On Thursday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 300 Ivy Tech Community College students from each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions will convene at the Indiana Statehouse to participate in the Ivy Tech Community College Day at the Legislature.
Students will spend the morning touring the Statehouse and watching the House of Representatives work from their galleries. The students will also be joined by more than 40 legislators for a luncheon in the Statehouse Rotunda.
The afternoon will be spent listening to talks from speakers including Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder, Speaker of the House Pat Bauer, Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. and representatives from the Secretary of State office.
“I’m most excited about getting to network with government officials and students from across the state. I haven’t been inside the state house since I was in fifth grade and I’m looking forward to seeing the inner workings of our state government,” said Natalie Myer, a student at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. “I hope to use my experience to broaden my understanding of American government, which I am currently learning about in my political science class.”
Ivy Tech has coordinated a Day at the Legislature for the past 10 years. Most of the students have previously never been to the Statehouse. Students have been encouraged to have questions ready to ask their legislators and many hope to discuss concerns especially relevant to Ivy Tech students.
“As a displaced worker, I am interested in hearing how the legislature is working to rebuild the state economy,” said Shawn Knapp, a student at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo campus.
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 130,000 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.