Students to Receive Free Bicycles at Ivy Tech’s 13th Annual Public Safety Academy

EVANSVILLE – Many middle school and elementary school students in the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Academy will receive a new bicycle, helmet, and bicycle lock on Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus. The bicycles will be awarded to students who demonstrate good attendance, good behavior, and a good attitude while participating in the Public Safety Academy, and other summer activities in the community.

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The Academy is a partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the City of Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation, the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville.

In addition to the standard bikes, two adaptive bicycles that are specifically designed for children who are physically unable to ride a standard bicycle, will be given away. “We look forward to this event every year and are grateful for the leadership of Ivy Tech Dean Chris Kiefer, and others at Ivy Tech, who have consistently raised funds and collected bicycles for these students, as a reward for positive behavior,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Bicycles will be presented to the students by donors, representatives from public safety agencies, EVSC, local dignitaries, and community leaders. Students will also be treated to an afternoon of fun, including activities, snacks, a tour of Ivy Tech, and a video on bicycle safety. The event is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses across the Tri-State.

The Evansville Bicycle Club and Gerling Law will assist with the event and will help adjust the bike seats and helmets to ensure a proper fit.

Sponsors include: Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Tech Foundation, EVSC, EVSC Foundation, Deaconess, Evansville Federal Credit Union, Tri-State Community Clinics, David Smith, Department of Parks and Recreation, Kiefer for School Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, City of Evansville, Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, Banterra Bank, 911 Gives Hope, Evansville Police Department, ONI Risk Partners, YMCA, Evansville Bicycle Club, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific Recycling, Anthem, Gerling Law, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Hahn Kiefer Real Estate Services, and ProMark.

Students to Receive Free Bicycles at Ivy Tech’s 13th Annual Public Safety Academy

Ivy Tech Foundation raises more money than any other community college nationally

INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Foundation has ranked as the top fundraiser among community college systems nationwide, according to a survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education.

At $16.4 million, the amount raised by Ivy Tech exceeds the second place community college fundraiser by 43 percent, according to the 2017 Voluntary Support for Education (VSE) survey. This is the ninth consecutive year that Ivy Tech has taken the number one spot on the list. Approximately 90 percent of the funds raised are used for scholarships, instructional equipment and technology, and educational programs, meaning that millions of dollars are invested each year to directly enhance student success.

“Our donors are so generous that we lead the country as the number one community college foundation,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “At the same time, we know there is still more we need to do for our students, and we will not stop our important work of engaging donors to give through the Foundation to remove the barriers preventing our students from reaching their educational goals.”

Ivy Tech Kokomo student Kayla Foor is on track to graduate this December with a degree in business administration and a certificate in human resources. Thanks to the generosity of donors during her time at Ivy Tech, she took advantage of scholarships to help her achieve her academic goals. She struggled her first semester after being out of school for five years. When she buckled down, she was able to earn straight A’s and make the Dean’s List. This summer she is interning as a human resources clerk at City Hall in Kokomo. Upon graduation, she plans to transfer to IU Kokomo to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“I am working towards my educational goals entirely on my own and Ivy Tech was not only affordable but also the best fit for me and how I learn,” said Foor. “Without scholarships and support from generous donors, I would not be able to make my dreams a reality and further my education as an adult student.”

According to VSE, giving to colleges increased by 6.3 percent in 2017. Colleges and universities raised $43.6 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. This is the highest fundraising total recorded in the survey’s 60-year history.

“Through its dedication to Indiana, its workforce, and its students, Ivy Tech is making a positive impact in the communities it serves statewide,” said Terry Anker, Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors chairman. “Ivy Tech has many supporters who believe in the mission of the College, and we will work to continue to grow that number in the years to come.”

The Voluntary Support for Education survey is the authoritative national source of information on private giving to higher education and private K-12 schools.

Ivy Tech Foundation raises more money than any other community college nationally