Baylee Johnson discusses some of the key education points for their lesson on Wednesday in the Ivy Tech Building on High Street for the ASAP program. Ivy Tech Community College's new ASAP program allows students to earn a two-year associate degree in just one year by attending class full-time year round, and following a transfer to Ball State, can complete their degrees in a total of three years.
Baylee Johnson discusses some of the key education points for their lesson on Wednesday in the Ivy Tech Building on High Street for the ASAP program. Ivy Tech Community College's new ASAP program allows students to earn a two-year associate degree in just one year by attending class full-time year round, and following a transfer to Ball State, can complete their degrees in a total of three years.
MUNCIE— Only 3.8 percent of full-time Ivy Tech Community College students complete their degrees on time (within two years), but Baylee Johnson and 20 other Ivy Tech students at the Muncie campus are aiming to graduate after only one year.

“It’s a full-time job, pretty much,” says Johnson, an elementary education major enrolled in an accelerated associate degree program called ASAP.

She attends classes from 9 a.m. until 4:50 p.m. the first four days of the week, then spends Friday job shadowing at Apple Tree YMCA Child Development Center. She takes Saturdays off but works an eight-hour shift at a McDonald’s restaurant on Sundays.

After earning her two-year associate degree in only one year, Johnson can enroll as a junior at Ball State University, where she plans to complete her bachelor’s degree.

“I automatically get a slot at Ball State,” says Johnson, who graduated from Southside High School this past June 17 and started taking ASAP classes at Ivy Tech the next morning.

If everything goes according to plan, she will graduate from BSU just three years after leaving high school. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
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