IPL hosts local College Summit students to offer career exploration and encouragement
December 6, 2012
Indianapolis, IN -- IPL will host approximately 75 students from George Washington Community High School (GWCHS) today as part the company’s involvement with the College Summit program. The students will learn about career exploration and opportunities in the utility industry. They will meet to discuss what they learned and ask questions of IPL’s President & CEO, Ken Zagzebski and other members of the senior leadership team. The event will take place at IPL’s Morris Street Operating Center, 1230 W. Morris St., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. IPL recently entered into a multi-year, $250K partnership with the Mind Trust to expand the existing College Summit program at GWCHS. College Summit is a national nonprofit working to boost college attendance rates among low-income students. In addition to the monetary commitment, IPL employees have been given the opportunity to be involved at the school through mentoring, tutoring and helping with the college application process. This event marks the first of hopefully many hosted at an IPL location, where students will receive career information and encouragement as they plan for their futures.“IPL strongly believes that investing in our youth is one of the most critical things we can do for our community,” said Ken Zagzebski. “Our partnership with College Summit will make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people attending IPS’ George Washington Community High School. This partnership allows IPL to strengthen our relationship with the school and creates a culture at the school in which every student can see college as a real option.”College Summit has served seniors at George Washington since 2009. IPL’s gift enables College Summit to expand the program to also serve freshman and sophomores, making George Washington the only IPS high school where College Summit reaches students in the early grades. With IPL’s grant, College Summit has increased the number of students served at George Washington from 80 to more than 450.College Summit fosters a college-going culture in high schools and helps students to navigate the college application process. Freshmen and sophomores in the program take classes to help them understand their academic strengths, make wise course decisions, learn about college and career opportunities and financially plan for college. Rising seniors attend a four-day College Summit workshop to learn how to navigate the college application process, and during senior year, they’re provided with support as they apply for college and seek financial aid.
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Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL)Indianapolis Power & Light Company provides retail electric service to more than 470,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. IPL is a subsidiary of AES Corporation. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit www.IPLpower.com.
College SummitCollege Summit is a national nonprofit working to increase college-enrollment rates among low-income students by creating a college-going culture within high schools. College Summit launched its Indiana affiliate in 2007 through a partnership with The Mind Trust. This year, College Summit Indiana is serving more than 2,100 students in eight Indiana schools, including IPS Arsenal Technical High School, IPS Emmerich Manual High School, IPS George Washington Community High School, Decatur Central High School, Fountain Square Academy, Indianapolis Monument Lighthouse Charter School, Cascade High School and the 21st Century Charter School – Gary. For more information, please visit www.collegesummit.org.
The Mind TrustThe Mind Trust is a nonprofit striving to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Mind Trust is building a network of the nation’s highest-impact education initiatives, helping to launch life-changing schools, and advancing bold plans for transforming the city’s education system. Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has impacted more than 77,400 students through its work. To learn more, please visit www.themindtrust.org.