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Workforce Partners

Ivy Tech Community College

IHCA/INCAL partners with Ivy Tech Community College to assist our members in training and educating the long term care workforce. Ivy Tech has more than 40 locations, and teaches classes in more than 75 communities. Ivy Tech has grown to become the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana and offers hands-on experience with some of the state’s most advanced technologies and training facilities, plus the convenience of more than 1,000 online classes, and the attention that comes with a small average class size of 22.

As partners, IHCA/INCAL and Ivy Tech work to:

  1. Heighten awareness of long term care career opportunities and pathways
  2. Increase enrollment and output of CNAs, QMAs and other entry-level LTC students
  3. Increase enrollment and output of LPNs and RNs with an interest in LTC
  4. Increase number of nursing faculty with LTC experience and make connections to LTC facilities through clinical rotations
Ivy Tech

Achieve Your Degree Program

Companies that offer tuition benefits to their employees or institutions with access to funding for their members are uniquely positioned to partner with Ivy Tech to offer the Achieve Your Degree Program (AYD) and assist employees to pursue their education with minimal up-front cost to the student.

Ivy Tech assists students with the college and financial aid application process and defers billing until the end of the semester – ensuring students take advantage of any financial aid opportunities they qualify for. Company tuition plans then cover the balance per company policy. 

In-state tuition is offered to all students regardless of their primary residence. A combination of face to face and distance education courses ensures that students can maintain their work schedule while attending classes.

Cohorts of IVYT Student Success courses are created for Achieve Your Degree Students in order to provide communication and services to students’ unique needs.

Click here to learn more about the AYD program, or contact Mary Anne Sloan, Ivy Tech Vice President for Healthcare, Office of Workforce Alignment at, or 317-921-4421.

Ivy Tech

Long Term Care Specialist Certificate

In 2018 Ivy Tech Community College and IHCA/INCAL developed a new credential, Long Term Care Specialist Certificate, to meet the increasing demand for bedside caregivers in long term care facilities.

Ivy Tech has long offered training programs for CNAs, however the looming workforce crisis created a need to formalize CNAs career pathways.

The Long Term Care Specialist certificate program creates a foundation for CNAs to continue their education in nursing or other health care related occupations.

The certificate program offers  individuals the opportunity to obtain their CNA and continue their education by earning certifications in:

  • dementia care
  • restorative care
  • qualified medical assistant and 
  • meal planning

Ivy Tech collaborated with long term care employer members of IHCA/INCAL to develop the stair-stepped approach for the sector’s entry-level direct care employees. Individuals are able to move along a career pathway under one credit-bearing program that also offers them the ability to cross-walk existing on-the-job-training within a long term care setting.

IHCA/INCAL members have the option to enroll their employees into this certificate program through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree (AYD) program at no additional cost to the employee. AYD allows employers to provide tuition reimbursement on a deferral basis to their employees, along with concierge services for enrollment, financial aid, and advising. Training received as part of the Long Term Care Specialist Certificate may also be eligible for reimbursement under the NextLevel Jobs Employer Training Grant program.

Those interested in this program may contact their local Ivy Tech campus for enrollment information. Long term care employees should check with their employer to determine AYD or tuition reimbursement eligibility.


Future Health Professionals

IHCA/INCAL partners with Indiana HOSA to provide member students from junior high, high school and college chapters throughout the state with opportunities to develop as leaders and a future health professionals.

IHCA/INCAL members can connect with Indiana HOSA students and chapter advisors in a number of ways, including:

  • Investing time as a volunteer or judge at the annual Indiana HOSA State Leadership Conference.
  • Hosting an educational symposium at the Indiana HOSA Annual State Leadership Conference
  • Exhibiting at a conference, placing an ad in a conference program or advertising in the Indiana HOSA’s magazine.


Learn more about Indiana HOSA
CNAOnline Training

Academic Platforms

IHCA/INCAL is pleased to partner with Academic Platforms to offer CNAOnline  – a hybrid program that prepares students to pass the certification exam and enter the workforce as the most highly-qualified CNAs in the field. The CNAOnline coursework incorporates professional instructors for online and in-person clinical training to work with students throughout the course.  CNAOnline also provides practice tests, study guides, and quizzes, fully preparing students to become certified CNAs. The program’s real-time data analytics show student progress and help long term care providers determine early in the course which students are the best candidates for their team.


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