Local News Headlines: April 10, 2024

Indiana high schoolers can earn college credits for free this summer through Ivy Tech Community College
Indiana high school students can get a head start on earning college credits for free this summer from Ivy Tech Community College. For the fourth year, Ivy Tech’s 19 campuses across the state will offer free tuition and textbooks to all eligible Indiana high school students.

To enroll in free summer courses at Ivy Tech, students must be Indiana residents at any high school in the state – including eighth graders entering ninth grade in the fall, graduating seniors, homeschool students, and students at adult high schools. Students who qualify for free summer courses will receive free tuition and textbooks. Courses are available from Ivy Tech’s more than 70 academic programs designed for Indiana’s high-wage, in-demand jobs. Many courses are included in the state’s Core Transfer Library, which ensures students can transfer their credits to public in-state institutions and most private and out-of-state institutions.

Offering free summer courses is part of a series of Ivy Tech initiatives aimed at increasing college going rates of youth and young adults in Indiana. Research finds students who earn college credit while in high school are more likely to enroll in college, stay enrolled in college until they graduate, and complete a credential or degree on time or early.

The free summer program complements Crossing the Finish Line, a similar state initiative that helps students who are just a few credits away from completing a credential do so at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University for free during the summer.

In addition to offering free summer courses, Ivy Tech is the state’s leading awarder of dual credit and the Indiana College Core, a block of 30 credit hours of general education coursework that is guaranteed to transfer between all public state colleges and universities, as well as some private institutions. In this academic year alone, Ivy Tech’s dual credit and dual enrollment offerings have saved Hoosier students and families more than $109 million.

In summer 2023, more than 4,000 high schoolers enrolled in free Ivy Tech courses across the state. Interested students and their families can learn more about how to enroll in the program at IvyTech.edu/FreeCourses.

Indiana University pro-Hamas demonstration leads to arrest
A group gathered on Monday afternoon at the IU Cox Arboretum during the Total Solar Eclipse activities to march against Israel’s defense against the international terrorist organization Hamas, and according to reports, were repeatedly warned that they were being disruptive for reserved activities.

The group was told of the disruptions and advised of other available locations where they could continue their protest, and that failure to comply could lead to the handling of the matter by Campus Police. The group did not listen to University Officials, and were eventually approached by Police for their disruptive activities, including the use of a megaphone which was intrusive to the officially scheduled activities.

Police detained two students and one other that was reportedly not affiliated with the university. Charges will not be filed against these individuals, although a fourth, also not associated with IU, was arrested on Suspicion of Disorderly Conduct

Indiana Attorney General to confront manufacturers of toxic PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals,’ during live, virtual event
Attorney General Todd Rokita will announce a new lawsuit against companies that, contrary to law, continued manufacturing substances known as “forever chemicals” despite possessing overwhelming evidence the substances posed serious health risks.

The virtual event will take place at 2pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 To participate, log on to Facebook to join the live feed on Attorney General Todd Rokita’s page. No RSVP is required. We encourage all citizens and media to join.

Resources For Indiana Artists

Resources for Your Arts-Based Small Business
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost business advising, training, referrals, and a library of cultivated tools and resources to help businesses succeed. The Indiana SBDC was established in 1985 with funding support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and State of Indiana and has worked with over 50,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses. With a network of 10 regional offices throughout the state, the Indiana SBDC helps Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter. Learn more about the Indiana SBDC.

Free Legal Assistance for Artists and Small Arts Organizations
Pro Bono Indiana’s (IndianaLegalHelp.org) Lawyers for the Arts project provides legal assistance at no cost to artists and small arts organizations. To obtain help, please call 812.402.6303. Calls from artists and small arts organizations are taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-noon. Support for this service is provided by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

Promote Your Event on the Indiana Statewide Events Calendar
Looking for a free and easy way to promote your arts event to tourists and locals throughout the state and beyond? List your arts event for free on the events calendar at Visit Indiana. Event listings must include a photo, description, street address, and website link. The event may go live up to 9 months prior to the event start date and remain live until the last date of the event. View the event calendar or submit your event to be displayed on the calendar

This Week in Hoosier History


1962 – Robert Wise won Academy Awards for best director and best picture for West Side Story. Born in Winchester, Indiana, he attended Franklin College. In Hollywood, he became an acclaimed film editor, producer, and director. He also won Oscars in 1965 for best director and best picture for The Sound of Music.

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