|DuJuan McCoy, Owner, President, and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting (parent company of WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23) today announced that JPMorgan Chase, Circle City Broadcasting, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, and the DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation are partnering to launch a one-year program for news and media producers.|
Funded through generous donations, the Multicultural Media Producing Program (MMPP) will train news and media producers. Students completing the training will earn Ivy Tech’s Certificate in Professional and Community Communication.
The MMPP will be open to all students of all backgrounds. with an emphasis on ensuring multicultural diversity and accessibility for underserved individuals. Beginning in January 2023, the first cohort of students will be selected as the program’s inaugural class, and the second group will follow in the fall of 2023. The DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation will provide annual scholarships to selected individuals of MMPP based on need and a one-page essay on why they would like to enter the program.
Students will be part of a program that provides the academic curriculum and wrap-around support and hands-on practical experiences in partnership with Circle City Broadcasting at the Circle City Broadcasting headquarters in Indianapolis, where the company produces more than 80 hours of live news and programming weekly.
JPMorgan Chase’s $150,000 philanthropic investment into the Multicultural Media Producing Program will help create pathways for work-based learning opportunities for high school and community college students.
“Diversity in the workforce creates a competitive advantage – and is especially impactful in media organizations where a broad range of ideas and perspectives strengthens our culture,” said Christina Moungey, Indiana & Ohio Region Manager for JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. “This investment to create the Multicultural Media Producing Program supports organizations that provide young leaders with a pathway toward a successful career, and is an example of how our firm’s $30 billion racial equity commitment to help close the racial wealth gap touches down in Indianapolis.”
Circle City Broadcasting
The Circle City Broadcasting news leadership team will become guest instructors for the program as well as offer regular practical application to the program via its Statewide News Network facilities located in Indianapolis, Indiana at stations WISH-TV and WNDY-TV. MMPP will primarily focus on newscast producing but offer additional guidance and instruction in producing specials and TV show production.
“I have been working on this initiative for a few years, and I am so happy to find collaborative partners like Ivy Tech Indianapolis and JPMorgan Chase to support this needed industry program,” McCoy said. “We believe this program can grow to be one of the most effective means to introduce more diverse individuals into the leadership ranks in newsrooms across America as well as become a sustainable program to create a pipeline of qualified news producers for broadcasters and media companies across the country.”
Ivy Tech Indianapolis
The MMPP will be offered at the Ivy Tech Indianapolis campus and anchored by long-time professional communications professor and former broadcaster Charles Gidney. Gidney serves as the Department Chair for Communication and Social Sciences for Ivy Tech Indianapolis.
“Ivy Tech Indianapolis is thrilled and committed to making the MMPP a huge success,” Dr. Lorenzo Esters, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Indianapolis, said. “We are pleased to partner with Circle City Broadcasting and JPMorgan Chase as together we seek to prepare individuals for careers as producers in the media business in our region, state, and nation. This is one additional way that Ivy Tech Indianapolis seeks to be responsive to the needs of our diverse communities.”
September 29, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College honored Ashley Gurvitz of Indianapolis as one of 18 individuals across the state selected to receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.
“These individuals exemplify service and leadership in extraordinary ways,” said Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Our distinguished alumni prove that an Ivy Tech education equates to career fulfillment and economic prosperity, and I am honored to witness how the College has played a role in their continued lifelong success.”
Amanda Bonilla, Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Community Engagement, nominated Ashley Gurvitz for all that she does to improve the quality of life for Indianapolis’ Eastside community members. “Ashley exemplifies Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ vision of being the ‘campus without walls.’ We are #IvyIndyProud to have Ashley represent our campus with such a significant honor of Distinguished Alumni,” wrote Bonilla.
Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are all encouraged to make nominations. Awardees must be graduates of Ivy Tech, having received an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, or Certificate. The College has been honoring Distinguished Alumni since 1998.
For more information or to view a full list of the Distinguished Alumni honorees, visit www.ivytech.edu/alumniawards.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the most up-to-date information.
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Ahmadzia Momand is an exchange student from Afghanistan, and he has education on his mind. He is also our current Ivy Tech Indianapolis Student Government Association President.
“I want to serve in education,” He said, “I want to work with a crew to design and implement educational opportunities for high schoolers and college freshmen that will improve their critical thinking skills and assist them in becoming informed citizens who are helpful to society.”
Ahmadzia, who is anticipating graduating from Ivy Tech Indianapolis in the Fall of 2023 with a degree in Business Administration, has an impressive history in educational activism. Before arriving at Ivy Tech, he served as a Peace Fellow at several institutions, including UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Network of Young Peace Builders, and the United States Institute of Peace.
Additionally, Ahmadzia is the co-founder of the Youth Design Lab for Peace in Afghanistan, a project that aims to foster the prevention of violent extremism through education and youth engagement. In the past, Ahmadzia also worked with Afghans for Progressive Thinking, where he worked closely in the debate and civic activism department to aid in deterring social intolerance and violent extremism through the power of debate and civic education.
More recently, Ahmadzia has been engaged in the traditional community college experience, spending time working on class assignments, making friends with other students, and getting involved in activities on campus at Ivy Tech Indianapolis. Recently, he was elected as the Ivy Tech Student Government Association Student Body President.
“I am extremely honored to be learning and to have the ability to serve at Ivy Tech Indianapolis.” He said, “Ivy Tech has greatly contributed to my journey over the last seven months through its diverse community, supportive staff, and quality education.”
Ahmadzia stated that some of his goals as the current president of the student body include keeping a higher education standard, elevating student voices when they express concerns, and providing resources to students.
One of Ahmadzia’s primary aspirations as student body president is to increase student engagement with various programs and resources offered through Ivy Tech that can greatly impact the student, to improve the individual student’s college experiences.
For example, he shared the story of a student he helped that needed mental health counseling. “They did not know where or how to connect to the resources they needed,” he said, “We helped facilitate that.” He helped the student get set up in the free counseling services offered to all students through Ivy Tech.
On another occasion, Ahmadzia noticed a new student sitting by himself, looking unhappy. He went to the student and asked him how he was doing. The student said they felt directionless and a little lost. Ahmadzia made good on his campaign promises and helped connect the new student to resources that would benefit him, a career coach and an assessment test, both free tools available to all Ivy Tech students.
“I am a strong believer in human connection.” Ahmadzia said, “I advocate for peace, tolerance, and acceptance through empathy, compassion, and education.”
“The quality of the education at Ivy Tech is powerful!” He said, “Diversity, belonging, connection, affordability, and support. That’s what we all need.”
Ivy Tech representatives visited IPS High Schools last week to promote an April Express Enrollment event aimed specifically to high school students who were yet to create a college plan.
These future graduates enjoyed an open house on campus as well as at there own IPS Schools. At the events, students were able to ask questions about preparing for college, financial aid and scholarships, as well as exploratory questions about specific programs offered through Ivy Tech.
Phi Theta Kappa is a prestigious organization that recognizes academic achievement in college students and provides its members with opportunities for scholarly growth, scholarships, and career building resources.
The Indianapolis Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Honors in Action research project has just placed in the International Top 3! The hardworking team of students will be honored on the stage of the Hallmark Awards, and their Honors in Action piece will be published in the Phi Theta Kappa Journal.
Honors in Action combines academic research with action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in our communities. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa or about the Honors in Action program, click here.