Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is joining #CCMonth, a monthlong grassroots education and stigma-busting campaign coordinated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

The primary goals of #CCmonth are to improve awareness of the economic, academic and equity advantages of attending community colleges, and to bust longtime stigmas wrongly associated with public two-year colleges.

Ivy Tech is absolutely vital to northeast Indiana communities and our state. We have a proven record of working with community partners to meet our students where they are and support the needs of our local workforce. Ivy Tech Warsaw is a world-class institution that is vital to the health and growth of northeast Indiana’s economic development.

Ivy Tech Warsaw has done this critical work in northeast Indiana, and it continues to expand its access to education in Kosciusko County.  

Thanks to a partnership with Lake City Bank, students are able to borrow a laptop and – if they follow a certain set of guidelines – are gifted the laptop free of charge. The partnership with Lake City Bank is ongoing, we will continue to work together to get technology access into the hands of our citizens, which has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other local industry and high school partnerships extend access to Ivy Tech so working adults and students can pursue higher education close to home.

Community colleges are a uniquely American educational model that was designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all people. They are the primary educators of life-saving healthcare professionals, critical skilled trades and manufacturing workers and high-tech experts, among many others. They also serve as an onramp to bachelor’s, master’s and higher-level degrees for many students, and particularly for the most demographically and socioeconomically diverse students. Without community colleges, many American students would not be able to access higher education at all.

Ivy Tech Warsaw programs support frontline economies that were so vital in the past year. Our graduates become advanced machinists, medical assistants, IT workers, educators, supply chain managers and much more. Our programs prepare students to continue their education or find employment in the workforce directly after graduating.

“Community colleges are engines of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. “They give opportunities to all students, and they support all students throughout their educations, whether they attend to attain an associate degree or certificate, intend to transfer on for a bachelor’s or higher degree, or they take one or a few courses to learn a new skill or expand their horizons.”

Learn more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw, how we connect with our community and encourage student growth through our 2020 campus profile at link.ivytech.edu/2020profile. You can also support our efforts by contacting the Ivy Tech Foundation at 260-480-2010 or visiting Connect.IvyTech.edu/FortWayne.