13 dual credit students graduate with Machine Tool credential in Warsaw

Thirteen students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday, May 10, from Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. Eleven of those students earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, and two, who earned their certificate last year, earned their technical certificate this year, which means those students have the first year of their two-year associate degree finished.

The students earning their certificate are Miguel Arizmendi, John Shingler, Caleb Beam, Steven Valle-Lara, Instructor Dann Adkins, Jacob Simpson, Evan Lowman, Dylan Rose, Damian Banghart, Coedy Slone, Austin Meads, and Tedros Berelsman). The students earning their technical certificate are Tyler Hitchcock and Jacob Barker.

The Center provides college-based high school dual credit classes, which means all of those students earned high school and Ivy Tech credit simultaneously. They represent high schools including Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw Community high schools.

All student expenses were funded by the following companies: DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, and Zimmer Biomet.

Visit IvyTech.edu/machine-tool-technology to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit IvyTechOAMTC.com to learn more about the training center.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw graduate more than 1,300 at 49th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw celebrated its 49th annual commencement ceremony tonight at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated more than 1,300 students in Fort Wayne and Warsaw and awarded 1,600+ associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.


STUDENT SPEAKER: The class of 2019’s student speaker was Mateo Gonzalez, who graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice and general education transfer core technical certificate. When he first began attending Ivy Tech, Gonzalez was a college dropout with no sense of direction. But with the help of Ivy Tech and the G.O.A.L. y Amigos student organization, Mateo became a leader on campus.

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: The College gives two Curtis Awards each year: one recognizing an outstanding graduate from the College’s career and technical schools, and the other, the university/transfer schools. This year’s winners are Josiah Abel, from the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science; and Nicole Minier, from the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education.

The Bud Curtis Award winners are chosen from among the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw Outstanding Student Awards, which are awarded to one student per academic school. This year’s remaining Outstanding Student Awards went to the following students:

  • Sarah Wadkins, School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain
  • Magdalene Reinhart, School of Health Sciences
  • William Guidinger, School of Information Technology
  • Patrick Essex, School of Nursing
  • Sonja Biberstine, School of Public Affairs & Social Services

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its President’s Award, which goes to a full-time faculty member, for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw nominee is Jennifer Knapp, faculty in the Paramedic Science program. She will attend a statewide dinner in June to be honored by the College and to learn who the statewide Founder’s Award recipient is for this year.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION AND GERALD I. LAMKIN AWARD RECIPIENT: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its Adjunct Faculty Award, which goes to a part-time faculty member. These nominees are then eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw nominee of the statewide Lamkin Award is agriculture instructor K. David Kohli. In March 2019, he was honored as the statewide recipient of the Lamkin Award.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students and guests used #IvyTechGrad to share celebratory moments on social media. Use the hashtag to view graduation photos and messages of encouragement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Community Foundation of Wabash County Board of Directors approves $22k grant to support Ivy Tech initiatives

On May 7, 2019, the Community Foundation of Wabash County Board of Directors approved grants totaling $22,000 to the Wabash County Community Learning Center to support two new Ivy Tech Community College initiatives for Wabash County high school students.

  • $16,000 will fund Ivy Tech instructors for select Communications and Math courses for the 2019–20 school year. Through the partnership of Ivy Tech Community College, the Wabash County Community Learning Center, and Heartland Career Center, these courses will be tuition free to all Wabash County and Heartland Career Center high school students. Additionally, these students are eligible to take designated Anatomy and Physiology and Psychology courses for tuition free through a different grant.
  • $6,000 of the grant money will fund tuition for up to four Heartland Career Center Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) students to complete the Ivy Tech Community College CDL+ certificate. The CDL program is new to Heartland Career Center students and was created in response to employer workforce needs in Wabash County. The CDL program will begin in the 2019–20 school year.

“We are thankful for the generous support of the Community Foundation of Wabash County in our efforts to expand dual credit opportunities to Wabash County students,” says Joshua Blossom, director of the Wabash Community Learning Center. “The innovative programming developed through the partnership of Ivy Tech Community College, Heartland Career Center, and the Wabash Learning Center will allow participating Wabash County high school students and their families to save thousands of dollars in tuition on their way to earning credits towards technical certificates and associates degrees.”

The following courses will be offered free of charge to Wabash County and Heartland Career Center high school students at the Wabash County Community Learning Center in the fall semester. Spring semester courses will be announced at a later date.

