ASAP Jumpstarts Motivated Students: Two Degrees, Three Years

Motivated students interested in a career in business can jumpstart their futures with Ivy Tech Community College's new Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP).

Through a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley and Indiana State University's Scott College of Business, students can complete an associate's degree in business administration at Ivy Tech in one year instead of the traditional two-year track, then transfer credits to Indiana State to complete a bachelor's degree in two years. The net result is a bachelor's degree in three years allowing students to enter the job market a year early, saving time and money.

"The program is made especially for highly motivated students who have a good support system," said Lisa Baker, ASAP Director at Ivy Tech. "I'm here to provide ongoing support to each team as they move through the program." Up to 30 students will take the journey together as a team and will provide support to each other as well.

"Historically, graduates of Ivy Tech's business administration program have been well prepared and successful when transferring to Indiana State. We are excited to offer the ASAP program which will allow students to complete a strong business administration program, earn an Associate of Science degree, and transfer to Indiana State's Scott College of Business in half the time," said Janet Swalls, Dean of the Ivy Tech School of Business.

Credits from Ivy Tech will transfer to Indiana State's business programs including: accounting, business administration, business education, finance, financial services, insurance and risk management, management, management information systems, marketing, and operations and supply chain management.

"The accelerated pace requires students to think of college as a job. They develop important time management skills and learn teamwork through interaction with their fellow classmates," said Swalls. "These skills add even more value to the program."

The first ASAP "team" will begin in June. Interested individuals should contact their high school guidance counselor or Lisa Baker at (812) 298-2315 or email at lbaker30@ivytech.edu by March 15. A Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) must be completed by March 10 to qualify for both state and federal financial aid.

Additional information can be found at IvyTech.edu/ASAP.