Last week I had the privilege of participating in the first trainer certification for postsecondary educators. The training was hosted by Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana and was led by Bethanie Tucker, Karla Krodel, and Philip DeVol, consultants for aha! Process. While the training focused primarily on Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, Investigations into Economic Class in America was introduced to the group as well. I was so impressed with the knowledge base and interest of this group of educators. It was really exciting to hear their comments and thoughts as they assimilated the information.

A highlight of the training included a brief presentation by an executive director of an agency using the Bridges materials and two Getting Ahead graduates who shared their experiences of life before and after participating in Getting Ahead. This training is a statewide initiative coordinated by the director of training and development at the central office on behalf of all 23 Ivy Tech campus sites.

We applaud Ivy Tech for being at the forefront in working systemically for the benefit of their under-resourced students and look forward to our continued collaboration with them. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated, planned, coordinated, and led these three days of learning!


-Donna Magee