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The Gift One Year Later

The Gift One Year Later

 

2021 Fall Commencement Ceremony

Graduation ceremony photographed on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.

 

New Opportunities, Greater Access for Indian River State College Students and Community

One year ago, author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott pledged $45 million to Indian River State College (IRSC), the largest individual donation in the College’s 60-year history. The gift came without prescription—Scott writes on her blog “we believe that teams with experience on the front lines of challenges will know best how to put the money to good use, we encouraged them to spend it however they choose”—but with great responsibility.

The gift was made as part of the Giving Pledge, Scott’s commitment to give the majority of her wealth to address some of society’s most pressing problems. In 2020, IRSC was among 384 organizations that Scott made large gifts to after her team of advisors considered some 6,500 organizations along with data analysis on community needs, program outcomes, and each non-profit’s capacity to absorb and make effective use of funding. Donations were focused on those “operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital” and given “with full trust and no strings attached.”

IRSC announced news of the gift at its Fall Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2020, reaffirming the College’s critical mission and the commitment of its newly appointed President to redefine and reframe the narrative on how American community colleges can better serve its constituencies. On December 17, the College began its next chapter—to profoundly bolster its efforts to change lives.

“Our mission is to take students from any part of society and find ways to help them achieve their full potential,” said IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “Ms. Scott has provided IRSC with a uniquely transformative opportunity to accelerate our ability to make post-secondary education attainable for citizens of our region, regardless of their circumstance or

background. She has changed the trajectory for IRSC, and we in turn will change the trajectory for our students and our community.”

True North—Mission, Students and Community IRSC is the only open-access, public institution of higher education in the four-county (Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie) service district. Its student body is more diverse than America, with the majority, 53.5%, comprised of minority students. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of IRSC students are first-generation students, and 40.1% of students receive a Pell grant. Most of IRSC’s students (71.8%) are enrolled part-time and female students make up the majority (61.4%) of enrollment.

It is IRSC’s mission to transform lives by offering high-quality, affordable and accessible education.

Guided by its True North— Mission, Students and Community—the College has embarked on the first of a series of strategic initiatives aimed to provide economic uplift to historically underrepresented populations; meet the increasing demand for trained, diverse workforces; advance student success and well-being; invest in future generations; and develop critical partnerships that bring new opportunities and ideas to our students, region and nation.

In pursuit of those goals, the College is deploying $24 million dollars of the donation, which is about 53% of the total gift.

Building a workforce for the future On December 14, 2021, exactly one year after receiving Scott’s gift, IRSC, along with area hospital leaders, announced that the College would double the size of its Nursing program to address the critical need for more nurses in Florida. Funds will be used to transform 50,521 sq. ft. at IRSC’s Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie into state-of-the-art nursing classrooms and simulated clinical settings. It would also create new pathways for students who earned Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.), Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) or other allied health certificates, offering them credit for prior learning when entering the Associate Degree in Nursing (R.N.) program. This exclusive pathway program reduces students’ time to degree completion and costs, while adding diversity to the nursing class by prioritizing field experience and prior learning in the application process. Roughly $13.5 million will support this largest program expansion in IRSC history.

Economic uplift IRSC is moving with great velocity to support initiatives that support access and outreach to low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented populations. To that end, a portion of the funds from the Scott gift will be used to create an endowment that builds on the success of the Lincoln Park Career Pathways Initiative (LPCPI). The program, centered at the Blackburn Educational Building in Fort Pierce’s majority Black, economically challenged Lincoln Park community, provides funding for tuition, transportation, and other support service for students receiving college credit or non-credit coursework that leads to an industry certification and ultimately to a good-paying job. To date, 71% of program completers have received credentials and are now working in industry-related jobs. The new endowment will fund tuition and provide emergency support for transportation, child care or other financial needs to dramatically expand access to this life-changing program. One million dollars is committed to this endeavor.

