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    Hello guys, I am looking at going back to school for computer science and have been thinking about starting my education at IVY Tech since it close to my home. I am thinking about getting my associates there and bachelor's at Ball State. I plan to go full-time and the funding for it will be through the disabled Veterans program. I took the accuplacer and did well in all areas except I will need a refresher course for Math. Anyone have any ideas or advice?

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    I was in the CIT program at Ivy Tech, graduated from there in 2011 with an AAS in Computer Security. I loved it. I preferred the hybrid classes myself (half online, half in class labs). I took classes downtown and at Lawrence mainly with some scattered in Avon...what advice are you looking for?


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    I have been at Ivy Tech since 2012 for my Business degree. I am taking 4 online classes this summer to finish that up. I loved it. So affordable and my advisers and teachers have been terrific. I do not like online classes. I learn a lot better in the classroom setting, but with my travels online was the only option for me this summer.

    I had to take a 0 level math class as well. Just work hard and you will do good. I still have a 4.0 GPA somehow. I went to the free tutoring they provide and it really helped me get through the difficult(at least for me) Math classes. If you want it. You will be fine.

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    Being an older guy at 42 and have been out of school a while. Do you think IVY Tech is a great place to get re-acclimated to being in school? I would be interested in the free tutoring for Math being dyslexic math is always hard for me to learn. I am looking at the computer science degree. I had originally thought that to get where I want to be I would need to finish at Ball State with a bachelor's degree, but is an associates degree enough to get into a good IT position or would I be better off doing the bachelor's degree right after getting my associates? I will be doing a lot of my classes in Anderson or close by since I live there but would consider the downtown one and Muncie and Marion. I am in a very lucky position being a disabled Veteran and involved in the vocational rehabilitation program. They cover a lot of the costs and give me a living allowance too but I will need to keep at least a 3.0 average. I think I am worried the most about the first semester or two. Also are they flexible with family situations that might come up? I have a child with cystic fibrosis who is on average hospitalized twice a year for up to 3 weeks at a time. I would say like missing one day of school during each hospital stay.

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    This is non Ivy Tech-specific advice, but advice I give anyone going to college/tech/vocational school: make sure your projected career earnings/gain outweigh the cost of education.

    I have friends who spent $60k on degrees to get $30k/year jobs. That's just bad math. Not that we can always help it, given economy and just dumb/bad luck sometimes, but you want to make sure your career field is worth the cost of your education.

    I totally lucked out with mine. Mine should have maybe broken even at most, but I've had some dumb luck I don't really deserve, and have just worked hard every day since to try to keep it in my favor.

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    Being an older guy at 42 and have been out of school a while. Do you think IVY Tech is a great place to get re-acclimated to being in school? I would be interested in the free tutoring for Math being dyslexic math is always hard for me to learn. I am looking at the computer science degree. I had originally thought that to get where I want to be I would need to finish at Ball State with a bachelor's degree, but is an associates degree enough to get into a good IT position or would I be better off doing the bachelor's degree right after getting my associates? I will be doing a lot of my classes in Anderson or close by since I live there but would consider the downtown one and Muncie and Marion. I am in a very lucky position being a disabled Veteran and involved in the vocational rehabilitation program. They cover a lot of the costs and give me a living allowance too but I will need to keep at least a 3.0 average. I think I am worried the most about the first semester or two. Also are they flexible with family situations that might come up? I have a child with cystic fibrosis who is on average hospitalized twice a year for up to 3 weeks at a time. I would say like missing one day of school during each hospital stay.
    Most of the teachers I have had are totally understanding of family situations. If you let them know the situation they will work with you. I know my Econ teacher worked with a few students. The class started at 5:30 and a student didn't get off work until 6:30 and he never penalized the person, and in fact waited on them to do tests. Most of my teachers have been very understanding. Most of my class mates were around your age, the school is more geared toward the adult learner opposed to someone of my age.

    The only complaint I have is how they try to rip you off with books. They have these special Ivy Tech editions and loose leaf paper only books that really get costly. I would say go for it, if you are committed to it you will make it through. I will tell you I was in your position. I took a semester off after HS(I planned to start the next spring). I enrolled in class but ended up dropping because I was not ready for college yet. I ended up staying out of school for nearly 2 years. But if I wouldn't have take the time to fully commit to college I would have probably dropped out after my first semester.

    If you take classes downtown one of the main IT professors is the Ivy Tech Basketball coach. He is a great guy and loves his basketball.

