Heartland Advances Learning Opportunities for Employees

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Heartland has helped 11 Heartland employees earn their associate degrees in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College, one the largest institution of higher education in Indiana and the nation’s largest single-accredited statewide community college system.

Heartland established a program for employees in 2011 to aid them in earning two-year and four-year college degrees. A total of 10 employees comprise Heartland’s first group of graduates from Ivy Tech in May 2015. One Heartland employee earned their associate degree a year earlier.

Eight Heartland employees and Ivy Tech students graduated with honors. The three levels of honors are summa cum laude for a 4.00 grade point average (GPA); magna cum laude for 3.75 to 3.99 GPA; and cum laude for 3.50 to 3.74 GPA.

The 11 Heartland employees earning an associate degree, including their hometown and academic honor, are:

  • Brian Carson, Clarksville, Ind., cum laude;

  • Robert Erwin, Louisville, Ky., summa cum laude;

  • Sara Estes, Clarksville, Ind., summa cum laude;

  • Tiffany Franks, Palmyra, Ind.;

  • Jason Gentry, Jeffersonville, Ind., summa cum laude;

  • Aaron Hargett, Clarksville, Ind.;

  • Jana Keen, Sellersburg, Ind., magna cum laude;

  • Shawn Lasseter, New Albany, Ind., summa cum laude;

  • Karri Lewis, Clarksville, Ind., cum laude;

  • Jennifer Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., cum laude; and

  • Ashley Wilson, Jeffersonville, Ind.


Heartland offers tuition, books and free classes to all full-time employees based in their Jeffersonville, Ind. service center. Classes are held at the Heartland facilities in Jeffersonville. Classes are taught by faculty members of Ivy Tech Community College.

“Our employees are the most important asset we have at Heartland. Without them, none of our accomplishments would be possible,” said Robert O. Carr, chairman and chief executive officer, Heartland. “I’m delighted to work with 11 Heartlanders who worked extremely hard to earn their associate degrees and many are on their way to extending their collegiate experiences. We applaud them for their outstanding efforts in the Ivy Tech classroom.”

“11 Heartland colleagues have reached a major milestone in their educational journeys,” said Chris Hargett, senior director of training, Heartland. “They have sacrificed a great deal in their personal lives to focus on earning their degrees, all while working full-time at our Heartland Service Center. We are proud of them and of their accomplishment.”

“On behalf of Ivy Tech Community College, I congratulate the 11 Heartland employees on earning their associate degrees in business administration and encourage them to remain involved in advancing the Ivy Tech cause,” said Thomas J. Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “Heartland is to be commended for offering their employees the opportunity to advance their educational dreams through a tuition-free program conducted by our outstanding faculty at Heartland’s service center in Jeffersonville.”