Yes Sican

About Us

Yes SICAN

Mission Statement

Southwest Indiana College Access Network (SICAN), working in innovative collaboration with community partners, encourages students to pursue post-secondary education and assists them by providing resources, career counseling, and guidance for the college application and admissions process.

History

In 2006, the Evansville Education Roundtable established a subcommittee to focus on increasing Southwest Indianaís rate of post-secondary and adult education attainment.

The subcommittee asked the National College Access Network (NCAN) to conduct a gap analysis of the college access environment in Vanderburgh County. The goal was to assess the feasibility of establishing a college access program that could potentially serve all students and families in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. As a result of the study, SICAN was founded.

The purpose of SICAN is to provide Southwest Indiana residents of all ages with a wide range of programs and services that encourage post-secondary education planning and enrollment.

SICAN works in collaboration with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC), the Evansville Education Roundtable, and the Public Education Foundation, Inc. (PEF). Local colleges, universities, and major corporations, such as Koch Enterprises, Inc., Old National Bank, and Vectren, are also partners of SICANís. All of these entities provide volunteers and financial support for programs that provide students with support and encouragement in pursuing post-secondary education.

SICAN Executive Director

Ellada Hadjisavva, SICAN Executive Director, provides overall leadership and management to ensure that SICAN programs and services help the maximum number of students pursue post-secondary education and training after high school. Ellada, a first generation college student herself, was previously Director of Recruitment for Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Hadjisavva earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages from Brescia University, a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition from Murray State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Lipscomb University. In addition, she holds an Indiana Teacher's License in Spanish, Language Arts, and English as a Second Language.

Ellada was born and raised in Cyprus, Greece. She has 3 children, is fluent in 5 languages, and currently serves on the Evansville YWCA and cMoe Board of Directors.

Steering Committee

Members of the SICAN Steering Committee include the following community and education leaders: