Indiana Career Council Reviews Ivy Tech’s Mission
August 20, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the new Indiana Career Council want to take a look at what community colleges across the nation are doing right when it comes economic development and job training.
The group – in its second meeting on Monday – passed a resolution to create a taskforce to study the best practices of community colleges.
The task force, which will be led by council member Joe Loughrey of Indianapolis, will have four main tasks, all of which will be focused on determining how the state’s community college system and sub-baccalaureate programs can help address the workforce needs of key industries in Indiana.
Loughrey said this taskforce is one way the state can step up its game and will give state leaders the “ability to be able to use our education system and to be able to produce more high quality graduates with diverse backgrounds at a lower cost.”
And Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, said that ability is one that is becoming more important not only in Indiana but also across the nation.
“I think this is a national issue that people are facing,” he said.
Snyder said families are dealing with the ever-increasing cost of college, which is quickly becoming “too much” for many of them.
He said Ivy Tech has a best practices committee of its own and that a similar taskforce focused on additional sub-baccalaureate programs and institutions will help people “fully understand the community college and its role” in Indiana. Sub-baccalaureate programs include two-year degrees, technical training and other programs that do not lead to four-year degrees.
Members also discussed a first draft of the council’s strategic plan framework, which is due to the General Assembly by Dec. 1.
The framework of the plan details the council’s four goals as required by the law that established the council. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said she would like to see the addition of a fifth goal focusing on “creating the high value jobs of the next generation.”
Pence said the staff will add that fifth “foot” to the framework and bring a revised draft to the council’s next meeting.
The council also finished up its initial discussion on skills gap analyses, received an update on an asset mapping project to aid in its strategic planning process, learned about the history of the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System and adopted two other resolutions.
The Indiana Career Council will meet next at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 in Author’s Room 203 at the Indiana State Library.
Photo: Governor Mike Pence presides over Monday’s Indiana Career Council meeting in Indianapolis. — from TheStatehouseFile.com