Get Set at IVCC






Readiness for college isn’t just about academics.  It’s about knowing college lingo, processes, and resources.  It’s about having the right technology skills.  It’s about feeling a meaningful connection to people at the college.  It’s about knowing how to manage yourself, your time, and your tasks, especially when college isn’t the only important aspect of your life.   

Are you ready for college? 

If you are, great!  If not, you are like a lot of other people who start at IVCC – nervous and doubtful, but hopeful that this will be the start of something life- changing.   If you are ready to go, but want some support as you start, Get Set might be the pre-college experience for you. 

Get Set helps new or returning students: 

  • Build college knowledge and connections to resources 
  • Gain confidence with basic technology needed at IVCC 
  • Brush up on general academic strategies like time management, note taking, and test preparation 
  • Develop new relationships 
  • Learn about coping strategies to thrive at college  

Get Set is: 

  • Free for students, and offering monetary incentives for participation  
  • Intended to build ongoing support and relationships within the college, so participants will be paired with a mentor that they will meet with regularly throughout the semester 
  • Intended for students who are often under-represented and under-served at college (such as low income, first generation, or within a minority group) or if you simply want support to begin or re-launch your college career
  • Launching in Janurary. The class is in-person only, and attendance at all sessions is required
  • Offered either as a morning section or an afternoon section. Morning session meets January 4, 5, 6 from 9 am to 1 pm. Afternoon session meets January 9, 10, 11 from 3:30-7:30 pm 
  • A grant-funded pilot project, so seats are limited at this time. Thirty seats are available


The goal of Get Set is to help learners proactively build college readiness skills, strategies, and relationships so they are confidently ready to Go at the beginning of the semester.   

To apply:

  • Fill out the online form
  • Seats are limited so don't wait! Apply NOW!
  • Eligible students will be contacted before sessions begin.


Contact Tina Hardy at 815-224-0284 or

Print or download a Get Set program flyer.

Some Get Set graduates share their thoughts about the program in the Center for Accessibility and Neurodiversity's fall newsletter.