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Kate Coffman and Bob DeVoss

Franklin College announced it has established a partnership with the new Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Indy Public Schools high school, KIPP Indy Legacy High, opening fall 2019. The school will help create pathways to a college education for students from underserved communities in the Indianapolis area.

The partnership is being made possible through a $10,000 gift by Franklin College Trustee Robert A. (Bob) DeVoss and wife Susan, both 1969 alumni of the college, who are also the visionaries of the project.  Bob is the retired president and partner of Retirement Management Inc., and Susan is a retired occupational therapist. The initiative will be under the direction of Kate Coffman, the college’s vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid. 

The initiative calls for the college and KIPP Indy Public Schools to partner on several fronts, including providing an annual campus tour for KIPP students, teachers and interested parents and participating in KIPP college awareness events and activities.

“Once introduced to KIPP Charter School, Susan and I were impressed with the way faculty and staff nurtured their students through their time at KIPP, and in fact, followed them as they continued their education at many Marion County high schools,” said Bob. “This attention to student needs seemed to match the college’s newly established curriculum, the Pursuit at Franklin College. It is our hope through this partnership KIPP students will be introduced to Franklin College and ultimately become students.”

“We are excited to partner with KIPP Indy and their new high school,” said Coffman. “KIPP has a long history of preparing students to succeed.  Having their own high school will allow KIPP to continue to work with their students through their senior year and into college. As a college partner, we look forward to hosting their students on our campus and providing resources to assist with the college preparation of their students.” 

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools with a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP currently educates nearly 100,000 students in 224 schools across the country, including Indianapolis.  KIPP Indy Public Schools (KIPP Indy) was founded in 2004 with one class of fifth grade students and has grown to educate more than 800 students across two schools.

For more information, please contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Jul 8, 2019