Report reveals Ivy Tech’s economic impact in Indianapolis

College produces $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact throughout state

An in-depth study, conducted by Emsi, reveals the significant positive economic impact Ivy Tech Community College makes on the state of Indiana, including the local impact in Indianapolis. The report outlines the return on investment the Community College makes to its major stakeholder groups – students, taxpayers and the communities it serves. Results of the analysis reflect a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact.

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Complete College America announces Ivy Tech Indianapolis chancellor, Dr. Lorenzo Esters, as a national fellow

During its annual Fellows’ Retreat in June, Complete College America (CCA) named Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Chancellor Dr. Lorenzo Esters as one of its newest national fellows. Fellows represent the nations’ leading experts that shape the college completion movement. 

Dr. Esters began his tenure with the College on July 1, 2021, after serving as vice president for Advancement and Member Engagement with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). His professional experiences have been uniquely centered on generating philanthropic and institutional capacity to support student access, completion and career readiness efforts, particularly for those from marginalized backgrounds. 

Before his time with the AACU, Dr. Esters served as executive director for Higher Education Partnerships within the Global Education Division of Educational Testing Service. In this role, he led the “Skills for a New Economy Initiative,” which focused on creating new solutions for workplace success by visualizing the skills, capabilities and knowledge needed to thrive in a changing economy.  

He also served as vice president for philanthropy at Strada Education Network, a nonprofit corporation located in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as the inaugural vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management at Kentucky State University. Additionally, Dr. Esters had served as vice president for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Office for Access. 

CCA Fellows are a select group of leaders who have dedicated themselves to student success, embracing bold reform, and implementing CCA’s pillars of student success transformation. Fellows work closely with CCA, sharing their knowledge with the Alliance, and come together to confront and overcome higher education’s greatest challenges. The program convenes members regularly around the best ways to serve college students across the country. 

Since 2009, CCA has worked extensively with key partners who have championed and guided the organization’s work. The Fellows formalize these relationships, adding visibility to these partners’ work and ensuring positive advancement of the college completion movement. The full roster of National CCA Fellows is available at completecollege.org/cca-fellows

“We look forward to working with and learning from this group of experts and change-makers who are known for closing institutional performance gaps for minoritized students and solving some of the most important higher education issues in our country,” said Complete College America CEO Yolanda Watson Spiva. “Lorenzo Esters is a devoted, trusted, and equity-minded educator and leader who has a bold and declarative vision of inclusion that is well respected in higher education.”

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 also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Complete College America

Complete College America is a bold national advocate for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing institutional performance gaps. CCA works with states, systems, institutions, and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that ultimately improve student success. For more information, visit CompleteCollege.org.

Letter to the Community from Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters

Today marks my first day as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis. I am very excited about having been selected as the next Chancellor for this campus. Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend time at the College before officially transitioning to the role of Chancellor and greatly appreciate the warm welcome I have received from Chancellor Lee, the campus, and the Greater Indianapolis community. 

In addition, I have had the opportunity to meet with several of our distinguished alumni, campus board members, business leaders, community-based organization representatives, K-12 school leaders, and elected officials. Many of our faculty, staff and students have been most welcoming and have shared useful and insightful information about the college. I also appreciate that several presidential colleagues at area four-year institutions have taken the time to meet with me and I look forward to working with them in the future.

In an effort to learn more about the campus, I will be appointing a Chancellor’s Transition Advisory Committee (CTAC). This committee will provide me with critical information and feedback as I continue to learn about the campus and plan for the next year.  The committee’s work will focus on gathering knowledge and data about the campus as well as soliciting insight from members of the internal and external community. I will share more about the plans of the CTAC and its membership soon.

Since arriving at Ivy Tech, I have admired the mission of the institution, its spirit and energy. From watching the recent launch of Ivy+, our new tuition model that includes free textbooks and classes after 12 credits per semester, to watching our employees collaborate and volunteer for Gleaner’s weekly Summer Drive-Thru Food Distribution on our downtown campus, I have observed our mission in action.

The spirit of Ivy Tech is also reflected in our students, who continue to inspire me with their drive and resilience, especially the more than 1,200 Ivy Tech Indianapolis students that graduated this Spring – having to overcome unseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our innovative faculty and staff continue to build partnerships with employers to meet the needs of students and reinvigorate the local economy. This is a testament to the quality and commitment of our faculty and staff.  I am looking forward to seeing the continued success with our local longstanding community partnerships and the new and innovative partnerships that we will forge together.

Today is also significant as it represents the effectuation of our newly restructured service area from nine counties to three, which comprises Marion, Boone and Hendricks counties. The new service area presents us with a wonderful opportunity to focus more specifically on our community and ensure we are responsive to the needs of learners and community.

In early June, we held the grand opening for our new Automotive Technology Center in the city’s International Marketplace District. We also are looking forward to the July 29 ribbon cutting of the new MADE@Plainfield higher education facility in Plainfield, which will allow us to expand program offerings and opportunities in Hendricks County.

I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as Chancellor and commit to this community and to those who look to the College for access to opportunity that we will build on the College’s wonderful legacy of commitment.