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“Ivy Tech Community College Announces Statewide Partnership with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation”

Pass the Torch for Women Foundation Contact:
Samantha Burke
Vice President of Programming and Development

January 30, 2020– Ivy Tech Community College and Pass the Torch for Women Foundation are expanding their partnership and implementing programs for empowering female students statewide, beginning in early 2020.

“Ivy Tech is honored to come alongside the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation to offer wonderful opportunities for our students, faculty and staff,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College President. “Partnerships like these take the student learning experience much further by expanding their experiences into mentoring, professional development, networking and many more invaluable opportunities which will accelerate the careers of our graduates, faculty and staff.”

The Foundation has served over three-hundred Ivy Tech students over the last five years through its Project Grow program. Project Grow provides professional development courses and one-to-one mentoring to support female college students in achieving their goals. The program encourages educational success, provides students with a network of connections, and builds leadership skills. Project Grow students join a cohort of nominated peers in the semester-long program and celebrate their success upon completion with a graduation ceremony.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech Community College has served as the cornerstone to the growth of our student program, as we meet students where they are through innovative pedagogy approaches and providing an ecosystem of peer-to-peer support.” says Samantha Burke, Vice President of Programming and Development of the Foundation, “The dedication from Ivy Tech to support each student’s success is instrumental to the positive impact of the partnership and we look forward to future implications of the growth onto new campuses.”

In addition to offering programs for students, this partnership will also bring representation from Ivy Tech to the Foundation’s Legacy Leaders. This group includes executives and leaders from a variety of industries who engage in networking opportunities and provide mentoring. Those interested in joining Legacy Leaders or becoming a volunteer mentor should visit and contact the Foundation to begin passing their torch.

By engaging new mentors and bringing opportunities for professional development to students statewide, Ivy Tech Community College is taking a big step in lifting up the next generation of women leaders and changemakers. 

About Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW): With their peers being in the minority within top decision-making levels, how do women create the connections that allow them to grow as leaders? How do they gain the skills and support to move up the ranks? The Pass the Torch for Women Foundation is addressing this issue in a unique and powerful way. We are creating a community of women and men committed to supporting women throughout their career lifecycles, from college students to emerging leaders to top executives.  This community comes together to provide mentoring, networking and professional development to help women reach their full potential. 

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