INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College was the recipient of three awards from The Greater Indianapolis Branch NAACP 3053.
The awards were presented at the organization’s 45th Annual Freedom Fund banquet held October 17 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s theme was “All in for Justice and Equality.”
The Corporate/Partnership Award was presented to Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. This award is given to a company, corporation, institution or organization that supports the NAACP through a number of activities including participation in NAACP initiatives and programs, support of the Indiana State Conference (ISC), collaboration with NAACP locally and statewide and donation of resources and participation in NAACP functions.
Snyder has served as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system, since 2007. He leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana’s largest and fastest growing college, serving more than 200,000 students annually at 32 campuses and 100 learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce training and professional certification.
Doris McDougal, an academic advisor at Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana region, received the WIN Lifetime Achievement Award (Women in NAACP) for her years of service with the organization.
Deb Vance, from the Office of Diversity and Outreach Programs at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, received the Achievement Award. The award is presented to an individual that has shown unusual success in achievements or services benefiting the State Conference.
Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech. The college has a minority student enrollment of over 25,000 students.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 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.