Ashley Wehner Named Ivy Tech Madison President’s Award for Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction

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Ivy Tech Madison has over 50 dual-credit high school instructors in Jefferson and Switzerland counties

Madison, Ind. – Ashley Wehner, an agriculture teacher at Switzerland County High School, was selected as the recipient of the first President’s Award for Excellence in Dual-Credit Teaching from the Ivy Tech Madison campus. On June 8 in Carmel, Wehner will be recognized by Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, as one of 19 statewide recipients. Wehner’s academic and teaching achievements will also be highlighted. The evening will conclude with the announcement of the 2022 Statewide Award winner. “Our dual credit faculty work tirelessly to ensure high-quality content and instruction aligned with post-secondary education,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, vice president of K-14 initiatives and statewide partnerships. “We are honored to be able to recognize dual credit instructors statewide with this prestigious award. Wehner was nominated by an Ivy Tech faculty member for her energetic teaching style, creative engagement in the classroom and the relationships she develops with her colleagues and students.” I was very shocked and speechless when I learned that I was receiving this award. I was so surprised that I had to read the email several times! she says. Andrea McDole, director of K-14 initiatives at the Ivy Tech Madison campus, said this award is similar to that given to full-time and adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech and is one of Ivy Tech’s most important awards. Community College. “We are thrilled to honor Ashley as the first recipient of this prestigious award,” she said. “Ashley represents the exceptional commitment and dedication of our dual credit faculty to bringing the university to students, opening the door to opportunities students may never have. conceived. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education, Wehner has taught dual-credit courses at SCHS for seven years. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Career and Technical Education at Purdue University. “I decided in the first year of high school while taking agriculture classes that I wanted to become a teacher,” she said, “As a high school student, the classroom was my home away from home. home, and FFA changed me. I was a quiet kid and it really took me out of my shell. I even ran to become an FFA state officer. In addition to teaching, Wehner is an FFA advisor of Switzerland County and works with students through the national organization FFA. She volunteers for the Switzerland County 4-H program, is chair of the Switzerland County Extension Board of Directors and is a member of the Wirt Baptist Church. She is also a co-owner of Family Time Catering and raises her own herd of Shorthorn cattle. Wehner teaches 5 dual credit courses in agriculture at SCHS, which gives up to 15 college credits for secondary school students Students who participate in these courses can also ment to obtain diplomas during their secondary studies, including the certificate of management of the agro-industry and the certificate of management of the horticulture/landscape. They can earn an associate’s degree in agriculture at nearby Ivy Tech campuses or transfer their credit to other institutions. Students can begin earning dual credit from Ivy Tech as early as their freshman year of high school. “Dual credit gives students a great opportunity to work on their college studies in high school, and it saves them time and money,” Wehner said, “Many of our students will need to work full time after high school, and it gives them a foundation to build on. I encourage my students to take as many dual credit courses as possible, whether it’s my agriculture courses or English and math They really give students a boost SCHS has 7 teachers who offer 27 dual credit classes This year 24 SCHS seniors earned Ivy Tech degrees through a combination of dual credit courses at SCHS and dual-enrollment courses at Ivy Tech Madison. Ivy Tech Madison has more than 50 dual-credit instructors at high schools in Jefferson and Switzerland counties, as well as the Southeastern Career Center and Indiana Digita l Learning School. In the 2021-2022 school year, Ivy Tech Madison awarded nearly 8,000 college credit hours to 1,010 dual-credit high school students, saving families more than $1 million in tuition fees. Wehner realizes the impact his classes can have on students. “Although agriculture is my passion and I teach daily, I hope my students get more out of my class than just how to grow crops, raise livestock and conserve natural resources. I strive to help them develop their leadership skills, grow as individuals, and practice the professional skills needed to create the future they want and deserve. About Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public post-secondary institution and the largest statewide system of accredited community colleges, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission . Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students each year online. It serves as the state’s workforce development engine, offering short-term associate’s degree and certificate programs, as well as training that matches community needs. The College also offers associate degree courses and programs that transfer seamlessly to other Indiana colleges and universities, as well as out of state, for a more affordable path to a bachelor’s degree. .

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