Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley students and staff join oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Drive

WABASH VALLEY – On February 21-23, 2011 student volunteers from Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley will join student volunteers from hundreds of other universities and colleges across the country in collecting a shirt or other items of clothing for the oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Drive. The clothing drive is part of a larger campaign initiated by SustainU clothing company in partnership with Goodwill Industries and Nuru International to educate people about the importance and value of making sustainable choices in life. The bags of clothing collected will be donated to Goodwill Industries to benefit their back-to-work programs. Any clothing that cannot be resold will be recycled by Goodwill.

Ivy Tech’s decision to participate in this event stems from the efforts of the College’s Green Committee, a faculty and staff group dedicated to helping Ivy Tech become a more environmentally aware institution.  The Committee has already identified ways to reduce garbage and pollution on campus and is working to build recycling awareness among students and employees. Its support of the oneSHIRT campaign is seen as another way for Ivy Tech to make a difference in the world by collecting unused clothing for Goodwill to re-distribute or recycle. On average, Americans dispose of 68 pounds of clothing per person every year, which represents 4% of the solid waste stream in the United States. In addition, clothing occupies about 5% of all landfill space. 

Rene Hankins, chair of the Green Committee, likes the opportunity the national campaign provides to continue to improve the Wabash Valley campus. “The Green Committee is committed to identifying as many ways as possible for students and staff to recycle so that we have a more earth-friendly college,” she said.

Bill Tennis, executive director of Goodwill Industries in Terre Haute, sees even more benefits to Ivy Tech students participating in the oneSHIRT campaign. “They will divert material from the waste stream and help create jobs for people with employment barriers at Goodwill Industries,” he said.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s oneSHIRT effort or to volunteer, contact Nina Storey at 298-2288 or nstorey@ivytech.edu.

SustainU is an American company launched through the West Virginia University Small Business incubator in June 2009 that is focused on social, economic and environmental sustainability. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, it uses domestic labor and recycled fiber to create apparel targeted at the collegiate community.

Goodwill Industries International is a group of independently- operated, nonprofit, community-based affiliates that provide job-based and employment services for people with disabilities. Its retail stores are stocked with donated clothing and household goods, with almost 85 percent of the revenues directed into training and placement programs.

Nuru International is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public benefit charity dedicated to fighting extreme poverty in the world through sustainable initiatives. Founder and CEO Jake Harriman attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served more than seven years in the Marine Corps. He received a Bronze Star for actions in combat during his second tour in Iraq. Harriman founded Nuru International in Kuria, Kenya in 2008. Nuru is a Kiswahili word meaning “light.” 

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  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.

Ivy Tech Community College partners again with College Goal Sunday to help Hoosier students with financial aid

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will participate in the 22nd Annual College Goal Sunday, which will take place on Sunday, February 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. (EST). The event will be offered at 39 sites in 32 Indiana communities.

College Goal Sunday is a free program designed to assist students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2011. Financial aid professionals and volunteers will be on-hand helping students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide.

In order to make filing the FAFSA easier, volunteers walk through the form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions. Students should attend with a parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2010 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2010 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2010 income and benefits information. Students need to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PINs) at http://www.pin.ed.gov before attending College Goal Sunday.

A new function of this year’s FAFSA that will be covered is the ability to import information from the IRS. Under the “Finances” section of the FAFSA, students will be given the option to “View and Transfer 2010 Tax Information from the IRS.” By selecting the option, the participant’s tax information will be transferred from the IRS and will auto-populate the tax questions onto the FAFSA form.

Students attending the event will qualify for a chance to win a scholarship. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one participant at each of the 39 sites. To enter the drawing, students must attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form. The winners will be notified in March. Awards will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.

This year, Ivy Tech has 14 locations statewide hosting College Goal Sunday. FAFSA online capabilities will be offered, and also many sites will have Spanish interpreters.

Ivy Tech locations include:

Bloomington
200 Daniels Way
Room: TBA

Columbus
Columbus Learning Center
4555 Central Ave.
Room: TBA

East Chicago
DeLaGarza Building
410 E. Columbus Drive
Room: TBA

Evansville
3501 N. First Ave.
Room: TBA

Gary
1440 E. 35th Ave.
Room: TBA

Indianapolis
50 W. Fall Creek Pk. N. Dr.
Room: North Meridian Center

Lafayette
3101 S. Creasy Lane
Room: Ivy Hall

Lawrenceburg
50 Walnut St. Riverfront campus
Room: TBA

Logansport
1 Ivy Tech Way
Room: 206

Muncie
4301 S. Cowan Road
Rooms: 531 & 532

Richmond
2357 Chester Blvd.
Room: 1239

South Bend
220 Dean Johnson Blvd.
Room: TBA

Terre Haute
800 S. Education Drive
Room: Oakley Auditorium

Warsaw
3755 Lake City Highway
Room: TBA

College Goal Sunday is offered in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana and The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lily Endowment, Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

For more information about College Goal Sunday or Financial Aid Awareness Month, visit www.CollegeGoalSunday.org, or call the Helpline at 1-800-992-2076. (Note: For more information regarding College Goal Sunday, contact: William Wozniak, College Goal Sunday Media Relations, 317-715-9002 (office) or 317-403-3933 (cell), or at wwozniak@ISMLOANS.org.)

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

Ivy Tech and EmployIndy partner to offer employment training program for logistics industry

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with EmployIndy to offer a training program aimed at providing an employment pathway to the fast-growing logistics sector.  The goal of this partnership is to provide Indiana’s logistics industry with trained workers while increasing the global competitiveness and productivity of the industry in Indiana.

The training, which is offered through Ivy Tech’s Workforce and Economic Development program, is designed to place certified supply chain logistics workers into Central Indiana logistics companies.  Students who complete the course will receive the basic training necessary to pursue a career with many logistics companies in Central Indiana.  The 40-hour program includes training for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Certificate (MSSC)-Certified Logistics Associate.  At the end of the program, participants will take the MSSC CLA Assessment at an Ivy Tech Assessment Center. 

Upon successful completion of the assessment, students will earn the Certified Logistics Associate Certificate, the MSSC CLA National Workforce Credential.  Participants will be offered interviews with local companies for positions as shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks or first line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers.

The training program, funded by EmployIndy (formerly the Indianapolis Private Industry Council), is offered at no cost to eligible participants.  Other partners in the new initiative include Conexus Indiana and central Indiana logistics and distribution companies.  

The first class will be offered on February 21, 2011, at Ivy Tech-Avon, located at 7508 Beechwood Centre Road in Avon.  Interested job seekers can visit a local WorkOne center in Marion County for information on the application and eligibility.  A list of WorkOne locations can be found online at www.workoneindy.com.

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  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.