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School grants target service members, veterans

Statement issued by Ivy Tech Community College:

INDIANAPOLIS — On June 15, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University awarded Ivy Tech Community College $550,393 for their proposed ways to enhance services for the state’s student service members, veterans and their families.

Ivy Tech’s Richmond campus in collaboration with Indiana University East received the top award of $99,999. Two other proposals were collaborative including Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Northeast who received an award of $88,830 and Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Wabash Valley who received an award of $80,000.

The remainder of the awards were given as follows: Ivy Tech’s administrative office received an award for $70,000 to support system-wide projects, Ivy Tech Central Indiana received $29,175, Ivy Tech Columbus received $25,000, Ivy Tech East Central received $44,000, Ivy Tech North Central received $47,188, Ivy Tech Northwest received $14,500, Ivy Tech Southeast received $26,701, Ivy Tech Southern Indiana received $15,000, and Ivy Tech Southwest received $10,000.

“We are very proud to be honored with these 12 grants,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “I’m looking forward to seeing these proposals put into action and the impact the projects will have on service members, veterans and their families.”

Launched with a $5.8 million gift from Lilly Endowment Inc., Operation Diploma empowers Indiana’s post-secondary institutions and student veteran’s organizations to better serve student service members and veterans entering college for the first time, and those re-entering college after extended service or deployment.

Since 2009 Operation Diploma has awarded more than $2.4 million to Indiana colleges and universities, which have used the funds to produce more effective and supportive services for these students. Institutions submitted competitive proposals for grants of up to $100,000.

Key initiatives included in winning Ivy Tech proposals included:

•Developing a required faculty and staff orientation podcast, which will focus on creating an environment of support for student service members and veterans

•Strengthening relationships with communities agencies such as WorkOne and Veterans of Foreign Wars

•Developing a “Boots to Suits” program to assist veterans in transitioning to civilian life

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest single-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled 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.

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