Advancing student success and well-being During the pandemic, IRSC learned a great deal about new challenges students face. Students reported that they often do not have quiet places to study or reliable internet connections. They have missed the opportunity to study and interact with peers and classmates. As a result, IRSC is re-imagining student learning and social spaces, tools, academic support and more to advance student success, well-being and sense of belonging, which are essential elements of student retention.

IRSC is deploying $1 million dollars to develop a welcoming Student Learning Commons on its main campus in Fort Pierce. Located in the library, the Student Learning Commons will be a supportive and nurturing place for students to meet, study, and relax. Study skills are the most difficult to develop, and peer-to-peer tutors—prominent in the Learning Commons—are the most efficient way to assist students with learning. IRSC intends to duplicate a Student Learning Commons at each branch campus, furthering the reach of study services to all students.

Investing in future generations IRSC understands that high-quality pre-school is the essential difference maker in the success of a child. The College intends to allocate $2.5 million in its Child Development Center. The Child Development Center provides quality, low-cost education and care for the children of our students, community members and faculty. It also provides hands-on learning experiences for students enrolled in IRSC Early Childhood Education programs.

Developing critical partnerships An indirect effect of the gift includes increased passion, energy, and visibility of IRSC and its mission. Such attention has enabled IRSC to develop unique, groundbreaking partnerships with Adobe, Bloomberg, and Wolfram Researchto name a few. These partnerships have resulted in student, faculty and staff access to best-in-class research and technical software tools at no cost to them. No other community college in America offers these elite tools for free. As a result of these partnerships, IRSC students are uniquely poised for success in the classroom and gain a competitive edge for the modern workplace.

The multiplier effect Scott writes in her blog: “We chose to make relatively large gifts to the organizations…both to enable their work, and as a signal of trust and encouragement, to them and to others.” IRSC has seen and will continue to see the direct effect of this generosity.

Recently, the College received two large restricted gifts. The first is a $2 million naming gift for the Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex, a purpose-built facility that will link advanced technology and leading-edge industry training in specialized technical career fields. The Complex, set to open in 2023, is cited as critical for closing the regional skills gap and preparing residents for high-wage, in-demand careers. The next is a $10 million restricted gift to develop and build a first-of-its-kind vocational charter high school in Indiantown, Florida, a rural majority Hispanic community. The new high school will be home to more than 400 students. Details about that project are forthcoming.

Changing lives “IRSC exists to change the lives of those we are here to serve,” concludes President Moore. “We are grateful to Ms. Scott for the generosity and the trust she has placed in IRSC. We will continue to invest wisely to increase our capacity to educate and support more students, endow scholarships and instructors to propagate our mission in perpetuity, and expand programs of distinction which highlight IRSC as the education partner of choice for our community.”

Jan. 3, 2022|

FPL In Support of Diversity in STEM

FPL In Support of Diversity in STEM

New Scholarship to Remove Financial Barriers for Black Students Seeking Associate Degrees 

 

FPL STEM Scholars

 

Indian River State College (IRSC) has received an $800,000 award from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. The funds will establish the Florida Power & Light Company Endowed Scholarship for Black students seeking Associate in Science degrees at IRSC in the areas of Electrical Power Technology (ICE specialization), Computer Information Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology (such as robotics-manufacturing and laser-photonics specializations).  
 
FPL will fund the endowed scholarship over four years; $200,000 is available for the 2022–2023 academic year. Scholarship funds may cover tuition, books, and supplies or be used to enroll in courses that provide additional certifications such as OSHA or CPR while attending IRSC. New and returning IRSC students may begin applying for the awards now by logging into their MyPioneerPortal account. 
 
“IRSC’s longstanding partnership with Florida Power & Light centers around making a positive impact on people’s lives,” says Michael Hageloh, IRSC interim vice president for institutional advancement. “Over the years, we have collaborated on programs that build essential workforce skills and put students into great paying jobs. FPL’s most recent commitment moves us closer to achieving another mutual goal—addressing racial opportunity gaps in STEM fields—and for that, we are immensely grateful.” 
 
