21st Century, Ivy Tech to Detail Plans for Partnership
Apr 11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Ivy Tech Community College - Gary
To celebrate the resounding success of their 10-year partnership, leadership of Gary’s 21st Century High School and Ivy Tech Community College’s Lake County campus will detail their shared success and future plans with elected officials, business and educational leaders and community members on Thursday, April 11. Administrators from both institutions will announce their plans at an event in the north building of Ivy Tech’s former Gary campus, 1440 E. 35th Ave., beginning at 1 p.m. As previously announced, the non-profit GEO Foundation is in the process of purchasing Ivy Tech’s property and buildings at that location. Ivy Tech moved classes and staff from that facility last year, relocating programs and employees to the Arts & Sciences Building at 35th & Broadway in Gary (which it shares with Indiana University Northwest), to its locations in East Chicago and Crown Point and to classrooms at the Gary Area Career Center. “Our purchase of this facility from Ivy Tech demonstrates the growing demand for this partnership,” Kevin Teasley, president and founder of the GEO Foundation, said. “Students in Northwest Indiana and their families are demanding that we change the way we look at high school. And our students are demonstrating that they can do more than is traditionally expected from high schools. “We have 27 percent of our students participating in two graduations in May. On May 11, nine of our students will receive one-year career certifications and nine other students will receive their associate degrees at Ivy Tech’s graduation ceremony. On May 20, our students will receive their high school diploma having already earned an average of 19 college credits. “Our partnership with Ivy Tech has led to these dramatic results. Our kids are learning they can do college. They are beating the odds. They earn real college credits and learn self-confidence.” “Our partnership with 21st Century is our investment in the future and our investment in the young people of Gary, Indiana,” Louie Gonzalez, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lake County campus, said. “Whenever young people are aware of support and investment, they respond in marvelous ways. Their dreams are born in classrooms and labs on a daily basis, and that inspires us.” “I am excited to see Ivy Tech make another connection to our K-12 educational community,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “The relationship that Ivy Tech has developed with 21st Century and the Gary Career Center provides an opportunity for our young people to successfully bridge into the future.”
21st Century rose to national prominence two years ago when student Raven Osborne, who earned her associate degree from Ivy Tech, continued to take college courses at Purdue University and earned her bachelor’s degree before graduating from 21st Century Charter school. Raven is now completing her second year as a reading interventionist at 21st Century.
1440 East 35th Ave