Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast and IPFW Hosting GradConnect Event for Area Middle School Students Sept. 21

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast and Indiana University−Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) are hosting the GradConnect event Sept. 21 in collaboration with College Go! Week. This event will educate sixth graders from Northwood Middle School about the possibility of college in their futures.

This opportunity was made possible through the KnowHow2Go Campus Collaboration Grant, which is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education. Daysha Jackson, director of success and retention at Ivy Tech−Northeast, and Chris Douse, director of diversity and multicultural affairs at IPFW, collaborated on the grant and Sarah Wehrkamp, student success coach at Ivy Tech−Northeast, led the event planning.

The intention of GradConnect is to expose sixth graders to the possibility of an education at an early age. During the event, students will discover how to develop a graduation plan and learn information about college programs and services available to them. Students from both Ivy Tech−Northeast and IPFW will form a panel to discuss their educational experiences with the sixth grade participants. This event will also feature Emcee Tellis Young from Saint Francis, along with prizes and free lunch.

“It is important to expose students to the college experience and it’s never too early to do so,” Wehrkamp said. “We want to emphasize the importance of working hard and building strong educational habits which will hopefully stay with the student through middle and high school and put them in the best position for graduation, post-secondary education and ultimately, success.”

Event Schedule: Sept. 21 at the Ivy Tech−Northeast Student Life Center Gym (4900 St. Joe Road)
9:45 a.m.               Students arrive from Northwood Middle School
10:15 a.m.            Glenda Ervins of 21st Century Scholars speaks about student success
10:30 a.m.            Student panel from Ivy Tech−Northeast and IPFW
10:50 a.m.            Andrea Herman of Northwood M.S. speaks about graduation plans
11:30 a.m.            Pizza lunch
12:30 p.m.            Students depart

For more information, contact Sarah Wehrkamp at 260-480-4266 or swehrkamp@ivytech.edu, or Chris Douse at 260-481-6604 or dousec@ipfw.edu.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College 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.

About Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest institution of higher learning in northeast Indiana, offering nearly 200 prestigious IU and Purdue degrees and certificates. More than 12,000 students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities pursue their education on our 662-acre campus. IPFW combines challenging academic programs with student-centered flexibility at an affordable price. The university’s exemplary standards in teaching and research provide unparalleled value for career preparation and professional development in an ever-changing global market. The university’s commitment to service makes it an economic, cultural, and societal leader in the region. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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