of employment.
“The program was created to assist any adult student with college credits, but who did not graduate, to enter the program and qualify for their business in management degree on a convenient schedule designed not to disrupt busy career and personal schedules,” Grill said.
Studies include management fundamentals and operations management, quantitative evaluation and decision making, accounting and finance, business law and information technology management.
Randy Maxson, Ivy Tech vice chancellor and dean, said the agreement provides a significant advantage for Ivy Tech students who are automatically accepted into Grace College’s bachelor’s degree in management program upon graduation.
He said an advantage of the program is that the two-year Ivy Tech graduates are able to begin their careers while in the GOAL program.
Ron Manahan, Grace College president, said the college is pleased to offer the program.
“Ivy Tech is an important education resource in the community, and Grace College is happy to help students meet their educational aspirations,” Manahan said.
Dee Anna Muraski, an Ivy Tech graduate who will be in the GOAL program in January, said she is excited to participate in the program.
She earned her associate’s degree in business administration in May from Ivy Tech.
“Ivy Tech provided me with a great base for my education, and I look forward to completing my bachelor’s degree through Grace College’s program,” Muraski said.
For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.grace.edu/goal or call Cindy Sisson at 866-974-7223 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org