When Tim Becker graduates from Ivy Tech Community College at the end of this year, he'll plunge into the job market.
After about two years on the Lafayette campus, he expects that the computer certifications he earned will entice employers and land him a stable position.
"I'm pretty confident what I've learned and been taught will help me find a job," he said this past week.
Becker's career path, should it pan out as expected, is the kind of news Ivy Tech leaders hold up as an example of what the college is all about. But these days, stresses within the statewide community college system, where enrollment is growing faster than funding, could make it difficult for more students to follow unless fixes are found.