Ivy Tech Community College one of only four selected by U.S. Education Dept. for regional summit.Ivy Tech IVY TECH Ivy Tech State College (Indiana Vocational Technical College System) Community College was one of only four community colleges nationwide to host the U.S. Education Department's regional community college summit focusing on practices for increasing completion rates. The selection follows Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder's visit to the White House to participate in the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges held in October.
The summit locations were announced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan Arne Duncan (born 11-6-1964) is an American education administrator and basketball player who is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
Duncan attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. . 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 North Dakota, state in the N central United States. It is bordered by Minnesota, across the Red River of the North (E), South Dakota (S), Montana (W), and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (N). , South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). , Nebraska and Indiana. The participants represent community colleges, business and industry, philanthropy philanthropy, the spirit of active goodwill toward others as demonstrated in efforts to promote their welfare. The term is often used interchangeably with charity. , 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."