University News – November 27

Ivy Tech becomes apprenticeship sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Ivy Tech Community College as an apprenticeship sponsor. In this role, Ivy Tech can register companies’ apprenticeship programs with the Department of Labor. Companies can register themselves, but often many do not have the time or resources to do so.

The college’s duties will include handling all the administrative work for these companies, collecting on-the-job learning hours and assisting with audits for the Department of Labor.

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus will pilot the statewide program as part of a national effort to increase the number of registered apprenticeships. It will roll out to other Ivy Tech campuses statewide in the future.

Ivy Tech benefits by enrolling more apprentices, and employers benefit because apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly-skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs also can reduce employee turnover rates, increase productivity and lower the cost of recruitment.

TransPORTs, a Department of Labor intermediary, also is an Ivy Tech partner in assisting with these efforts. The organization is contracted by the Department of Labor and helps by providing funds to increase apprenticeships nationwide.

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Purdue to offer new grant program

WEST LAFAYETTE — Beginning next fall, Purdue University is launching the Boiler Affordability Grant, which, after applying other need-based aid, will cover any remaining tuition, fees and estimated book expenses up to full financial need for qualifying Indiana resident undergraduates.

The program, announced by university officials Nov. 21, is for Indiana residents at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and who are either federal Pell Grant-eligible or have a parent Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $70,000 or less. The Boiler Affordability Grant (BAG) will apply both to newly-enrolled students in the 2018-19 academic year and to students currently enrolled.

“Through our multiyear tuition freeze and cost reductions for food and books, it is less expensive to attend Purdue today than it was in 2012, but attending Purdue still represents a challenging expense for many low- and middle-income Hoosier families,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Our goal of ‘higher education at the highest proven value’ means lowering every barrier we can to ensure Purdue is accessible to all students who can meet our academic standards.”

Ted Malone, executive director of Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid, said he anticipates that about 3,000 Indiana students at Purdue would be eligible under the BAG program.