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Purdue-Ivy Tech Pathway Program ready to take applications

October 7, 2009 Beth Forbes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students interested in a new co-enrollment program offered by the Purdue University College of Agriculture and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette may begin applying online for the 2010 fall semester.

Applications and more information about the Pathway Program are available online at http://www.PathwayToPurdue.purdue.edu

The Pathway Program allows Ivy Tech students to co-enroll at Purdue in preparation for an undergraduate degree in the College of Agriculture. Students in the program take courses simultaneously at both institutions with the goal of eventually earning a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Purdue.

"This is an excellent opportunity to make higher education even more accessible to Indiana students," said Dale Whittaker, associate dean and director of the Office of Academic Programs in Agriculture at Purdue. "We anticipate increased job demand in the future in fields in the life sciences, including agriculture, and this program will help provide more career-ready college graduates."

Students in the program will take the majority of their general education courses as full-time students at Ivy Tech. Each Pathway student also will enroll in at least one course each fall and spring semester as a non-degree student at Purdue. The students will be admitted full time into Purdue Agriculture once they complete the requirements for an associate degree in agriculture at Ivy Tech.

The students will pay the appropriate tuition and fees for each institution.

"The Pathway Program is specifically designed to prepare students to continue their studies at Purdue. The students receive academic support and networking opportunities from both institutions that help students succeed in the program," said Mary Ostrye, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech.

Students eligible for the Pathway Program must be Indiana residents and have a high school diploma or equivalent and have not earned more than 15 credit hours from another college or university.

Students in the program will participate in activities to support their academic development and also have all the benefits of full-time students at both institutions. On the Purdue campus that includes access to the library, recreational sports facility, student organizations and athletic events.

The priority deadline to apply for fall 2010 is April 15.

For more information, contact Purdue's Peg Wier at 765 494-1776 or Ivy Tech's Claudia Suarez at 765-269-5200.

The Purdue College of Agriculture has majors and minors in 11 academic departments that include agricultural and biological engineering, agricultural economics, agronomy, animal sciences, biochemistry, botany and plant pathology, entomology, food science, forestry and natural resources, horticulture and landscape architecture, and youth development and agricultural education.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of work-force development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Writer: Beth Forbes, 765 494-2722, forbes@purdue.edu

Sources:   Dale Whittaker, 765-494-8472, dwhittak@purdue.edu
                    Mary Ostrye, 765-269-5620, mostrye@ivytech.edu

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Steve Leer, sleer@purdue.edu
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