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City of Rushville and Ivy Tech Launch New Achieve your Degree Program

Through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the City of Rushville is launching a new Achieve your Degree Program for interested City employees. On Tuesday, July 19th over 25 City employees attended a presentation by Mayor Mike Pavey, City of Rushville; Mary Roller, Ivy Tech; and Leslie Shaul, Rush County ECDC, concerning the program.

“Rushville is the first city in Indiana to partner with Ivy Tech for this new program,” comments Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “From education to beautification, we are proud to be leading the way in rural Indiana.”

At no expense to the person, any City employee may take one Ivy Tech class per semester completely paid for by the City of Rushville. Classes can either be in their area of expertise or an elective area that they would like to explore. City employees have the opportunity to login to a specially designed Ivy Tech portal for this opportunity. Following the complete of the class with a C average or above, the employee turns their tuition expense into the City for payment.

The Achieve your Degree program is the first of its kind for municipal government and a joint effort by the City of Rushville and Ivy Tech to promote professional development and continued learning education.

Mayor Donates Medal Lion Art to RCHS Athletic Department

On Wednesday, July 27th, Mayor Mike Pavey donated a metal lion art fixture to the Rushville Consolidated High School athletic department. This donation serves as a “leave behind” for Rush County’s Bicentennial celebration and a way to recognize the class of 2022, the Bicentennial class.

The mascot logo was presented to Rush County Schools Superintendent Jim Jameson, RCHS Principal Rob Hadley, and Athletic Director Melissa Marlow. Included in the presentation were the graduated seniors of the 2021-22 Rushville Lions Football Team: Adam Sizemore, Jonah Shuppert, Layne Beard, Nick Pavey, John Alexander, Devin Richardson, and Nash Paddack.

“I thought that having the graduated football team help with the presentation was a perfect example of the message we are hoping to leave with future students,” says Pavey. “The entire community and I take great pride in the students that graduate from our local school system. This donation is a small, but visible token of that pride.”

The mascot logo will be placed outside of the main entrance to RCHS Memorial Gym. It will be a focal point and photo opportunity for visitors of the school. A plaque underneath the metal lion will read “In honor of the Bicentennial Class of 2022, ‘Victory isn’t defined by wins or losses. It is defined by effort. If you can truthfully say ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had,’ then you’re a winner.’ Always find the positive and always set your sights far beyond tomorrow. Presented by Mayor Mike Pavey.” Funds for the project came from revenue raised by the Mayor through his annual 5K fundraising efforts. The mascot logo was designed by Shelle Designs, built by Samantha Chandley of Samani Design and Fabrication and Chris Earman of Starweld, and powder coated by Pike’s Sand Blasting, all local Rush County businesses.