PARKE CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Due to COVID- 19, the decision was made to cancel the Ivy Tech 5th Annual Parke County Rumble event. Even without the cancelation, the community at Parke County still raised more than $10,000 to support local students.
The community was able to raise these funds with help from sponsors like The Thirty-Six Saloon, the Parke County Learning Center, Futurex Industries, Inc., Hartman Motorsports, IBEW Local Union 725, Overpeck Gas Company and the Parke County Community Foundation.
These funds will help Parke County students who are attending Ivy Tech Community College and will also help the high school students who are in Ivy Tech’s “Start as a Sophomore” program. This includes students like Braxton Vincent, a who is a 2020 graduate of Parke Heritage High School and completed the “Start as a Sophomore” program. He is now able to start as a sophomore at any Indiana public four-year institution he is accepted into.
“My goal was to earn as many credits in high school as I could and not have to pay for them,” Vincent said. “I worked hard in high school and was able to save money and complete general education classes before staring college.”
High school students at Park Heritage and Riverton Parke can still enroll in Ivy Tech dual credit classes to complete the “Start as a Sophomore” this year for free. Students and parents at Parke Heritage can contact Laura Hayes at email@example.com to learn more and those at Riverton Parke can contact Brittany Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parke County residents who are interested in starting classes in Oct. or Jan. can contact Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus at (812) 298-2280 or ivytech.edu/visitus.