Circle of Ivy Announcement


The Circle of Ivy held their Annual Luncheon on Friday, November 12, 2021, where they announced $17,000 in awards for 2021. After the votes were counted from all the proposals submitted, the following were selected: 

Here are the selected projects/programs for Evansville Circle of Ivy:

Nursing Lab Equipment $3,219.30
The Nursing profession is rapidly changing due to technological advances and now COVID. Resources would provide nursing students access to new IV pumps, scales, linen hampers, thermometers, injection trainers, and manikin trainers.

Study Abroad Scholarships $5,000
In 2022, Ivy Tech students will have an opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris. The money requested for this proposal will be used to provide five students a $1,000.00 scholarship that will be applied to their study abroad program cost. Thus strengthening the skills of our students by teaching them global skills and competencies that are integrated in the global studies certificates, global workforce skills certificate, and in the study abroad experience.

Period Poverty $601
“Period Poverty”, or a lack of access to menstrual products affects 1 in 10 college students in the United States. The Evansville campus is comprised of 64% of students who identify as female. At our on campus food closet, Ivy’s Closet, 91% of the female visitors request menstrual products or hygiene items. These resources would allow Ivy’s Closet to maintain a supply of feminine products.

Gloria’s Garden  $8,179.70
The Ivy Tech Evansville Campus is working in stage 1 of 3 to re-develop Gloria’s Garden. This new vision will be an outdoor space for learning, reflection, and support fresh produce available at Ivy’s Closet or through other health/wellness programs. These resources will help support the first stage which includes planters, tools and other foundation needs.

Thank you again for all those that submitted proposals and congratulations to the grantees. 

Circle of Ivy Announcement

Distinguished Alumni Nominations Now Being Accepted

Ivy Tech Community College is now accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni Award. To nominate Ivy Tech alumni for this award, go to: link.ivytech.edu/nominatealumni by Feb. 21, 2022.

The Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Name through a highly competitive process, recipients are selected based on their  lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.

Each year, one distinguished alumni is selected for each of the 19 campuses throughout the state. Each person is honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

“The alumni honored at this event represent the very best of what an Ivy Tech education makes possible,” said Ivy Tech Foundation Executive Director Erica Schmidt.

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Awardees must be graduates of Ivy Tech Community College, having received an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, or Certificate.
  • Awardees must have made significant contributions to their community through professional, philanthropic, or voluntary action.
  • Nominations will be accepted from alumni, Ivy Tech staff, and community members. Alumni may self-nominate if so desired.

Expectations of Awardees:

  • Each awardee will be expected to attend the awards ceremony in December in Indianapolis to accept their award, except in extraordinary circumstances. If travel expenses inhibit an awardee from attending, the Foundation office may be able to assist with expenses.
  • Awardees are expected to submit a high-resolution headshot and to participate in a short informational interview with Foundation staff, to aid in the promotion of the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Awards.
  • In the year following the awards ceremony, Distinguished Alumni may be invited by their local campus to be recognized at commencement, attend college events as a VIP, or to be celebrated as an ambassador of the college.

Selection Process:

  • No more than one awardee will be selected from each of Ivy Tech Community College’s 19 campuses.
  • Only complete nomination forms will be considered.
  • Selection Timeline
  • Nominations are accepted year-round.
  • Nominations are reviewed annually in April.
  • Awardees will be notified by mail in May.
  • The awardees will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Awards in December in Indianapolis.
Distinguished Alumni Nominations Now Being Accepted

 Donor Providing Giving Tuesday $10,000 Matching Grant Announces New Challenge Grant

More than $30,000 Raised on 2021 Giving Tuesday

State Farm Insurance Agent Paul Watzlavik and his wife Holly Watzlavik today announced a second $10,000 matching gift to the Ivy Tech Evansville Foundation for the 2022 Giving Tuesday campaign, challenging other donors to consider giving to Ivy Tech, and doubling their contribution through the match, said Ivy Tech Foundation Executive Director Erica Schmidt.

On this year’s Nov. 30 Giving Tuesday, the Watzlaviks and State Farm Insurance, provided the first $10,000 matching gift. Dozens of donors to the college met the challenge Nov. 30 raising $10,191. And with another gift announced today by Dr. Frank L. Hilton, the total raised for Giving Tuesday 2021 stands at $30,091. Hilton’s gift has been designated for nursing and health science students.  

