Ivy Tech was founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College in order to provide technical and vocational education for various industries and was rechartered as a system of vocational technical schools in 2005. The name "Ivy Tech" derives from an initialism (I.V. Tech) of the school's original name. The name was officially changed to Ivy Tech State College in 1995.
In 1999, Ivy Tech entered into a partnership with Vincennes University to form the Community College of Indiana. The partnership ended in 2005 and Ivy Tech was rechartered as a system of community colleges, and renamed Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. In 2008, the Indiana University system agreed to shift most of its associate (2-year) degrees to the Ivy Tech Community College System.
Ivy Tech is a full-service community college, offering over 150 academic programs and concentrations for career development certificates, technical certificates, and associate degrees. Offerings vary by campus and are divided into four divisions: Business and Public Services, Health Science, Technology, and University/Transfer. Ivy Tech's average class size is only about 22 students.