College opens search for local artist(s) to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2019. As part of the celebration, the College is seeking an artist(s) to create an original public art installation at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, near the corner of E. Coliseum Blvd. and North Anthony Blvd.

Ivy Tech is looking for a signature art work of exceptional quality and enduring value that highlights the importance of community-focused higher education and reflects the identity of Ivy Tech. See the Call for Artists attachment for the specifics to the competition and detailed artistic guidelines.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating our 50th year providing higher education and workforce training in northeast Indiana,“ says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This artistic creation will symbolize and reflect our mission to serving the communities and to building a stronger northeast Indiana.”

The chosen artist(s) will be awarded up to a $12,000 commission (all inclusive of design, materials, construction, installation) for the artist(s) to realize the work. Private community donations, College fundraising efforts, and grant-matching crowd-funding resources will provide the commission.

This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in northeast Indiana’s 11-county area (Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, Kosciusko, LaGrange).

See the Call for Artists attachment for additional information, eligibility requirements, application guidelines, selection criteria, and more. The application deadline is 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 15, 2019. The chosen artist(s) will be selected and notified by Feb. 15, 2019, and installation will take place in mid-August 2019. All submissions must be sent via email to


College and Michelin North America announce partnership to offer scholarships, part-time work to Industrial Electrical Technology students

Ivy Tech Community College and Michelin North America (BFGoodrich) have developed a new program to provide potential and current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students an opportunity to develop hands-on work experiences while earning their A.A.S. degree in Industrial Electrical Technology through the Technical Scholars Program.

Accepted students will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, course fees, and books, while working part-time in the BFGoodrich manufacturing facility in Woodburn, Ind. Graduates of the Technical Scholars Program are eligible for full time entry-level employment as maintenance technicians at BFGoodrich with salary projections of $55,000 or more.

“Companies are turning to nontraditional models to recruit and find skilled labor for today’s technology, and Ivy Tech is here to help meet that need.” says Bob Parker, Department Chair of Industrial Technology and Automation and Robotics. “We’re excited to offer this opportunity for our students who are interested in a great career in an exciting field.”

To be considered for the Technical Scholars Program, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Industrial Electrical Technology Associate of Applied Science program.
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Be able to work 20 hours per week.
  • Demonstrate strong math, science, reading, and comprehension skills.
  • Pass a pre-employment test.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech will help us develop our workforce and strengthen our community,” said Stuart Hirsch, Personnel Manager and Skilled Trades Recruiter at BFGoodrich. “Michelin is giving students an incredible opportunity to launch industrial careers with this learn and earn program.”

Interested individuals can learn more or take the pre-employment test at upcoming Technical Scholars Program information sessions on Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Ivy Tech’s Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, room TC1225 (Ivy Tech North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835).

Space is limited, so please RSVP for the event here. Or call 260-480-4248 for more information on becoming a BFGoodrich Technical Scholar.


Ivy Tech Warsaw awarded $10k from Gene Haas Foundation to fund machine tool technology training


(l-r) Chase Guthrie, Haas Application Engineer; Kate Shoemaker, Ivy Tech Machine Tool Technology student and Zimmer Biomet employee; Tom Till, Ivy Tech Director of Advanced Manufacturing; Jim Papagiannis, Ivy Tech Foundation Assistant Director of Resource Development; Allyn Decker, Ivy Tech Warsaw Vice Chancellor; Chad Longstreth, Haas Sales Engineer; and Russ Jehl, Deputy District Director for Representative Jim Banks

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is partnering with Haas Automation and Haas Factory Outlet Indiana to provide high-quality education and training focused on advanced machining.

The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded $10,000 to the Ivy Tech Foundation for scholarships to fund machine tool technology training at Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC). This training will help students learn skills for high paying, high-demand careers in the advanced manufacturing industry, targeted to CNC machining, tool and die, and CNC programming. Graduates work in high-demand industries including orthopedics, automotive, aerospace, agriculture, consumer goods, and recreation.

“Experienced machinists are retiring in large numbers and this leaves a tremendous gap where current supply is not meeting demand,” says Tom Till, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at the OAMTC. “While this seems like a good problem, we need to fill open positions so employers can meet current demand, but they can also grow their businesses to meet future needs.  Not doing so opens the potential for companies to shift work to other cities, states and countries that have an available and trained workforce.”

