Ivy Tech Bloomington Earns Three Excellence Awards from the Indiana Department of Education

(BLOOMINGTON) – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been selected to receive three Awards for Excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) from the Indiana Department of Education. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on February 18, 2020 at the Indiana Government Center Auditorium.

Ivy Tech Bloomington recipient of the student Award for Excellence in Outstanding CTE is Julihannah Cruz, a second-year respiratory therapy student.

Julihannah Cruz

Cruz came to Ivy Tech Bloomington as a high school graduate, having earned 36 dual credit hours. She was one of only 12 students accepted into the selective-entry respiratory therapy program. She has since earned her respiratory therapy student license which enables her to work in her field while completing her associate degree. She is set to graduate in May and has been offered numerous full-time positions in respiratory therapy at area hospitals.

Campus recipient of the program of study Award for Excellence in Outstanding CTE is the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program.

The program is being recognized for providing exceptional outcomes in preparing Career and Technical Education students for continued postsecondary education and future employment opportunities. Ivy Tech’s ASN program can be completed in less than two years once admitted.

Recipient of the partnership Award for Excellence in Outstanding CTE is the strategic partnership of Ivy Tech Bloomington and Artisan Electronics. Artisan Electronics employs Ivy Tech graduates of the School of Information Technology, especially graduates who earned their CompTIA Security + [cyber security] industry certification. Artisan has also established an internship program for Ivy Tech students in an effort to provide hands-on learning opportunities in information technology.

Applicants for IDOE CTE awards were accepted across the state.

The Indiana CTE Awards for Excellence program identifies and celebrates career and technical education students, programs, and active partnerships that contribute to high quality career and technical education, career services displaying excellence in Indiana, and outstanding contributors to careers in technical education in Indiana.

Ivy Tech has multiple start dates and applications are accepted year-round. Classes start again on March 16, followed by June 8. Ivy Tech offers the potential to earn a tuition-free certification through Next Level Jobs Indiana. For more information and to apply for free, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/nextleveljobs.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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