Ivy Tech Community College Announces Recipients of the Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College today announced its recipients of the Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence (AFE), a program that highlights the outstanding achievements of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, partners, and career advisement programs around the state that exemplify the ideal qualities of Career and Technical Education.

Recipients were honored at a special ceremony, where several Ivy Tech Community College students were awarded this honor due to their faithful work exemplifying the ideal qualities of CTE. The winners of these awards are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.

Recipients were chosen by a selection committee made up of volunteers representing business, industry, state agencies, and education. Ivy Tech students represented three out of four award categories.

“Career and Technical Education is a vital component of our state’s workforce development,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “These students, programs, and campuses have set a remarkable example for our College and are worthy recipients of these awards. I am confident they will continue to impact high demand careers.”

This year’s Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence recipients are:

CTE Secondary Student Award Winner: Hadassah Katz, Ivy Tech Bloomington, Nursing

CTE Secondary Program of Study/Pathway Award Winners: Cyber Academy at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), Ivy Tech Columbus; Electronics and Engineering Technology Pathway, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne; Medical Assisting Program, Ivy Tech Bloomington

CTE Partnership Award Winner: MCCSC Pathway to Licensure, Monroe County Schools, Ivy Tech Bloomington, St. Mary of the Woods—Teacher licensure

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree.

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Culinary Crossroads Scholarship to Honor Late Chef Greg Hardesty

New Ivy Tech scholarship to help the next generation of chefs

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Culinary Crossroads, in conjunction with the Ivy Tech Community College School of Culinary Arts, is pleased to announce the creation of the Chef Greg Hardesty Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will serve as an ongoing tribute to chef Hardesty, who passed away in the spring of 2021 and who left an indelible legacy through the training and mentoring many of Indy’s premier chefs.

The Culinary Crossroads Chef Greg Hardesty Scholarship will be awarded annually to Ivy Tech culinary students who demonstrate talent, leadership and dedication to the craft of cooking. Working with the Hardesty family and Ivy Tech, Culinary Crossroads will establish an advisory committee to review applications, interview finalists and provide unique internships to carry on Hardesty’s legacy for years to come.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to provide the launch pad for the Chef Greg Hardesty Scholarship Fund,” said Larry Dickerson, founder of Culinary Crossroads. “Each and every time we were looking for the best of the best in Indy’s culinary community, Greg’s name was at the top of the list. And each time we reached out to Greg for his insight, advice and participation, he stepped up. He cooked at our Spring Dinner Series last year, just a month before he passed away. Establishing this scholarship and committing our organization to growing the fund is the least we can do to honor someone who made such an incredible contribution to our culinary community.”

Hardesty’s wife, Susan Korte Hardesty, will be involved in the selection of the advisory committee and scholarship recipients.

“Our family is so pleased with the idea of a scholarship to honor Greg,” she said. “It’s comforting to know there will be an ongoing commitment by Greg’s colleagues, friends and customers to carry on his approach to cooking, his passion for the industry and his love for the culinary community.”

A portion of the proceeds from the Culinary Crossroads 2022 Spring Dinner Series, a four-week series with some of Indy’s top chefs that wraps up May 10, will provide initial funds for the scholarship. Ongoing funding will come through ticket sales for the Culinary Crossroads Supper Club, a monthly dinner series presented by Paramount Schools of Excellence in conjunction with Kelly’s Fund, a not-for-profit that supports the local food community.

Ivy Tech will begin accepting scholarship applicants later this year, with the first award anticipated for the spring semester of 2023. The scholarship will be open to students enrolled at the Indianapolis campus, as well as Ivy Tech’s five additional culinary school campuses. Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann said the scholarship will help accelerate Ivy Tech’s commitment to the culinary arts.

“We are honored to be able celebrate chef Hardesty who guided his employees and colleagues to great professional careers,” said Ellspermann. “We look forward to celebrating the successes of future Hardesty Scholarship recipients and to the advancements that will come about through working with Hardesty Scholarship advisors.”

About Culinary Crossroads:

Culinary Crossroads shines a spotlight on the people, products, places and services that define Indiana’s culinary landscape and help make Indiana the place where people want to live, work and play. Culinary Crossroads creates collaborative chef dinners in Indianapolis and around the state, supports charitable causes related to the culinary community and promotes Team Indiana competitors at the World Food Championships and other culinary competitions, including Skills USA at the high school level. More information is available at CulinaryCrossroads.org.

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Ivy Tech Community College Names New Provost

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Dr. Dean McCurdy as its next provost.

McCurdy, who has been serving as interim provost since January and as chancellor for Ivy Tech Kokomo since 2017, was unanimously chosen by a 12-member search committee made up of Ivy Tech’s president’s cabinet, chancellors, faculty, trustees, and higher education partners after a national search conducted by Greenwood Asher & Associates.

“I am elated to serve as the College’s next provost and look forward to collaborating with President Ellspermann and other leaders across the state to continue providing more Hoosiers with access to a quality education and high-wage, high-demand jobs,” said McCurdy.

McCurdy joined Ivy Tech after serving as the associate vice president for instruction at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC). He also served as founding chief academic and administrative officer for KVCC’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus – a campus built in partnership with regional health care systems and focused on nursing, health sciences, and sustainable food systems. Dean also served as dean of instruction for math and sciences for KVCC and has decades of additional experience from roles of increasing responsibility at four-year liberal arts colleges and universities, including Carleton University in Ontario, Bates College and Bowdoin College in Maine, and Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he served as director of the honors program, department chair, and as a faculty member.

“Dean’s knowledge of Ivy Tech, higher education and Indiana’s workforce needs are complemented by his collaborative approach,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “As former chancellor of the Kokomo campus and now our provost, I am confident he will continue bringing new ideas, approaches and partnerships to the College that strengthen student success and outcomes.”

Dean holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and a doctoral degree in biology from Carleton University in Ontario. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. 

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree.

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