“We’re fortunate to have Ivy Tech on the front lines helping to close the skills gap in Indiana,” says Toni Neary, Haas Factory Outlet Director of Education. “Local manufacturers need skilled machinists in order to keep manufacturing here at home, which is a personal mission for Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation.”

Founded by Gene Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $52 million to deserving charities and educational institutions. The foundation was formed to fund local community needs and to support manufacturing education. The foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, and supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers.

College to host December Express Enrollment Days for spring 2019 registration

 Ivy Tech Community College is hosting two Express Enrollment Days in December to get students ready for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14.

At Express Enrollment events, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

Students should bring their tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8

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

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College & City of Fort Wayne announce partnership with 3 local organizations to assist SNAP benefits recipients

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne announced a partnership between Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Parkview Health, Neighborhood Health Clinic, and Fort Wayne UNITED to promote the College’s Ivy Works program.

This partnership will give clients receiving SNAP benefits at these organizations an opportunity to explore the Ivy Works program, which is a special federally funded program that helps remove the non-academic barriers for students receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by providing wraparound services. Allen County alone has nearly 18,000 SNAP recipients as of Sept. 2018.

Information sessions for eligible clients will take place Nov. 12 through Dec. 12 at the Neighborhood Health Clinic’s downtown location, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

“The Ivy Works program was developed to help those individuals receive the training and support needed to achieve economic stability through employment in high-demand, high-wage jobs,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is committed to serving the community and forming partnerships to meet northeast Indiana’s most pressing needs.”

Individuals on SNAP benefits can earn a certificate in 12 weeks under Home Care Tech, Industrial Maintenance, or CNC Machining. The program assists with starting a new career, learning new job skills, connecting with community referrals to get HSE, and assisting with the enrollment process. There will be other possible opportunities to receive assistance with transportation, childcare, career clothing, mental health counseling, and more. Ivy Works, which runs through September 2019, is for Allen County residents and aims to help 100 students. The nutrition assistance program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services and targets low and no income families. Benefits are administered at a state level. Learn more at

“I am appreciative of this partnership we’ve been able to form to help provide opportunities for individuals who want to make a meaningful difference in our community,” says Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “We want to be a leader in putting residents in position to succeed and have access to services that will have a lasting and positive impact.”

For more information on the Ivy Works program, visit the College’s services and resources website or call 260-480-4209.

High school students and parents invited to College 101 night

At College 101, area high school students and parents can learn about being a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Attendees can tour campus and learn about:

  • Degree and certificate programs
  • Dual credit pathways and dual enrolled course options
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Applying for college
  • And more

Learn more on the College 101 website or RSVP here.

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15

College’s largest annual fundraiser, A Reason to Taste, raises another $100k for students and programs

Julia Child Impersonator at ARTT

In its seventh year, Saturday’s A Reason to Taste at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne raised $100,000 for student scholarships and academic programs through the Ivy Tech Foundation. Donations came through corporate sponsorships, live auctions, and individual donations. Guests were also entertained by Julia Child impersonator Mary Ann Jung, who performs as Julia at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

At A Reason to Taste: Dinner with Julia, guests enjoyed a multi-course menu prepared by students in Hospitality Administration who won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France this spring. Those students were winners of the College’s European Competition, hosted in January. They created the fundraiser’s menu based off their trip and cooked the dinner at the fundraiser.

“Our fantastic five-course French dinner was prepared and served by Ivy Tech culinary students and faculty,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of Resource Development. “Graduates of the program and students who won the January 2018 European Competition expressed their gratitude to the donors who provided students an opportunity to travel to France and broaden their culinary experiences. The event showcased all aspects of Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Administration program.”

