Ivy Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne enter guaranteed admissions agreement

Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University Fort Wayne are again partnering to create opportunities for Indiana students. A new admissions agreement has been signed that gives students enrolled in specific Ivy Tech programs as of the 2020 fall semester guaranteed transfer to Purdue Fort Wayne bachelor’s degree programs.

Eligibility through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement will require a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Ivy Tech and completion of the associate degree.

“This new agreement provides the opportunity for students in Ivy Tech’s programs to envision a pathway to a four-year degree while maintaining focus on their two-year degrees,” said Kim Barnett-Johnson, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “We know this focus on the future feeds the here and now and set our students up for long-term career success.”

Purdue Fort Wayne has agreed to 17 bachelor’s program areas where guaranteed admission will be offered utilizing Ivy Tech’s Transfer as a Junior associate degrees. These pathways include the following fields: accounting, biology, business economics, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, early childhood education, education, electrical engineering technology, engineering technology, elementary education, finance, human services, information technology, management, marketing, mechanical engineering technology, money and banking, psychology, and visual communications.

“We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Community College to provide this opportunity for students in Indiana to easily and seamlessly transition from their completed associate degree program to a bachelor’s degree program at Purdue University Fort Wayne,” said Carl Drummond, Purdue Fort Wayne’s vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management.  “Not only will we be extending automatic admissions, but we will also have available transfer scholarships to recognize their hard work and success at Ivy Tech.”

Students interested in learning more about transfer opportunities with Ivy Tech, should contact askfortwayne@ivytech.edu or visit ivytech.edu/apply-now.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and MadeByMe hosting virtual Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 2

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is collaborating with MadeByMe to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2 with a virtual event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Manufacturing Day is meant to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving companies and employers a chance to showcase what they do and address the skilled labor shortage they face.

A growing share of manufacturing jobs require a certification and/or an associate degree. Ivy Tech’s programs are developed in collaboration with employers to provide students the best chance of landing an internship-work based learning experience and then a high-wage career.

With respect to social distancing and safety precautions, this year’s event will be held virtually. There will be three sessions including a presentation from Ivy Tech employees talking about their programs, a career exploration workshop where attendees can connect with local employers to discuss job and internship opportunities, and a Q&A panel with presenters and employers.

Employers in attendance will include Felderman Design-Build, Fort Wayne Metals, Generex, LLC, Micropulse, Inc., Ottenweller Company, Inc., PMG, Inc., Polygon Company, QuikCut, Rea Magnet Wire Company, Shambaugh & Son, Shindigz, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Ward Corporation.

RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/MFG  Questions? Contact Kyle Bischoff at kbischoff2@ivytech.edu

9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2

Virtual event
Zoom link sent to RSVPs
RSVP @ link.ivytech.edu/MFG

The event is free and open to the public.

College Confirms Plans for January Start Classes

Ivy Tech Community College, including the Fort Wayne campus and Warsaw site, confirmed it will offer Spring 2021 semester classes starting in January consistent with how classes started in August, and those that will begin on October 26. The state’s community college will continue to provide students choices on how to take classes when they begin on January 19, 2021. 

Students will be welcomed back onto Ivy Tech campuses throughout Indiana for face-to-face courses while the Community College continues to offer a majority of courses as blended, virtual, and online. The focus will continue to be on flexibility and safety for students, employees, and the communities Ivy Tech serves. Should new guidelines from the Governor or federal regulations be released adjustments will be made accordingly.  Facial coverings will continue to be required on all campuses until further notice.

The College will also continue and expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was launched as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course choose between face to face, virtual, and online learning for each class session based on their needs at that time.

