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Tippecanoe County, Indiana is one of the fastest growing communities in the Midwest and is ideally situated between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. We are home to more than 174,000 residents and known for our diverse community and great quality of life.

We are a vibrant community with excellent educational opportunities. We are home to Purdue University which provides exciting Big 10 sports action, rich cultural events, numerous art venues and endless educational opportunities. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana serves about 800 students and continues to grow in enrollment and educational opportunities. New degree programs are regularly introduced to meet the employment demands of the community.

The Lafayette-West Lafayette community has a wide spectrum of businesses, including many nationally and internationally known corporations such as GE Aviation, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Wabash National and many other high-tech firms in the Purdue Research Park.

Greater Lafayette is a vibrant and progressive community that offers all of the amenities of a large, bustling metropolis while maintaining a friendly, small town atmosphere. We have quaint antique shops, unique art galleries, beautiful golf courses and scenic parks with miles of walking and biking trails.

Local Opportunities for Higher Education

Purdue University

Purdue University in West Lafayette serves approximately 40,000 students from 124 countries. Renowned initially for its programs in agriculture and engineering, Purdue’s academic offerings now include more than 200 majors and more than 80 master and doctoral programs.

Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the largest public post-secondary institution is Indiana. The college offers a variety of opportunities on technical and vocational education, as well as two-year degree programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions.

Community-Education Partnerships

Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County

Public Schools Foundation

The mission of the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County is to promote excellence in education and encourage classroom innovation by providing grants in academics and the arts to teachers in the public schools in Tippecanoe County.

How can you help the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County?

"Thank you for your support of the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County. Your donations go directly to local classrooms through the teacher grant program. The TSC in particular has received well over $100,000 in grants from the Public Schools Foundation. Step inside any TSC School and ask to see a program that was funded with grant dollars from the PSF. Show your support today."

Dr. Scott Hanback, TSC Superintendent

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed is a community initiative led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and local community school corporations designed to motivate our community to engage in our students’ academic success.

You can help a student succeed at a local elementary school by volunteering one hour a week. Your time and compassion can make a difference in a child's education.

For more information and to sign up to become a volunteer visit:

Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award

Nominate a teacher for a Golden Apple Award

Educators in grades 7-12 to be honored in 2018

Since 1987, Greater Lafayette Commerce recognizes exceptional teachers who have distinguished themselves by the enormous, positive impact they have on their students. The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors and supports educators who inspire, guide and help shape young learners.

Students, parents, colleagues, school personnel, administration, and members of the community can submit nominations at any time. However, GLC alternates between honoring teachers in grades K-6 and 7-12 each year. The nominee must be in a non-administrative position, fully licensed in Indiana and currently teaching in Tippecanoe County.

Winners receive a $1,000 stipend, a beautiful brass plaque and the honor of being a member of “The Golden Apple Corps” – an elite group of past winners that continues to promote teaching excellence and positive interaction within the business community.
The winners are chosen by the Golden Apple selection committee, comprised of professionals from the education and business communities.

Help us celebrate the significant role teachers have in our lives by nominating a teacher for a Golden Apple award today. Click here to access the nomination form.

The deadline is May 5, 2017.

For more information:
Greater Lafayette Commerce
337 Columbia Street
P.O. Box 348
Lafayette, Indiana 47902
765.742.6276 (fax)

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