NC RESA Recognizing a Pioneer – Dr. Larry Ivens
Fremont-After 45 years of serving schools and communities in Newaygo County, Dr. Larry Ivens is logging off at Newaygo County RESA for the last time. Beginning as a Data Processing teacher at the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center in the early 1970s and promoted through the years to the Executive Director of Technology Services, Dr. Ivens has truly been a pioneer in Newaygo County.
Dr. Ivens is credited as our local “Father of Internet” spurred by his professional contributions in writing and winning the federal Challenge grant in 1994 that made the technology infrastructure throughout Newaygo County possible. He has navigated technological innovation from microprocessors to various programming languages; from dial-up Internet to wireless services; from hard disks to floppy disks to the Cloud. Larry has experienced it all.
He founded the Newaygo County Advanced Technology Services (NCATS), a unique Educational Telecommunications Network established in 1995, that connects Newaygo County’s K-12 schools, agencies and governments with a long-term fiber optic solution ready to adapt to changing demands. Dr. Ivens also established a consortium to govern the use of Newaygo County’s Educational Telecommunications Network.
Dr. Ivens has led the Newaygo County Advanced Technology Services (NCATS) and has been providing services to Newaygo County’s educational community for many decades. He has stayed abreast of the many changes in technology over the years and now the community wishes him well in his next change journey.