According to an April 2021 report from the Pew Research Center, Black workers comprise 11% of all employed adults but account for only 9% of adults employed in STEM occupations. Their share is lower in some STEM job clusters, including just 5% in engineering jobs. Further, Pew states that there has been no change in the share of Black workers in STEM jobs since 2016.  
 
FPL’s commitment to IRSC will help remove financial barriers that may prevent Black students from entering these fields. 
 
“We are focused on breaking down barriers to opportunity by investing in STEM programs that empower our next generation of leaders. We are proud to energize IRSC’s dynamic STEM initiatives and provide support for students with this grant,” said Pamela Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for FPL. “The Florida Power & Light Company Endowed Scholarship for Black students will help inspire these innovators to obtain an Associate of Science degree—a strong foundation for landing a high-paying job in the technology field.”  
 
The Florida Power & Light Company Endowed Scholarship is the most recent example of IRSC’s steadfastness to finding ways to remove barriers and support student diversity in STEM subjects. In September, the College announced a $4.9 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students in STEM disciplines. These opportunities, combined with integrated academic and student support strategies and activities that promote retention and graduation, will help the IRSC increase the number of undergraduates from underrepresented groups who successfully complete STEM studies. 
 
To learn more about Florida Power & Light Company Endowed Scholarship and other student funding opportunities available through the IRSC Foundation, visit irscfoundation.org
 
About Florida Power & Light Company  
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the U.S. as measured by retail electricity produced and sold. The company serves more than 5.6 million customer accounts supporting more than 11 million residents across Florida with clean, reliable and affordable electricity. FPL operates one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2021 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Excellence Award for the sixth time in the last seven years. The company was recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2020 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.comwww.FPL.comwww.GulfPower.comwww.NextEraEnergyResources.com
 
About Indian River State College 
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to the residents of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. The College—ranked second-most-affordable in the nation—serves 26,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates, and applied technology diplomas. It is a recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Learn more at www.irsc.edu.   
Dec. 20, 2021|

Governor Adds to IRSC District Board of Trustees

Governor Adds Dr. Melissa D. Kindell and Deputy Chief Milo Thornton to IRSC District Board of Trustees

Susan Caron, José Conrado and Anthony George Reappointed

 

IRSC New Appointees

 

On Friday, December 3, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of two Indian River State College alumni as the newest members of the College’s District Board of Trustees: Melissa Kindell, D.D.S., Owner of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry in Okeechobee, and Indian River County Sheriff Chief Deputy Milo Thornton.  Susan R. Caron (St. Lucie County), José L. Conrado (Indian River County) and Anthony D. George Jr. (Martin County), who serves as vice-chair for the board, were reappointed to another term.

“The individuals who serve on the Indian River State College District Board of Trustees comprise the most dedicated, thoughtful and visionary governing body on any institution of higher education anywhere, “ exclaims IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “Governor DeSantis’ confidence in our mission is evident by these appointments. We are grateful for his support and look forward to realizing the Administration’s goal of Florida being number one in workforce education by 2030.”

Dr. Melissa Kindell, a pediatric dentist and Owner of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, was born and raised in Okeechobee, Florida. After earning an Associate Degree at Indian River State College, she attended the University of Florida, where she received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Kindell is President of the Board at Martha’s House and serves on the Executive Board of the Economic Council of Okeechobee. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Okeechobee with their two boys.

Milo Thornton, Deputy Chief, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, is an alumnus of IRSC—earning both his Associate in Science and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the College.  For the past 15 years, Thornton has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex.  He is an active member of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Crossover Mission, Sunrise Rotary, Head Start, Dodgertown Elementary Community Partnership and Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County.

Susan Caron of Fort Pierce has served on the IRSC District Board of Trustees since 2012. She is an administrative assistant for the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. Caron was the owner and vice president of Robert M. Caron Construction Inc. She is a current member of the Association of Community College Trustees and previously served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

José L. Conrado of Vero Beach, is the President of Conrado Enterprises. He is a former Chair of the IRSC District Board of Trustees and the Indian River State College Foundation. In 2020, he was recognized as Trustee of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges. Conrado’s other community involvement includes active roles with Take Stock in Children, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, the Rotary Club, and the Hibiscus Children’s Center. Conrado earned his Associate Degree from Indian River State College and was recognized with the IRSC Distinguished Alumni Award.

