Ivy Tech Community College Selects Ethan Heicher as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo

KOKOMO, IN – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Ethan Heicher as the next Chancellor for its Kokomo campus.

Heicher, who has served as Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Interim Chancellor since January, was previously the campus’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He has been with the College since 2009, where he began as a professor of English and chair of the Humanities program.

“Ethan’s leadership will be crucial in supporting the community’s economic and workforce development initiatives,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “I look forward to supporting Ethan as he leads the Kokomo service area and seeing his leadership spur more growth and innovation that translates into high wage, high-demand careers for our students.”

“The role of Ivy Tech has evolved to meet the everchanging needs of the Kokomo region, but its mission to serve the community has remained the same,” said Heicher. “I would like to thank President Ellspermann and Provost Dean McCurdy for their leadership, as well as my colleagues and our community partners for their daily reminder of what a mission-driven community college can do.”   

Ethan has over 21 years of instructional and administrative experience at community colleges and currently serves as a member of the Kokomo area’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) grant planning committee.  

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 Hosts Event to Support Students with Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting a special Tuesdays@TheTech event at various campuses across the state today that will support current and prospective students with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA application, which became available for the 2023-2024 academic year on October 1, is used by most colleges, including Ivy Tech, to determine eligibility for many types of financial assistance. Filing the FAFSA is the only way to determine eligibility for federal financial aid and state financial aid programs like the State’s Workforce Ready Grant, which allows Indiana residents who have not earned a postsecondary credential to attend Ivy Tech free of charge in certain programs. View a full list of these programs here.

The College wants to remind students that the FAFSA is free to complete, and some types of funding are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Individuals interested in attending today’s event can RSVP here or visit www.ivytech.edu/tuesdays for more information. 

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 with the needs of the community. The College provides a  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 Foundation Honors Benefactors of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Foundation recently recognized 19 Benefactor Award winners at its Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony last week.

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.

“Our Benefactors make a powerful difference in the lives of our students,” said Courtney Roberts, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation. “Their contributions ensure that our graduates are better prepared for life after college, and we are deeply grateful for their investment in Ivy Tech.”

“The passion our Benefactors have for Ivy Tech students is unmatched,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Thanks to their generosity and volunteerism, our students can confidently pursue pathways that lead to high wage, high-demand careers that strengthen our communities and power the State of Indiana.”

The following benefactors received an award for 2022:

Anderson: Patricia Toombs

Bloomington: Lynn Coyne

Columbus: Anthony Moravec

Evansville: William “Bill” Shinn

Fort Wayne: Merland Beyler and Janet Geib

Hamilton County: Hamilton County Community Foundation

Indianapolis: Indy Achieves/City of Indianapolis

Kokomo: The Hingst Family

Lafayette: North Central Health Services, Inc.

Lake County/Valparaiso: Peoples Bank – A Finward Company

Lawrenceburg: Ohio County Community Foundation

Madison: Grote Industries Inc.

Marion: Dr. John M. Lightle

Muncie: Magna Powertrain of America Inc.

Richmond: Gerald “Gerry” Gerard

Sellersburg: Baptist Health Systems

South Bend: Beacon Health System

Terre Haute: John Adkins

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

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.

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. Invest IN Ivy Tech, a $285 million statewide fundraising campaign, provides greater opportunity for each of the College’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support all 92 of Indiana’s counties. Learn more at www.ivytech.edu/InvestINIvyTech.

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