In Honor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana’s 50Th Anniversaryby Representative Susan W. Brooks
Posted on 2013-03-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, March 15, 2013
Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in celebration of its 50th
anniversary. The people of my Congressional District and the State of
Indiana are forever grateful for Ivy Tech's commitment to preparing
Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally
competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, and
Since its founding on March 15, 1963, Ivy Tech has become the largest statewide community college system in the United States, with 31 degree-granting campuses and 125 diverse areas of study. Today, Ivy Tech is the fastest-growing institution of higher learning in the State of Indiana.
Over one million Hoosier students have passed through its doors on the way to a better life and increased opportunities, and 97 percent of these students stay in Indiana, working to make our State a better place to live and contributing to the health and productivity of our communities. Annually, Ivy Tech creates almost $8.2 billion in cumulative economic benefit for Indiana.
Undoubtedly, Ivy Tech has made significant contributions to the development of the Hoosier workforce, and its programs and training are designed to suit the specific needs of our communities and employers while providing options to students at an economically affordable rate. Ivy Tech is leading the way in making the dream of a higher education a reality for Hoosier workers and students from all walks of life. Every year, 200,000 students benefit from an Ivy Tech education, and the college has set for itself the ambitious goal of 50,000 graduates annually by 2025.
[[Page E309]] As the former Senior Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development and General Counsel at Ivy Tech, I was especially proud to be part of the college's Accelerating Greatness 2013 strategic plan, which succeeded in changing lives while making Indiana great. I look forward to an even brighter future for Ivy Tech Community College and the students it serves. Congratulations on 50 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Indiana! ____________________