Attorney Anthony D. George Jr. has been a Florida Bar member since 1989. He owns a Stuart-based law practice focusing on elder law. Tony was first appointed to the Indian River State College District Board of Trustees in 2014 and presently serves as Vice-Chair. In high school, he took classes at Indian River Community College.  Tony earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.  In their spare time, Tony and his wife Deby try to keep up with their five children.

The nine-member board is comprised of members from each of the four counties in the IRSC service district—St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee—and establishes the policies that govern the operation of the College. Other members include Chairperson Sandra J. Krischke (St. Lucie County), Vicki Davis (Martin County), Christa Luna (Okeechobee County), and Brant Schirard Jr. (St. Lucie County).

Dec. 13, 2021|

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit/NACCE Ambassador Program

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit and NACCE Ambassador Program

 

Tom Kindred

Tom Kindred, FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in partnership with Intuit is pleased to announce the acceptance of fourteen colleges into their newly launched Ambassadors Program. Selected educators will support and champion the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs (FMFE) initiative, as well as Intuit’s Design for Delight, which utilizes design thinking methodology to teach students how to approach critical problem-solving.“The FMFE curriculum stands ready to make a tremendous impact nationally with fifty community colleges and HBCUs adopting it and another fifty NACCE members becoming Innovation Catalysts,” said Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president, and CEO of NACCE.

The FMFE initiative started in the fall of 2018 with the ultimate goal of empowering future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success. Since its inception, NACCE and Intuit have reached over 750 for-credit and non-credit students with this turnkey, modular curriculum. Over 70% of students who completed the post-tests shared that they felt confident in their ability to manage business finances and over 85% felt confident in their ability to manage their personal finances.

In 2020, NACCE and Intuit partnered to train educators on how Design for Delight can be used to identify unsolved problems, gain empathy, run rapid experiments with actual customers, test assumptions, and iterate along the way. NACCE and Intuit hosted two pieces of training, co-developed an Intuit Design Thinking Innovator digital badge, and reached over 300 educators and more than 1,000 students.

“Intuit is proud to partner with NACCE to help students develop critical personal and business financial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset needed to start and run their own business or work for an existing company,” says Dave Zasada, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Intuit.

Please join us in welcoming the following colleges to the Ambassadors Program:

  • Kelly Barber – Halifax Community College (NC)
  • Vivian Faustino-Pulliam – City College of San Francisco (CA)
  • Deborah Gaspard – Metropolitan Community College (NE)
  • Gary Graves – Fullerton College (CA)
  • Holly Hanson – Roane State Community College (TN)
  • Neil Higgins – Cuesta College (CA)
  • Tom Kindred – Indian River State College (FL)
  • Jackeline Davila Mejias-Fuertes – NJ SDBC at Brookdale Community College (NJ)
  • Amy Pietsch – Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • Pam Pirog – Housatonic Community College (CT)
  • Matt Poyle – Lorain County Community College (OH)
  • Shane Snipes – Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Ronda Taylor – Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Danelle Toups – Tarrant County College (TX)

 

 

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About NACCE

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college's role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE unites a dynamic network of community colleges. For more information, visit www.nacce.com.

About Intuit

Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTaxQuickBooksMintCredit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

Dec. 6, 2021|

IRSC Nursing Program Expansion Update

IRSC to Reveal Plans for Nursing Program Expansion

 

IRSC Nursing Students

IRSC Nursing Students

 

There’s a critical need for more nurses in Florida. According to the Florida Hospital Association, by 2035, the state will have 59,100 fewer nurses than it requires. In direct response to this workforce crisis, on Tuesday, December 14, Indian River State College will announce plans to double the number of graduates in its nursing programs and launch the construction phase of a project that moves the IRSC School of Nursing to its Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie by Fall 2022.

