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Ivy Tech Community College Announces Dual Credit Faculty of the Year Recipient


Valparaiso, IN – Ivy Tech has announced the Valparaiso Campus recipient of the 3rd Annual President's Award for Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction.

Catherine Lindgren of AK Smith Career Center has been named this year’s recipient for the award. Lindgren serves as an education professions teacher for the AK Smith Career Center.

“Catherine’s excellence shines through in her student-centered approach to teaching. Students are engaged in her courses, which makes her classes some of the most actively sought-after dual credit courses. She’s well respected by both her students and administrators,” said Campus Chancellor, Aco Sikoski.

Dual Credit Program through Ivy Tech allow current high school students to enroll in Ivy Tech courses within their local high schools – free of charge. Dual credit courses fulfill high school graduation requirements and provide college credits in real time.


“Catherine uses creative instructional methods in the classroom. She is very well organized and thorough with lessons. She’s timely with important class deadlines and carries vested interest in doing a good job as a Dual Credit instructor. She’s a wonderful example of someone who goes above and beyond for students everyday,” said Campus Department Chair, Krystal Madden.

As recipient of the President's Award, Lindgren is one of the nineteen high school teachers representing Ivy Tech campuses across the state nominated for the 2023 Statewide Award for Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.