State Representative Cindy Ledbetter 2023 Commencement Speech

Chancellor Vidal, members of the board, members of the faculty, proud parents, family members, and above all, graduates, the first thing I would like to say is thank you. Delivering a commencement speech is an extraordinary honor, and I am so proud to be a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College.  I also want to say that I will do my best to be brief in my speech as I have sat through these graduations with my children and know that they can make for a long evening. 

As you heard in my introduction, in 2020, I was elected to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives. After I won the election, The Speaker of the House, Todd Huston, drove to Newburgh to meet with me for lunch. The intent of the meeting was for him to get to know more about me, so when he asked about me, I shared my work history and background; I told him that I had worked in healthcare for over 25 years and had a background in management, but he kept pushing me, he wanted to know more. So I shared my personal story with him, and since that time he has always stated,  “Cindy I don’t think you share your story enough.”

As a result of that, I thought I would share a little of my story with you this evening. 

When I was 15 years old, living in Mississippi, my mom left me and my younger brother and sister with an alcoholic, abusive stepfather. My mother had not made one payment on the home we were living in, so we were forced to move out. We ended up moving into a trailer park.  On Christmas Day of that year, we had no tree, no gifts, and no food in that trailer. 

There was a knock on the door that day. It was the patrons of the bar that my stepfather drank with and they had adopted our family for Christmas. They brought in big bags of toys, and there was even a hair dryer in there for me to use as I had been drying my hair in front of an electric heater. There were also several boxes of food we got two turkeys that day bags of potatoes, and canned goods I cooked and cried all day long, being so grateful for the kindness of those bar patrons. 

I became pregnant at 16, had my daughter at age 17, and dropped out of high school; and at one point was homeless with my daughter in the late 1980s. 

Moving forward to the late 90s, I moved to Owensboro to work for my aunt at Sonic Drive-In.  I was working 70 hours a week and was not making any money. I saw in the newspaper that there was this city named Evansville that had all these jobs that paid far better on the hour, so I accepted a position to manage a convenience store off of Highway 41 across from U of E. One day while I was driving down Highway 41, I saw this billboard that stated, “Ivy Tech, where will you be in two years.” It was at that time I thought to myself, “Cindy, where will you be in two years?”  I had been working dead-end jobs, and I just didn’t seem to be moving forward in life. 

So, I drove to Ivy Tech.  When I pulled into the parking lot, I was so intimidated by the thought of college. Nobody in my family had ever gone to college. Everybody in my family is on welfare.

I got out of the car with my knees shaking, and I walked in the front door and was about to turn around and leave out of fear when a tall elderly gentleman approached me and asked, “Young lady, how can I help you?”  I replied, “Well, Sir, I want to go to college, I just don’t know where to get started.” That man took my hand and walked me through the door of the admission office, and my whole life changed. 

During my time at Ivy Tech, I was earning $12,000 a year through work and was using income tax returns and student loans for money. I also took advantage of government grants which paid for my school books, childcare, and even emergency repairs on my car.  I was a single mother of two young daughters and struggled to pay my rent. I remember going to my landlord during that time and telling him that I might get behind on my rent. When he asked me how far behind, and would it only be one month, I responded with “no sir I may be about three months behind.”  I remember him putting his head down, thinking for a minute and then looking up stating, “Well since you came to me it will be okay.” I once again found myself feeling grateful.

I graduated from Ivy Tech in 1999 at 32 years old with an Associate Degree in nursing. That year I took advantage of another government program that co-signed the note on the very first home I bought.  I remember that day shaking so badly with anxiety on signing that banknote, that the loan officer asked if I was okay. Once again, I remembered feeling grateful.

It has taken me 24 years, but I continued in my education, receiving my Doctorate degree from USI and walking for the first time last Friday. At the age of 56, I became Dr. Ledbetter.  I am so grateful that I can now pay it forward and give back to those in need.

