Ivy Tech Community College recognizes local High School, Career Center Partners

Indianapolis – The Central Indiana region of Ivy Tech Community College recognized its secondary school and career center partners during a Champions Breakfast held last week.  Over 100 representatives from high schools and career centers within Central Indiana, including superintendents, principals, school administration and guidance counselors, attended the event, which was held in the recently-renovated Illinois Fall Creek Center at Ivy Tech’s downtown campus.


In addition to celebrating the partnerships between secondary schools and career centers, the following schools and career centers were recognized by Ivy Tech for their commitment to early college initiatives, providing students with many opportunities to experience college prior to high school graduation:


  • Cathy Tooley, Principal of Cascade High School, received the Outstanding New Partner award Outstanding New Partner
  • Brad Sever, Assistant Principal for Carmel High School, and Denise Fisher, Guidance Director for Plainfield High School, received the Outstanding High School Partner award
  • Stan Wilkinson, Assistant Director, and Erin Dietrich, Guidance Director, both of Central Nine Career Center, as well as Cindy Frey, Assistant Director at Walker Career Center, received the Outstanding Career Center award
  • Kristen Frank, Guidance Counselor at Noblesville High School, received the Largest Growth in Dual Enrollment award
  • Dr. Debbie Sullivan, Superintendent, and Joe Preda, Principal, both at Decatur Central High School, received the Partner of the Year award.


Photos of these winners can be found on our web-site at http://www.ivytech.edu/indianapolis/champions.


Ivy Tech Central Indiana chancellor, Dr. Kathleen Lee, and Assistant Vice President of K12 Initiatives, Dr. John Newby, were among the speakers at the breakfast.  The event provided an opportunity for the local school leaders to meet with deans and College administration, as well as learn more about Ivy Tech programs and services available to high school students.


The largest partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and high schools and career centers is the dual enrollment and early college programs. Dual credit and early college programs allow high school juniors and seniors to simultaneously earn both high school credit and college credit.  In 2011-12, nearly 30,000 students took dual credit classes at 322 Indiana high schools across Indiana.  This resulted in an average saving of more than $14 million in college tuition for Indiana families.  For more information on dual enrollment and early college programs visit http://www.ivytech.edu/dual-credit


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.






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