Two community leaders in Clinton County have been recognized for their ongoing support of Ivy Tech Community College. Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes and Clinton County Council President Alan Dunn were recently presented with the Chancellor’s Award in recognition of their service to Ivy Tech Community College. Both were instrumental in the establishment of an Ivy Tech site in Frankfort, which opened for classes this fall.
“Opening a new Ivy Tech site in any community is a huge task that requires the involvement and cooperation of the entire community,” said David Bathe, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Region. “Mr. Dunn and Mayor McBarnes are strong leaders who have brought together the residents and local businesses for the benefit of the entire county.”
Elected Indiana’s youngest mayor at 23 years old in November of 2011, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes and his team have achieved a number of successes including forming a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to create a local campus in Frankfort. With a nod toward his focus on providing quality educational opportunities for area youth, McBarnes established his own foundation, The True North, Inc. that provides scholarships to area youth interested in attending Frankfort’s Ivy Tech campus.
“The Ivy Tech-Frankfort campus truly is a model of partnerships and cooperation. A project of this magnitude is not done by one person or even a few people, but rather through the positive working relationship between City and County officials, the financial generosity of many corporate and individual donors and the strong partnership with Ivy Tech’s Lafayette region leadership.
“Our new campus is re-energizing our central business district and creating all types of opportunities for Frankfort and Clinton County residents to gain the education and skills necessary to improve their own lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren,” McBarnes said.
Alan Dunn was elected to the Clinton County Council in 2006, and became President of the Council in 2013. Dunn served on the Ivy Tech Steering Committee that oversaw the establishment of the Ivy Tech-Frankfort site. He is also President of the Frankfort/Clinton County Airport Authority and Vice Chairman of the Clinton County Foundation. He is a farmer and co-owner of Charles Dunn Farms Inc.
“From a local government perspective, working to bring Ivy Tech to Frankfort was very much related to our overall strategy of promoting economic development in our community. City and County officials have made a concerted effort to improve the infrastructure of our community so that we are a more attractive destination for economic development opportunities. Facilitating the growth of a more skilled and educated local workforce, our human infrastructure, is a critical part of that effort.”
“Just as important, however, is the impact Ivy Tech can have at the family level. As a father of two, I am keenly aware of the high cost of a college education. Having the opportunity to take college courses here in Frankfort will save Clinton County families thousands of dollars and make the goal of a college education more readily attainable. ” said Dunn.
About Ivy Tech
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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.