Ivy Tech Community College Honors Lori Kixmiller with the 2022 Statewide Dual Credit Faculty Member Award

Noblesville, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has honored Lori Kixmiller of Fishers High School as the College’s 2022 Statewide Dual Credit Faculty Member Award winner. Kixmiller was one of 19 individuals across the state selected to receive the inaugural Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction President’s Awards, the highest honor for Ivy Tech dual credit faculty, and then additionally selected as the overall statewide winner.  

The College honored each one of the winners for their excellence in instruction and their positive impact on the dual credit students that they served during the 2021-2022 academic year. A Selection Committee made up of Ivy Tech faculty, program chairs, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from various stakeholders including dual credit students, secondary and post-secondary administrators, and Ivy Tech K-14 team members.

“Dual credit faculty serve an important role by introducing our high school students to college material and providing them with an opportunity to see that they can do college-level work,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Without a dual credit experience, many students would never take the next step into higher education.”

Amy McCauley, Department Chair of General Studies and Liberal Arts at the Hamilton County campus, nominated Kixmiller, expressing her excitement behind the nomination.  

“I am thrilled to see Lori recognized for the excellent work she is doing as a dual credit instructor at Fishers High School,” said McCauley. “Her engaging and rigorous course helps students become better writers and thinkers and prepares them for success in their future college classes.”

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Fishers High School enrolled 661 students in dual credit programming through Ivy Tech Community College statewide. This partnership resulted in the awarding of 3,146 college credits, which totaled $470,484 dollars in savings for FHS students and their families.

“By offering strategic and intentional college in high school programming, Fishers High School, in partnership with Ivy Tech, awarded 55 post-secondary credentials to high school students prior to high school graduation,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & Statewide Partnerships.

The College honored all individual winners at a ceremony last month in Indianapolis. Earlier this month, Ivy Tech Hamilton County hosted an award presentation honoring Kixmiller as the 2022 Statewide Award recipient.

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. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Ivy Tech Community College Named 2022 Best Employer for Women by Forbes for Second Year in a Row

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College was named in the annual Top 100 ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes for the second year in a row.

Along with market research company Statista, Forbes’ rankings identify the companies liked most by female workers and included representation at the executive and board levels, as well as initiatives to improve gender equity and recent or unresolved allegations regarding discrimination or misconduct.

“We are very proud of this recognition as a top employer for women,” Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President said. “The College has been focused on building a culture that embraces innovation and equity. We have aligned our policies and procedures to support all employees, which has resulted in increased employee engagement and has allowed us to attract and retain world class talent.”

Ivy Tech was one of 35 educational institutions listed in the category and one of two that identified as a community college.

Ivy Tech females make up 59 percent of nearly 6,431 employees, with 63 percent as full-time, 54 percent as part-time, and 58 percent identified as leadership. The majority (60 percent) of faculty are females, and 47 percent of the College’s State Board of Trustees are also women.

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. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Ivy Tech Community College Appoints Three Staff Members to Lead Workforce Development Efforts

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College today announced the appointment of three staff members to key leadership roles that will impact the College’s statewide operations, specifically around workforce development.

Molly Dodge, formerly the chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Madison campus, will now serve as senior vice president of workforce and careers. Matthew Connell will serve as the vice president of healthcare, joining Ivy Tech from the State College of Florida where he served as dean of nursing and health professions. Shabbir Qutbuddin now serves as assistant vice president for the School of IT for workforce and careers. He was previously the director of IT sector partnership at Ivy Tech’s South Bend-Elkhart campus.

“Filling these three positions was critical to ensure Ivy Tech continues our laser focus on workforce development,” Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s workforce mission has never been more important than it is today as employers are experiencing workforce shortages and we have the opportunity to attract students to programs in high wage, high demand careers which both support Indiana’s economy and Hoosier prosperity.”

In her new role, Dodge will work with employers across the state to ensure the College has the programs and capacity to fill the State’s workforce pipeline. Additionally, she will oversee the College’s partnership with the Indiana Department of Correction.