(L-R) Daniela Vidal, chancellor; Dr. Frank Hilton, Cody Layson, Holly and Paul Watzlavik, St. Farm Insurance; Vanessa Fritz; Foundation staff: Nathan Jochum, Liesl Disch, and Erica Schmidt.

Today,  the Watzlaviks, State Farm Insurance, and  Cody Layson, an intern for the company and an Ivy Tech student, presented the $10,000 matching monies to the Ivy Tech Foundation to be used for the greatest needs of students.

Watzlavik said the reason he and his wife and State Farm wanted to provide the matching gift was to make certain that everyday pressures and obstacles students face to completing their degree can be reduced or removed. “When we started supporting Ivy Tech, we started with a scholarship and we saw firsthand the difference we were making.” Paul said. “But after learning more about additional needs of students like transportation, maybe even help with bills, and then better understanding how quickly technology, and teaching methods are changing, we wanted to create an endowment that supported the college’s most pressing needs – which could be any one of those things or all of those things in that particular year. An endowment is truly an investment in the good work happening at Ivy Tech.”

 Donor Providing Giving Tuesday $10,000 Matching Grant Announces New Challenge Grant

Ivy Tech Honors Distinguished Alumni Recipient

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College honored DeAndre Wilson, of Evansville, as one of 19 individuals across the state selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.

DeAndre Wilson next to wall sign at Ivy Tech Evansville

 “These individuals are examples of how Ivy Tech can change lives,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Whether they went on to pursue additional education or went straight to the workforce, our distinguished alumni make a difference in our communities every day. We are proud and honored to be part of their stories.”

According to the nomination form, Wilson, who is a 2016 graduate of the Hospitality Administration Program, was nominated for the award because he is an entrepreneur, culinary curator, small business owner, brand builder, and a doer. “He strives to better the ecosystem for young and future entrepreneurs.” Wilson lives by example to be a change agent by developing more inclusive and accessible channels for entrepreneurs to get necessary resources, mentoring, and support for long-term success in his community. All of his work revolves around enhancing the quality of life for residents in his neighborhood, Tepe Park, in Evansville. 

According to the nomination form, Wilson, who is a 2016 graduate of the Hospitality Administration Program, was nominated for the award because he is an entrepreneur, culinary curator, small business owner, brand builder, and a doer. “He strives to better the ecosystem for young and future entrepreneurs.” Wilson lives by example to be a change agent by developing more inclusive and accessible channels for entrepreneurs to get necessary resources, mentoring, and support for long-term success in his community. All of his work revolves around enhancing the quality of life for residents in his neighborhood, Tepe Park, in Evansville. 

According to the nomination form, Wilson, who is a 2016 graduate of the Hospitality Administration Program, was nominated for the award because he is an entrepreneur, culinary curator, small business owner, brand builder, and a doer. “He strives to better the ecosystem for young and future entrepreneurs.” Wilson lives by example to be a change agent by developing more inclusive and accessible channels for entrepreneurs to get necessary resources, mentoring, and support for long-term success in his community. All of his work revolves around enhancing the quality of life for residents in his neighborhood, Tepe Park, in Evansville. 

Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are all encouraged to make nominations. Awardees must be graduates of Ivy Tech, having received an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, or Certificate.

The College has been honoring Distinguished Alumni since 1998.

For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/alumniawards.

Ivy Tech Honors Distinguished Alumni Recipient

HOLA Announces Ivy Tech Scholarship for Latino Students

Evansville, IN – Brant Flores owner of PMG Landscaping and president of the board of directors for HOLA, a southwest Indiana organization with the mission of enhancing cultural diversity and ensuring the success of Latinos in the region, today announced, that the organization is donating $5,000 to Ivy Tech Community College Evansville. 