I share this story with you this evening because I want you first to recognize how far you have come and, secondly, to know that regardless of your social status, income, age, race, or gender, you have the ability to achieve so much more. The journey to finding your story and message is yours alone.  No one else can make the journey for you and hand you your voice at the end.  But also, no one can take your voice away from you unless you let them.

So, I challenge you today to not stop here, to continue to pursue your goals and dreams and to keep moving forward. Keep moving forward in gratitude.

In closing, I will leave you with a quote from Melanie Beatty.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

So CONGRATULATIONS to all you new grads, Way to go!! I know the work that goes into receiving a degree, and I wish you the best moving forward.  Thank you!

State Representative Cindy Ledbetter 2023 Commencement Speech

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville To Graduate Nearly 1,250 Students May 12

The Ivy Tech Community College Evansville commencement will confer degrees and credentials on approximately 1,250 students on Friday, May 12. The annual Commencement Exercise begins at 7 p.m., at the Ford Center. The public is invited to attend.

Guest speakers for the 2023 Commencement include State Representative District 75 Cindy Ledbetter and Outstanding Elementary Education graduating student Ty Bernhardt.

Ledbetter, a psychiatric nurse in Evansville and Indiana State Representative, is a 1999 Ivy Tech graduate who earned a nursing degree, and has since also earned a B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. She also earned a post-Master certificate in psychiatric and mental health nursing and a doctorate in nursing this year from USI.

Ty Bernhardt is a 2013 graduate of F.J. Reitz High School. Bernhardt will graduate with an Associate of Science degree and technical certificate in elementary education. He currently is serving as a substitute teacher, in addition to finishing his degree. He plans to transfer to the University of Evansville as a junior to earn his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He is a member of the Aspiring Educators Club at Ivy Tech.

Honored during the event will be:

  • 2014 Ivy Tech graduate Gelina Mascoe, will be recognized as the 2023 Distinguished Alumna. Mascoe, who was born in La Gonave, Haiti, founded Lumiere D’education Foundation, a charitable organization that provides free education to 170 children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Closer to home, she is the founder of the recently opened the Haitian Center of Evansville, connecting local Haitian immigrants to the support they need to achieve independence, increase overall well-being and enhance future community impact.
  • Lu Porter will receive the Benefactor of the Year award.  She has served Ivy Tech as a Foundation Board member for more than 27 years, connecting donors and students into the Ivy Tech family. Porter serves the community in many ways including her time on 25 local and state boards over the last several decades to supporting community needs and assisting non-profits in their fundraising efforts. She retired from the Evansville African American Museum after seven years in 2017 and previously worked in community outreach for Integra Bank for 18 years.

Students graduating are earning a total of 1,776 associate and associate of applied science degrees, certificates and technical certificates. Of those graduating, approximately half are graduating with honors and 149 will graduate summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA.

This year marks the first graduating class of the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, with 18 students earning their technical certificate in entrepreneurship. Ivy Tech also has nearly 200 high school students who are earning a college degree or credential even before they graduate with their high school diploma, through dual credit and dual enrollment classes they have taken with the college; and through the many Early College High Schools in Vanderburgh, Perry, and Spencer counties that Ivy Tech sponsors. There are also 283 students who have earned their Indiana College Core Technical Certificate, allowing them to transfer their credits to any college in Indiana and start as a sophomore.

Ivy Tech continues to serve the workforce in a wide variety of ways, including through the Achieve Your Degree Program, through which 67 graduates are earning their degree this year, as well as  213 apprentices in the trades in the region who earned their credentials and associate degrees.

Ivy Tech Evansville offers more than 50 programs of study that may be completed in two years or less.

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville To Graduate Nearly 1,250 Students May 12

First-ever Entrepreneur Expo May 9 at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville will host its first Entrepreneurship Expo Tuesday, May 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Koch Student Center, on the main campus.  The Ivy Tech Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation students, who will have completed their technical certificate in entrepreneurship by May 12, will be featured and launch their start-up companies at the event. 