Fall 2019 course offerings

COMM 101  Fundamentals of Public Speaking   M   9 to 11:50 a.m.
MATH 123  Quantitative Reasoning                     MW     9 to 10:50 a.m.
APHY 101     Anatomy & Physiology I                  TR         9 to 11 a.m.
PSYC 101     Introduction to Psychology            F              9 to 11:50 a.m.

 For more information, contact Joshua Blossom at 260-563-8828. 

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host May 21 Express Enrollment Day for summer, fall

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, 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.

Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21

WHERE:              
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

College announces fund match for the Wells County Endowed Scholarship

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with Dr. Harry D. Brickley, Jr. to create a $200,000 endowed scholarship for Wells County residents. Dr. Brickley has provided $100,000 of scholarship money. Ivy Tech Foundation is seeking donations to match $50,000 by May 31, 2019 and $50,000 by May 31, 2020.

“Individuals from Wells County and the surrounding areas are encouraged to help us fund this important endowed scholarship,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development. “When this scholarship is funded, it will provide $8,000 annually in scholarship funds for Wells County students, improving individual lives and creating a stronger Wells County.”

Dr. Harry Brickley, Jr. has a vested interest in education and Wells County. His father, Dr. Harry Dwight Brickley, grew up on a farm in the area, went to college to become a doctor, moved back to Wells County with his family, and made a positive impact on the community as a physician, president of the school board, and director of the Old First National Bank. Harry’s mother Ina Brickley was also deeply engaged in the community. She served as nursing superintendent of the Wells County Hospital during World War I, influenced the Bluffton chapter of the Girl Scouts, and more.

Want to help fund the endowed scholarship? Go to https://connect.ivytech.edu/fortwayne and choose “Brickley Endowed Scholarship” from the designation dropdown or contact Margaret Sturm at msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010.

Chris Cathcart named to Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program recently announced the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market.

Chris Carthcart, vice chancellor for student success

Chris Cathcart, vice chancellor for student success at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, is among those selected. The select group of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2019. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will work with mentors – current and former community college presidents – who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers. Fellows will also learn from national experts about ways to harness data to assess student success outcomes, strategies for internal change leadership, and how to create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, and employers.

“I am honored to have been selected for this highly competitive program,” says Chris Cathcart. “I look forward to learning from seasoned professionals in the community college industry. I hope to apply that learning to our work at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne with the ultimate goal of helping our students achieve greater success.” 

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship responds to a specific and growing need for a new generation of leaders who are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of community college presidents plan to retire in the next decade. With this program, the pathway to replace them is to provide additional training and encourage diversity and inclusion at the institutions nationwide.

Cathcart is the second representative in four years to be selected from Ivy Tech, with the first being Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Bowne. 

“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved only when presidents have the commitment and skill needed to lead change within their institutions and through partnerships in the community,” says Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “These fellows have been chosen because they embody that commitment and, we believe, will build their skills even further to become transformational presidents.”

With the average community college enrolling approximately 14,000 students, each fellow who becomes a president has an opportunity to improve outcomes for hundreds of thousands of students over his or her career. To date, 33 Aspen Presidential Fellows are now sitting community college presidents at institutions that collectively serve more than 450,000 students nationwide.

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The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership strategies that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses. For more information, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org.

Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative (SELI) strives to help education leaders further develop their ability to transform education systems and drive meaningful change. SELI programs bring together the strengths of Stanford Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as additional Stanford faculty and resources, to offer multidimensional and immediately impactful professional development programming for practicing leaders in preK-12, higher education, and policy. By fostering collaboration and building relationships between existing colleagues and among new peers, SELI programs create networks supporting participants’ continued learning and organizational improvement. For more information, visit https://seli.stanford.edu/

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host April Enrollment Day for summer, fall enrollment

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, 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.

Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29

WHERE:              
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

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, College went to Congress to advocate for investments in education and workforce programs

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Regional Partnership urged lawmakers to modernize education and workforce policies to improve student and business outcomes.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne joined more than 30 business and community college leaders from 12 states in Washington, D.C. this week to speak with members of Congress and their staff, urging them to modernize the Higher Education Act by revising current federal policy by:

  • Making Pell grants available to high-quality, short-term training programs that prepare workers for in-demand jobs.
  • Making transparent data available so that the public can see which education and training programs are preparing prospective employees to meet the needs of their industry.
  • Investing in partnerships between businesses and community colleges to provide high-quality training for workers.
  • Helping workers complete their training programs by offering support like childcare, career counseling, and transportation assistance.