The funding will be used to create the Dream Big Scholarship Fund for Latino students attending Ivy Tech, who have financial need, but may not have access to state and federal aid. In making the announcement, Flores said one of the pillars of the organization is to support Latinos in their educational endeavors. Brant Flores said, “the HOLA organization was designed to evolve as the needs of the Latino community in Southwest Indiana progresses. Horace Mann said ‘Education is the great equalizer’ and our people are ready to take on the challenge of bettering themselves to achieve their potential and we think that the best partner in this endeavor is Ivy Tech.” The $5,000 came from the proceeds of the annual HOLA Festival held this last August. “We want to thank the Southwest Indiana community for attending and supporting our event at Bosse Field that allowed us to contribute to this special need,” Flores added. HOLA will continue to raise funds and hopes to contribute to this fund annually. 

Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal said the gift is especially important on this Giving Tuesday. “We also want to announce that HOLA’s donation and the number of students we can serve was just increased, as we will match that $5,000 with funding from donors who have a similar mission – for a total of $10,000 to be used for Latino students in need. “One special donor who is contributing to a fund he established for this same cause through the Ivy Tech Foundation, is Casey Trela, director of financial aid,” said Erica Schmidt, executive director of the Foundation. “He works on the frontlines and sees the financial burden that is an obstacle, that students face,” Schmidt added. 

This will be an opportunity for our students to get their start at Ivy Tech and earn a degree or credential that is needed for the high-demand jobs in our community, while addressing a growing unmet need,” she said. 

The check was accepted by Erica Schmidt, executive director of the Ivy Tech Foundation. Interested students can learn more by going to https://link.ivytech.edu/HOLA 

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

HOLA Announces Ivy Tech Scholarship for Latino Students

Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Announces Board Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Foundation has nominated four members to board leadership for its statewide organization. Board leadership will now include Constance Brown as Chair, Roland Shelton as Vice Chair, Patrick Ralston as Treasurer and Lauren Salerno as Secretary.

Constance D. Brown is a CPA who began her career with Ernst & Young specializing in healthcare. She spent 25 years in healthcare and health insurance with more than 20 years as the CFO of M Plan, Inc., Indiana University Health Plans, Inc. and related companies. She currently serves on the board of Ivy Tech Community College Foundation, Marquette Retirement Living Community (Finance Comm Chairman) and Conner Prairie. She has been a past member/ officer of the Boards of Directors of the International School of Indiana, Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation, Inc., Special Olympics and Girls Incorporated.

Roland Shelton has more than 30 years of expertise in executive leadership roles. Mr. Shelton was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Strategic Business Partnership Officer in 2020 at Old National Bank. Prior to this, he served as Executive Business Development Officer. Prior to joining Old National Bank in 2017, Mr. Shelton served as Senior Vice President of Constituent Relations at Indiana State University. Mr. Shelton also worked at Park University as the Associate Vice President for Advancement and was a Business Manager at General Motors. He serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Mid-State Minority Development Council, Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Regional Federal Prison Board, and the Hamilton Center Board of Directors.

Patrick Ralston served as Vice President of First Financial Bank for 17 years and as a state agency head under three Indiana governors – Evan Bayh, Frank O’Bannon and Joe Kernan.  He served 3 years in the US Army of that one year in Vietnam. Prior, he also worked at the Great Lakes Commission as Chairman, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, and Indiana Heritage Trust. He was appointed by Congress to serve on the Gilmore Commission to assess the United States ability to respond to weapons of mass destruction in 1999.  He currently serves on the Terre Haute Regional Hospital Board of Directors, Gibault Children Service Board of Directors, and Small Business Advisory Council at Indiana State University.

Lauren Salerno is an attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Her position as Director of Product Management spans a variety of software companies across the country, including Lexis-Nexis, Thomson Reuters and Ontario Systems. Lauren focused her skills as a leader in marketing, finance, project management and a number of other cross-functional areas.  Lauren’s experience has allowed her to successfully contribute to her passion for philanthropy. She served on many Foundation Boards and committees focusing on education and healthcare, such as Christamore House Guild, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Board, Eskenazi Health Strategic Planning Committee and St. Vincent Foundation Board. Lauren currently serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board as Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Executive Committee as well as Chair of the Circle of Ivy – Women in Philanthropy.

“We are honored to have this team’s leadership, vast array of professional experiences, and true passion for Ivy Tech taking our board and Foundation to the next level of success,” said Constance Brown, board chair of the Ivy Tech Foundation.  “I would also like to thank our outgoing board members, Terry Bowen, David Findlay, Michael Lunsford, Lee Marchant, Phil Roby and Rich VonDerHaar, for their dedication and service to the board.”

