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    February 06, 2019
    Ivy Tech Community College Madison Students to Benefit from Strada Grant Award
    Ivy Tech Community College’s Madison Campus, a member of the Community Education Coalition (CEC), was named as a winner of a philanthropic funding contest by national nonprofit Strada Education Network. The Community Education Coalition was selected from hundreds of applicants in the “innovative solutions in education-to-employment” competition Strada Education Network announced in 2018, which prioritized investment in working adults required to upskill as the labor market shifts and “disconnected youth,” aged 18 to 24 years old, who are neither working nor in school.
    “No one sector can close skill and equity gaps, alone. All of the recipients share our commitment to engaging with an ecosystem of educators, community organizations and employers to help individuals bridge the divide between education and economic opportunity,” said William D. Hansen, president and CEO of Strada Education Network. “We’re excited to support the Community Education Coalition. They’re listening to education consumers as well as employers, and designing solutions that are relevant to the real-world challenges -- and opportunities -- today’s students face.”
    Among the worthy CEC projects funded, Ivy Tech Madison students will benefit from an expansion of its Information Technology programs which seek to fill thousands of high-tech jobs available to Hoosiers in the coming years.
    "Grant funds provided to Ivy Tech Community College, Madison will enable our campus to offer an accelerated Associate’s Degree in Information Technology providing our students with the opportunity to earn a 2 year degree in 11 months. Every sector of our economy - manufacturing, healthcare and business – has openings related to Information Technology, so students who successfully complete this program will certainly be offered high wage employment in our region,” said Molly Dodge, Chancellor Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus.
    According to recent data from the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Surveyindividuals who view their educational experience as relevant to the world of work are far more likely to complete their education and report that their learning was worth the cost. Employers also indicate that they prefer to hire people who gain practical work experience as they study.
    Ivy Tech Community College Madison contact:
    Randy Lakeman
    Community Education Coalition Media contact:
    Kathy Oren        
    About Strada Education Network
    Strada Education Network® is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. The Network engages partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, they address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential called Completion With a Purpose®. Learn more at StradaEducation.org.
    Strada Education Network Media contact:
    Lucia Anderson Weathers
    About Ivy Tech Community College
    Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
    590 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison, Indiana 47250
    812-265-2580 · www.ivytech.edu

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