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[s17] Sen. Banks Named ‘Distinguished Public Official’ by Ivy Tech
Start Date: 2/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2013) — Ivy Tech Community College today awarded State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) its first-ever Distinguished Public Official Award at the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The award follows Banks’ efforts this session to improve higher education by making it more efficient and affordable to obtain a college degree.

“No one has done more for higher education than Sen. Banks,” Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said. “He understands our students’ life issues and is supportive of their efforts to earn a college degree. When our Student Government Association and Office of the President were choosing who should receive this inaugural award, Sen. Banks immediately came to mind.”

This legislative session, Banks authored several bills to support students like those at Ivy Tech, including:

  • Senate Bill 182 - Enhances credit transferability through a common course numbering system and requiring associate degrees credits to be counted toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Senate Bill 406 - Streamlines dual college-credit course options for high school students.

“It’s an honor to have been recognized by an institution like Ivy Tech,” Banks said. “This school has done so much to help its students accomplish their academic goals, and I’m humbled to know my legislation has played a part in that. I look forward to working with Ivy Tech and other Indiana colleges in future efforts to improve higher education.”

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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    Senate Republican Caucus

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