Ivy Tech Foundation honors Benefactors of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Foundation recently recognized 15 winners at the ninth annual Benefactor Awards Dinner, held on September 26 at the French Lick Hotel.

During this event, the Foundation honors individuals, corporations and foundations from Indiana who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. The award celebrates the gifts and volunteer service that has been contributed to the College.

“With our deepest appreciation, we celebrate each of our Benefactors for their passion, unconditional commitment and enduring dedication to the success of our students,” said John M. Murphy, President of Ivy Tech Foundation.  “Our Benefactors are incredibly generous community leaders who are creating future opportunities for our friends, families and neighbors and we are extremely grateful.”

The following benefactors received an award for 2019:

  • Anderson: Jim Ault
  • Bloomington: Kathy and Randy Vernon
  • Columbus: National Center for Complex Operations
  • Evansville: Nelda and Thomas Hickey
  • Fort Wayne: Brooks Construction Company, Inc.
  • Indianapolis: Susannah Dillon
  • Kokomo: Kokomo Grain Co.
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City: Duneland Health Council
  • Lawrenceburg: City of Lawrenceburg
  • Marion: Dr. Harry D. Brickley
  • Muncie: George and Frances Ball Foundation
  • Lafayette: Jim Shook
  • Richmond: First Bank Richmond
  • Sellersburg: Leo Braddock
  • Terre Haute: Lori and Steve Danielson

For more information, photos and biographies for each recipient, visit ivytech.edu/benefactors.

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.

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Ivy Tech Community College President to testify before Congress, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College President, Sue Ellspermann, will testify today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Washington, D.C.

The Subcommittee on Research and Technology will hold a hearing titled “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work”. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence on the workforce, including issues related to worker displacement, retraining of the current workforce, and developing a skilled technical workforce of the future that can thrive in an economy in which AI increasingly plays a role.

“Community colleges are forming new partnerships with businesses to provide employers with the talent they need by developing new certifications and nimble programs to address the demand and changes that will inevitably arise from the implementation of AI and machine learning,” said Ellspermann.

Ellspermann will highlight the most significant points of her testimony followed by time for questions. She will speak on Ivy Tech’s use of local supply and demand data to align programming. Additionally, she has been specifically asked to focus on the new Ivy Tech Career Coaching and Employer Connections model which intentionally brings together career development and employer engagement to meet the needs of the workforce.

“Ivy Tech’s new approach to career services emphasizes career readiness practices alongside academics throughout the duration of the student experience,” said Ellspermann. “Implementation of these strategies will ensure all students have the work experience, knowledge, and skills needed to thrive in high-value careers of today and tomorrow.”

Additional topics include a discussion on how machine learning and artificial intelligence are affecting how community college and vocational schools educate and train the workforce. Also, Ellspermann will be discussing recommendations for how the Federal government can work with community colleges and vocational schools to address future research and education needs.

“Ivy Tech is addressing the changing demands for the skilled technical workforce in many ways by partnering with industry leaders to develop flexible degrees that are interdisciplinary in nature, changing

our delivery models for class offerings and receipt of payments to best meet student and employer needs, and establishing a comprehensive data-driven program and workforce demand review process to ensure we are keeping our fingers on the pulse of changes in our communities,” Ellspermann continued.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College Keeps Students Connected with New Mobile App

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College recently launched its new mobile application, Ivy Mobile, to help students stay connected. The application, which is available on the App Store and Google Play, has been downloaded on nearly 25,000 devices since its launch in August.

Built on the Modo Labs platform, Ivy Mobile helps students access important information on-the-go, such as class and registration details, emergency contacts for each campus, campus events, and building maps. Additional features, including the ability to check class assignments and grades, track degree progress, receive targeted notifications, and view financial aid disbursement information, are currently in development for future releases.

“Using our robust mobile app is the most convenient way for Ivy Tech students to stay connected to the College and their local campuses. So many people spend a large amount of time on their mobile devices, and the Ivy Tech mobile app keeps the students engaged with the College and up-to-date on everything they need for their college experience,” said Ivy Tech chief information officer, Matthew Etchison. “Ultimately, engaged students become graduates who support the workforce needs of the state of Indiana. That is our goal.”

In alignment with the strategic plan, Ivy Tech strives to build a user-driven mobile application that helps students move through programs efficiently and persist through to certificate or degree completion. To continually improve the experience, the development team is seeking in-app feedback from students.

“We are proud to be partnering with an innovative school system like Ivy Tech, which is embracing their mobile-first students with a hyper-personalized digital experience,” says Stewart Elliot, Modo CEO. “Ivy Tech is among a number of forward-looking institutions leading the charge to deliver a unified campus app that takes student engagement and retention to new level, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this exciting initiative.”

To stay up-to-date on new Ivy Mobile features and releases, visit IvyTech.edu/IvyMobile.

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 Modo Labs

Modo transforms how students and employees connect with the facility resources, information, and services they need to succeed, via mobile and beyond. Trusted by hundreds of the most recognized universities and brands from around the world, the Modo no-code app building platform makes it easy for anyone and everyone to create personalized and unified campus and workplace apps. Modo offers unmatched simplicity, enterprise-scale, security and integration capabilities to deliver a connected app experience that can elevate your digital transformation strategy. For more information, visit modolabs.com, or follow @ModoLabs on Instagram and Twitter.