The following individuals were appointed to the Ivy Tech Foundation Board:

  • Brian Stater, Hamilton County, vice president of business development, Bowen Engineering
  • Brian Statz, Indianapolis, director, LewisKappes
  • Seema Verma, Indianapolis, managing director, SAMNI Advisors, LLC

For a complete list of Ivy Tech Foundation Board members, visit: giving.ivytech.edu/board

Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Announces Board Leadership

Wellness and Fitness at Ivy Tech

Self-Care Series
Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:15 in Room 120
Contact Student Life for more information on this series. 

November 11 – Healthy Meal Planning (by Susannah Dickman)
November 18 – Positive Self-Talk
December 2 – Kindness Rocks

Let It All Go Self-Care Clinic
Monday, November 15

12:15 – 1:00, Lamkin Center
Learn techniques to let stress go and create a routine of self-care and compassion. E-mail alutzel@ivytech.edu to register.
 
Let’s Talk About Sex
Safe Sex and HIV Clinic
Wednesday, November 17
10:00 – 1:00

Learn about safe sex and STIs from our friends at Matthew 25 AIDS Services. An informational table will be set up in the Koch Student Center. Also, receive a free and confidential HIV test in the Wellness Center, Room 142B. Test results take one minute. First come, first served.
 
Beginner’s Yoga with Ash
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, November 23 – December 14
12:00 – 1:00, Fitness Center Group Exercise Room 

Ash has designed this class to be open and accessible to any level of yogi. If you’re new to the mat, you’ll receive the guidance needed to feel strong and confident in your practice. If you’re an experienced student, you’ll be encouraged to expand your practice pose by pose. Props and mats are available for you to use from the Fitness Center.
Please make sure you are registered to use the fitness center in order to participate in the yoga class.

Gloria’s Garden
Interested in being a part of something new and big on campus? You have the opportunity of volunteering to play a role in the new and improved Gloria’s Garden on campus. This garden will not only be a place of learning and reflection but will help feed Ivy Tech students in need. It takes people like you to keep it going. Please contact Amy at alutzel@ivytech.edu if you’re interested in volunteering to help grow the garden. 

Wellness and Fitness at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech to Sponsor Event to Promote Culinary Careers on Oct. 26

Evansville, IN — Culinary Crossroads has announced Ivy Tech-Evansville will be serving as the “Presenting Sponsor” for the Oct. 26 initial dinner of the Culinary Crossroads-On The Road dinner series.

In coming on board with the “On the Road” dinner, Ivy Tech Chancellor Daniela Vidal sees the event as an opportunity to begin to re-imagine what the Hospitality and Culinary programs at Ivy Tech could and should be, and to demonstrate the school’s ongoing commitment to the culinary community in Evansville and the surrounding communities in Southwest Indiana.

Chancellor Vidal will provide a brief overview of the school’s plans for delivering education, training and support services to the culinary industry which has been forced to change drastically due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting changes in consumer behavior.

“We are thrilled with the timing of this event as it coincides quite well with our current planning activities for delivering our customized education, training and service products to the culinary community,” Vidal said. “Re-imagining the programs is important for our community and I am looking forward to sharing an ‘appetizer’ of our plans at next Tuesday’s dinner.”

Culinary Crossroads spokesman Larry Dickerson, said “Having Ivy Tech involved in our initial dinner and ongoing activities in Evansville and the surrounding area of Southwest Indiana will provide a tremendous foundation for success. We look forward to the ongoing collaborative efforts with Ivy Tech, chefs, restaurateurs, product and service providers, financial institutions, public officials and business owners, all of which have a vested interest in building and nurturing a vibrant culinary community.

The dinner will feature three of Evansville’s top “Chef Ambassadors,” Charisa Perkins-Copper House, Jeremiah Galey-Amy’s On Franklin, and Lake Russell-Schymik’s Kitchen. The Evansville dinner will also serve as the start of Culinary Crossroads ongoing monitoring, support and promotion of the Evansville culinary community with their stakeholders throughout the entire Hoosier State.

