Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder to testify at U.S. House of Representatives field hearing on health care challenges facing schools and workplaces

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder will present testimony today, September 4, at 10 a.m. in Greenfield, Indiana, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions. Snyder is representing Ivy Tech during the field hearing titled “The Effects of the President’s Health Care Law on Indiana’s Classrooms and Workplaces.”

Snyder will provide testimony regarding the influence the health care laws are having on higher education systems. One of the keys to the success of community colleges and their students is the adjunct faculty who bring real-world knowledge and experiences into the classroom. Snyder will share how the health care law is impacting adjunct faculty teaching hours and what effect this has on faculty and students in community colleges.

Testimonies from other school leaders pointed to increased health care costs and cuts being made to faculty and staff hours. The field hearing will afford members of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions the opportunity to learn how the health care law is affecting Indiana’s schools and workplaces.

Snyder has provided commentary and testimony several times during his tenure as President of Ivy Tech Community College. He spoke to the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the Affordable Care Act in Washington D.C. in January of this year.

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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