The public is invited to attend the event on IRSC’s Pruitt Campus (500 N.W. California Blvd.) at 10:00 a.m. The event site, Building G, is one of two structures slated for complete re-imagination as IRSC works with Harvard Jolly Architecture—one of the largest firms in Florida with expertise in healthcare architecture and interior design—to transform the buildings into state-of-the-art nursing classrooms and simulated clinical settings. Proctor Construction, the firm responsible for the new Advanced Workforce Training Complex and multiple IRSC renovation projects, will construct the new home for the School of Nursing.

“Graduates of the IRSC Nursing program have always been highly sought-after,” states Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC President. “Not a week goes by where at least one local healthcare facility reaches out to our School of Nursing to connect with alumni or soon-to-be graduates. By expanding our Nursing program and investing in these modern facilities, we can be even more responsive to our partners’ workforce needs.”

IRSC Associate Degree and R.N. to B.S.N. Nursing programs are nationally accredited, and students train to local and state clinical requirements. Licensure and certification rates for IRSC Associate Degree in Nursing students are consistently above state and national levels. Over the past three years, the average employment rate for IRSC A.D.N. graduates averaged 99%.

The December 14 event will feature renderings of the facilities, nursing simulations, a meet-and-greet with IRSC nursing students and faculty, and addresses from Nancy Hilton, M.N., R.N., NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center; Robert Lord Jr., President, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health; and Dr. Timothy Moore, President, Indian River State College.

Those interested in joining IRSC at the “Reimaging Nursing” event should R.S.V.P. to Nina Jewett, Pruitt Campus Coordinator, at 772-336-6210 or [email protected] no later than Monday, December 12.

Dec. 6, 2021|

SouthState Sponsors IRSC Veterans Wall of Excellence

SouthState Sponsors IRSC Veterans Wall of Excellence

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Southeast has become the Founding Sponsor for the Indian River State College (IRSC) Veterans Center of Excellence (VCE) Wall of Honor. 

 

Demonstrating a commitment and profound appreciation of veterans, SouthState—one of the leading regional banks in the Southeast—has become the Founding Sponsor for the Indian River State College (IRSC) Veterans Center of Excellence (VCE) Wall of Honor. The commemorative wall will provide a permanent place to honor and recognize veterans at the VCE’s home on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie.
 
The sponsorship agreement between SouthState and the VCE was announced at the College’s annual Veterans Celebration held on Wednesday, November 10 at the IRSC Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie. The occasion recognized all students, staff, faculty, and community members who are veterans.
 
“SouthState is proud to partner with the Indian River State College Veterans Center of Excellence as the founding sponsor for the Wall of Honor. We are deeply appreciative of our veterans’ service to our country and our community and are honored to be able to give back to support them as they grow professionally and personally,” shares Brett Barnhardt, SouthState Treasure Coast Division President. “We strive to be the employer of choice in the Southeast, and we are also committed to developing a diverse workforce, which includes providing career opportunities for our veterans.”
 
“This founding gift distinguishes our Veteran's Center of Excellence as a true community partnership,” shares Michael Hageloh, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for IRSC. “My sincere thanks to Brett and the entire SouthState family for this investment in IRSC and the new Center."
 
IRSC currently serves more than 500 student veterans each year. Through enhanced services and physical space at the VCE, IRSC aims to increase enrollment among veterans and improve the retention and completion rates of IRSC student veterans. 
 
“Service and support for veterans is a top priority of Indian River State College, and I’m proud that the IRSC Veterans Center of Excellence calls Pruitt Campus home,” states Andy Treadwell, Pruitt Campus President. “IRSC is fortunate to have SouthState Bank as a dedicated community partner. Their generous support enables us to better assist our veteran students and provides supporters a place to honor the veterans in their lives.”
 
For more information on IRSC Military and Veterans Services or the Veterans Center of Excellence call 772-462-7443 or email [email protected]
 
About Indian River State College
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to the residents of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. The College—ranked second-most-affordable in the nation—serves 26,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates, and applied technology diplomas. It is a recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Learn more at irsc.edu.
 