“Ivy Tech is committed to offering flexibility so our students take that next step to prepare for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We continue to carefully balance our plan to have a focus on safety and flexibility. Our team continually monitors the recommendations provided by the state of Indiana and federal guidelines. Ultimately, our students’ success is the goal, while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”

The first spring term begins on January 19. Most offerings are eight-weeks in length and the rest run 16-weeks. Spring Break will take place March 14-21. On March 22, second eight-week courses will start giving students multiple opportunities to enroll and optimize their class schedule. All courses conclude on May 15.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges around every corner the continued commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff has allowed us to rethink how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “Ivy Tech’s history of high-quality online learning and educational technology combined with faculty and staff dedicated to student success for adult learners leading busy lives have allowed the College to convert quickly to learning formats that allow the student to prioritize learning and personal safety.”

Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place regularly. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses.

“Ivy Tech recognizes many families continue to experience uncertainty about what the residential college experience may be for students. I certainly encourage all students to continue on their educational journey, regardless of the college or university they attend. Instead of considering a break or a delay in starting, students should consider the community college,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, and personalized instruction make the community college the perfect place to take classes. Transfer is one of the important roles the community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor degree seeking students.”

College invites community to Public Services Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 25

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw is hosting a Public Services Virtual Career Exploration and Job Fair on Sept. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. The career fair is designed to connect Ivy Tech students and community members to northern Indiana employers with hiring needs. Attendees will join the fair virtually and will be able to speak with representatives from the Public Services field.

Employers in attendance will include the Allen County Government, Benchmark Human Services, Indiana Department of Corrections, Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana State Police, Kentucky Department of Corrections, and USDA-Farm Service Agency.

Employers can still register at IvyTech.edu/hireivy/events/FWPS2020

Questions? Contact Anh Dinh-Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu 

10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 25
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College launches interactive tool aimed at getting people trained quickly for post-Covid world

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are addressing northeast Indiana’s high unemployment rates and need for skilled workers by focusing on short-term certificates. This quick training is designed to get people back into the workforce faster. To this end, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw have developed a website that helps visitors navigate the approximately 50 short-term certificates available and take the next steps to get signed up. The college is also hosting an Express Enrollment Week in September, which will help students start as early as Oct. 26.

The short-term certificates website is an interactive tool that allows interested individuals to easily choose a certificate that works for their schedule and needs. Finding a program that works can be difficult, but this tool lays out the available certificates and allows individuals to filter by industry, time to complete, location, salary, and more. Becoming a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw means you can earn a certificate and start a high-wage career in less than six months. View the short-term certificate website at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/certificates.

The State of Indiana has designated most of these short-term certificates as Next Level Jobs eligible and extended Workforce Ready Grant funding to offset most, if not all, out-of-pocket costs for students.

To help with the enrollment process, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw are hosting an Express Enrollment Week from Sept. 21 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Available services include: completing enrollment steps, registering for classes, and completing financial aid. RSVPs are required. Virtual appointments are recommended, but limited in-person appointments are available. To RSVP for a virtual or in-person appointment visit link.ivytech.edu/EEDays.

Registration is now open for classes beginning Oct. 26 or Jan. 19.

September Express Enrollment Week
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept 21 to 25

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce summer 2020 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the summer 2020 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

Students who have qualified for the summer 2020 Dean’s List are:

