Ivy Tech Community College has created a position to oversee the Franklin campus and work with local companies to be sure programs will help students get jobs.
The college named Franklin College graduate Tina Gross, who has been campus executive director for three years and worked for Ivy Tech for 20 years, to be the first Franklin campus president. She is one of several new campus presidents Ivy Tech is naming this week as part of administrative restructuring the community college is doing across the state.
Students shouldn’t notice the changes because they are internal and administrative, impacting, for example, the boundary lines of the Ivy Tech region where Franklin’s campus is located, Gross said. That means, for instance, that Indianapolis Ivy Tech recruiters will go Indian Creek schools to talk to students rather than community college staffers from Columbus, she said.
As president of the Franklin campus, Gross will focus on building relationships with local business leaders and fundraising.
She will meet with local employers, such as Endress+Hauser in Greenwood and KYB and NSK in Franklin, to gauge whether Ivy Tech’s programs help
students get jobs and to find out what training and experience companies are looking for in potential job candidates. The campus will be able to tailor its programs to fit the job needs in the community, she said.
Gross also will raise money for scholarships, such as the two one-time scholarships the Caterpillar Foundation gave students in 2013. She will work to continue finding similar opportunities for students by meeting with business leaders.
She also will raise money for building projects, such as the completion of Ivy Tech’s 30,000-square-foot building in Franklin. The community college plans to renovate 9,000 square feet of the building, adding classrooms, science labs and offices. The work will allow Ivy Tech to add more degree programs and staff who will help students
with financial aid and career counseling.
In her role as executive director, Gross oversaw the community college’s full-time staff of 10 people in Franklin and the day-to-day operations at the campus. She will continue to manage the campus staff, but a director will manage daily operations.
She also will continue working with campus groups such as the student government, mentoring students and trying to find internship opportunities for them.