The dinner series is just one of Culinary Crossroad’s initiatives which serve to raise the awareness of the people, products, places and services which help define Indiana’s culinary landscape and make the state the preferred destination to live, work and play.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets visit http://www.culinarycrossroads.org follow Culinary Crossroads on Facebook @culinarycrossroadsIN To learn more about Ivy Tech Community College, please go to http://www.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech to Sponsor Event to Promote Culinary Careers on Oct. 26

Ivy Tech Community College Launches $285 million First Statewide Campaign; Evansville Campus Kicks Off its Local Campaign

Evansville, IN – Today marks the beginning of the public phase of Ivy Tech Community College’s first-ever statewide campaign. Ivy Tech Evansville announced its $12.1 million Invest IN Ivy Tech Capital Campaign, at a public event on the Ivy Tech campus, as a part of the Ivy Tech overall goal of raising $285 million. The live-streamed and in-person event was made simultaneously with all 19 campuses statewide.

Announced recently was a Community Economic Impact Report for the college and each campus. According to the report, Ivy Tech Community College’s impact is felt all across Indiana. When the College’s students succeed, communities and local businesses thrive, the state attracts new industries and entrepreneurs, and futures are bolder and brighter.  A recent study revealed Ivy Tech has a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact to the state, the report states.

“Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college, plays an outsized role in upskilling Indiana’s workforce and increasing Hoosier prosperity,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “This campaign is largely a ‘human capital’ campaign ensuring we reach, educate, and serve all Hoosiers from first generation high school graduates to single parents and displaced workers allowing them to launch successful careers in high wage, high demand fields that will drive Indiana’s future economy.”

Shawn McCoy, chair of the Evansville Region campaign, CEO of Deaconess Health System, and secretary of the Ivy Tech Campus Board of Trustees said, “Ivy Tech’s healthcare-field graduates come to our organization—and other health systems, hospitals and clinics—well-prepared and trained to provide quality patient care. He added that Investing in Ivy Tech’s education programs allows individuals and organizations to “invest in their future employees who will care for our patients, families and community.” McCoy today announced that Deaconess Health Systems is contributing $250,000 to the campaign.

Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal agreed about the need and desire of employees and the public to support Ivy Tech students. “One thing you discover quickly when you talk to an Ivy Tech employee is their strong passion for our mission and our students,” she said. “This is because we experience daily the life, and even generational changes our students achieve through Ivy Tech. We also quickly realize the size of the need. Without the help and support of our community and donors we would not be able to support our students to the degree we do, not just academically but also with any other challenge that gets in the way of their success.”

Invest IN Ivy Tech provides greater opportunity for each of the college’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support its students. The funds raised through the campaign will benefit all of the campuses serving the 92 counties across Indiana. It reflects the College’s strategic plan and each campus’ strategic priorities, and will make a substantial difference for students, communities and the state.

Silvia Barreto, a medical assistant and an Ivy Tech nursing student since August of 2020, said the support she has been provided at Ivy Tech means the difference of being able to continue, or not, and finish her Associate Degree. “I was working with a clinic providing COVID-19 testing to patients while attending school. Recently, my contract ended abruptly due to the decline in the number of patients being seen daily. I did find another job; however, it took a while for the hiring process to take its course,” Barreto said. “During that time, I fell into some financial hardships. I was just about to begin the current semester that I’m in, and everything began to accumulate as far as payments and school expenses. Ivy Tech has given me the opportunity to not only have free books this year, frozen tuition, but also, the Lamkin Center and it’s incredible donors have given me something I cannot begin to describe. They have given me hope-the positive reinforcement that I needed.” Barreto said that support led her to being able to successfully complete her first two nursing courses.

“I have been able to make it without the overwhelming feeling of my financial burdens keeping me from pursuing my educational goals and dreams,” Barreto said.

The campaign is being co-chaired by Glick Art Owner & Chairwoman of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation Marianne Glick and Old National Bank Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones.  Ontario Systems Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer Ron Fauquher is serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the campaign.

“I believe that an investment in Ivy Tech is the most impactful on the future of our citizens, our communities, and our State.  I am honored to co-chair this campaign and help tell the Ivy Tech story,” stated Glick.

“I have seen first-hand the role of Ivy Tech graduates in our communities.  They graduate ready to work and to contribute to the quality of life in their hometowns,” said Jones.

