State, program work together to boost completion rates through coaches and more

scholars-completion-higherFall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren’t set to begin for another week, but “college success coaches” from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

“A lot of the challenges Ivy Tech students have are challenges that occur outside the classroom,” said Rachel Dykstra Boon, executive director of retention and completion at Ivy Tech.

The goal of the program, which is being made possible through a $2.4 million grant from USA funds to the Indiana Commission For Higher Education, is to help these students overcome barriers to completing college, she said.

Approximately 2,500 college freshmen at Ivy Tech, Indiana State University and IUPUI will benefit from the coaching opportunity, but the largest number — more than 1,000 — attend Ivy Tech, Boon said.

And more than 100 of those Ivy Tech students come from the East Central Region, of which Anderson is a part, she added.

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