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Ivy Tech's Bloomington campus nationally recognized for community service contributions

May 24, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus (www.ivytech.edu/bloomington) has received recognition for effective contributions to community service, for a fifth time, by being named a member of the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Over 900 colleges nationwide applied for the community service honor roll and Ivy Tech Bloomington is among the 600 that were selected.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington is proud to be nationally recognized for a fifth time for our community service efforts,” Chancellor John Whikehart said. “This recognition demonstrates that Ivy Tech Bloomington continues to model a service-oriented learning environment and that the campus is giving back to the communities we serve.” 

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus reported nearly 36,000 hours of volunteer service from April 2010 to April 2011, serving 80 nonprofit agencies in the area. This year, the campus offered 36 service-learning courses for students, up from 17 courses in 2009.

In a dollar figure based on national volunteer averages from Independent Sector (www.independentsector.org), Ivy Tech Bloomington’s economic contribution of both service learning and volunteerism is $632,956.23, up from $426,355.71 in 2009.

“I want to thank Ivy Tech students, faculty, and staff for making this recognition possible, Whikehart said. “Ivy Tech’s dedication to giving back is the reason programs like Alternative Spring Break, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance prep, and Halloween Safe Night, are a continued success.”

The Center for Civic Engagement (http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/civicengagement) was established at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in 2004 to bring focus to individual volunteerism, service-learning in the classroom, and community involvement. The Center for Civic Engagement is also the host of community engagement programs like the annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service held each the spring.   

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was selected as a member of the 2010 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. A full list of honor roll recipients is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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.