Courtney Ivan has a passion for sports and fitness. Both come together in her new job as executive director for athletics and student development at Jackson College.
Ivan most recently worked at Glen Oaks Community College as the athletic and fitness center director and spent time advising students and serving as a student activities coordinator. Originally from Belleville, she is not new to Jackson College, previously coaching women’s basketball and serving as assistant housing director.
“I enjoy working with sports, seeing our players compete, helping them to the next level. I also have a passion for fitness, helping young and old face the struggle, set a goal and succeed. It’s very satisfying,” Ivan said.
Supporting players and coaches and building consistency in Jets athletic programs is important to Ivan in her new role. “My predecessor did a good job, bringing new programs on board. I’d like to continue that success.”
Encouraging Student Success
Being a student-athlete goes beyond just participating in one’s sport at Jackson College. Student-athletes are encouraged in their studies, with many student-athletes earning scholar-athlete honors for their success in the classroom. They also complete community service projects to give back to the community that roots for them.
“Jackson College has done some good things with our student-athletes, and we’d like that to continue,” Ivan said. In February, basketball teams played at the Martin Luther King Center in Jackson, collecting funds to go back to the King Center. Recent Pink Out Games raised money for the Jackson YMCA’s Turning Point program, which helps breast cancer survivors.
Supporting successful athletic teams, focusing on the whole student and promoting fitness, Ivan looks forward to the opportunities that await her!