Career Cost Featured 

NEVER TOO LATE FOR A NEW DIRECTION

Alwyn Lee wanted to earn her college degree so badly that she vowed she would do whatever it took.  “I had started and stopped so many times,” she said. “I wanted toachieve it.” Earning that degree took a lot of work—no surprise—but it didn’t require student loans. And when Lee turns 50 in 2021, it will be as a college graduate without student debt. Lee’s decision to return to pursue her degree was not taken lightly. She was unable to work due to disability, had struggles with mental illness, and…

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Colleges & Schools Featured 

The Practical Guide to Getting In

Thinking about taking the plunge into new career training or a degree program? Some practical first steps: Narrow your career focus as much as possible. Maybe you’ve been thinking about switching into a health career field, but you’re not exactly sure what you’d like to do. Do some research on your own through the career portal indianacareerexplorer.com to narrow down your career interests and educational requirements.  Narrow your educational options. Cost, location, convenience, reputation—all these factors matter when choosing to invest your time and money in a degree or certificate…

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Career Prep 

More Career Moves

Volunteer. Volunteering can boost your confidence and skills while you build professional connections and deepen your relationship with your community. Seek out groups and associations that relate to your career and ask to join a committee or dedicate your time and talent to a local civic cause. If you don’t know what to do with your life, just help someone—it benefits everyone. Grab a coffee (even virtually). If there’s someone you admire, consider reaching out about grabbing coffee in person (wear your mask!) or schedule a phone or video chat.…

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Career Cost Featured 

Ivy Tech Partners With McDonald’s to Fund Employee Education

McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed up for McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program to make college more affordable and offer training at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses. Restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes,…

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Career Prep 

COVID Career Creativity

In 2020, everyone had spring and summer plans that changed, in just a matter of weeks. For Hoosier native Ally Bacon, that meant leaving Milan, Italy—near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak—and cutting short her Indiana University spring study abroad program. Sent home and quarantined for two weeks, Bacon soon learned that her summer apparel merchandising internship in New York City had also been cancelled, leaving her without a key professional experience entering her senior year. “I thought, ‘I need to think of something I can do in my house…

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