IPAC was created in 1984 by Jean-Michel Delaplagne
"IPAC remains a young institution, but, at the age of 30 years old, it reached the age of a first maturity assumed, the age of a first stage. "- Jean-Michel Delaplagne – 2014
Thirty years ago, at the initiative of the creation of IPAC, there was a man and an idea:
The man: Jean-Michel Delaplagne, a 27-year-old Savoyard from Savoie, who had traveled extensively and who was driven by a desire to pass on knowledge to as many people as possible.
An idea: valorizing the personal talent of each one by preparing them to the realities of the workmarket to guarantee them a successful insertion into the active life.
Success was immediately apparent. Out of 25 students enrolled at the beginning of September 1984, the number of students climbed very quickly to 200, and reached the treshold of 500 students in 1992. It is exceeding now 1700 students in the territory of the Savoy And Geneva.
A few clear guidelines have made this success possible :
The first and probably the most innovative was to have associated as closely as possible the business world to that of IPAC’management. Thus the values of work, ambition, effort, humility, respect for the company as an institution, were born by the teaching and management teams. Entrepreneurs recognized themselves in the developed mindset and their support to IPAC has never failed to ensure its development.
The other dimension that supported development was the international orientation taken in 1987 to allow students to study partly in a foreign university.
IPAC was one of the first institutions to participate in the Erasmus program. Today, the international network of IPAC with more than sixty partners in the world is comparable to that of any university.
The desire to innovate is a value inscribed in IPAC DNA, because it is the only way to prepare for the future. Thus in 1992, IPAC was able to develop its own training programmes, that are now recognized by the State. The initial BTS preparation activity (Bac + 2 national professional diploma) represents only 40% of IPAC activity, which is mainly represented through work and study programs and in particular apprenticeship.
These courses - on which IPAC holds the intellectual property - are now - after passing through the lock of a department of pedagogical design - operated under license by some 20 partner schools in France, and more and more by educational institutions abroad: Spain, Lebanon, Africa.
Any development depends on the ability of men and women to turn ideas and projects into concrete achievements : Gérard Bouvard, Barbara Herry, Francoise Argoud, Benoit Baratte, Gérard Pont, Brigitte Pollier, Paul Tardivel were the pilars that made the challenge possible and many of them are still present.
A new generation of managers has arrived to face the geographical development of IPAC. Under the direction of Michel Callot, they share the initial values and bring the vision of a new generation. It is this generational mix that every company must succeed.
Today, IPAC is committed to distance learning for young people and adults. The educational world will change more in the next ten years than it has in the last hundred years. The mode of teaching, the mode of communication between professors and students, the methods of evaluation and assessment, the modes of organization and functionalities of the infrastructures are called upon to change within a period of 3 to 10 years. This transition is an enormous challenge for IPAC. This is the unique challenge of the next ten years.