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What ICE Offers

Currently ICE offers mentorship, ACT Test Prep, Career Readiness, College Prep, Virtual Workshops and more.


Currently ICE is offering mentoring to build character using our speaker’s bureau: 

  • ACT College Preparatory Workshops 

  • Encourage student participation in the UAPB STEM program 

  • Web Design Workshop and Creating a Logo for the Ivy Center

  • Essay Writing 

  • College Tours 

  • Cultural Enrichment Tours and Field Studies Trips  

  • ACT Summer Academy at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville  

  • STEM and LIONS Programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff


We have also created a network of teachers and other professionals who take time to extend their knowledge and skills in helping scholars with resume writing, career preparation choices, scholarship application, and mental health coping skills. 

Career Readiness

We expose our scholars to various career opportunities and provide them with the information they need to pursue those careers.

Scholarship Preparation Program

Our scholarship prep program prepares our students for receiving awards by engaging them in rigorous ACT preparation classes and test taking skills.

White Coat Ceremony

The Ivy Center for Education, in partnership with UAMS South Central, presented its second Virtual White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Speaker: Dr. Marquita S. Norman, MD, MBA

The Program was live streamed on the Ivy Center for Education's Facebook Page.

Many thanks to our Club Scrub Instructor, Mrs. Renisha Ward and our sponsors: 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Omega Omega Chapter; Blue and You Foundation; Youth Advisory Council (YAC), Synergy Forum, Inc.; Jefferson Regional Medical Center; First Sisters Outreach, Inc.; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pre-Health Students and all our community supporters. 

Scholars received their White Coat, Certificate, Medal, Stethoscope, and a book entitled Pulse of Perseverance (story of 3 Black Doctors who kept each other encouraged to complete medical school). 

Character Building

Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech,,,:  

1“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. 


These words were our inspiration and guidance to work with our youth in bringing them into the 21st century free from crime, and no direction to achieving a career.  From 2004-2006, we routinely serviced K-12 offering after school tutoring, breakfast and healthy snacks. 


Character building was an important feature in our programming because it helped the students learn respect for one another and their community.  We advanced this activity through community forums with the Pine Bluff Police Department and City Mayor. 

ACT Test Prep

The Ivy Center for Education, Incorporated seeks to offer a multifaceted challenge of improving college and career readiness in part through contractual arrangements with Dr. Charity Smith/Fetterman & Associates, Inc.

Objectives:  Since COVID-19, we pivoted to provide ACT Boot Camps Online in Order to help ensure our scholars stay ready for College and Careers. 

While many schools seek to reduce achievement gaps and increase equitable outcomes for students, eliminating these gaps is a complex process and requires the support of multiple stakeholders, a variety of long-term interventions, and policy changes. Without immediate assistance, higher education will remain an unfulfilled dream for many students in Pine Bluff and surrounding areas.


College Readiness

•2016-2019 ICE Scholars have visited many more colleges and universities- NYU, Howard, MIT, Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton, Morehouse, Tuskegee, Yale, Harvard, Spelman, Emory, Jackson State, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Duke, George Town, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Georgia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Hampton University, Fordham, Boston University, Lincoln University (Missouri), De Paul University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Langston University, Prairieview University, Texas Southern University, Xavier University, Southern University (LA), Dillard University, Grambling University and many more.



Club Scrub

This program is designed to immerse students into opportunities available to underrepresented minorities (URM) in the health care area.  

Club Scrub is a seven-month class with the objectives to introduce scholars to the various careers in medicine, how to research career paths, and hands-on experimental opportunities with current health-care providers.  

The culminating activity is a virtual ceremony where each student receives his or her first white coat. A physical reminder that their goal is attainable with support and love for their community.  

Future Engineers

The overall goal of the program is to help students apply virtual engineering principles and concepts to learn more about the technical and political processes of urban planning and pollution control.

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Malcolm X

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

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