June 13, 2011

Indiana Tech Plans Free College Prep Program for Adult Students

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies will launch a free college preparation program for adults at its main campus in Fort Wayne and at satellite campuses around the state. The program was tested successfully in Munster and will expand, beginning in late June, thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Ball Venture Fund.

Enrollment in “College Preparation Courses: A Free Program for Interested Adults” is open to any adult in the community, space permitting. Courses include math, communications/writing, and computer skills.

“This is a unique approach to helping adults explore the idea of returning to school,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of the College of Professional Studies. “They don’t have to be enrolled at Indiana Tech or intend to enroll at any college. The idea is to give them a taste of what a college course is like and start them on their way. Our belief is that many will find they want to go on and pursue a degree and feel confident that they can do it.”

Herendeen cited data that show only 38% of the nation’s adults age 25 to 64 have earned at least a two-year college degree. In Indiana, that percentage is even lower at just 33%. Many adults know they need more education to compete in today’s labor market, he said, but they find the prospect of college daunting. The program is intended to ease the transition back into academic life and lay a foundation for success.

Plans are to offer the math and English courses in a two-hour format once a week for four weeks and the computer course in a two-hour format once a week for two weeks. Students may take as many of the free courses as they wish. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Exact times and dates may vary, depending on the site. In addition to the main campus in Fort Wayne, CPS has satellite facilities in Elkhart, Fishers, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Kendallville, Mishawaka, Munster, New Albany, Plainfield, and Warsaw.

Herendeen said the university hopes the program will prove so successful that it will serve as a model for other universities. “We look at it this way: If students end up enrolling at Tech, that’s great. If they end up going to college somewhere else, that’s fine. And if they decide not to go to college, at least they will have improved their communication, math, and technology skills and, therefore, their chances for a better job. Our goal is to provide learning that enriches lives.”

For more information, contact CPS admissions at 800.288.1766 or cps@indianatech.edu.


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