Ryan Achor

Mohammed Alanazi

Kasey Aldrich

Doudou Ali

Michael Anikoh

Christopher Arnett

Alyssa Atkins

NoEaindra Aung

Jonathon Bailey

Zachary Banks

Jarod Barber

Samantha Barcus

Audrey Bardsley

Erin Barrett

Brittany Bashore

Danielle Baum

Heather Baumgartner

Sa La Ma Be

Jaime Becker

Alexis Beer

Alexis Bennett

Shyrah Bennett

Christina Benson

Joseph Berndt

Isabella Biagiotti

Delaney Blaskie

Heath Bodkin

Jashandeep Bola

Danielle Bolen

Evelyn Booker

Ashley Boone

Ayden Bowers

Austin Bradshaw

Gabrielle Branning

Shayla Bridgewater

Collin Bross

Emily Brudney

Elizabeth Brumblow

Danielle Brunson

Taylor Buchanan

Joshua Buckley

Lisa Byus

Zachary Caenepeel

Katreena Caldwell

Jasmine Calmes

Chad Carlson

Camille Bernadette Castillo

Veronica Chacon

Ashton Chambers

Bruce Christopher

Jacob Ciesiolka

Jared Clark

Jacob Cody

Heather Crawford

Guadalupe Cruz

Francisco Cruz-Hernandez

Alyssa Davenport

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Allison Dearing

Britianie Denton

Cristal Diaz

Rodolfo Diaz

Faith Dickerson

Kendall Dimond

Shae Disheaux

Austin Doty

Alexander Drabik

Amber Drake

Nicholas Drew

Julie Dufault

Emma Eagleson

Michelle Eckert

Mo Eh

Mohamed El araari

Trevor Faull

Frederick Fennig

Justin Fettinger

Brian Fiebig

Dane Fife

Jamie Firestine

Rodolfo Flores

Kearstan Flynn

Ryan Fordeck

Justin Foss

Alison Foster

Zaxai Foster

Morgan Foust

Todd Franks

Elizabeth Frantz

Traci Fritz

Lisa Frye

Courtney Gagnepain

Kassandra Gallagher

Leezamarie Gallagher

Travis Garrison

Claire George

Danielle Gerardot

Kayla Gervais

Jared Gibson

Victoria Gladin

Corey Gladin

David Gomez

Rosa linda Gonzalez

Mary Gore

Rebecca Grandlienard

Katrina Grant

Kyle Graves

Tyler Greenbank

Jalynne Greer

Brooke Griffith

Isaiah Griggs

Uriah Griggs

Sara Griswold

Morgan Hadaway

Jennie Haiflich

Joshua Hall

Lakeisha Hall

Michelle Hamilton

Ryan Hampton

Keith Hamrick

Steven Hanford

Jason Hare

Samantha Harig

Kelleigh Hart

Mackenzie Harvey

Stephanie Haverstock

Joshua HeffelFinger

Jon Henderson

Sarah Hendricks

Amy Hendricks

Abigail Hendry

Celie Hewitt

Aubrei Hiatt

Breanna Hicks

Heather Hobbs

Lane Hoeppner

Abigail Holt

Shannon Hough

ThawZin Htun

Emily Hulburt

Lisa Hunsche

Miguel Ibarra

Ruby Irwin

Madelyn Isch

Elizabeth Jackson

Sierra Jacobs

Michael Jacoby

Magaly Jimenez

Caleb Johnson

Shannon Jones

Matthew Jordan

Bennett Kauffman

Kevin Kell

April Kemp

Staci Kennedy

Emily Kitson

Cathrine Knight

Oleksandra Kravets

Kirstin Kreischer

Nancy Krouse

Aaron Kunkle

Alexis Leis

Kristie Lenz

Stacey Lewis

Jonathon Lewis

Stacie Light

Samuel Lind

Alex Llewellyn

Amber Luce

Catherine Luckadoo

Jade Lusher

Tisha Lynn

Quenjule Mackenzie

David Maggart

Wendy Malone

Ethan Mann

Trevor Manor

Natalie Mansoori

Kierra Maroney

Alexander Martin

Nathan Marvel

Devin Masterson

Amber Masterson

Cassandra Mayhew

Rebecca McAlister

Dayanna McAtee

Danielle McBride

Shekinah McClellan

Jonathan Mendoza

Cheyenne Metcalf

Susaine Miller

Carrie Miller

Marie Miller

Jordan Miller

Meghann Miller

Logan Miller

Dezaray Miller

Crystal Miller

Victoria Mills

Heather Minick

Nicole Minier

Douglas Mitchell

Marbin Molina Guerrero

Jenna Moore

Simone Moore

Joshua Moreland

Christina Morgan

Brianna Morgan

Madolyn Morgan

Allison Mosher

Lori Murray

Marie Chantal Mushagalusa

Chase Myers

Bailey Ness

Sarah Newton

Anh Nguyen

Kathy Nicholson

Khin Nilar

Andrea Nix

Evans Njuguna

Tanisha Noble