Parkview Health’s Curtis Smith emceed the event, which was hosted at Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. Parkview Health was the event’s presenting sponsor, as well.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for November 2, 2019. Those who are interested in sponsorship opportunities and/or serving on next year’s planning committee can contact Sturm at or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at Check out two videos showed at the event on the College’s YouTube channel:

  • Jason Elkins and Lisa Rios are two of the students who won the Chopped-style European Competition at Ivy Tech Community College. The traveled to France to study the culinary arts with the other winners. In this video, they spoke about their experiences and a year in the life of a Hospitality Administration student. Watch the video here.
  • Krystal Vega, co-owner of Zinnia’s Bakehouse, and David Tomaszewski, co-owner of Summit City Brewerks, are graduates of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. They are successful business owners who use their Ivy Tech education daily. Hear them talk about their experiences at Ivy Tech in this video.

College to host fall career fair with 60+ employers on Nov. 7

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the 2018 Fall Career Fair, where 67 employers will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally. There will also be free LinkedIn professional headshots.

The following employers will be in attendance:
AAM—Bluffton, Adam’s Health Network, Advantage Health Care, Aerotek, Allen County Government, Angel Corps, Aramark, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Avalign Instruments & Implants, Benchmark Human Services, Bowen Center, Brightpoint, Brunswick, Butler Mill Services, Consolidated Communications Partnership, Duncan Aviation, Early Childhood Alliance, Easter Seals Arc, Elwood Staffing, FCC (Adams), LLC, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, Goodwill Industries of NEIN, Haven Manufacturing, Hendrickson, Holland, Indiana Mentor, Indiana Michigan Power (AEP), Indiana State Police, Kelly Services, Kingston Healthcare Company, Lagrange Products, Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, Magnolia Health Systems, Master Spas, MDwise, MedPro Group, Menards, Mike’s Carwash, MLK Montessori School, Neighborhood Health Clinics, Nucor Building Systems, Nucor Fastener, Outback Steakhouse, P.L. Marketing, Inc, Parkview Health, Peabody Retirement Community, Penske Logistics, Pretzels, Inc., Proteus, Inc., Rea Magnet Wire, Renaissance Village, Robert Bosch, RR Donnelley—Angola, Shambaugh & Son, Shiloh, Spherion Staffing, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Stratosphere Quality, Temporary Solutions, Tenneco Automotive, The Literary Alliance, Theracare Inc, Waterfurnace International, West Point Financial Group, White Lodging – Courtyard by Marriott, and YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7
The event is free and open to the public.

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Student Life Center on the North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

College to offer events celebrating November’s International Education Week

 International Education Week, from Nov. 12 to 16, is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, meant “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide … Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences,” according to the U.S. Department of State website.

Locally, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is celebrating International Education Week with a schedule of events from Nov. 12 to 15. All events are free and open to the public.

Events are located on the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne) or in the Student Life Center on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne).


Harry Potter: Global Literary Transformations

  • Presented by Mary Bailey and Rose Brunjes
  • Moderated by English associate professor Susan Howard
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov 12
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 2358

Transnational Experiments in Guaranteed Basic Income

  • Presented by Remy Branscomb
  • Moderated sociology professor Daniel Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 13
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 2372

“WOW Wednesday” Global Village

  • Visit tables representing different countries and sample traditional ethnic food. Learn about the various cultures represented by students, faculty, and staff at Ivy Tech. Lunch and desserts will be provided.
  • Live music and lecture provided by Michael Patterson
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14
  • Student Life Center, Student Commons

International and Intranational Education:  Critical Perspectives
and Institutional Practices and DACA:  Personal Accounts

  • Presented by Andres Garcia and Susana Ruiz
  • Moderated by sociology assistant professor Daniel Hall
  • 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 14
  • Student Life Center, Room 165

Atheistic Existentialism and Religion: Bridging the Gap

  • Presented by Julia Carter
  • Moderated by philosophy instructor Jacob Witucki
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 15
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 2372

Student-run café at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne open Wednesdays through December 5

This fall, Kelty’s Kafé will serve breakfast and lunch items at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. As part of the Hospitality Administration program’s pantry and breakfast class, students will make and sell breakfast and lunch items and will each serve as manager on duty for one week. The Kafé will offer a variety of breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and crepes as well as lunch paninis, salads, and snacks. It is open to the public.


9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, and Dec. 5
(not open Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving break)

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus, Anthony Commons

3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Enter Door 50, which faces away from Coliseum Boulevard.