    I am sitting here right now writing a few papers for class . Funny thing is I dreaded HS but I love school now. Taking classes I get to pick and will actually use in the real world. Plus picking my schedule has made learning fun for me.

    Good luck if you decided to do it. It will be worth it.

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    I say go for it! I started back at IUPUI January of last year and I honestly wish I would have done it sooner mainly because I would have been able to use my GI Bill. Without a long and drawn out back story, for me school has been much easier this time around. It's amazing how big of a difference of wanting to be there makes.

    My advice would be to make sure you talk to an adviser and they should be able to answer any questions you have and I would start off slow. You can always add classes in later semesters if your course load isn't enough. I've been going part-time because it allows me to obsess over the two classes I'm taking and learn everything I possibly can about the class. Granted it's going to take me forever and a day to finish school, but I like being able to find ways to apply what I'm learning in real life and that has helped me out a lot.

    Like you, I needed a math refresher too and had to start in the lowest level math that IUPUI offers. It was a nice way to ease back into math classes. There's also a bunch of websites that you can use for math to help you out too. I started using Khan Academy before I started back to help get my mind turning again. It's a free site and they have every level of math you'll need. Plus it's a great site if you get stuck on something and just need to hear it from someone different.

    Good luck man, you can do it!

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    ^^^ Khan Academy is a great resource, and the best thing the free internet has to offer.

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    ^^^ Khan Academy is a great resource, and the best thing the free internet has to offer.
    Agreed. I used his videos a lot to help me in math snx even a few business classes. Plus YouTube is a great resource. A lot of teachers post lectures on there. I also used ITunes University quite a bit. If you need help there are tons of resources.
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    YouTube is awesome too, that's how I passed my Econ class. This chick had a lecture on everything we were covering in class and it just made it 10 times easier to understand the material. If the internet was like it is now back in 2000, I would have finished college the first try.

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    I met with my academic advisor yesterday and developed a fist semester of classes to include math 080 (need a remedial class), Math 111, Database design and management, and Informatics fundamentals. Now to the surgeon later this morning and contacting my voc rehab counselor to get things going.

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    I met with my academic advisor yesterday and developed a fist semester of classes to include math 080 (need a remedial class), Math 111, Database design and management, and Informatics fundamentals. Now to the surgeon later this morning and contacting my voc rehab counselor to get things going.
    good for you, now they are even doing classes where you can take 080 and 123 together(not sure if they do 080 and 111 together). 123 is the new Quantitative Reasoning(it replaced 118). I just took that class, and it was pretty easy, but the reason they added 123 is it transfers to other colleges and 118 doesn't. I also found my best advisor was my business teacher. He recommended I don't see the school advisiors because they don't know as much about the specific degree as the advisers in the particular major.


    080 won't be that bad it is just basic concepts. I breezed through that class same with 123, believe it or not the hardest class I took at Ivy Tech was 023 (I really didn't may attention in HS algebra so it was really hard for me)


    If you are open to going to Indianapolis for 080 I had Doug Nearing for 123(he teaches 080 as well), he was my favorite teacher at Ivy Tech. He was really understanding, and really wanted his students to succeed. Just his passion for teaching got me excited lol.


    Good for you and stick with it you will do great!!

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    I start August 25th at the Anderson IVY Tech. Taking 2 math classes, 1 English, informatics and database design and management. I am super excited about it. The VA is paying for it all and giving me 926 a month in addition of my VA disability check to live on so I don't have to work. It kind of sucks that I have to quit my job at AutoZone but they just implemented a mandatory limit on how many hours a week I can work, a maximum of 25, so I will be putting in my resignation on the 16th so they can have a month to find a replacement. I think that is a fair amount of time to find a manager.

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    I am starting school Monday at the Anderson IVY Tech. Anyone else out there starting too?

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    I'm starting back at IUPUI tomorrow. Sadly, I don't enjoy having the summers off because I get bored and drink way too damn much. Good luck on your first day back in a long time!

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    Today was a great first day of classes, even though three classes in one day makes it rather long. My first class is nearly 4 hours long as well so I start at 9am and go to 520pm. At least tomorrow is one class from 6pm-850pm. So far all of my instructors have been great too. Things have changed a lot in 20 years since I went to college last. I really like the IVY Tech atmosphere with a lot of older adult students there with the young kids.

