They’re really attracting a younger demographic with their new, state-of-the-art fitness center and athletic programs, Daily said. It has actually prompted Ivy Tech to look into athletics.
“It didn’t make a lot of sense to get into athletics before,” Daily said. “But when IUK does it, and they do it successfully, it makes us question ourselves.”
Ivy Tech officials have started talking to the Kokomo YMCA about a possible partnership, not only for gym memberships but for athletics, too.
Daily said he would like to add intramural sports at some point. The Y will be their pathway into organized athletics, he said.
The region is pumping more money into student activities. Part of this year’s tuition increases go directly to student life programs. That money has generated an additional $74,000 for the region.
Ivy Tech used a portion of it to add equipment to its fitness center, bring in motivational speakers and hold back-to-school activities.
“We’re doing a lot of exciting things,” said Michelle Simmons, vice chancellor for student affairs.
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.