“This showcase event will introduce the Tri-State to Ivy Tech’s successful and innovative student entrepreneurs, who will share their experiences and new start-ups ventures,” said Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “The Expo will provide our attendees with the opportunity to learn about and connect with the city’s new start-up companies.”

New companies, and the Entrepreneurship student to be featured at the event include:




The Entrepreneurship Expo is free and open to the public. Individuals will have the opportunity to interact with students in the Garatoni School and explore the new ventures the students are launching.  

Several food trucks will also be at the event for lunch service. RSVPs are encouraged at:

First-ever Entrepreneur Expo May 9 at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Surpasses First Ivy Tech Day Giving Goals

Ivy Tech Day – the first-ever Day of Giving for Ivy Tech Community College – brought alumni, students, and friends of the College together on Tuesday to celebrate 60 years of achievement and opportunity in Indiana. The 24-hour event also exceeded its goal with 1,839 gifts contributing $241,685 that will provide for immediate student and programmatic needs across the state. The Foundation set a goal of 600 contributions to recognize Ivy Tech’s 60th anniversary this year.

The Ivy Tech’s campus in Evansville received $8,525 in contributions from more than 60 of Ivy Tech friends, alumni, staff, and members of our Campus Board of Trustees in the first-time day of giving.

Several events across Indiana knitted together the state’s passion for the nation’s largest singly accredited community college – such as lighting downtown Evansville green including the old Court House and Main Street, a commemorative Ivy Tech wine in Terre Haute, a “green scene” in downtown Muncie, and a Monument Circle lighting in downtown Indianapolis.

“The response underscores the importance of Ivy Tech to the State of Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “Our donors, alumni, students, employer partners, faculty and staff, and friends in the community demonstrated the collective passion people have for Indiana’s community college, and I am incredibly grateful to the many people and organizations who support our work.”

Approximately 173,000 people attend Ivy Tech’s 19 campuses across Indiana. Last year, over 41,000 credentials and certifications were awarded, and 93 percent of those who graduate stay in the Hoosier State to pursue their careers.

More than 50 challenge donations, ranging from $200 to $10,000, were received during the day.

“Ivy Tech Day was about bringing people together across Indiana, and we are thrilled with the response of our communities and campuses,” added Courtney Roberts, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “Our college and communities work together to make Indiana a great place to live. More than 90 percent of our graduates stay in Indiana to pursue their careers, and they showed us this week how they make a real difference for Hoosiers.”

Ivy Tech was founded 60 years ago on March 15, 1963. 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.

“We are incredibly grateful to our generous alumni, community partners, and friends across Indiana,” Roberts said. “Their spirit and enthusiasm made it a great day, and their commitment makes Ivy Tech a wonderful college for students in Indiana.”

Ivy Tech Surpasses First Ivy Tech Day Giving Goals

Ivy Tech’s First-Ever Ivy Tech Day April 11

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 others by participating in Ivy Tech Day, the College’s first-ever Day of Giving.

Starting at midnight – and 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 statewide day, wants to reach 600 gifts in recognition of the College’s 60th anniversary.

At the Evansville campus students and staff will celebrate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koch Student Center with food, games, music, as well as students crafting thank you messages and videos to donors.

Go Green
Evansville area businesses are encouraged to “Go Green” on April 11, allowing employees to wear green or an Ivy Tech shirt. Businesses can also allow employees to wear jeans for $5 that can be donated to Ivy Tech at Watch for lots of green streetlights on Main Street celebrating the day.

Individuals are encouraged to share their pictures on social media and share their thoughts about why Ivy Tech is important to the community. 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 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 create a fun, memorable way to come together and demonstrate our collective passion for our students, the college, and our communities. I believe our donors, alumni, students, employer partners, faculty and staff, and friends in the community will rally in celebration of Ivy Tech’s impact and 60th anniversary.”

Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal loves that Ivy Tech is celebrating its first Ivy Tech Day in recognition of its 60 years of creating opportunities in our communities. “We hope everyone will take a moment to donate $6, $60, or even $600 during Ivy Tech’s Day of Giving, so that Ivy Tech can reach even more potential students – from employers who want to skill up their workforce by co-creating a pipeline with Ivy Tech, to employees looking to gain new skillsets, to the high school student looking to earn a degree or credential and transfer their credits or get to work in two years or less.”

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 are making it happen.”

Ivy Tech’s First-Ever Ivy Tech Day April 11

SABIC Signs Four Ivy Tech Students to First-Ever Internships

SABIC Signs Four Ivy Tech Students to First-Ever Internships

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – SABIC, a global diversified chemicals company, today (3-23-23) signed four students enrolled in Process Operations Technology classes at Ivy Tech Community College, to be paid interns at its Mt. Vernon plant.

They are:

  • Nathan Collins Harrisburg, IL
  • Blayne Mayhew Petersburg, IN
  • Karl Baro Mt. Vernon, IN
  • Conner McKinney Mt. Vernon, IN

“The students were recognized today as the first chemical operator interns at SABIC,” said Niall McConville, Director of the SABIC Mt. Vernon facility. Several years ago, SABIC officials came to Ivy Tech to discuss a possible partnership to create a local curriculum for candidates interested in chemical operator positions at their company. Ivy Tech began offering the technical certificate in Process Operations in 2017.

“At the time of our initial discussions, we had seen the writing on the wall and knew that many of our chemical operators would retire over the next 10 years and we needed to work quickly to educate and train individuals to fill these specialized roles as well as create a long-term pipeline,” said McConville.  “We modeled what we wanted at Ivy Tech after a similar program in another state, and put resources in place to make it happen.”

In the last year, SABIC has introduced possible full-ride scholarships, paid internships, and a guaranteed interview for a job at their Mt. Vernon plant, to students in the program at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal believes this partnership is a good model for the workforce. “We are so pleased to be able to co-create this talent pipeline offering a technical certificate in Process Operations Technology.” Vidal said. The Technical Certificate is a 34-credit hour program, over a two- to three-semester time frame. “To date, 13 students have graduated with a technical certificate and we expect many more in the future. Ivy Tech partners with many industries to provide the relevant, timely training needed for our communities’ workforce needs.”

To learn more about this initiative go to


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.

SABIC Signs Four Ivy Tech Students to First-Ever Internships

Ivy Tech Evansville Entrepreneurship Student Wins $20,000 Prize in Elevate Ventures Pitch Competition

EVANSVILLE, INJoshua Marksberry, a student in the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville, has been announced as a winner of a $20,000 pre-seed investment for his start-up company Catena.

Elevate Ventures, a leader in U.S. venture capital, recently announced 14 winners of its last three 2022 Elevate Nexus pitch competitions, resulting in $580,000 in investments in Indiana-based startups. Each winner received an $80,000 seed or $20,000 pre-seed investment to propel them as they create high-growth businesses across the state.

“We are excited and honored to win the Elevate Nexus 2022 pitch competition,” said Marksberry, CEO of Catena. “This funding will support the development of two new products: Catena Fortify, which can boost the physical properties of plastics, and Catena Grow, capable of improving yield and growth as an agricultural fertilizer enhancement.”

Catena is a climate and deep tech company led by Marksberry and associated with Ivy Tech Community College and the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. Catena’s mission is to improve humanity’s quality of life by reducing the cost of goods and services.

Marksberry explains his trajectory: “It all started in the garage. I was trying to tackle the huge issue of food waste in a sustainable manner, so I had an idea to convert it into Bio-Coal. The goal was to keep Indiana’s remaining coal firing power plants alive,” he said. “That idea failed because I came to the realization that I would need 3000+ tons of food waste per day to keep one coal power plant in continuous operation. Turns out there was not enough food waste being wasted each day in Indiana to meet that demand.

“So I scrapped that idea and tried to use the carbon I made for something else,” Marksberry said. “Turns out that carbon nanomaterials were also made during our bio-coal process.”

