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Ivy Tech Northeast’s Construction Programs Receive Statewide Award For Excellence

The Construction Technology and Building Construction Management programs at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast have received the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence by the Indiana Department of Education

The awards recognize Indiana’s outstanding postsecondary programs for career and technical education, where “postsecondary program” is defined as an approved career and technical education program offering a certificate or an associate degree. Between the two programs, Ivy Tech offers three associate degree programs, three certificate options, and three technical certificate options.

“The award provides assurance of program quality and post-graduation enrollment potential,” says James Brunson, program chair for Building Construction Management. “For the community, the award reinforces the idea that the Fort Wayne program is distinguished for quality among other programs in the state.”

Darrel Kesler, the dean of the Technology Division, of which both programs are a part, nominated the programs for the award. He says his goal is to increase awareness about the programs and change community perception about the job market, the jobs the College prepares students for, and what Ivy Tech does.

“I’m just trying to make people aware that what we’re doing is really good,” Kesler says, “to get the community to be aware that we’re out there leading the technology advances.”

Two years ago, the College’s Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology won Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence.

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Ivy Tech Community College 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.