The nursing and culinary certificates have expanded the number of courses in Peru, which allows students to get their credentials without leaving town, Murphy noted.
Asked if there are more plans for expansion in Peru, both physically and in the number/kinds of classes offered, Murphy responded:
“We try to keep options for expansion at the forefront of our minds. We have experienced a 60 percent enrollment increase since we opened in the fall of 2006. However, because we are the sole occupants of the building now, the classroom space we have is adequate to meet our current needs.
“Our goal is to grow enrollment, and, as that happens, we may have to look at options for additional physical space. We have made considerable adjustments to the classes offered and will continue to do so based on student needs and enrollment needs.”
Murphy believes enrollment at the Peru site will continue to grow as Miami County works to increase the number of residents who have obtained a post-high school credential, be it a certification or a two-year degree or higher.
“We are working with area high schools, local business and industry, and the community to move this needle by participating in the Miami County College and Career Success Coalition,” Murphy said.
“Our goal is to continue reaching out to those in the community who do not have a post-high school credential to encourage them to take that next educational step.”
Taking that educational step at Ivy Tech can mean a significantly lighter financial obligation.
Tuition at Ivy Tech runs approximately $3,500 a year, compared to four-year state institutions where tuition, room and board averages $18,000 a year.
The affordable tuition is a factor in making Ivy Tech’s future look bright, Murphy said.
“We provide a quality higher education option to students, both traditional and non-traditional, for whom cost and accessibility are factors they must consider when choosing their post-secondary institution.”