INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 400 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 Statehouse.
The purpose of the activity is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with state legislators, enhance their understanding of state government, strengthen their roles as citizens at the local, state, and national level, and to increase their feelings of connectedness to the College.
Students will have the opportunity to hear speakers including Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder, Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, State Representative Bill Crawford, and State Representative Robert Behning. The students will also be joined by more than 40 legislators for a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium. In the afternoon students will have time to tour the Statehouse and to visit the House and Senate galleries.
“As a future teacher and an advocate for veterans, I feel it is my obligation to my fellow and future students to possess knowledge of how our local, state, and national governments operate,” said Shannon Jackson, a student at Ivy Tech’s Southern Indiana Region. “By attending the Ivy Tech Student Day at the Statehouse, it is my intention to return to campus and share with others a better understanding of the cultural and political history of Indiana.”
Ivy Tech has coordinated a Day at the Statehouse for several 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.
“I’m most excited about seeing our state government in action and to see how our elected officials handle day to day operations,” said Sean Wilkin, a student at Ivy Tech’s East Central Region. “I’m looking forward to being able to see how meetings are run at the state level and see what practices could work in our Student Government meetings.”
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.