LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Tyler Yeakley, a nursing student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, is a recipient of the Postsecondary Student Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education. The award was presented recently in a public ceremony at the Indiana Government Center South Auditorium in Indianapolis. For the awardees, the day’s special activities also included a luncheon and reception in the Indiana Government Center Atrium.
Yeakley was one of 12 postsecondary student award recipients being recognized statewide for excellence in career and technical education, including four others from Ivy Tech campuses in Indianapolis and Richmond.
Indiana is a leader nationally in career and technical education with outstanding students in programs across the state. The annual awards program allows for the recognition of student excellence based upon scholarship, leadership, employability, and career and technical skill proficiency.
Yeakley is working toward an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and plans to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program when he graduates from Ivy Tech in December. He is considering a career in pediatric nursing, where he could “pay forward” the care he received as a youngster at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, he has served as public relations officer and president of the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter at Ivy Tech and presented at state, regional and international Phi Theta Kappa conferences. He is a co-recipient of two international PTK awards – Community Service Award and Distinguished Chapter Award. He has been leader of an elementary school science outreach team and has been involved in numerous service and fund-raising activities for the Salvation Army, the United Way and his church, all while continuing his studies and working as a laboratory technician at Ivy Tech and as an optician at Walmart.
“Tyler is a gifted individual who embodies all the qualities this award seeks to highlight,” said Dr. Leo Studach, assistant professor of Life Science and faculty adviser of the PTK chapter at Ivy Tech Kokomo. “He exudes integrity and leadership, is extremely reliable and has a strong work ethic, is imaginative and creative when it comes to honor society activities, and is relied upon and looked up to for his steadfastness to his education and the nursing program.”
Dawne Kirk, assistant professor of Nursing, cited Yeakley’s perseverance in the classroom, his critical thinking skills, his positive attitude and his leadership abilities in nominating him for the award.
“Tyler’s personal experiences have given him the desire to be a nurse and give to others what has been given to him,” she wrote. “He is always eager for new learning experiences to increase his knowledge of nursing. His desire to give to others and be a lifelong learner, along with the characteristics of compassion and tenderness, will make him a positive addition to the nursing profession.”
Initiated in 1984, the Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence program is sponsored by the Indiana Department Education. Nominations are reviewed by committees with representatives of business and industry as well as career and technical education administrators and teachers.