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    Today was a great first day of classes, even though three classes in one day makes it rather long. My first class is nearly 4 hours long as well so I start at 9am and go to 520pm. At least tomorrow is one class from 6pm-850pm. So far all of my instructors have been great too. Things have changed a lot in 20 years since I went to college last. I really like the IVY Tech atmosphere with a lot of older adult students there with the young kids.
    You must be in the 2 part math class. Where they combine the two classes. I liked ivy tech classes longer but less meetings a week.

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    Yep, my math 080 and math 118 teachers work together and he is kind of like a preparer for us to make sure we get through 118. My 080 class has 8 students and we all are in the 118 next class. Their lesson plans are similar and 080 does not give us extra homework. I think it will pay off for me big time down the road once we get into the stuff that I had long forgotten or never did. This is my first math class in over 20 years and I realize that a lot of problems are done differently now but I get the same answer if I do it the way I was taught versus the new way. I am doing my best to stick to the new way but it can be hard.

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    Yep, my math 080 and math 118 teachers work together and he is kind of like a preparer for us to make sure we get through 118. My 080 class has 8 students and we all are in the 118 next class. Their lesson plans are similar and 080 does not give us extra homework. I think it will pay off for me big time down the road once we get into the stuff that I had long forgotten or never did. This is my first math class in over 20 years and I realize that a lot of problems are done differently now but I get the same answer if I do it the way I was taught versus the new way. I am doing my best to stick to the new way but it can be hard.
    I was in 123 and they taught 080 with it the class before. Everyone in the class who did both parts said thd material is pretty much the same in both. That is good for retention. Those classes aren't bad at all.

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    Well, I made it through the first week of school. All of my teachers are great and I am on top of the homework. It is gonna be nice having no classes on Fridays. I still have to get a few things from the bookstore but I still have a $400 credit and I have a lot of stuff already so I guess more paper and printer ink. It looks like I will be using a lot of both in English class. I gotta use it before the 10th or I lose it.

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    I found Ivy Tech to be a complete waste of time. They do not pay teachers well enough to have qualified individuals teaching the highly technical skills that some courses and careers require. The majorty of my technical classes were taught by a teacher who did nothing more than pop in the PowerPoint presentation that comes with the teachers manual and read it word for word. When I would ask a question they could not answer it. When I needed help in the electrical labs they could not provide it. Additionally many of my teachers would give people who turned their work in late full credit which is a complete slap in the face to those who work hard to get it in on time.
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    I don't know about then or your campus but here in Anderson so far all teachers I have had have been very good at answering technical questions, but all of my technical classes have been taught by full time teachers and not adjunct teachers. Even in the other classes both of my teacher are retired teachers that teach adjunct. They seem to be doing well so far comparing my first go around in college 20 years ago where I got my bachelor's in psychology. They do have a new strict policy on not taking late assignments and a very strict attendance policy. I am a person that takes great pride on getting everything done on time and doing very well, but that is the military in me. I especially like having quick e-mail access to my teachers and having them respond with my question quickly. The free tutoring and close proximity and availability were attractive as well.

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    I don't know about then or your campus but here in Anderson so far all teachers I have had have been very good at answering technical questions, but all of my technical classes have been taught by full time teachers and not adjunct teachers. Even in the other classes both of my teacher are retired teachers that teach adjunct. They seem to be doing well so far comparing my first go around in college 20 years ago where I got my bachelor's in psychology. They do have a new strict policy on not taking late assignments and a very strict attendance policy. I am a person that takes great pride on getting everything done on time and doing very well, but that is the military in me. I especially like having quick e-mail access to my teachers and having them respond with my question quickly. The free tutoring and close proximity and availability were attractive as well.
    I had all good professors as well. I did have professors who passed all the students. I try to worry about myself and not others. I will beat those people out in the job market because I am professional, and they get by. The issue with a state school is funding. My mom who works for Ivy Tech is pressured from higher ups to pass students not to screw up funding. Every state school is the same way. They want their funding. My mom runs one of the programs that will actually fail students.

    But IU, Indiana State, all the state schools are the exact same way they want the funding so they will kick you out or pass you through to keep getting state funds.

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    I have really been busting my rump so far and it is starting to show. I checked my grades today and 4 of my 5 classes have reported their grades so far and I am getting A's in all of the 4 classes. The only one not reported was English and I am expecting around a B. So far so good. I gotta have at least a 3.0 for the VA program.

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