BLOOMINGTON – Travis Hudson is pursuing his associate degree in business administration through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree™ program. Hudson is a process engineer at Singota Solutions, a local company that has partnered with Ivy Tech to offer Achieve Your Degree to its employees.
In contrast with tuition reimbursement programs, Achieve Your Degree is a tuition deferral program that allows working adults to earn a college certificate or associate degree with no upfront cost to them.
“The tuition deferral has been a huge positive,” Travis Hudson said. “It is also helpful to have an advisor in the Achieve Your Degree program who is available 24/7. Doing all of my classes online is great, but having an advisor who is always willing to come meet me at work has really helped.”
Prior to enrolling at Ivy Tech, Hudson was a student at Indiana University but did not complete a degree.
“Before Ivy Tech, I started for a little while at IU. I had done a little bit of everything: I was an art major, I studied geography, and inclusive recreation,” Hudson said. “All these years I was paying monthly on financial aid. Every month as I was making my payment I was thinking I wasn’t getting anything out of it.”
Hudson eventually decided to enroll at Ivy Tech for business administration because it would benefit his career at Singota Solutions.
“I wanted to broaden my overall expertise and knowledge,” Hudson said. “I believe that earning a degree will open up doors for me internally and I want to continue to improve.”
Hudson has now been a process engineer at Singota Solutions for ten years. His work is focused on supply chain management and project management.
“I am the internal link between our operations teams and clients on the outside,” Hudson said. “The classes at Ivy Tech related to customer service and interpersonal interaction have been helpful. The training helps you understand how the same message might come across differently to different people, and how to improve your communication.”
Hudson encourages Ivy Tech students to earn degrees that will benefit them in their lives.
“If I could tell students one thing, it would be to keep going,” Hudson said. “I’ve stopped before and regretted it for 10 years, always knowing if I got the opportunity to start again, I would.”
Hudson will be able to complete his associate degree entirely online and is on track to graduate in fall 2018.
Employers can learn more about Achieve Your Degree by contacting Jessica Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 330-6349. More information about Achieve Your Degree can be found online at ivytech.edu/achieveyourdegree.