Ivy Tech alumnus Kaleb Wagers graduates debt-free, continues education

Wagers now preparing to teach abroad through Indiana University’s Global Gateway for Teachers program

BLOOMINGTON – Kaleb Wagers, graduate of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, graduated in May 2016 with his Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) Technical Certificate, and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University Bloomington. The TGEC is a popular credential among Ivy Tech students who are transfer-bound because it allows students to transfer their 30 TGEC credits to any Indiana public institution. Like many Ivy Tech students, Wagers graduated from Ivy Tech and started his first semester at a four-year university debt-free.

Wagers was home-schooled in Oolitic, Indiana and began attending Ivy Tech after graduating from high school.

“I chose Ivy Tech because there were just so many advantages,” said Wagers. “I had the option of living at home and I didn’t have to move anywhere or stay in a dorm. Ivy Tech afforded me a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. My primary goals were to get through my first two years of college debt-free and to transfer all of my Ivy Tech credits to a four-year university in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree. I am proud to say that both of these goals have been realized due to the comparatively low costs of attending Ivy Tech and the many transferable credits that Ivy Tech has to offer.”

Wagers excelled academically at Ivy Tech and was awarded the Bloomington Rotary Club Scholarship, the Patricia P. Brown Elementary Education Scholarship, the Hutton Honor Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

“One of the primary reasons that I was competitive for scholarships was because I was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,” said Wagers. “Thanks to PTK, I was able to join the All-Indiana Academic Team. The scholarships combined with the low tuition allowed me to remain solvent and debt-free during my time at Ivy Tech.”

Wagers was also involved in Ivy Tech student life and community service. In March of 2016, he traveled to San Miguel, Guatemala with eight other students, through Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break program and worked alongside the local coffee cooperative, De La Gente.

“My time at Ivy Tech has been a rich and rewarding experience,” said Wagers. “From the Ivy Tech day at the Statehouse, to the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, to the Alternative Spring Break in Guatemala; I have had some amazing opportunities to grow as a student and to meet new and inspiring people.”

Wagers began taking classes at Indiana University before graduating from Ivy Tech, received a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship to IU, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2016. At Indiana University, he is involved in the Global Gateway for Teachers program that is preparing him to student teach abroad for two months during his final semester, in fall 2018.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s Transfer General Education Core, visit www.ivytech.edu/core. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.