Ivy Tech’s First Day of Giving to Support Next Generation of Hoosier Leaders
Nation’s largest singly accredited community college holding statewide Ivy Tech Day on April 11
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For students carving out a career, a day can mean everything. On April 11, Ivy Tech alumni, friends, and people across Indiana can help the College develop the next generation of Hoosier healthcare professionals, manufacturing specialists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders by participating in Ivy Tech Day, the College’s first-ever Day of Giving.
Starting at midnight – for 24 hours – alumni and friends everywhere can support the College’s 19 campuses and 173,000 students who are building brighter futures for themselves and for those around them. The Ivy Tech Foundation, which is organizing the day, wants to reach 600 gifts in recognition of the College’s 60th anniversary.
“Ivy Tech Day is a big moment for our entire College family,” said Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “As Indiana’s community college, we want to build upon our work while creating a fun, memorable way to come together and demonstrate our collective passion for our students and communities. I look forward to seeing our alumni, our students, our faculty and staff, and our friends in the community come together for a common goal.”
One leader who blossomed from her Ivy Tech experience is Ashley Gurvitz, who today is president of the United Northeast Community Development Corporation in Indianapolis. Gurvitz worked to find her true passion right out of high school before embracing the world of advocacy and public policy. She earned a degree in business administration from Ivy Tech before graduating from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She recently received the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award.
“When I went to college, there was a lot of fear and uncertainty on my part,” Gurvitz said. “Ivy Tech validated the fact that I belonged and that my life experiences mattered. I cannot underscore this point enough: I would not be where I am today without Ivy Tech.”
Supporters will be able to contribute toward the future of Ivy Tech by visiting ivytech.edu/giveday. Participants can contribute through the Ivy Tech Foundation – whether it’s $6 or $6,000 or more – starting at midnight. The Foundation encourages everyone associated with Ivy Tech to wear green and share videos and photos on social media showing their passion for the College and expressing why they are participating in Ivy Tech Day. Alumni and friends can use the hashtags #give2ivy and #growivygrow to show their support. Supporters will be able to follow the Foundation all day long on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Ivy Tech campuses across the state will also hold online and live activities in their communities.
Ivy Tech was founded 60 years ago on March 15, 1963. Today, Ivy Tech contributes $3.9 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, including a net impact of $3.6 billion from alumni working in the state. Eight of ten students who graduate from Ivy Tech do so without student debt. Additionally, Ivy Tech:
• graduates more nurses with 2-year degrees than any college in the nation, and most stay in Indiana to pursue their careers.
• contributes to 1 of every 70 jobs across Indiana.
• awards more than 40,000 credentials and certifications each year, and nearly all who graduate – 93 percent – stay in the Hoosier State.
Ivy Tech Day is part of the Foundation’s 5-year, $285 million campaign.
“Our graduates are making a real impact in communities across the state, and the possibilities ahead are exciting,” said Courtney Roberts, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “From nurses to manufacturers to the culinary arts, Ivy Tech graduates are making a real difference in the lives of people across Indiana.
“Our environment requires solutions to problems faced by industries everywhere,” Roberts said. “Our community of students, alumni, faculty, and partners is making it happen.”
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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