How IC Benefits the Community

Ithaca College is a vital part of the community in which it thrives. Here are some examples of the important relationships it has with the Ithaca community.

♦ The college employs nearly 1,670 area residents, contributing a payroll of over $77 million to the local economy. It has a total economic impact of $160 million, through direct, indirect, and induced spending.

♦ IC is a major supporter of the Community Unity Music and Arts Education Program. Members of the college's music faculty provide instruction for the program, which an IC alumna founded and now directs.

♦ Ithaca College and Challenge Industries have enjoyed a strong partnership through the years, providing employment to Challenge participants, sites for Challenge programs, and collaboration opportunities for IC students who are conducting research projects.

♦ The South Hill Elementary School–Ithaca College partnership introduces the college experience to elementary school students. And special projects, like the film Park School students made with the Northeast Kids Count afterschool program, not only create bonds between different generations of students, but show the younger kids that learning can be fun.

♦ The Ithaca College student chapter of the American Red Cross received a 2011 Real Heroes award from the Red Cross for its exceptional community service.

♦ Project Generations, an IC student–run organization that helps older adults in the community combat loneliness and get help at home, was awarded the July 2011 Distinguished Youth Award by the Tompkins County legislature.