INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 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 such as elected officials, including Governor Mike Pence, Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, President Pro Tempore of the Senate David Long, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator Carlin Yoder, Representative Timothy Brown, Representative Mike Karickhoff, Representative Robert Behning, and Representative Randy Truitt. In addition, Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder and Chancellors David Bathe and Jonathan Weinzapfel will also address the students.
Ivy Tech will also present the Distinguished Public Official Award to two individuals at the event.
The students will also be joined by several legislators from across Indiana 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.
“My reason for visiting the Statehouse is two-fold, for my benefit and also to represent Ivy Tech students,” said Scott Libbert, an Ivy Tech student from Greendale. “There is very little in our lives not affected by government. Seeing the way our government works and meeting the Representatives makes government more personal. I participate on behalf of Ivy Tech because I want the community to see that we are an institution of higher learning just as professional and enriching as any of the other colleges in Indiana. Our students are leaders that will impact the world in positive ways in every professional field. I want our community to know that coming to Ivy Tech changed my life, and the lives of many of my peers, in tremendous ways.”
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 would like to meet Mike Pence, see the legislature behind the scenes and sit in on a meeting,” said Mychelle Christian, an Ivy Tech student from Evansville. “I’d like to learn why I need to vote and what it is I am voting for.”
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.