Hoosier generosity in Ivy Tech campaign to have significant impact on students, state

Foundation’s Invest IN Ivy Tech campaign to boost statewide support for students, workforce development, infrastructure, and future programs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today, Ivy Tech Community College announced results of the generosity of 14,000 donors who have invested in Ivy Tech over the past five years. The Ivy Tech Foundation recently wrapped up its first–ever comprehensive fundraising campaign – a five-year statewide effort called Invest IN Ivy Tech. The campaign focused on creating an impact on Ivy Tech students, communities, and the state.

The campaign concluded during the 60th anniversary of the founding of Ivy Tech. Donors committed $340 million earmarked for student scholarships and related support, workforce development, infrastructure, and next-generation programs for those attending one of the College’s 19 campuses.

“The outpouring of support for Ivy Tech has truly been a testament to our 60 years as Indiana’s community college and the strong bond our campuses have with their communities,” said Courtney Roberts, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “When I travel to communities and talk to leaders across the state, they have a keen awareness of what Ivy Tech delivers, and they always want to know what more is coming to serve Hoosiers in their area. The results of this campaign underscore their belief in our work.”

Donors to the campaign included alumni who have benefitted from their Ivy Tech education, community partners who embrace the value Ivy Tech delivers to their area, and faculty and staff who believe in the mission and vision of the College. The funds raised do not go toward operational expenses and help the College maintain its low tuition – the lowest in the state.

“Along with the generous support of the Indiana General Assembly, thousands of individuals and organizations, our alumni, and our communities have collectively ensured we have the resources to make Ivy Tech the best community college possible,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said.

Funds are already being used to enhance opportunities for students and build stronger communities in Indiana. The College has expanded its nursing program and now produces more graduates with associate degrees in nursing than any college in the U.S., helping to ensure health care facilities and patients have the support they need. The Lilly Scholars program will support high school and college students with diverse backgrounds who intend to pursue careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The campaign produced more than 400 new scholarships for students across Indiana, and new facilities such as those in Columbus, Kokomo, and Muncie which provide state-of-the-art learning experiences for students attending those campuses.

The campaign focused on four primary areas of impact:

  • Our Students, funded at $150 million.
  • Our Workforce, funded at $121 million.
  • Our Infrastructure, funded at $42 million.
  • Our Future, funded at $27 million.

Detailed results from the Invest IN Ivy Tech campaign can be found in our new report.

Ivy Tech contributes to the lives of students and our communities in numerous ways:

  • Eight of ten students who graduate from Ivy Tech do so without student debt.
  • Ivy Tech graduates more nurses with associate degrees than any college in the nation, and most stay in Indiana to pursue their careers.
  • The College contributes to 1 of every 70 jobs across Indiana.
  • Ivy Tech awards more than 40,000 credentials and certifications each year, and nearly all who graduate – 93 percent – stay in the Hoosier State.

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 provides support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student tuition. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. Invest IN Ivy Tech, our recently completed $340 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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