Students At Madison’s Ivy Tech To Benefit From Large Grant

February 6, 2019


Madison Ivy Tech students will soon benefit from grant award.

This week on it was announced that the local Ivy Tech’s Campus was named a winner of a philanthropic funding contest by national Strada Education Network.

In a release sent out by Ivy Tech Community College share their excitement for this grant.

Ivy Tech, a member of the Community Education Coalition, was selected from hundreds of applicants in the “Innovative Solutions In Education-To-Employment” competition Strada Education Network announced in 2018, which prioritized investment in working adults required to up-skill as the labor market shifts and “disconnected youth,” aged 18 to 24 years old, who are neither working nor in school.

The Community Education Coalition revealed on February 5th that Columbus, Indiana based Community Education Coalition’s EcO Network has been awarded a $997,000 three-year grant from Strada Education Network to connect high school, postsecondary and adult learners with education connected to high demand jobs in Southeast Indiana.

“No one sector can close skill and equity gaps, alone. All of the recipients share our commitment to engaging with an ecosystem of educators, community organizations and employers to help individuals bridge the divide between education and economic opportunity,” said William D. Hansen, president and CEO of Strada Education Network. “We’re excited to support the Community Education Coalition. They’re listening to education consumers as well as employers, and designing solutions that are relevant to the real-world challenges — and opportunities — today’s students face.”

Among the worthy CEC projects funded, Ivy Tech Madison students will benefit from an expansion of its Information Technology programs, which seek to fill thousands of high-tech jobs available to Hoosiers in the coming years.

“Grant funds provided to Ivy Tech Community College, Madison will enable our campus to offer an accelerated Associate’s Degree in Information Technology providing our students with the opportunity to earn a 2 year degree in 11 months. Every sector of our economy – manufacturing, healthcare and business – has openings related to Information Technology, so students who successfully complete this program will certainly be offered high wage employment in our region,” said Molly Dodge, Chancellor Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus.

According to recent data from the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Surveyindividuals who view their educational experience as relevant to the world of work are far more likely to complete their education and report that their learning was worth the cost. Employers also indicate that they prefer to hire people who gain practical work experience as they study.


For more information please contact:

Ivy Tech Community College Madison contact:

Randy Lakeman



Community Education Coalition Media contact:

Kathy Oren



Strada Education Network Media contact:

Lucia Anderson Weathers