“These are solutions that deliver real results for community colleges, local businesses, and expand economic opportunities for the workers and families they serve,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “The suggested revisions recognize the great work that is currently happening at Ivy Tech Community College and other community colleges across the country as well as offer a framework to provide scale on a nation-level.”

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of small and midsized business leaders say it is difficult to find and hire skilled workers, according to the Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU). Community and technical colleges play a critical role in ensuring workers and employers have the skills to succeed on the job and in their careers. But our federal education policies simply aren’t structured to support partnerships between businesses and community colleges—and they don’t do enough to help the working people who want and need training to take the next step in their career.

“The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and area industry sectors are already working together with Ivy Tech Community College—partnering to make sure training programs give people the in-demand skills they need to get hired,” says John Sampson, CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “We need the support of Congress to ensure federal policies are aligned to support higher education institutions and the employers we serve.” 

College to host healthcare and technology job fairs in April

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host job fairs on April 23 and 24. The first will be a Healthcare Job Fair and the second will be an Advanced Automation Robotics Technology and Industrial Technology Job Fair. Both events are free and open to the public.

Contact Joe McMichael for more information at 260-480-4223 or rmcmichael3@ivytech.edu.

HEALTHCARE JOB FAIR:
Healthcare recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include: Ascension Health, Benchmark Human Services, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Camp Red Cedar, Comfort Keepers, Dedicated Nursing Associates, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Elements Massage, Home Nursing Services, Indiana MENTOR, Indiana Physical Therapy, Ivy Tech Student Nursing Organization, Kingston at Dupont, Lutheran Health Network, Massage Envy, Massage Therapy Clinic, Maxim Healthcare Services, Neighborhood Health Clinic, New Horizons Home Healthcare, Northeast Indiana Urology, Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Center, Inc., Parkview Health, Peabody Retirement Community, Possibilities Northeast, Premier Hospice & Palliative Care, Presence Sacred Heart Home, R&R Medical Staffing, Inc., Renaissance  Village, ResCare Residential, Saint Anne Communities, Theracare Inc, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, ViaQuest, Visiting Nurse, Inc., and YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. April 23

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

ADVANCED AUTOMATION ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR:       
Advanced automation robotics technology and industrial recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include: Aerotek, C & A Tool, Core Mechanical Services, Inc., Dana Incorporated, Deister Machine Company, Gateway Coalition, FCC (Adams), Fort Wayne Metals, Metal Technologies, Inc., Micropulse, Inc., Murray Equipment, Inc., National Door and Trim, Neff Engineering, Novae Corp, Pro Mach Inc., Pro Resources Staffing Services – Fort Wayne, Quest Industrial, Rea Magnet Wire, Robert Bosch, Shiloh Industries, Steel Dynamics Inc., and Taylor Made.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Crowdfunding campaign launched to commemorate Ivy Tech’s 50 years in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne residents will soon be able to enjoy a new sculpture in celebration of Ivy Tech Community College’s 50 years in Fort Wayne if a recently launched crowdfunding campaign is successful. The CreatINg Places’ campaign is led by the Ivy Tech Foundationand sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

“We are pleased to partner with the Ivy Tech Foundation on their efforts to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of their campus in Fort Wayne,” said Carmen Lethig, Placemaking Manager for IHCDA. “I can think of no better way for them to commemorate this major milestone than through the installation of public art.”

If the campaign reaches its $6,500 goal by May 10, the project will receive a matching grant of $6,500 from IHCDA.

Click here for project details and to donate.

The funding raised will cover the costs of creating an interactive sculpture by local artist Jim Merz, which will be a physical reminder of how Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is the bridge to higher education and beyond. The 10-foot-tall sculpture’s interior space echoes the Ivy Tech logo while also symbolizing a transition point from one stage to the next. The magnitude, simplicity, and boldness of this sculpture will capture the attention of pedestrians and motorists.

“Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is celebrating fifty years in Fort Wayne, commemorating its roots as a vocational and technical school and celebrating its current role as Indiana’s comprehensive community college,” says Margaret Sturm, Executive Director of Resource Development at Ivy Tech.

“Jim Merz’s sculpture will be a perfect mainstay at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and will commemorate the past, present, and future of our campus,” says Ivy Tech Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “As we move into the future, our roots as a vocational and technical school—along with our more recent designation as Indiana’s comprehensive community college—provide us the opportunity to offer multiple career pathways for individuals throughout northeast Indiana.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016. Projects have raised in excess of $1,980,000 in public funds and an additional $1,693,000 in matching IHCDA funds.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.