Noblesville, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has honored Lori Kixmiller of Fishers High School as the College’s 2022 Statewide Dual Credit Faculty Member Award winner. Kixmiller was one of 19 individuals across the state selected to receive the inaugural Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction President’s Awards, the highest honor for Ivy Tech dual credit faculty, and then additionally selected as the overall statewide winner.
The College honored each one of the winners for their excellence in instruction and their positive impact on the dual credit students that they served during the 2021-2022 academic year. A Selection Committee made up of Ivy Tech faculty, program chairs, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from various stakeholders including dual credit students, secondary and post-secondary administrators, and Ivy Tech K-14 team members.
“Dual credit faculty serve an important role by introducing our high school students to college material and providing them with an opportunity to see that they can do college-level work,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Without a dual credit experience, many students would never take the next step into higher education.”
Amy McCauley, Department Chair of General Studies and Liberal Arts at the Hamilton County campus, nominated Kixmiller, expressing her excitement behind the nomination.
“I am thrilled to see Lori recognized for the excellent work she is doing as a dual credit instructor at Fishers High School,” said McCauley. “Her engaging and rigorous course helps students become better writers and thinkers and prepares them for success in their future college classes.”
During the 2021-2022 academic year, Fishers High School enrolled 661 students in dual credit programming through Ivy Tech Community College statewide. This partnership resulted in the awarding of 3,146 college credits, which totaled $470,484 dollars in savings for FHS students and their families.
“By offering strategic and intentional college in high school programming, Fishers High School, in partnership with Ivy Tech, awarded 55 post-secondary credentials to high school students prior to high school graduation,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & Statewide Partnerships.
The College honored all individual winners at a ceremony last month in Indianapolis. Earlier this month, Ivy Tech Hamilton County hosted an award presentation honoring Kixmiller as the 2022 Statewide Award recipient.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.