Jason Nunn

LeAnna Oberhausen

Latoya Odoh

Danielle Olds

Hammad Omar

Victoria Ong-Murrell

Ravinder Pabla

Kaia Pagan

Britney Parmer

Sheena Passino

Jose Pedroza

Kayla Pelance

Jamie Penn

Michelle Pennell-Madden

Colin Perry

Andrew Person

Micah Phillipson

Eva Pocock

Nathan Pomeroy

Kelli Powell

Netanya Price-Flatt

Bonnie Priest

Autumn Proudfoot

Evita Minette Publico

Erik Ramer

Reginald Reed

Shannen Regan

Joshua Reish

Sarah Riddle

Michael Ridenour

Kyle Rigney

Kara Riley

Andrew Robinson

Tara Rodriguez

Brenna Rogers

Tonya Rogers

Samuel Rondot

Jennifer Runkle

Sanajda Sakanovic

Kathleen Salazar

Julio Sandoval

Daniel Saylor

Anna Scantlin

Anita Scheiderer

Ashley Schilling

Shayna Schlichter

Breann Schwartz

Dorothy Selner

Jessica Semonis

Dustin Shafer

Ashley Shafer

Madison Shaffer

Caleb Shannon

Carmen Shaw

Boone Shellman

Sydney Short

Sarah Shoup

Kent Shrock

Ida Silver

Shalea Simmons

Jeffrey Simon

Karanveer Singh

Stephanie Smith

Chloe Smithson

Derek Snyder

Paw Soe

Kaung Soe

Khaing Soe

David Sorrell

Erin Springer

Jessica Squires

Kassandra Staubach

Beryl Stoner

Justin Stookey

Brooke Stover

Madison Stringer

Nathaniel Stroud

Nathan Suddarth

Danielle Swada

Sara Temple

Kacie Thieme

Kandis Thieme

Trenton Thomas

Deborah Thompson

Melinda Tran

Lena Tran

Justin Treft

Jesus Trinidad, Jr.

Abigail Troyer

Honore Ukundji

Andrew Vandekeere

Kamen Vasevski

Rebecca Vaughn

Evangelina Vega

Joseph Vincent

Michael Wadkins

Emily Wagoner

Charles Wainscott

Carolyn Walker

Dakota Warren

Matteson Watts

Carissa Weber

Megan Weddle

Tabitha Weems

Jason Welker

Ashley White

Faith White

Lisa Wilson

Alexzandria Wolfe

Tiara Wood

Paul Wright

Roshni Yadav

Bailey Yoakum

michael Young

Brooklyn Zolman

Michaela Zumbrun

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne massage clinic to reopen Sept. 14

Healthy Essence has four private rooms sectioned off with curtains. Therapeutic Massage students can work with clients to address their massage needs.

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, will open to the public this semester from Sept. 14 to Dec. 12. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. Requests will be accepted by phone beginning Sept. 9. Interested individuals should reserve their appointments quickly, as appointments normally fill up within the first few weeks.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic is making adjustments to ensure client safety. There will be longer times between sessions for extensive cleaning of the massage tables. Clients are expected to wear masks into the building and throughout the hour-long massage. Students and staff will also remain masked during the appointment. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms will need to cancel their appointments. The clinic is also discouraging individuals who are immunocompromised from making appointments at this time.

The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Mondays
  • 10 a.m., 12, 2, and 4 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Thursdays
  • 10 a.m., 12, 2, and 4 p.m. Fridays
  • 10 a.m., 12, and 2 p.m. Saturdays

The clinic will be closed Oct. 18 to 24 and Nov. 26 to 28.

Fall 2020 prices and details: Massages are $30 for the community and $25 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel, and those 55 and older. The clinic accepts payment in cash and credit card. Tips are not accepted, but clients who wish can donate to a charity chosen by the students.

