INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 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 in Indianapolis to participate in the annual Ivy Tech Community College Day at the Statehouse event.
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 Steven David, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, and State Representatives Mike Karickhoff and Terri Austin, among other elected officials. The students will also be joined by more than 40 legislators for a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium at noon. In the afternoon, students will have time to tour the Statehouse and to visit the House and Senate galleries.
“I am looking forward to seeing the democratic process at work and to get the opportunity to have discussion with state legislators,” said Sonya Claiborne, a student at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. “I think seeing the mass quantity of Ivy Tech students at the Statehouse will be a visualization of how Ivy Tech has an impact on the state, and how the decisions made in the state house affect Ivy Tech. I feel that Ivy Tech students will make a connection with the legislative process and be more apt in the future to partake civically.”
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 to experience the day to day happenings of such an amazing place, where laws are enacted and our trusted leaders guide the State,” said Alex Bilbrey, a student at Ivy Tech’s Sellersburg campus.
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.