It’s exciting to see President Obama celebrating the work of a great partner to LISC like Ivy Tech. The President’s highlighting of the impact that a community college can have on a community has been reflected in how Ivy Tech has been part of local comprehensive community development efforts. The Ivy Tech campus is located in the Mid-North Quality of Life neighborhood, and the college has joined with residents and organizations like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Mapleton-Fall Creek CDC, and Near North Development in implementing many community improvement goals.
Three years ago, LISC invested $11.2 Million in Federal New Market Tax Credits into the renovation of a vacant hotel into the Ivy Tech Corporate College, where students learn job skills tailored to fulfill opportunities with local employers. Ivy Tech has supported efforts to beautify the Fall Creek greenway as part of the Destination Fall Creek and ROW Initiatives.
LISC has also supported the creation and growth of a Center for Working Families (sometimes called Financial Opportunity Centers) at Ivy Tech, which empowers neighbors and low income students to build their income and assets while they are connected to educational and employment opportunities. CWF participants from around the city are now taking certification classes at Ivy Tech to improve their employability. Citizens of Indianapolis should be proud that the President has chosen to recognize the work of Ivy Tech, and we hope that this includes their contributions to improving the lives of residents in their community.
Bill Taft Executive Director