Ivy Tech Honors City of Greendale Redevelopment Commission as Benefactors of the Year

Ivy Tech Community College is delighted to recognize Al Abdon, the Executive Director of the Greendale Redevelopment Commission, the City of Greendale, and the Redevelopment Commission as its Benefactors of the Year for the College’s Lawrenceburg campus.

Abdon, the City and Redevelopment Commission were selected based on their overwhelming generosity to Ivy Tech’s Ivy Manufacturing and Ivy Welding programs, which provide high school students with an opportunity to explore and prepare for highly rewarding, high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing. Since 2015, the City of Greendale and Greendale Redevelopment Commission haveprovided $44,000 in scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation in support of students participating in the program.

“Al, along with the City and Redevelopment Commission, have embraced this partnership with the College and thoughtfully provided new educational opportunities for students in our community” Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Chancellor Mark Graver said. “Their generosity not only gives students a pathway to future careers, it also helps prepare our local workforce and further strengthens our economy. Al has also led our Dearborn County Manufacturers Roundtable and supported our Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center expansion, which enable us to align our educational programs with employer needs.”

The partnership with Abdon, the City of Greendale and the Greendale Redevelopment Commission allows juniors and seniors from Lawrenceburg High School to participate in Ivy Manufacturing and Ivy Welding by eliminating cost as a barrier. Scholarships cover all expenses of attending, including tuition, fees, and books. During the 2015-16 academic year, six juniors and seniors participated and during 2016-17 academic year, seven juniors and seniors participated. The support of the City of Greendale and Greendale Redevelopment Commission was also critical in the development of the new Ivy Tech Advanced Manufacturing Training facility, where Ivy Manufacturing students take hands-on technical based industrial technology and advanced manufacturing classes.

“We are sincerely grateful for the kindheartedness of Al, the City of Greendale and Greendale Redevelopment Commission,” said Andrea McDole, Ivy Tech Director of Resource Development. “They truly represent the spirit of giving that benefits our community and helps ensure the best opportunities are available to all students.”

Abdon, the City of Greendale and Greendale Redevelopment Commission meet each of the three criteria required to be considered the Ivy Tech Foundation's Benefactor of the Year. They have provided charitable financial support to the Ivy Tech Foundation with plans to continue that support into the future; they have motivated others to support Ivy Tech by providing the spark for other dual enrollment supporters; and they have had a demonstrable impact on Ivy Tech, its programs, students and communities by their support of the new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing and technology labs at Lawrenceburg's Lakefront Campus.

“Al’s steadfast commitment to economic development in Dearborn County has helped the City of Greendale and the Redevelopment Commission build a partnership with Ivy Tech that is crucial for preparing the workforce of our community,” Greendale Mayor Alan Weiss said. “Ivy Tech offers valuable educational pathways close to home for many of our area residents that can lead to well-paying careers right here in our community. The City of Greendale and Greendale Redevelopment Commission are pleased to provide support to the College as it is paramount to the success of our area and our residents.”

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.