News release from Ivy Tech Community College:
Ivy Tech Community College administers largest number of workforce certification exams in Indiana
(INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2011) – Ivy Tech Community College’s Workforce Certification Centers had a record year, administering more exams than any other institution in the state. Ivy Tech administered 43,775 certification exams throughout the 2009-2010 school year.
Ivy Tech offers more than 4,000 exams at 24 certification centers statewide. The certification centers are designed to help students in both credit courses and non-credit training advance their careers by providing documentation of their skills and knowledge in the form of a certificate.
“As the job market becomes more competitive, certifications are becoming more important to job seekers,” said Susan Brooks, Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development. “Certifications can help provide an edge over non-certified job seekers, which accounts for much of the growth we’ve seen recently.”
Certification testing is available in a variety of fields including Information Technology, Health Services, Office Administration, Insurance, Fire Science, Food Safety and more. The following is a list of the top 10 exams taken in 2009-2010:
Indiana Department of Insurance; Certified Nursing Assistant; Indiana Department of Homeland Security; Microsoft Office – Basic Office Exams; Automotive Service Excellence; CompTIA (A+, Network+, Security+, etc.) – Entry to Mid-Level IT Exams; American Heart Association; ESCO HVAC; Manufacturing Skills Standards Certification (MSSC); Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) – Basic Computer Proficiency
Ivy Tech also provides a direct service to the state and saves Hoosier taxpayers money by offering affordably-priced certification exams to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Insurance Licensure.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.