About SouthState Bank
SouthState Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) is a financial services company headquartered in Winter Haven, Florida. SouthState Bank, N.A., the company’s nationally chartered bank subsidiary, provides consumer, commercial, mortgage and wealth management solutions to more than one million customers throughout Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The bank also serves clients coast to coast through its correspondent banking division. Additional information is available at SouthStateBank.com.
Nov. 15, 2021|

USA diving forms partnership with IRSC

USA diving forms partnership with IRSC; Educational center to be developed on fort pierce campus

Lee Michaud, USA Diving president; Dr. Timothy E. Moore, president of Indian River State College; and Dave Gascon, USA Diving board chairman

USA Diving and Indian River State College recently formed a partnership to develop facilities and resources to support athlete and coach development in the United States. Present at the announcement were, left to right, Lee Michaud, USA Diving president; Dr. Timothy E. Moore, president of Indian River State College; and Dave Gascon, USA Diving board chairman. IRSC PHOTO

BY SUZANNE SELDES

USA Diving recently announced during its Olympic team trials in Indianapolis that it is moving its executive offices to Indian River State College’s main campus in Fort Pierce.

The college and diving organization plan to develop facilities and resources to support athlete and coach development and the growth of diving in the United States. The partnership greatly expands the ability for the national governing body to deliver on its mission to champion, support and grow the sport of diving in the United States and support USAD athletes in achieving excellence in diving and beyond.

USA Diving and IRSC logosUnder the agreement, funds will be raised jointly to construct a world-class, international diving facility on IRSC’s main campus; create a coach development center to serve as USA Diving’s centralized educational platform for the systematic development of all levels of USAD coaches, divers and judges; develop state-of-the-art training facilities where USAD athletes, coaches and personnel can improve their performance through access to enhanced data-driven technologies; and fully leverage the commitment of both the college and USAD to expand diversity and inclusivity in the sport.

“Partnering with Indian River State College advances our purpose meaningfully and significantly,” Lee Michaud, president of USA Diving, said in a news release. “IRSC has a storied swimming and diving franchise and an unrivaled commitment to developing student-athletes in the sport. This partnership brings the prospect of a home for USA Diving with access to exceptional facilities surrounded by a proactive academic environment setting that supports a holistic approach to developing well-rounded athletes and coaches. This approach aligns with our vision for developing champion divers and champion people. This is the perfect time to partner with Indian River State College in that shared vision.”

The college is a nationally recognized leader in education and innovation. It is a recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges, and is one of the most affordable colleges in the nation.

IRSC holds the longest unbroken U.S. winning streak in any sport at the collegiate level with 47 consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association men’s swimming and diving titles and 39 consecutive NJCAA women’s swimming and diving titles [43 overall women’s titles]. The college’s five campuses serve more than 26,000 students annually. In support of its mission to make education broadly accessible, IRSC received a $45 million gift in December from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

“We’re delighted to house the USA Diving headquarters here at IRSC and assist in their efforts to recapture America’s position as the top nation in the sport,” IRSC president, Dr. Timothy Moore, said. “The project has enormous upsides for our students and employees and direct economic impact for the communities that we serve. We look forward to hosting international competitions on our campuses, providing a path to the Olympics for our student-athletes, collaborating on the development of an educational platform for USAD coaches and judges, and attracting new audiences to the sport of diving.”

USA Diving expects to open its new headquarters this fall and is finalizing plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus. The partners also will explore other collaborative activities, including the use of student interns to provide additional USAD support.

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Jul. 19, 2021|

IRSC returning to normalcy as it readies campuses for fall semester

Indian River State College will be returning to pre-pandemic operational capacity beginning with the fall semester that begins Aug. 18.
Jul. 19, 2021|

Grant to enhance services for veterans enrolled at IRSC

Indian River State College has received a $449,966 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the IRSC Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.
Apr. 30, 2021|

IRSC remembers Roy Lambert, entrepreneur, visionary and friend

Today, the college and the foundation mourn the passing of entrepreneur, philanthropist and friend, Roy Lambert.
Apr. 30, 2021|