Attending college under normal circumstances is a challenge, especially for those who are simultaneously working to pay for tuition or support family members, as many IU South Bend students do. And attending college during a pandemic? Consider them multiplied.
In 2015 when IU South Bend leaders and partners assessed the high-demand health careers in the Michiana region, the results were clear: speech language pathologists were needed most, with occupational therapists a close second. Around the same time, the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust, with an interest in supporting the advanced health sciences, partnered with IU South Bend on a donation agreement that named the College of Health Sciences and led to scholarships and other support. With this infusion of growth and backing, leaders set out to create new graduate programs to fill the local demand for speech and occupational therapists.