AEP Foundation Contributes $800,000 to IVY Tech Community College Marion Campus to Launch Credits Count Program

Indiana Michigan Power is pleased to announce that the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation will make an $800,000 grant over five years to expand the Credits Count program to Ivy Tech Community College Marion campus. The grant will benefit Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School in Marion, Indiana. Ivy Tech is the fifth college to receive funding from the Foundation for this program.

Credits CountSM, is a signature program of the AEP Foundation, targeting students in urban and rural areas who may not otherwise be able to afford a college education. The program encourages students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) beginning in junior high school and supports dual enrollment opportunities at the high school level. The hands-on, year-round program is centered on four major components which include:

  •          STEM Experiences - expanding awareness of STEM careers through middle and high school exploration experiences;
  •          College Course Readiness Assessments - identifying gaps in writing, reading, science and math that may require tutoring;
  •          Summer Bridge Program - providing remediation in English, science  and math and improving skills prior to students enrolling in dual enrollment programs;
  •          Dual Enrollment in High Schools and at Ivy Tech - allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree or job ready certificate.

“We are so honored and thrilled to be the recipient of the AEP Foundation grant,” says Alex Huskey, Marion campus president, Ivy Tech Community College. “The real recipients though, and benefactors of this partnership, is our community and the students. They now have a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow, through education and development that focuses on their success.”

Ivy Tech’s Marion campus will work with Marion Community Schools to introduce middle school students to STEM experiences and engage high school learners for college credit coursework prior to graduation. Credits CountSM focuses on introducing students to careers they otherwise may never have considered as career options and to provide a pathway to attain college credits while completing high school.

“The AEP Foundation is excited to partner with Ivy Tech and Marion Community Schools to introduce junior high and high school students to the possibilities of a STEM-related career,” said Paul Chodak, Indiana Michigan Power president and chief operating officer. “Through the AEP Foundation’s Credits CountSM program, we are changing lives for our young people so they can be a part of a well-educated workforce of the future.”

The program will reach nearly 2,250 students to assess college readiness. Of those students, nearly 375 will participate in the Summer Bridge program to improve math, science and English skills; about 550 middle school students will participate in STEM exploration experiences and at least 700 students are expected to earn college credit while completing high school.

“I am so thankful to Indiana Michigan Power, the American Electric Power Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College for providing this GIANT professional training opportunity through the Credits Counts Program,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “The vision for this grant will help Ivy Tech, Marion Community Schools and the greater community of Marion, Indiana, to raise the standard of excellence and performance in science, technology, engineering and math career preparation.”

About the AEP Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Indiana Michigan Power. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation’s areas of focus include special emphasis on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching life through art, music and cultural heritage. 

The Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio.

About Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of 2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.

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.

About Marion Community Schools

Marion Community Schools serves about 3,800 students in preschool through 12th grade. MCS offers specialized and targeted instruction and opportunity to every student, tailoring our work to meet the needs of individual students and families. Our mission is to inspire the hearts, minds, behaviors, and habits of every student every day, preparing our students to make significant lifelong contributions to our global society.


Erica Putt, Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(260) 408-3482

Kelsey Batten
Executive Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management
Ivy Tech Community College East Central and Richmond Regions
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