A handful of Ivy Tech State College classes are scheduled to start next week at the LEAAP (Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents & Preschoolers) Center, 601 E. Jackson, and Cumberland Academy, located behind North Clay Middle School. They were invited to hold classes in Brazil by Superintendent Bill Schad as part of the CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education) grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Ivy Tech Dean of Academic Affairs Ricky Streight said the school agreed to offer these classes because it will give them "an opportunity to see if there is a demand" and they would like "to work with some of the local school districts more closely."
Since these classes are being offered after the start of the semester, Streight says, "the hardest part is getting the word out." Therefore, there may not be a lot of response at first, but he predicts that the classes will have between 10 and 20 students each.
Parapro Test Preparation Course (EDU156) is a nine-week course designed to prepare teacher's aides for the Parapro test. It will be offered at Cumberland Academy on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 10. It is worth one credit hour.
Streight says that by 2006, all teacher's aides will have to have at least 60 college credits or an associate's degree or they will have to be able to pass the Parapro test.
Introduction to Microcomputers (CIS101), which will count as three credit hours toward general education for most Ivy Tech students, is a 12-week course. It begins Feb. 11 and will be on Wednesdays from 6 to 9:50 p.m. at LEAAP.
Computer Applications for Seniors (CIS287) will be on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks, starting Feb. 12 at LEAAP. It is only for seniors, who can earn two credit hours upon completion of the course.
How to Use a Digital Camera (CIS287) is available for anyone interested in digital photography. It is a four-week course, beginning Feb. 26 at LEAAP. The class will meet each Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and be worth one-half credit hour.
The fee for the classes is $77.20 per credit. There is also a one-time $30 technology fee per class. In other words, if a person chooses to participate in more than one of these courses, they must only pay $30 once. Students already enrolled at Ivy Tech do not have to pay this.
There may also be book fees associated with the classes. More information can be obtained by calling Jessie Samuels at (812) 877-3616, John Rutherford at (812) 298-2339 or toll-free at 1-800-377-4882.
A representative from Ivy Tech State College-Wabash Valley will also be at the LEAAP Center on Feb. 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and register students.