Ivy Tech Community College celebrates 50 years with Anniversary Gala College raises over $1.3 million in one night, 1,600 guests in attendance

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College celebrated a major milestone Friday night as the college hosted its 50th Anniversary Gala at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

More than 1,600 guests attended the event and the college raised more than $1.3 million, the largest amount of money raised during a single-day event by the college.

The 50th Anniversary Gala was more than just a fundraising event, it was a night of laughter, tears, inspiration and celebration.  Attended by philanthropists, industry leaders and local celebrities, the Gala attracted influential figures throughout Indiana.
A commemorative video highlighting Indiana notables wishing Ivy Tech Community College a “Happy 50th Birthday” can be accessed online at www.ivytech.edu/50th.

The college was established on March 15, 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College and offered one academic program and had an enrollment of just over 3,000 students.  Today, the college offers more than 125 areas of study and enrolls nearly 200,000 students annually.

Once a small vocational and technical school, Ivy Tech is now the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system with 14 administrative regions, 31 degree-granting campuses and classes in nearly 100 locations throughout the state.  

Over its 50 year history, the college has served over one million Hoosiers.  Nearly 97 percent of all Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana after graduation and directly and positively impact the state’s economy.

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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs 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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