Amy Roe, Gloria Carvey and Stacey Wilson at Fulton County Chamber Gala 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Rochester Instructional Site of Ivy Tech Community College has recently been honored for its many contributions to the Rochester, Ind., area with two awards from the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce.

The site, under director Gloria Carvey, was named this year’s Outstanding Not-For-Profit in Fulton County at the chamber’s annual recognition gala April 22 and the organization also recognized the site with its latest quarterly Shining Star award.

In honoring Ivy Tech Rochester with the Outstanding Not-for-Profit award, Amy Roe, executive director of the Fulton County chamber, cited the site for implementing Ivy Tech’s mission of preparing Indiana residents “to learn, live and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer and lifelong education through its affordable open-access programs.”

Roe said Ivy Tech in Rochester has been a community partner filling the need for an accessible, affordable, and quality education for the people of Fulton County. She specifically cited Ivy Tech’s partnership with Rochester High School. Through this partnership, students have the opportunity to earn six free college credits while in high school, an initiative Roe said has saved the students and their families $83,661 in tuition for the 326 classes that have been taken in the last two years.

Other nominees for the award included the Compassionate Health Center and the Little Lambs Daycare in Rochester. Judging was done by members of chambers of commerce outside Fulton County. Other awards included Outstanding Young Professional, Small Business, Large Business, Family Owned Business, Emerging Business, and Community Member.

The Ivy Tech Rochester Instructional Site also was honored with the chamber’s first quarter 2017 Shining Star Award in recognition of the dual-credit partnership with Rochester Community Schools that offers the college-credit courses taught by Ivy Tech instructors.

“The relationship that Ivy Tech has with Rochester Community School is an enviable one for most high schools because high school students can walk to the College and take classes during the school day with college professors,” Roe said. “Plus they get six free credits because Rochester High School is in the New Tech Network of schools.  Ivy Tech provides this benefit to all New Tech high schools across the state.”

For information on Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site at 1820 Park Road in Rochester, contact Carvey at gcarvey@ivytech.edu or (574) 223-3228, ext. 5031.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region