“Math is like milk,” he said. “It’s going to spoil.”
The idea with the new math program is fewer students will get stuck in remedial classes that leave them frustrated and make it harder for them to complete their degree programs. Snyder said he’s also hoping it will give more adults the courage to come back to school. That’s a population the college needs to reach if Indiana has any hope of increasing its educational attainment, he said.
Math is a barrier to middle class living today, Snyder said.
“In the past, the U.S. has made college accessible only to those who have passed college algebra,” he said. “We’re changing math so you don’t have to have college algebra. That’s one of the issues with our attainment levels.”
Ivy Tech partnered with Chrysler to create the second new initiative, higher technology.
Ivy Tech designed a curriculum that can be taken directly into high school career centers. Juniors and seniors learn about the advanced manufacturing industry and pick up some early college skills they might need.
Students will be able to earn a logistics certification and become a certified production technician before they graduate, said Jan Bailey, director of Ivy Tech Kokomo region’s corporate college.
The project is still in its infancy, but ideally, high school seniors would spend a portion of their school day at Chrysler to get some hands-on experience at a manufacturing facility. They could graduate with up to nine college credit hours.
Then, they’d have an option of continuing their education at Ivy Tech in a more intensive program being developed right now.
Bailey said the college will seek approval for a degree they’re calling automation technology. Students will enter a co-op where they would spend part of their day at Chrysler and part of it in labs at Ivy Tech learning about the advanced technology used in today’s manufacturing facilities.