“I would love to see more employers offer that and help the job progress,” McMahan said. “We would love to work with employers and help set up employment.”
McMahan said going to school locally compared favorably with the average four-year bachelor’s experience at schools like Purdue University, Indiana University and Ball State University, where the average cost of a four-year degree is $70,000. At Ivy Tech and Trine, someone can earn their bachelor’s degree in Logansport for $20,000, she explained.
McMahan said community partnerships are important. She also tries to employ adjuncts that are members of the community who would help network and provide employment for students.
“Out of 10 graduates this spring, I know of four who gained employment in Cass County,” McMahan said.
Trine University Logansport offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. McMahan said there has been confusion about what Trine University Logansport is because it shares the building with the Cass-Logansport Education Attainment Resource and the alternative high school. She said this is the first time for a locally seated university to offer a master’s degree in Logansport.
McMahan said Logansport is in a unique situation because it has both Ivy Tech and Trine University available. The colleges have a written agreement and Trine University accepts all Ivy Tech credits.
“Sometimes there is a misconception that Trine and Ivy Tech are in competition. That is the furthest from the truth,” McMahan said. “My goal is when each student graduate with a degree they either gain employment or experience employment growth. We want them to experience this in our community.”
Another way to help this graduation rate is to help students determine earlier what they would enjoy doing as a career.
This year Logansport Community School Corporation worked with middle-school students to help them determine earlier what career path they would enjoy, Superintendent Michele Starkey said.