Record Number of Students Walk with Ivy Tech Graduates

On May 11, 155 students from Elkhart Community Schools had the opportunity to walk across the stage with Ivy Tech Community College graduates in their commencement ceremony, held at the University of Notre Dame.

The group of graduates includes 72 students from Elkhart Central, 47 students from Elkhart Memorial, and 36 students from the Elkhart Area Career Center.

The Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial students received a Statewide General Education Core Certificate – STGEC – that is recognized by all state colleges as a 30-credit program, designed to help students attain general education college credits while still in high school. This certificate is earned through the full-endorsed Early College Program at each school.

The Elkhart Area Career Center students represented Automotive Service Technology, Automotive Diesel, Early Childhood Education and Health Support/EMT/Cardiology departments. Automotive Service Technology and Automotive Diesel students earned the “Certificate of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair,” Early Childhood Education students earned the “Early Childhood Education CDA Process Certificate,” and Health Support/EMT/Cardiology students earned the “Clinical Support Concentration Technical Certificate.” Students who earned their certificates came to the EACC from Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Concord, Goshen, Jimtown, Mishawaka, Northridge and Penn high schools. The Elkhart Area Career Center is the only career center in the state to be a fully-endorsed Early College Program.

The number of eligible students continues to grow from prior years. In 2017, 103 students earned certificates and eligibility to participate. In 2016, four students from the Elkhart Area Career Center became the first ECS students to earn eligibility to participate in the Ivy Tech commencement ceremony.