Marksberry discovered that these nanomaterials have the potential to solve many of the world’s hardest problems. The only problem was that these materials were normally toxic and super expensive. The materials would cost around $75-300 per gram and because of that they were extensively used in only the automotive and aerospace industries. So he decided to investigate the nanomaterial industry so that they could become more widely accepted and safe for companies to use.

CATENA® FORTIFY™ is a product that can be used as a plastic additive filler that helps increase performance, reduce material usage, and increase the strength of plastics.

The first commercially-ready product will be CATENA® GROW™, Marksberry said. It isall organic nano-fertlizer that will reduce plant cultivation cost, replace the use of conventional fertilizers, and increase plant yield.

The competition was led by Landon Young, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programming at Elevate Ventures. He said the team of judges was looking for accomplished teams targeting national or global markets with innovative business models.

Elevate Ventures hosts three pitch competitions each spring and fall in Northern, Central and Southern Indiana. During the fall 2022 competitions, 46 companies were selected among 88 applicants competing.

Ivy Tech Evansville opened the Garatoni School in Fall 2022 with a full cohort of students. The program offers students practical lessons in business start-up and management through partnerships with Regional Innovation and Startup Education (RISE). Students build ecosystems, create a model canvas, work with mentors, and learn from and network with guest speakers and entrepreneurs. The next cohort will begin in Fall 2023. To learn more about Evansville’s program go to; or to express interest in being a mentor to a student email Chase Coslett, department chair, at

Ivy Tech Evansville Entrepreneurship Student Wins $20,000 Prize in Elevate Ventures Pitch Competition

Ivy Tech Announces Partnership to Increase Access for Working Adults

Indianapolis, IN – Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with Guild, a Career Opportunity Platform, which enables employers in Indiana and across the nation to invest in their employees, unlocking opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Guild matches higher education needs of employers and employees, with pre-determined programs offered through Ivy Tech’s online platform, IvyOnline. Many employers pay all or a portion of their employees’ tuition and fees as an employee benefit, while they skill up their workforce. This helps to ensure learners can access their education and learning programs without facing significant financial barriers that present a hurdle to degree enrollment and completion.

“We are pleased to be able to offer a portfolio of in-demand programs to Hoosiers who work for exceptional companies through this Guild initiative. We are also serving those nationally who have the same needs as our Hoosiers,” said Ivy Tech President, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Ivy Tech is a perfect fit to offer programs to help individuals advance their knowledge and their careers and to meet the needs of employers.”

“We are proud to welcome Ivy Tech Community College to Guild’s learning marketplace,” said Marty Martinez, Senior Vice President, Learning Marketplace at Guild. “Ivy Tech is an innovator in workforce-aligned learning. Their programs are high-quality, affordable, and uniquely suited to support the needs of working adult learners.”

Companies offering Ivy Tech programs to their employees through Guild include: Kohl’s, Regions Bank, Sentara Healthcare, Target, and Walmart.

“With programs offered through Ivy Tech, we’re creating a path of opportunity for our associates to grow their careers at Walmart, so they can continue to build better lives for themselves and their families,” said Lorraine Stomski, senior vice president of associate learning and leadership at Walmart.

The Ivy Tech Evansville campus serves as the enrollment hub for the Guild initiative, and a similar program—Achieve Your Degree—working with employers to defer tuition payment until the end of the semester.  Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal said the Evansville campus volunteered to take care of all enrollment, advising, and financial aspects of the Guild partnership, because of the success of the Achieve Your Degree program work.

“Our team has developed a plan, and employees from these companies are able to seamlessly reach our team members to get concierge service for all of their enrollment and advising needs,” Vidal said.  “I look forward to seeing both students and employers skill up with Ivy Tech.”

For employers to learn more about Guild and Ivy Tech, call (812) 492-0175.

Ivy Tech Announces Partnership to Increase Access for Working Adults

Deaconess Pledges $550,000 to Grow Nursing Program at Ivy Tech

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Deaconess Health Systems has pledged $550,000 to assist Ivy Tech Community College Evansville in expanding its nursing program and faculty members. This gift to the Invest IN Ivy Tech Capital Campaign, will assist Deaconess in increasing its critical need for additional nursing staff.

