Ivy Tech Community College’s Chief Information Officer Matt Etchison, Chief Data Officer Brad Watts and the Ivy Tech Community College ITS Team won the Tech Education Award during TechPoint’s 22nd annual Mira Awards gala honoring the best of tech in Indiana. 

The ITS team at Ivy Tech Community College spent most of 2020 building and implementing what one Salesforce official has called, “the most innovative and comprehensive student system in all of higher education nationally.” The new constituent relationship management platform at Ivy Tech centralizes student data and is configured specifically to improve and automate the school’s processes. It’s a complex and multi-dimensional system that is essentially an engine driving every aspect of student, staff and faculty engagement, delivering a highly personalized and positive experience.

The Mira Awards judges were impressed by how on point Ivy Tech’s new CRM is with the need to improve educational attainment to meet the current and future workforce needs of Indiana. It brings 11 different portal screens into one and simplifies the student journey to the point of having a significant impact on removing roadblocks and increasing admissions, so that students can more easily get to the learning part of their education!

TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, honored the successes and innovation of Indiana people, places, companies and products during the 22nd annual and second virtual Mira Awards gala with presenting sponsor Salesforce.


A total of 16 award winners and honorees were chosen from the 122 outstanding people, places companies and products that were selected as nominees for their achievements during the 2020 calendar year. Fifty-two independent, volunteer judges spent more than 850 total hours evaluating applications, interviewing nominees, and selecting this year’s winners. Judges included an impressive roster of company founders, CEOs and presidents, CTOs, CIOs, engineers and other industry professionals. 


The Mira Awards are named after the first of the brilliant variable stars to be discovered – the Mira Star. It is also the Latin root meaning “worthy of admiration, wonderful, marvelous.” The awards represent the best of tech in Indiana each year.

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