Ivy Tech Community College Launching Career Coaching and Employer Connections Program


Evansville, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College will host a Grand Opening for the new Career Coaching and Employer Connections program Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. The event will be streamed statewide through the IvyEvents app while all 19 campuses host an in-person celebration.

Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal said that Ivy Tech developed the program, which brings together career development and employer outreach to meet the needs of the workforce. “Most importantly, with the student in mind, it creates a cohesive model for student and employer engagement,” Vidal said. “This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience.”

Vic Chamness, executive director of the CCEC, said the college partnered with Ascend Indiana and studied gaps in current processes, to determine improvements, ultimately resulting in the creation of this unique model.

“As the Community College for Southwest Indiana, we have aligned more staff, programs and resources to the needs of our local workforce,” Chamness said. “Ultimately, through CCEC, we will empower our students to make informed decisions about their future while creating strong connections with employers and for transfer opportunities.”

For students, the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program will provide the opportunity for:

  • Creation of a Career Development Portfolio. Students will showcase why an employer should hire them and will include resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work and learn experiences, and the professional network and connections they have built with support from their CCEC team.
  • Career Coaching. Focused, one-to-one relationship to help the student determine the right steps for their career path that match their values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Work and Learn. Opportunities to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student, such as working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a human resources team in a healthcare organization.

For employers, the CCEC program also helps to find top talent for employers workforce needs and/or skill-up current employees with custom training. By closely aligning the student experience and employer needs, the CCEC program will meet the specific skills and training needs of employers in Indiana, and neighboring states.

For additional information regarding the Evansville campus

Evansville Campus Contact:

Dr. Vic Chamness, CCEC Executive Director