To make an appointment, call 260-480-2094. Note: Clients are permitted to schedule two massages per month.

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/massageclinic to learn more.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne expands successful welding program at Huntington North High School

Welding lab at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Huntington North High School have expanded their welding dual-enrollment program to meet Huntington’s high industry demand for welders. In fall 2019, Huntington North High School introduced welding into their technical education offering as part of a dual enrollment program with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Due to workforce demand and student interest, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has hired an instructor to provide welding instruction at Huntington North High School on a full-time basis.

“The welding program partnership between Ivy Tech and Huntington Schools is a wonderful asset to our community,” says Tiffanney Drummond, Director of Career & Technical Education at Huntington North and Director of the Huntington County Community Learning Center. “We are locally training our future workforce to the same standards as industry, before they even leave high school. This program creates a graduation pathway completer and can help them earn a Technical Honors diploma. It is allowing students to pursue their passion and get a jump start on their future!”

There are currently 19 Huntington North students enrolled in the program, which takes place in the Huntington County Community Learning Center (HLC). After two years of instruction in the welding program, these students will earn a certification in structural welding technology. These 21 credit hours can then seamlessly transfer toward an associate degree at Ivy Tech or lead directly to a skilled, high wage job.

“We’re extremely pleased to expand this program and meet the demand for skilled welders in Huntington County,” says Darrel Kesler, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “There are so many opportunities for the welding students, including industrial certifications embedded within the courses and three or more AWS certifications. These students will be job ready right after high school graduation and from there, the possibilities are limitless.”

For more information contact Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Welding Instructor Tim Sorg at tsorg5@ivytech.edu or Tiffanney Drummond at TDrummond@hccsc.k12.in.us.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Engineering programs earn ABET accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Associate Degree in Engineering Technology and Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. 

Already accredited by Indiana’s Higher Learning Commission, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne took the additional step to attain ABET accreditation, which further reinforces the quality education its students receive. As the premier global accrediting body for engineering programs, ABET accreditation assures that programs produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields.

“The Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering programs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne are exceptional examples of what our College strives toward,” says Darrel J. Kesler, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “We have two excellent full-time faculty members with master’s degrees and many full-time professionals in the community who teach on a part-time basis, bringing ‘real world’ experience into the classroom. There is high demand in the community for these graduates.”

Graduates of the Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology programs either move directly into the workforce or articulate to four-year colleges. Ivy Tech has an articulation agreement with Purdue Fort Wayne, through which Ivy Tech graduates can seamlessly transfer their credits and start as a junior with maximum cost-savings and hands-on training.

“This is a great distinction that Ivy Tech should be proud of considering that ABET is the gold standard for accreditation nationally,” says Manochehr Zoghi, Dean of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Purdue Fort Wayne. “I extend my congratulations to Dean Kesler, and his colleagues at Ivy Tech for this milestone accomplishment.” 

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org

In addition to Electrical Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has programs in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering. The College has already begun the process for ABET accreditation process for Mechanical Engineering Technology.  Individuals interested in any of the programs should contact Andrew Bell at abell118@ivytech.edu  or Cait Cramer at ccramer15@ivy.edu,

NEI FAME chapter kick-off event for community partners and educators

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEI FAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are inviting northeast Indiana educators and community partners to learn more about NEI FAME during a virtual meeting on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Attendees will learn about how NEI FAME connects area students with employer partners. Sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time while attending classes.

NEI FAME strives to be a powerful conduit between industry and education. Students selected to the program will pursue a two-year associate degree in Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech while working for a NEI FAME sponsor company. Sponsor companies include: Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet.

RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/NEIFAME or contact Kimberly Waugh, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Director of K-14 Engagement and Transition at kwaugh7@ivytech.edu

9 a.m. Sept. 16
1 p.m. Sept. 16

Zoom meeting
RSVP at https://link.ivytech.edu/NEIFAME

More information is available at www.northeastindianafame.com. Program applications will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2020 for the 2021 cohort.