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  • Madison H.S. Graduate Close to Bachelor’s Degree Thanks to Ivy Tech

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    June 24, 2019
    2019 Madison H.S. Graduate Close to Bachelor’s Degree Thanks to Ivy Tech
    In a little over one year, 18-year-old Kristen Vermillion will enter the workforce with her bachelor’s degree in business administration. 
    Vermillion graduated from Madison Consolidated High School on June 2 having also earned an associate degree in general studies and a certificate in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College’s Madison campus. Nineteen days before graduation, she also began taking classes for her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University East. Ivy Tech and IU East have a partnership which allows students to take IU East classes in a face-to-face format on Ivy Tech’s campus in Madison, Indiana. Vermillion is a participant in the program and will earn her degree in just over a year.
    “I can get my business administration degree in just 15 months from now and I just graduated from high school,” Vermillion said. “So, that’s pretty crazy.”
    Vermillion said she is interested in business because it opens doors for her to work in a variety of different fields.
    “It’s a very broad subject and a very broad degree that I can have, and I can do pretty much anything with it,” Vermillion said. “Getting this degree is a really good start.”
    In order to complete this program, on time, Vermillion also has to complete five more credit hours of prerequisites. She is fulfilling those credits at Ivy Tech. Without Ivy Tech and their partnership with Madison Consolidated High School and IU East, Vermillion said she would have spent much more money for her education and would not be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in one year.
    Vermillion was on track to graduate from high school one year early when her counselor suggested she instead take college courses from Ivy Tech her junior and senior years because then Madison Consolidated High School would pay for the classes.
    “Before I graduated high school, I had an associate degree and it was completely free because of Ivy Tech and my school partnering up,” Vermillion said.
    Vermillion said that anyone who has the opportunity to take college courses in high school should take them.
    “I just want everyone to know, like people that go my high school, that they have these opportunities with Ivy Tech and that they should definitely go for them,” Vermillion said. “If you work really hard, you could have half your college done.”
    For more information on Ivy Tech Madison’s partnerships, contact Andrea McDole, director K14 Initiatives at 812-265-2580, ext. 4145 or amcdole3@ivytech.edu.
    ATTACHED: .pdf of press release, photo of Kristen Vermillion
    About Ivy Tech Community College
    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.
    590 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison, Indiana 47250
    812-265-2580 · www.ivytech.edu

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