Ivy Tech Community College presents award to State Senator Jim Banks

INDIANAPOLIS – During its annual “Ivy Tech Community College Day at the Statehouse” on Tuesday, Ivy Tech presented its first-ever Distinguished Public Office Award to State Senator Jim Banks.
Banks was selected due to his dedication and efforts during session to improve higher education by making it more efficient and affordable to obtain a college degree.  During this year’s session, Banks has authored many bills to support students like those at Ivy Tech, including bills to enhance transfer opportunities and to streamline dual credit opportunities for high school students.
“No one has done more for higher education than Sen. Banks,” Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said. “He understands our students’ life issues and is supportive of their efforts to earn a college degree. When our Student Government Association and Office of the President were choosing who should receive this inaugural award, Sen. Banks immediately came to mind.”
Sen. Banks added, “It’s an honor to have been recognized by an institution like Ivy Tech.   This school has done so much to help its students accomplish their academic goals, and I’m humbled to know my legislation has played a part in that. I look forward to working with Ivy Tech and other Indiana colleges in future efforts to improve higher education.”
The award was presented during Ivy Tech’s Day at the Statehouse, which annually convenes more than 400 students at the Indiana Statehouse.  The purpose of the event 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.
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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