Awards for Excellence granted to Ivy Tech Community College nursing program and four outstanding students

 INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College and four Ivy Tech students received the prestigious 2012 Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education on March 12.

The Award for Excellence was presented to the Nursing Program at Ivy Tech’s Southeast Region for outstanding performance and achievement.  Over the past two years, every graduate of the nursing program in the Southeast Region has been placed into a healthcare employment setting matching the skills mastered by the graduate.  Students receive classroom instruction from highly-qualified faculty and are subjected to real world clinical experiences.  Input from local employers and a nursing advisory committee made up of various stakeholders in the region’s communities influence instructional program content.  In addition, students in the program are exposed to various facets of community service.  Ivy Tech’s Southeast Region serves the counties of Jefferson, Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland and has campuses in Madison and Lawrenceburg, as well as an instructional site in Batesville. 

Three of the Ivy Tech students honored with a Postsecondary Student Award for Excellence attend the Richmond campus.  Lynn Baldwin, who boasts a 4.0 grade point average and is the recipient of numerous scholarships, will complete an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Office Administration in May.  Mindy Richie completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting in December while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.  She is a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and served as treasurer of the Ivy Tech Richmond campus Medical Assisting Club.  Jennifer Scantland is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting and expects to graduate in May.  A 4.0 grade point average student, she has successfully completed a technical certificate in accounting, a certificate in fundamental payroll, and a certificate in bookkeeping, each earned with highest honors.

 The fourth Ivy Tech student presented an Award for Excellence, Ryan McFarland, attended the Terre Haute campus.  He completed an Associate of Science in Nursing in December and tutored other students in the program.  McFarland completed a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 2002 but decided to change his career path to healthcare.

 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 is a member of the North Central Association.

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