Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus offering home school visit days

Mike Wolanin | The Republic A view of the Ivy Tech Community College logo on the outside of Ivy Tech Columbus’s new campus building Moravec Hall in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. The building is named after local philanthropist and business owner Tony Moravec.

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting two, first-of-their-kind visit days specifically designed for home school students in grades 9-12 and their parents to learn more about the college.

The Home School College Visit Days will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Ivy Tech locations in Columbus on March 1 and in Franklin on March 8.

“This is an opportunity just for those students and their families to come in, learn about Ivy Tech, find out some information as they’re making decisions about their next step,” said Ivy Tech Director of Marketing and Communications Chris Schilling. “Those students may have questions or needs that are different than other students.”

Lunch will be served at noon both dates and students and their parents are able to attend either.

“We do have students who were home schooled, we’re a great next step for students because we are here, local, we’re very accessible, having campuses all over the state, and very affordable. So students can also live at home and come to Ivy Tech to take classes and earn their degree.”

Faculty from programs like nursing, advanced manufacturing, information technology and others will be there as well to answer any questions.

“This is going to be what we call an immersive experience. It won’t just be group conversations,” Schilling said. “We’ll also have virtual reality headsets where students can get very close to (a) real-life feel of what some of these careers are.”

One virtual reality simulator highlights their surgical technology program and attendees will be able to see what it’s like helping out during a surgery.

Those who go will also learn about dual credit and accelerated degree opportunities and how Ivy Tech can help students transfer to a four-year university for continued education.

Students or parents interested in attending should RSVP online at link.ivytech.edu/homeschoolvisit.