Ivy Tech Community College says it has reached its $22 million goal for its "Closing the Achievement Gap" campaign. The school says the most recent gift, $1 million from the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association, will support scholarships and a new automotive technology training center in Indianapolis. Ivy Tech Indianapolis Chancellor Kathleen Lee and IATA President Tom Miller will discuss the gift this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.
Miller says the training center will create "an outstanding learning environment for the next generation of automotive service technicians" and give students a competitive advantage by working on state-of-the-art technologies. The partnership will also give Ivy Tech a presence at the annual Indianapolis Auto Show, which begins December 26 at the Indiana Convention Center.
A previous $5 million gift from Mike and Sandy Jarvis, Ivy Tech’s largest individual contribution ever, was a main driver behind what will be known as the Mike & Sandy Jarvis Automotive Technology Training Center. A land donation valued at more than $1 million from Sid Eskenazi is providing the site for the new center.
The school says the $22 million "Closing the Achievement Gap" campaign targets work force development and student success. In addition to the gift from Jarvis, the campaign has attracted a $3.5 million gift from the estate of Wayne K. Jennings and a $3 million gift from the city of Noblesville.