Sue Ellspermann

High School Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

Apr 5, 2018
2018 workforce development legislation focused in part on improving career counseling in high school. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades. And that conversation increasingly turns to the state’s public schools, tying high school education to workforce development.

When asked whether it’s too much to ask a 14-year-old to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life, Gov. Eric Holcomb is direct.

Ivy Tech Community College’s new strategic plan calls for more than doubling the number of degrees earned by students in the next five years.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann wants to boost certifications, certificates and degrees awarded statewide from about 21,000 to 50,000 annually by 2023.

She also wants to grow enrollment by more than 25 percent in the next five years from about 94,000 students to nearly 120,000 students.

To help reach that goal, the college is improving academic advising and offering eight-week classes to help recruit and retain students.

A national campaign argues more Americans need to change their perceptions of mental illness and suicide. Many central Indiana cities, colleges, businesses and nonprofits are now part of that partnership.

Mental Health America reports, in 2015, more Hoosiers died by suicide than in car accidents. And one in five Hoosiers has experienced a mental illness.

Lawmakers Preach Caution As Colleges Ask For Funding

Dec 8, 2016


Indiana’s public colleges and universities appeared before the State Budget Committee to make their cases for funding requests. But lawmakers weren’t very encouraging.

Some lawmakers preached caution during the schools’ presentations, sounding rather pessimistic about how much money the state will have in its new budget.

Indiana University, represented by CFO John Sejdinaj, preemptively acknowledged those concerns.

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State higher education and workforce officials are promoting ways to aid students and employees displaced by the sudden shutdown of the for-profit ITT Technical Institute.

A small group of public and private colleges say they’ll give discounts and evaluate credits earned by ITT students to help them finish degrees or transfer to another program.

Ivy Tech Community College won’t accept ITT credits but President Sue Ellspermann says it and other colleges will consider various options.

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As the race to replace Mike Pence on the Indiana heated up, many eyes turned to Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

How many talks did he have with Republican party insiders who wanted him to walk back into the governor’s office?

You’ll get that answer on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with him.

Also on this month’s program, an interesting hypothetical from the state’s former governor:

State of Indiana /

Ivy Tech’s Board of Trustees has approved the contract for its new president -- former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

The contract between Ellspermann and Ivy Tech is for three years. During that first year, Ellspermann will receive an annual base salary of $300,000.

She could be paid more but not less during the next two years. She is also eligible for an annual performance based bonus that can't not exceed $100,000, in addition to other perks and reimbursements.

State of Indiana /

The trustees of Ivy Tech Community College unanimously voted Wednesday to hire former Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann as the college’s ninth president.

She says the school’s biggest challenges are aligning its offerings with the needs of the Indiana's employers and improving low graduation rates.

Ivy Tech Community College

Former Lieutenant Gov. Sue Ellspermann faces more than  two dozen competitors in her bid to be the next president of Ivy Tech Community College.

More than 30 people from in and outside Indiana have applied to be the next president of Ivy Tech -- the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college.

So far Ellspermann is the only candidate to publicly declare that she's applied. And while Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed her for the job, Ivy Tech Board Chairwoman Paula Hughes says she doesn't think that hindered others from applying.

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Eric Holcomb officially became Indiana’s 51st Lieutenant Governor Thursday.  The longtime Hoosier political figure replaces Sue Ellspermann, who left to pursue a job at Ivy Tech.

A veritable who’s who of Indiana government gathered at the Statehouse to watch Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa swear in Eric Holcomb.  The balconies ringing the atrium were crowded with lobbyists, lawmakers and politicos, all to see a ceremony that’s taken place in the middle of a term only twice in the last century.