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Ivy Tech recognized for community service contributions

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 |
June 17, 2010

Ivy Tech’s emphasis on volunteerism and community service has earned the Bloomington campus recognition on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Ivy Tech students and employees reported nearly 24,000 hours of community service in the 2009-2010 academic year. More than 80 agencies benefitted from volunteer efforts in the Bloomington campuses six-county service area including Monroe, Morgan, Martin, Greene, Owen and Lawrence counties.

“Ivy Tech students and employees share an enthusiasm for giving back to our communities, and are passionate about being responsive to community needs,” said Chelsea Rood-Emmick, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “This dedication is reflected in Ivy Tech’s rapidly growing number of service-learning courses, and through campus volunteer averages. The average Ivy Tech-Bloomington volunteer gives eight hours each month to community service.”

Students and employees engaged in a wide variety of activities. One service learning class did water testing for the City of Bloomington. Another helped prepare tax returns for low income people. Students helped the Owen County Humane Society another helped paint a room at Girls Inc.

A group even traveled to Calnali, Mexico, for an alternative spring break and helped pour housing foundations and tutor school children.

“As a community college, most of our students, and I’ve heard figures as high as 90 percent, stay in the area after they graduate,” Rood-Emmick said. “It’s important to us that our students be engaged in the community and want to make the community better. We feel obligated to the community and to help our students put down roots and get a better understanding of what makes a community thrive.”

In a dollar figure based on national volunteer averages the value of Ivy Tech’s volunteerism last year amounted to $425,000.

Ivy Tech was selected as a member of the 2009 President’s Community Service Honor Roll based on innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which Ivy Tech offers service-learning courses.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is administered by Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.