COMMUNITYEffectively engage with and serve our unique communities.
HOW WE GET THERE
STRATEGY 7.1 Work collaboratively with our community leaders.
STRATEGY 7.2 Engage directly with each community’s most pressing needs.
STRATEGY 7.3 Leverage best practices across campuses.
STRATEGY 7.4 Empower campus flexibility within statewide policy and processes.
Brittney Jones enrolled at Ivy Tech with a simple goal of finishing one prerequisite class to advance her education. Shortly after starting the course, Brittney realized that Ivy Tech offered more. Ivy Tech was the key to unlocking her future.
“When I was young girl, I dreamed that someday I could be a successful woman,” shared Brittney. “I come from a family of non-college graduates and am the youngest of five children. I knew that I wanted more for my own future and I knew that I could give back.”
Throughout her youth, Brittney faced challenges. She was a single mom at a young age. She worked multiple jobs starting at the age of 15. She experienced fears of abuse, witnessed the effects of addiction, and fought the darkness of depression. Through support channels found from Ivy Tech, Brittney overcame the challenges herself and has since focused on serving others in the community.
“Even though it seemed at times that it would be difficult, I knew that someday I could be successful. Ivy Tech allowed me to continue to believe in myself, believe in my future and has helped me pursue my dream of becoming a professional attorney,” said Brittney.
To further her education, Brittney enrolled in the Ivy Tech paralegal program. She quickly embraced the variety of services and support that Ivy Tech offers students. Brittney found strong mentoring, scholarships, financial aid, counseling support, and a variety of resources to support her in pursuing her degree. However, Brittney also found multiple opportunities for leadership and giving back to the community.
“I was impressed by commitment of the staff and quality of the professors. I was able to learn directly from current experts. I could hear their experiences and imagine myself in their shoes someday,” said Brittney. “I learned so much from my experience.
In December 2017, Brittney Jones graduated from Ivy Tech with an associate degree in paralegal studies. Brittney was honored as a National Engaged Leader by the National Society for Leadership and Success. She was a recipient of the Bowen Scholarship, recognized as commencement speaker, and selected to emcee and host a Bowen reception and banquet. Brittney has also been appointed to serve on the Student Lead Initiative with McGraw Hill. Along with the accolades, balancing family, work and school, Brittney prioritizes giving back, showing kindness and leads multiple service projects for neighborhoods in need in the Indianapolis area.
Today, Brittney is enrolled at IUPUI and is pursuing a degree in Law in Liberal Arts with a minor in Political Science. In addition to her work, family and academics, Brittney continues to participate in multiple service projects to help those in need. She has packaged food for Gleaners Food Bank, delivered Halloween candy and treats to children in the community, and has helped clean, paint and improve the parks in Indianapolis. Brittney also led a team which contributed to serving food and gifts for more than 150 Indianapolis families in need during the holiday season. She also utilizes her leadership training to help others as a volunteer union steward for IBEW. “I love to pay-it-forward and help those in need,” said Brittney. “I focus on giving back.”
“Ivy Tech has changed my life in so many ways,” shared Brittney. “I’m a better person. I’ve certainly learned the knowledge needed for my career. But, I’ve also learned important life lessons while at Ivy Tech and through their services too – how to be more of a leader, how to be more humble, the importance of service and how to be more caring and supportive of others. Ivy Tech will always continue to be a big part of my life and has shaped who I am. Ivy Tech has also helped me develop the foundation of my academic, professional, and personal success. For this purpose, I will continue to pay-it-forward and help those who need it most.”