By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
---- — MUNCIE — Ivy tech Community College is extending the application deadline for a special program that allows students to earn an associate degree in 11 months.
The deadline to apply for the program was originally March 15, but applications for the intensive program will now be accepted until June 1, college officials said.
It's called the Associate Accelerated Program, or ASAP, and began in Indianapolis and three other campuses around the state in 2010, and is now expanding to Muncie and Anderson.
At Anderson, students will earn an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, essentially earning two years worth of college credits before transferring to a four-year school as a junior, said Josh Arthur, ASAP regional director for the East Central Region.
At the Muncie campus, students will earn an associate degree concentrating on elementary education. That program is designed for students to transfer seamlessly into Ball State University's elementary education teaching program.
The ASAP degree is geared toward two kinds of students with enrollment limited to 30 students at each campus.
The first group of students already has a sense of direction and will take the liberal arts track because it's a less costly alternative to a typical four-year school, Arthur said.
The second group of students is highly capable, but need additional mentoring and support, he added.
Classes in the ASAP program are kept small, and there will be designated space at the Ebbertt Education Center on 38th Street for classes, offices and space for students to study together.
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