Ivy Tech Community College’s central Indiana region announced on Friday the launch of a $22 million fundraising campaign with $15.4 million already pledged, including three donations of at least $3 million each.
The three lead gifts include a $5 million pledge from J. Michael Jarvis and is the largest individual gift in Ivy Tech’s history. Jarvis is a member of the Ivy Tech Foundation Board.
The other two lead gifts are $3.5 million from the estate of Wayne K. Jennings and $3 million from the city of Noblesville.
Ivy Tech Central Indiana’s $22 million campaign, titled “Closing the Achievement Gap,” is intended to help the system focus on workforce development and student success. The central region of the community college system serves Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Putnam, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, and Boone counties.
Planning for the $22 million campaign began in 2014, with at least 70 percent of the goal being contributed prior to Friday’s announcement.
The $5 million Jarvis gift will go toward the creation of the Mike & Sandy Jarvis Automotive Technology Training Center, part of Ivy Tech’s initiative to update and enhance its automotive curriculum.
Noblesville contributed $3 million toward the purchase of the building for the Ivy Tech Hamilton County Campus in Noblesville, which celebrated its grand opening in March after significant renovations. The campus serves nearly 1,000 students in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.
With campuses throughout Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution.