Ivy Tech Community College one of only four selected by U.S. Education Dept. for regional summit.
The summit locations were announced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The summit at Ivy Tech took place on March 23 at the college's Indianapolis campus.
Titled "Challenges, Solutions, and Commitments," the four summits continued the dialogue that began at the White House Summit on Community Colleges. Dr. Jill Biden convened the summit at the request of President
Barack Obama to highlight the importance of community colleges. In addition to President Snyder, Ivy Tech student Michael Rice was one of only six community college students nationwide selected to attend the summit to share his ideas and thoughts on how to improve community colleges nationwide.
The regional summit at Ivy Tech brought together 150 participants from 13 surrounding states, including Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Indiana. The participants represent community colleges, business and industry, philanthropy, labor, state and local government, and students. They convened to explore and to scale strategies that work in helping students succeed. The focus of the summit hosted at Ivy Tech was "Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers."
"We are extremely honored to be one of only four community colleges selected to host this prestigious summit," said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. "The nation is faced with the critical need for more college graduates and community colleges play a critical role in fulfilling that need and strengthening our workforce. The key is collaboration. Indiana can't grow without more Ivy Tech graduates, and Ivy Tech can't grow without support from Indiana employers. Only by working together can we build a workforce that's ready for the challenges we face."