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The Decatur Chamber of Commerce resumed its monthly luncheon series Monday at the Woodcrest retirement community with a talk from Lisa Smith, Ivy Tech Community College outreach coordinator for Adams County.
Smith said Ivy Tech currently has 150,000 students at 29 locations in Indiana, and offers classes in more than 75 individual communities. The college's northeast division, which includes campuses in Fort Wayne, serves more than 10,000 students, she said.
In Fort Wayne, the college operates its main campus on Coliseum Boulevard, a north campus on St. Joe Road, an auto body center and a soon-to-be-dedicated aviation center at Smith Field.
The community college's newest facility, Smith said, is a Public Safety Academy located in the Southtown Center area just off U.S. 27. Courses offered at the academy include paramedic science, fire science, criminal justice and paralegal studies, in addition to general studies.
Also new to the university is a Corporate College concept in which Ivy Tech professionals will "meet the needs of area employers with customized training," said Smith.
The outreach coordinator also talked briefly about the strong relationship between Ivy Tech and the three high schools in Adams County in offering dual credit courses for high school students.
She said that, during the 2011-12 school year, 316 high school students from the county earned a total of 2,204 credit hours at Ivy Tech. Some students, she said, graduate high school with nearly half the 66 credit hours needed to obtain a two-year associates' degree.
Smith also said that in keeping with the college's goal of offering an increased number of classes in outlying communities, 15 Ivy Tech classes will be offered at four sites in Adams County in the spring of 2013. Courses to be offered include:
• At Bellmont High School
— Anatomy and physiology II, introductory biology, introductory chemistry I, fundamental public speaking, essentials of algebra I, concepts in mathematics and anatomy and physiology I.
• At Adams Central High School
— Introduction to microcomputers and concepts in mathematics.
• At South Adams High School
— Fundamentals of algebra I and II.
• At Decatur Work One
— Introduction to psychology, introduction to microcomputers, and reading strategies for college.
"The Ivy Tech of yesterday is not the Ivy Tech of today," Smith summed up to the chamber audience.