Ariel Crawley, director of Ivy Tech’s IvyWorks program, named Tech Educator of the Year at 20th annual TechPoint Mira Awards

Ariel Crawley, director of IvyWorks at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, was awarded the Tech Educator of the Year award at TechPoint’s 20th annual Mira Awards for her work and partnership with Indy Women in Tech (IWiT) program.

The Mira Awards are the most significant tech awards event in Indiana, celebrating the best in the industry. Winners were announced during the recent Mira Awards gala presented by Angie’s List, Infosys and Salesforce. This sold-out event took place at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis, with 1,400 in attendance—making it the largest ceremony in its history.

Crawley was one of 11 tech educators nominated for the award who adopt, demonstrate and encourage the use of technology in Indiana classrooms. She and 14 others took home a Mira Award out of the 109 total individuals, companies and products that were nominated.

“I am beyond honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Mira Awards Tech Educator of the Year award. I love serving as the director of the program as it is a joy to assist female information technology Ivy Tech students on their journey as they work to enter the booming tech community in Indiana,” said Crawley. “Ivy Tech has always served as an academic leader and I’m proud of the work we are doing. Through our partnership with IWiT, we are on the front lines of the gender gap issue in tech and consistently work to make sure we see equal representation in Indiana.”

Crawley has been with Ivy Tech for seven years, two of which have been with IvyWorks. The program and partnership with IWiT provides students with scholarships, professional development and wraparound services including daycare assistance. It strives to combat systematic challenges that prevent many women from entering the state’s tech workforce.

“We have over 15 students who have earned paid internships through a grant awarded through Salesforce,” Crawley added. “The grant allows the women to work at partnering organizations such as the state of Indiana, BlackInk IT and Sandhi Solutions.”

These internship opportunities help the women gain on-the-job training while learning in the classroom, all while balancing career and family obligations.

“We are happy to have local organizations see the importance of adding more women to the tech force of Indiana,” Crawley said.

With many tech companies choosing Indiana to grow their business, Crawley’s efforts within IvyWorks help match employers with qualified and diverse employees. There are 50 students currently enrolled in the program and since its inception in 2017, 13 students have graduated — another 14 on track to graduate by the end of 2019.

More information about this award can be found in TechPoint’s release, “Ivy Tech Community College IvyWorks Program Director Ariel Crawley wins Tech Educator of the Year Mira Award.”

To learn more about IvyWorks, visit IvyTech.edu/IvyWorks.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.

About TechPoint

TechPoint is the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on attracting talent, accelerating scale-up companies, activating the community, and amplifying stories of success. TechPoint is an economic development initiative sponsored by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) to advance the mission of our region’s continued prosperity and growth. For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.

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