Direct Student Impact: This was developed to help ensure our students would continue to obtain a degree, even if experiencing hardships. This would help provide financial assistance for East Central Region Ivy Tech students facing unforeseen financial emergencies. Emergency funds are not intended to pay for routine expenses or be a consistent supplement to a student's education funding.
Grace Madison is a senior at Blue River Valley High School. Although she is a busy with several extracurricular activities, she is also participating in the Early College program at Ivy Tech Community College through the New Castle Career Center. This is Grace’s first semester at Ivy Tech. In addition to her high school courses and activities, she attends two college classes on the Ivy Tech campus each week. She was aware of the Early College option because her brother, who is attending IU-Bloomington, had also taken advantage of the Early College program. Grace plans to complete four Ivy Tech classes this year and then will attend IUPUI or Hanover College next fall. She hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant and open a clinic for children with special needs. She said the experience at Ivy Tech has been a good “middle ground, or stepping stone” for her. Her instructors treat her as an adult in terms of her coursework and it is up to her to make sure she is on track and getting everything completed. The convenience of having Ivy Tech in her local community is helpful because the location is familiar, close and travel costs are minimal. Grace is a great example of how Ivy Tech Community College WORKS in Henry County!
Lyndsay Brown is an Emergency Room nurse at Henry Community Health. As a young single mom, she started with Ivy Tech Community College as she finished high school in 2003. Lyndsay knew that her priorities in life had to be differently focused than her high school friends, so she was looking towards an education that she could finish and then move into the stability of a career to support her young family. She completed her Associate of Science in Nursing in 2006 and started working in the field just four days after she walked in Commencement exercises. Lyndsay has worked with Henry Community Health since 2009. She also plans to look into Early College options for her son as he enters his senior year of high school and hopefully the Ivy Tech legacy will continue with another generation. Lyndsay is a great example of how Ivy Tech Community College WORKS in Henry County!
Kelly Dirickson graduated with Ivy Tech Community College in 2014 with an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She attended general education courses at the local campus and then completed the remainder of her degree with a combination of online courses and also on-campus classes with an easy commute to near-by campuses for her final portion of her degree requirements. Kelly participated in a practicum course at the Cradles Infant Toddler Daycare and then was hired to work for the facility. She later completed her student teaching at the Henry County YMCA preschool and was hired as an Assistant Teacher in 2016. Even though Kelly has graduated and is working in the field, she has developed lasting friendships at the local campus and often stops to visit with the campus staff. Kelly is a great example of Ivy Tech Community College WORKS in Henry County!