Ivy Tech Community College’s Programs and Students Receive State Recognition

Ten Career and Technical Education (CTE) Award Recipients

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College will be awarded ten Career and Technical Education (CTE) awards, the state’s highest recognition, in a public ceremony at the Indiana Government Center South Auditorium later this month. The Student Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and supported by the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Districts (IACTED). The event is scheduled for Friday, February 27 starting at 1:00 p.m.

There were twelve postsecondary student awards available statewide, and five of the winners are Ivy Tech students for excellence in career and technical education.

  • Bridget Badder, Nursing – Bloomington Region
  • Jesse Cooper, Nursing – Wabash Valley Region
  • Denise Hurt, Imaging Sciences, Radiologic Technology – East Central Region
  • Cynthia Morgan, Healthcare Specialist – Northwest Region
  • Suzanne Renner, Respiratory Therapy – North Central Region

Postsecondary Program of Study Awards

  • Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology – Southwest Region
  • Automotive Technology – Lafayette Region
  • Business Management Construction and Construction Technology Programs – Northeast Region
  • Industrial Technology with Welding Focus – Central Region
  • Physical Therapist Assistant – Sellersburg Region

“These awards reflect the importance of career and technical education in Indiana and the hard work of our students, faculty and staff,” stated Chris Lowery, Ivy Tech Community College Senior Vice President of Workforce Alignment. “I am delighted, and not surprised, to see the areas of study represented by the individual and program awards correlate directly to Indiana’s key economic sectors and highest-demand, well-paying jobs.”

Indiana is a leader nationally in Career and Technical Education with outstanding students in programs across the state. The graduation rate for Indiana CTE students is consistently six percentage points higher than the average for all students, and most CTE graduates also earn an industry certification or college credits. The annual awards program recognizes student excellence based upon scholarship, leadership, employability, and career and technical skill proficiency.

The Awards for Excellence program accepts nominations from all Indiana counties. Nominations are reviewed by committees with representatives of business and industry as well as career and technical education administrators and teachers.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 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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