Elevate Indianapolis, IPS, and Ivy Tech Partner to Launch College Core Program | Elevate Indianapolis

May 15, 2023
Media Contact: Jackson Gutierrez, Engagement Manager
909.851.7690 | jackson@elevateindy.org



 Elevate Indianapolis, IPS, and Ivy Tech Partner to Launch College Core Program
Elevate Indianapolis, a non-profit organization, has partnered with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Ivy Tech to launch the IPS College Core program at Arsenal Tech High School. Elevate Indy’s unique approach to instruction and mentoring provides students with 24/7 wrap-around support and college and career programming.

Indianapolis, IN – Elevate Indianapolis, in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Ivy Tech, has launched the IPS College Core program at Arsenal Tech High School. The program aims to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in college-level coursework and beyond.

The Elevate Indianapolis IPS Indiana College Core Cohort was established in January 2023, with a vision to serve up to 350 students annually over the next five years. Elevate Indy launched one IVYT dual credit “Intro to Elevate” cohort at Arsenal Tech in January 2023, with a second cohort beginning in the 2023/2024 school year. The program also seeks to expand its reach to other IPS high schools.

The unique aspect of the partnership between IPS and Elevate Indianapolis is the 24/7 wrap-around mentoring and support that students receive, along with college and career programming. Additionally, IPS/Elevate College Core students are scheduled for an additional Elevate course in their high school career to strengthen the cohort’s in-school and after-school relationships.

Elevate student Landon expressed his excitement about the program, stating, “I decided to take the IVYT class because I feel as if it would open new paths for me, allow me to try something new, get a year of college done, and prepare myself for what is to come in my future.” Fellow Elevate student Evan added, “Elevate is a great program that allows kids to become the best that they can be and gives them opportunities that they wouldn’t be able to take advantage of otherwise. I highly recommend Elevate for kids who want a family away from home and a place where they feel like they belong.”

Elevate Teacher-Mentor of IVYT Intro to Elevate course, Ms. Anyea, praised the program, stating, “IVYT 106 is an amazing way to introduce students to the college experience. The character skills and knowledge they gain from this course will allow them to matriculate through high school and college with confidence. I believe that our mission here at Elevate combined with mentoring during and outside of school day will leave a life-long impact in the lives of our students.”

Stephannie Bailey, CEO Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation, commended the program, saying, “Elevate Indy’s approach to instruction and mentoring is both comprehensive and individualized, allowing students to develop the skills they need to succeed both in high school and beyond at the college level. Elevate Indy is able to leverage its relationships with students to teach the introductory college and career readiness course that sets the stage for the next 30 credit hours of college-level courses they will pursue through the Indiana College core program and sets students up for success in college.”

For more information on the College Core program, visit https://learnmoreindiana.org/college/dual-credit#what_college_core_section.


About Elevate Indianapolis
Elevate Indianapolis, Inc. builds long-term, life-changing relationships with Indianapolis urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community. They do this missional work with 4th through 12th graders and program alumni using a model developed 40 years ago in Denver, Colorado that is currently used in 17 cities across America through the Elevate USA network of affiliates. This program includes four key elements: Accredited Classes in character & life skills during the school day and three types of after-school mentoring with students–Pathways to Purpose college & career programming, “life on life” mentoring, and Sports & Adventure programming, executed by a staff of full-time Teacher-Mentors who are representative of the students we serve. Our Teacher-Mentors spend half their time with students during the school day and half their time with them after school in a 24/7/365 relational mentoring model where they are accessible to students on a personal basis. In the 2021-22 program year, Elevate Indianapolis served over 700 students and recent graduates of five Indianapolis Public Schools. To learn more about the impact of Elevate Indy, please visit impact.elevateindy.org.

About Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. We empower our students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though we cover 80 square miles, employ more than 5,000 people and serve more than 30,000 students, we are committed to serving individual students with what they need. Mission – IPS empowers and educates all students to think critically, creatively, and responsibly, to embrace diversity and to pursue their dreams with purpose. Vision- IPS is a family of excellent public schools in which every student has the opportunity to succeed and the power to create their own future.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech was established in 1963 and has continued to grow for the past 50 years into the largest community college system of its kind in the United States. Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of many other organizations and program specific review panels. Ivy Tech has 32 different on ground campus locations that can offer degree programs in the state of Indiana. The college has numerous other sites as well as the virtual campus that will be serving your needs. Ivy Tech has agreements with many four year colleges and universities, meaning students can use the credits earned towards a Bachelor’s degree and beyond. Ivy Tech is Indiana’s most affordable College, and these affordable prices are extended to students as part of the Ivy Tech online virtual campus. Ivy Tech maintains a commitment to focus on our students by keeping our class sizes small.