The Glick Fund provides $3 million grant to create new Ivy Tech culinary school at Junior Achievement

INDIANAPOLIS – The Glick Fund, a Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has provided a $3 million grant to three local organizations to build a new state-of-the-art culinary facility at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center.  The facility will be the future home of Ivy Tech’s culinary arts program at the college’s Central Indiana region. 

The development of the culinary school is a collaborate effort between Ivy Tech Community College, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and the Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurship Foundation.

“We are honored by the investment that the Glick family has made in our organizations.  It will make a real difference in the lives of so many students who will benefit from this new facility,” Ivy Tech-Central Indiana Chancellor Hank Dunn said.

“This is so much more than just a new building, it is about organizations sharing resources and helping each other succeed at a higher level. This truly collaborative effort will help serve and grow our community for decades to come,” Junior Achievement of Central Indiana President and CEO Jeff Miller said.  “This kind of alliance sets the stage for things like culinary camps for kids ages ten to seventeen, financial literacy programs for young adults and an increase in non-credit classes for adults.  This gracious gift from the Glick family is going to make all of this possible.”

“Moving the program to the Junior Achievement site accomplishes more than just expanding the culinary and hospitality programs,” Dunn said. “It frees up much needed space at our main campus to help us accommodate the rapid expansion we have experienced over the past several years. It is this kind of collaboration and partnership that makes this community exceptional.”

The new facility will allow Ivy Tech’s culinary and hospitality program to double in size over the next several years, eventually serving more than 1,000 students annually to help meet the increasing demand for workers in the hospitality industry in the Central Indiana area.

Gene Glick has always believed in giving back to the community. In addition to his company’s commitment to provide top quality housing for people of low and moderate income, he and his wife Marilyn established the Glick Foundation in 1982 to channel their philanthropy.  Children’s causes and education represent a significant share of the Foundation’s activities.  In recognition of the Glicks’ extensive philanthropy, they received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

Ivy Tech Community College is the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 110,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in affiliation with Junior Achievement Worldwide.  Our purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.    Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. was established in 1957 and has served nearly 1 million children since opening its doors. Locally, our vision is to know we have changed lives by connecting people in a business education community.  Junior Achievement offers curricula for students Kindergarten through the 12th grade.  Programs are administered to our participating schools and individuals by licensed classroom teachers, volunteers, business professionals and JACI staff.

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