Ivy Tech’s impact supports the equivalent of 56,697 jobs. For perspective, the activities of Ivy Tech and its students support one out of every 70 jobs in Indiana.  A recent economic impact study showed that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers.

“Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits students derive from their education,” said Ellspermann. “When the College’s students enter the workforce, whether right out of Ivy Tech or after continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree, they bring with them valuable skills acquired through their education, resulting in increased productivity for their employers. That has a lasting impact on our state and the dozens of communities where our students live and work.”  

To unite the past with the future, Invest IN Ivy Tech will be completed in 2023, the 60th anniversary of Ivy Tech.  Learn more at InvestINIvytech.org.

Ivy Tech Community College Launches $285 million First Statewide Campaign; Evansville Campus Kicks Off its Local Campaign

REPORT REVEALS IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ECONOMIC IMPACT

College produces $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact throughout state

An in-depth study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. (Emsi), has revealed the significant positive economic impact Ivy Tech Community College makes on the State of Indiana, including the local impact of $271.5 million in income to the Evansville Campus Service Area economy in 2018-19.*  The report outlines the return on investment the Community College makes to its major stakeholder groups – students, taxpayers and the communities it serves. Results of the analysis reflect a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact statewide.

The 2020 Ivy Tech Community College Economic Impact Report, based on fiscal year 2018-19, includes the following key findings for the local area:

  • Alumni have the greatest impact on the state because of higher earnings and increased productivity of the businesses that employ them. In FY 2018-19, Ivy Tech alumni generated $244.7 million in added income for the region’s economy, which is the equivalent to supporting 3,145 jobs.
  • In the 10-county Evansville service area, Ivy Tech employs 457 full-time and part-time faculty and staff with a total operation spend of $23.7 million contributing to the local economy.
  • The expenditures of retained students in FY 2018-19 also added $3.1 million in income to the local economy and supported the equivalent of 80 jobs in the Evansville Campus Service Region.

“We who work and learn at Ivy Tech, see daily the incredible impact the college has on our communities and state, but this report is very eye opening,” said Evansville Region Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “In FY 2018-19, Ivy Tech Evansville served 6,053 credit and 1,266 non-credit students – who invested in their future. In return, they are receiving a stream of higher future earnings that will continue to grow throughout their working lives,” she said.

And, Ivy Tech Evansville generates more in tax revenue than it takes. The report indicates that for every $1 of public money invested in Ivy Tech Evansville, taxpayers will receive a cumulative value of $2 over the course of the students’ working lives. Value is created from several perspectives, Vidal said.

“Benefits to taxpayers will also consist of savings generated by the improved lifestyles of Ivy Tech Evansville students and the corresponding reduced government services,” Vidal said. “Education is statistically correlated with a variety of lifestyle changes. This will generate savings in healthcare, crime and income assistance, which in turn lowers the demand for national healthcare services, law enforcement, and make graduates more employable reducing income assistance needed.”

“Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits students derive from their education,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “When the College’s students enter the workforce, they bring with them valuable skills acquired through their education, resulting in increased productivity for their employers. That has a lasting impact on our state and the dozens of communities where our students live and work.” 

For details on the statewide impact, visit www.ivytech.edu/impact. To find full details about the Evansville campus, click the Evansville button.

Individual student impact grows with investment

In addition to identifying the economic impact of the institution, the study also analyzed the value of the investment students are making in themselves by choosing an Ivy Tech education, and the value the community is investing in students through public dollars the institution receives from taxpayers.

The study found that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers. The average Ivy Tech associate degree graduate from FY 2018-19 will see annual earnings that are $10,200 higher than a person with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Indiana.

“In today’s job market, a post-secondary credential is more important than ever,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech offers a cost-effective way of acquiring knowledge and skills that lead to new careers and improved earnings.”

In fact, students will see an average annual return on investment of 18.3%, which is significantly higher than the U.S. stock market’s 30-year average rate of return of just under 10%, or the 30-year U.S. Treasury at 1.91% rate of return.

*Evansville campus service area consists of the following counties: Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Posey, Perry, Dubois, Pike, Daviess, Knox and Spencer.

REPORT REVEALS IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ECONOMIC IMPACT