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Batesville senior earns diploma, 4 certificates through Ivy Tech

Updated: 5 days ago

Associates Degree and several certificates

(BATESVILLE, Ind.)  – One Batesville High School student is getting a massive jump start on her college experience and expenses.


18-year-old Gracie Meyer graduated from Ivy Tech Batesville/Lawrenceburg on Friday with five different achievements.


She earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science in General Studies, Certificate in Computer-Aided Design, Certificate in Mechanical Design, Technical Certificate in Design Technology and a Technical Certificate in Indiana College Core.


She said she is not alone as there are several other high school students earning more than one diploma or certificate.


“There’s a whole list of them, there are several graduating with as many as I have for all different things, from Indiana College Core to certificates,” Meyer said. 


Gracie will attend Ball State with more than 50 percent of the credits needed to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. 


Her plan is to knock them out before earning a Masters in Architecture within five years. 


“I want to be an architect and specifically work on designing buildings, mostly residential, but I am not opposed to working on commercial buildings,” she said.  


She says her experience at the local Ivy Tech campus was great and that she is fortunate to go to Batesville.


Batesville Community School Corporation covers 100 percent of tuition for their students who attend Ivy Tech, while the non-profit Batesville Community Education Foundation pays for the tests students take to earn their certifications.

Gracie after Ivy Tech graduation on Friday

“I liked it a lot and to get these opportunities, I don’t think they exist at every other school. One part I liked the most was the PLTW classes I’ve been in, they have been a really fun part of my high school years and helped me realize what I truly want to learn,” she said. 


Meyer is also offering advice to younger students who are undecided about their future.


“If you’re interested in college, or even if you’re not, you can get a lot of credits out of the way while in high school. You can already get an Associates Degree and do what you want to do. Work with your counselors, take dual credits and find something you’re interested in,” Meyer said. 


Meyer was one of approximately 83 high school students who graduated with an Ivy Tech degree or certificate on Friday.

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