“Ivy Tech is a key partner in educating future nurses and other healthcare professionals who will care for our patients, families and community,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO, Deaconess Health System.  “This collaboration includes scholarship support for students, enhancing medical training equipment, and adding highly-experienced nurses to Ivy Tech’s nursing program adjunct faculty.  Investing in Ivy Tech’s health education programs means we’re investing in future employees who will come to Deaconess well-prepared and trained to provide quality patient care.”

“The very generous funding will allow for a much needed expansion of the current Paramedic Lab and classroom space into the Deaconess Lab and Classroom for nursing students,” said Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “Four additional cohorts of students will also be able to be added in clinical rotations.”  The Paramedic lab and classroom will be transitioned to the Plaza classroom spaces.

Much of the funding from Deaconess will be used for scholarships to recruit and retain students at Ivy Tech as well as student needs such as uniforms, background check fees, screenings and physical exams, Vidal added. A portion will also be used to increase full-time faculty wages to improve recruitment and retention of high quality instructors.

A second part of the Deaconess agreement will allow Ivy Tech and Deaconess to have eight shared adjunct faculty members. “This truly is a mutually beneficial solution to the need for more highly-skilled nurses,” Vidal said.

“There is an urgent need for nurses,” said Nursing Dean Gail Lindsay. “Ivy Tech Evansville currently accepts 90 students per year, and we have not been able to expand because of a lack of space – both physical in our building, the need for more faculty members, and a shortage of clinical opportunities.” Lindsay said currently there are 30-50 students per year who have to wait to enter the Nursing Program due to the lack of space, clinicals and faculty members. “This generous collaboration with Deaconess will allow for an increase in ASN students in 2025 to 138,” she said.

The ASN program is a two-year program that prepares graduates to take the NCLEX Registered Nurse exam, and upon licensing – work as a registered nurse. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters after acceptance.” Ivy Tech had an 86.2% NCLEX pass rate for ASN students last year.

The LPN program is a three-semester nursing program that prepares graduates to take the NCLEX Practical Nursing exam and to move on to working as an integral part of a healthcare team. Ivy Tech has a 100% NCLEX pass rate in the last five years. “Ninety percent of Ivy Tech nursing graduates stay in Indiana to live and work,” Lindsay added.

Celia Shoulders, executive director of the Ivy Tech Evansville Foundation, said the $285 Million Invest IN Ivy Tech campaign was launched publicly in Fall 2021, and is now in its final year. Those wishing to Invest IN Ivy Tech may do so at

Deaconess Pledges $550,000 to Grow Nursing Program at Ivy Tech

Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus has been Recertified, Maintaining National Recognition

With millions of educational, certification, and licensure tests administered around the world every year, the need for secure testing environments and trained testing staff has never been greater. One local test center has set the bar high for other post-secondary test centers and achieved national status as a leader in excellent testing practices.

Evansville, IN – Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus has been recertified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). Criteria for certification are rigorous and are based on the NCTA Professional Standards and guidelines, which were developed to guide post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality testing programs.

Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus is one amongst a growing number of test centers in the United States and around the world to have completed this intensive recertification process. This recertification will be in place for five years and can be renewed by demonstrating continued compliance to national standards.

Congratulations are extended to Laura Hobgood and the entire staff at Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus for maintaining high test administration standards and for providing excellent service to a wide variety of students and community members in the performance of their duties.

The National College Testing Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and high-quality service in the administration of testing programs, offers certification to college and university test centers that demonstrate exemplary practices. NCTA membership numbers more than 2,200 testing professionals from 650 colleges and universities as well as 50 test companies and organizations offering test-related products and services.


Contact the Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus at 812-426-2865 for more information about the numerous testing services provided, or go to the website:

Testing Services at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus has been Recertified, Maintaining National Recognition