The Farmers Bank announces major gift to fundraising campaign to establish an Ivy Tech campus in Frankfort

The Farmers Bank has announced a $200,000 gift towards the establishment of an Ivy Tech Community College campus in Frankfort. The announcement was made today at 10:30 a.m. at The Farmers Bank, 9 E. Clinton St. in Frankfort.

“Without question, one of the keys to the future for our community and for our customers, neighbors, and friends is education,” said Karen Miller, President and CEO of The Farmers Bank. “An Ivy Tech education leads directly to satisfying careers or on to the next stage of college at four-year schools.  Having a campus of this accessible, affordable college right here on the square will mean the doors to that future will be open to everyone.”

The Farmers Bank will sponsor the “spirit” of the campus through a series of plaques featuring inspirational and motivational quotes.

“The plaques will display quotes selected to inspire, encourage, and open minds to new possibilities, and even to amuse! And so today I am also proud to say that the spirit The Farmers Bank will also be the spirit of Ivy Tech-Frankfort.” Miller said.

The Ivy Tech-Frankfort campus will be located at 251 E. Clinton St., the current site of The Frankfort Times. The purchase of the building is being finalized, and the Times will relocate their operations. Susie Trees, a lifelong Frankfort resident, has been named director of the new campus.

“We are very pleased with the welcoming support the college has received from the community,’ said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. “The exciting vision that has been put forward by Mayor Chris McBarnes and the greater Frankfort community is inspiring. We look forward to serving Frankfort and Clinton County for years to come.”

A community fund-raising campaign is underway to secure funds to remodel, equip and furnish the building.

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 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.

About Farmers Bank
The Farmers Bank is a $430 million asset organization chartered in 1876 with headquarters in Frankfort, IN.  The Farmers Bank is locally owned and operated with 10 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage, and electronic banking services.  Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.


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