Ivy Tech students, programs receive Awards of Excellence

INDIANAPOLIS – Numerous Ivy Tech Community College students, programs and partnerships were honored at the Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence ceremony at the Indiana Government Center.

Initiated in 1984, the Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence program is designed to identify and recognize career and technical education students, programs, active partnerships that contribute to high quality career and technical education, guidance/career services displaying excellence in Indiana, and outstanding contributors to career in technical education in Indiana.

Students receiving the honor include Sheryl Graham, an Ivy Tech-Bloomington student majoring in Office Administration; Kimberly Miller, an Ivy Tech-Richmond student majoring in Nursing; Malissa Owens, an Ivy Tech-Columbus student majoring in Visual Communications; Debra Ray, an Ivy Tech-Richmond student majoring in Accounting; Angela Southerton, an Ivy Tech-Logansport student majoring in Criminal Justice; Charlene Thomas, an Ivy Tech-Gary student majoring in Mortuary Science; Caleb Unger, an Ivy Tech-Terre Haute student majoring in Surgical Technology; and Holly Ward, an Ivy Tech-Kokomo student majoring in Business Administration.

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus also received two awards for its partnership efforts. Its dental assisting program was recognized for partnering with First Christian Church, Kokomo School Corporation, Dr. Dane Wallsmith, DDS, and Dr. Bruce Dryer, DDS for their efforts in providing dental care to at-risk children in impoverished areas of Kokomo. In addition, the Kokomo campus was recognized for its partnership with Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc., Marquis Group and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs for its efforts in creating a training program at Ivy Tech to train individuals on Tyson equipment and employment in the meat facility.

Ivy Tech’s nursing program at its Kokomo campus was also presented with an award. The campus’ nursing program is known in the community for its excellent curriculum, highly qualified and dedicated faculty and the rate of students passing state board exams, as well as the 100 percent graduation placement rate.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 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 and a member of the North Central Association.

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