Editorial: Ivy Tech program offers way to get degree faster

The average associate degree program takes two years and costs about $20,000, but Ivy Tech Community College is offering students a chance to shave off time and money.

The Associate Accelerated Program will grant degrees ASAP, an acronym for the education initiative. Students will be able to earn the required 60 community college credits over an intensive 11 months instead of the traditional two-year track, and the tuition bill is less than $8,000.

It’s not a vocational program designed to lead directly to the workforce. Rather, it is a shortcut to a four-year degree. It is not for students who just simply want to get an associate degree and finish.

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