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Ivy Tech named 2011 Endwright Award recipient by Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce

February 13, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was named the 2011 Endwright Award recipient, presented by the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting last night, February 10, 2011 at 6 p.m. The award recognizes a business or entity who demonstrates outstanding vision, dedication, service and leadership, resulting in the well-being of all Ellettsville citizens.

President of the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce, Kenny Williams, said Ivy Tech was named recipient of the 2011 Endwright award based on merit. “Ivy Tech has grown so much in importance to all of Monroe County through its partnerships, academics and workforce training,” Williams said. “We wanted to recognize the fact that Ivy Tech is there for students and there to train a skilled workforce.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart said that Ivy Tech is proud to be recognized as a partner and supporter of the communities in which we serve. “As a comprehensive community college, Ivy Tech is invested in service to its communities through nonprofit organizations such as Area 10 Agency on Aging in Ellettsville. Currently, three Ivy Tech students are giving 300 hours each to Area 10, working every week of the academic year to complete their hours,” Whikehart said. “Additionally, each year as part of the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, students kick off events by volunteering at Area 10 and other agencies during the O’Bannon Institute Day of Service.”

Ivy Tech offers five dual credit course opportunities for Edgewood High School students to get an early start on college. Also, over the last 10 years, Ivy Tech School of Education students have chosen to complete their practicum experience hours at several Ellettsville day care and early childhood education locations.

Ivy Tech provides jobs to Ellettsville residents as well as providing multi-week Management and Supervisory Institute employee training programs through Ivy Tech’s Workforce and Economic Development division.

The Elletsville Chamber of Commerce established the Maurice E. Endwright Award in 1998 to annually recognize a business or entity for its investment in the Ellettsville community. The award recognizes contributions to Ellettsville over a period of time, and for continued involvement in the community. Past recipients include: Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation, Cook, Inc., Bybee Stone Co. Inc., and Smithville Telephone Company, among others.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.