“I am excited to work with President Ellspermann and our faculty and staff to further enhance the College’s offerings to quickly skill up Hoosiers with shorter-term microcredentials, certificates and associate degrees that seamlessly transfer to our four-year partners,” Dodge said. “Working with the Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana General Assembly will make Indiana the best State to compete successfully in the global economy.”

With over 18 years’ experience in higher education, healthcare, and business process, Connell will build on the existing momentum of the College’s work in the healthcare sector and with the expansion of the College’s nursing program.

“It’s evident that Ivy Tech has made great strides in the healthcare field, from partnering with healthcare providers to their advocacy at the Statehouse to advance critical healthcare legislation,” said Connell. “I look forward to working with my teammates to continue this work and finding new ways to keep healthcare at the forefront for our stakeholders and employer partners statewide.”

Qutbuddin, whose time at Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart included training, work-based learning, professional development, career services, and community engagement initiatives, will focus on realigning the School of IT.

“We know that Indiana is seeing an increased demand for IT professionals, and Ivy Tech is uniquely positioned to meet that need,” said Qutbuddin. “In this role, I hope to continue elevating Ivy Tech’s IT programs and establishing partnerships that offer students across our state opportunities to excel as IT professionals, whether that’s through a credential, certification, or degree.”

For more information about Ivy Tech programs and initiatives, visit www.ivytech.edu

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. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Molly Dodge serves as senior vice president of workforce, careers, and adult strategy at Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to her most recent appointment, she served as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Madison, Indiana. A visionary leader with the drive to activate positive change, Dodge served in dual roles as director of adult education and director of the Clearinghouse and special projects at the Madison-based, non-profit River Valley Resources, Inc. (RVR) prior to her role as chancellor. As clearinghouse director, she created a multi-tenant nonprofit center focused on the provision of employment and wrap around services to families living in poverty. In her role as director, Dodge spearheaded a capital campaign to raise $2M to purchase and renovate a building and recruited tenants and needed services to the facility.

Dodge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Hanover College, a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management Concentration, from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Dodge serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. She has been recognized for her professional contributions as a recipient of the Community Partner of the Year Award presented by the Indiana National Association of Social Workers; one of three recipients of the “She Knows Where She is Going” award presented by Girls Inc; and a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Hanover College.

Molly Dodge

Matthew Connell, MPT, is a dynamic executive professional with over 18 years of experience coordinating higher education, healthcare, and business processes. Mr. Connell is an experienced leader with a track record of successfully directing cross-functional teams, managing continuous improvement operations, and leading change management efforts. Mr. Connell is an educator, professional trainer, consultant, and professional speaker.

Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Connell earned his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and a master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Mr. Connell is pursuing his doctorate in leadership at University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Mr. Connell joins Ivy Tech after serving for the past three years as dean of nursing & health professions, and campus administrator at State College of Florida (SCF) in Bradenton, FL. Prior to his deanship, he served as director of the SCF Physical Therapist Assistant Program from 2011 to 2019.

Mr. Connell remains committed to cultivating cultures built upon providing opportunities for access, empowerment, and growth. In 2017 he launched Connell Consulting Solutions, a leadership and business operations consulting firm for healthcare providers. Mr. Connell combines evidence-based solutions with best practices and his years of knowledge from various sectors to create valuable tools for his clients. Mr. Connell is a member of numerous state and national organizations and serves on several community advisory boards.

Matthew Connell

Shabbir Qutbuddin was previously director of IT sector partnership at Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart. He pursued his master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology. As the director of IT sector partnership, he created the Six Steps to Success training program that enrolled more than 200 students. He also developed various work-based learning pathways, organized tech events, produced a job search video series, and proposed the employability/workplace skills training.

He has served on the Young Professionals Network, LIFT Internship Committee, and the Elkhart Technology Council. Within Ivy Tech,  he has been involved in several leadership initiatives and independent projects. Recently, he was the recipient of the 2022 Michiana Forty Under 40.

Shabbir Qutbuddin