Ivy Tech Community College Named 2022 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech has been named a 2022 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes.

Ivy Tech, which was considered among thousands of other large organizations for its ranking, was selected for this prestigious achievement based on specific evaluation criteria, including direct recommendations, indirect recommendations, diversity among top executives, and diversity engagement indicators.

Ivy Tech also ranked in the Top 10 of all educational institutions and the highest in the state of Indiana.

“This recognition speaks volumes about our work in diversity, equity, and belonging,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Ivy Tech is Indiana’s community college system with 19 campuses and 40 locations serving all of Indiana, so it is important our workplace embodies these values to strengthen our talent pipeline, encourage innovation, ensure the success of our students, and improve the prosperity of our state.”

Three years ago, Ivy Tech identified diversity, equity, and belonging as one of eight strategic plan goals and continues to track strategies and metrics relating to the goal, including removing systemic inequities and eliminating achievement gaps for its students. About 40% of all Black and Brown Hoosier college students and nearly 50% of all Black Hoosier students attending state schools choose Ivy Tech. 

Over 60,000 U.S. employees were surveyed in companies with a minimum of 1,000 employees to identify this year’s winners. View the full list of winners of the 2022 Best Employers for Diversity here and learn more about Ivy Tech’s strategic plan on our website.

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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly 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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OHIO, Ivy Tech agree to collaborate on program development

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 6, 2022) – Ohio University and Ivy Tech Community College, the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on the development of programs and other opportunities to serve students of both institutions.

The two institutions have developed articulated transfer pathways to allow Ivy Tech students to seamlessly transfer into Ohio University once they finish at Ivy Tech. The new agreement aims to develop a successful new higher education model for collaboration and cooperation that supports regional economic development through workforce development services and encourages more residents to pursue additional higher education.

“We already have a strong relationship with Ivy Tech, and I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen our connections through this agreement,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said.

Ivy Tech and Ohio University will work to build a strategic partnership that expands learning opportunities for students to ensure that employees in Indiana and Ohio are well prepared to prosper in a highly competitive global economy.

“This agreement further reinforces our commitment to ensuring that students have access to the higher education opportunities they need to establish meaningful, fulfilling careers,” Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “We look forward to working with Ivy Tech to develop new learning opportunities for students while enhancing the capabilities of both institutions.”

Through the official partnership, Ivy Tech students will now have access to Ohio University’s Strategic Transfer Educational Plan (STEP) program. STEP provides an advantage to current and future students from Ivy Tech who are planning to earn bachelor’s degrees at Ohio University by providing benefits such as early admission, personal transfer advising, and degree planning and financial savings and cost predictability through The OHIO Guarantee+. Learn more about the STEP program here.

“Our partnership with Ohio University provides flexibility for our students to continue achieving their goals through intentional programming and options that fit their needs,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to generating more pathways that benefit our students as they progress through their academic careers.”

Ohio University and Ivy Tech signed an articulation agreement in 2018 to allow Ivy Tech students who get their Associate of Science in Nursing degrees to transition into Ohio’s RN-to-BSN program. A similar general education equivalency guide was also created for students who were pursuing academic pathways outside of the nursing program. Those agreements were renewed in 2021, and additional pathway development will be completed this year.

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Contact: Jennifer Hashem, executive director of public affairs, at 563-271-4385 or jhashem1@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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Ohio University

Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders. OHIO is committed to fostering, embracing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Our Athens Campus offers students a residential learning experience in one of the nation’s most picturesque academic settings. Additional campuses and centers serve students across the state, and online programs further advance the University’s commitment to providing educational access and opportunity. Ohio University is a Carnegie R1-classified research-intensive institution with a record of advancing knowledge through discovery and innovation in the natural and biomedical sciences, humanities and arts, and engineering. Visit www.ohio.edu for more information.

The PepsiCo Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Partnership that will Provide 52 Students to Date with the Uplift Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College and The PepsiCo Foundation announced the launch of the Uplift Scholarship program to support Black and Hispanic students pursuing two-year degrees and professional certificate programs. In addition to financial assistance, the program will provide students with dedicated success coaches, access to emergency grants, and financial literacy courses.

The partnership, which was announced at Ivy Tech’s Spirit of Diversity Awards dinner this evening, will support 52 Black, Latino and Hispanic students studying Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing, enabling them to pursue high-demand careers.  

“Ivy Tech is proud to partner with PepsiCo for the Uplift Scholarship program,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “We appreciate PepsiCo’s commitment to helping minority students with financial need opportunities to complete credentials in high-wage, high-demand fields and address Indiana’s workforce demand.”

The Uplift Scholarship program is part of The PepsiCo Foundation’s $40 million commitment to address historical barriers that make it challenging for minority students to enroll, persist, and graduate from college – barriers that have widened during the pandemic. The Foundation’s Uplift Scholarship is currently offered at 20 community colleges across the country with the goal of providing 4,000 scholarships over five years.

“Higher education is the single most important tool we have for addressing economic and opportunity inequality. But just entering college is not enough,” said C.D. Glin, Global Head of Philanthropy, PepsiCo & Vice President, The PepsiCo Foundation. “Through the Uplift scholarship, The PepsiCo Foundation and Ivy Tech are working to ensure Black and Hispanic students not only have a chance to get into college but have access to critical resources to secure their diplomas and embark on meaningful careers.”

To be eligible for the Uplift Scholarship, students must be either Black, Latino, or Hispanic, new first-time Ivy Tech students, enrolled at least half-time (6 credits), possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have a current FAFSA on file, have financial need, be seeking a credential/degree in Information Technology or Advanced Manufacturing.

Ivy Tech received $400,000 in scholarship funds for the Uplift Scholarship program and has distributed over $100,000 so far to students at Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis, South Bend/Elkhart, and Marion campuses.

Ivy Tech is committed to reducing the racial equity gaps in enrollment, persistence, and completion. This aligns with PepsiCo Foundation’s Racial Equality Journey by closing wealth gaps by providing access to higher education for Black and Hispanic students, enabling them to acquire jobs in high-growth and high-wage fields.

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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About PepsiCo 

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $79 billion in net revenue in 2021, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with PepsiCo Positive (pep+). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About The PepsiCo Foundation 

 Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with non-profits and experts around the globe, we’re focused on helping communities obtain access to food security, safe water and economic opportunity. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to affect large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and are of global importance. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

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