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Ivy Tech State Trustee, Marchant, presents oversized check to Ivy Tech

December 11, 2009

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech Department Chair of Health Sciences Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H. was presented with an oversized $10,000 scholarship check by Ivy Tech State Trustee Lee Marchant, during the 86th Nurse Pinning Ceremony on December 4, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Ivy Tech Student Commons.

Marchant and his wife Annie presented the oversized check for the Celinda Kay Leach LPN Endowed Scholarship in honor of Leach's thirty years of leadership, and her dedication to graduating 2,230 nurses to work in Monroe County and surrounding areas.

"I can't think of anyone who deserves to have a scholarship in her name, more than Kay" Marchant said. "She has dedicated her life to graduating quality nurses and to providing the best patient care. I am honored to present this scholarship in Kay's name."

Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart said that Marchant's involvement with the college goes back 20 years to when he and President Gerald I. Lamkin worked together to promote nursing education at the college. "Lee and Annie have been incredible supporters of graduating Ivy Tech students, and this gift is yet another example of their dedication to the community," he said. "Ivy Tech is humbled by this scholarship award, and I want to personally thank Lee and Annie for their generosity and support."

Leach began her career with Ivy Tech in 1971 as an instructor and was appointed program chair in 1987. She was appointed by both Governors Bayh and O'Bannon to the Indiana State Board of Nursing and served as President. In 1987 and 2004 she was awarded the Ivy Tech President's Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Leach's nursing program has a 100 percent job placement for graduates going into the field of nursing. She has a more than 95 percent pass rate for State Board Exams since the start of the program, and notably has a 100 percent pass rate for the 2008 State Board Exams (figures for 2009 are not yet available).

Ivy Tech-Bloomington's Practical Nursing program was developed in 1966 through the cooperative efforts of Bloomington Hospital, the public school system, and a grant from the Federal Government. Sponsorship was transferred to Ivy Tech State College in 1968.

The Ivy Tech Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually.  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.