Ivy Tech, Montgomery County recognized for increasing college attainment

Montgomery County has been recognized as an Indiana College Success County in recognition of its work to increase the percentage of county residents with education and training beyond high school. Geoff Knowles, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Community College-Crawfordsville, and Brook Van Scoyoc, a Guidance Counselor at North Montgomery High School, accepted the award, which was presented by Indiana State Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers during a special ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse on June 9.

“We are proud of the local leaders from Montgomery County who have come together to increase college access and success in Indiana,” said Lubbers. “Creating a culture of college access and success only happens when the vision is shared by the entire community.”

The Indiana College Success County award is presented to counties who establish a College Success Coalition of community organizations. Members of the Montgomery County Education and Career Success Coalition are the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, the Montgomery County Community Foundation, Ivy Tech Community College, North Montgomery High School, Southmont High School, Crawfordsville High School, the Crawfordsville Rotary Club, and Purdue Cooperative Extension.

Members of the coalition steering committee are Kristin Clary, Montgomery County Economic Development; Laura Frye Wabash College; Geoff Knowles, Ivy Tech Community College-Crawfordsville; Brenda Lovold, Crawfordsville High School; Pat Moser, Southmont High School; Kelly Taylor, Montgomery County Community Foundation; Susan Tharp, Learn More Indiana; and Brook Van Scoyoc, North Montgomery High School.

To earn the award, the coalition created a data-driven strategic plan and documented locally implemented activities designed to increase the percentage of the county’s recent high school graduates and returning adults who earn a postsecondary credentials, including one-year workforce certificates, two- and four-year college degrees, apprenticeships, and military training. The coalition also received a small startup grant and on-going technical assistance from the state to support the coalition’s development.

The award comes in the form of a road sign proclaiming the county as an Indiana College Success County. The coalition plans to display the sign on a major road as people enter the county.

Local organizations are encouraged to join the county’s College Success Coalition and help create a college-going culture in Montgomery County. The coalition envisions that all citizens will have easy access to people who know how to plan, prepare and pay for education beyond high school.

“We are looking for many different types of coalition members,” said Knowles. “K-12 schools, faith-based organizations, youth service organizations, service clubs, businesses, government agencies, and libraries are just a few of the organizations that might be interested in helping Montgomery County students attend college and are encouraged to join.

Local organizations can join the College Success Coalition at LearnMoreIndiana.org/Coalitions.

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.

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