Medical assisting student builds a better life with a Workforce Ready Grant and Ivy Tech

IMG_9141.jpgGrowing up, Laura Lemmon learned to be self-sufficient. Her mother worked hard, but as a single mom of three, she struggled to support the family. Sometimes things were difficult, but Lemmon still dreamed about the future.

“I found comfort in reading books and getting lost in written word. I promised myself that someday I would be important, and someday what I did for a living would matter,” says Lemmon.

In high school, Lemmon studied hard and stayed out of trouble. She played violin in the school orchestra and got a job at a local grocery store within walking distance of her home.

After graduation, Lemmon got a job at Cardinal IG, a glass-making factory. The work ethic and self-sufficiency she learned in childhood served her well.

“I worked hard, and I felt it. My body hurt, but I was proud of my work ethic. I worked at Cardinal for 11 years. During that time I was promoted twice and earned Employee of the Year 2012. I started out as a floor worker and ended as a department supervisor.”

Back to School

Even though she loved her job, Lemmon still had dreams of doing something important, something with meaning. In 2014, she met her future husband, who gave her the final push back to college. She applied to Ivy Tech Community College and was accepted for fall 2015 semester.

Coming back to school wasn’t easy. Lemmon originally started at Jackson Community College right after high school but quickly dropped out. She was afraid history would repeat itself. But with the support of her instructors, Lemmon quickly shed those fears and fell in love with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

“The advisors and teachers at Ivy Tech Community College care if you pass. They listened when I had questions and did their best to get me answers. After my first day, I realized Ivy Tech was the school for me. I loved it.”

Getting Workforce Ready—without Debt

Ever thrifty, when Lemmon applied to Ivy Tech Community College, she also immediately started searching for scholarships and grants. She received a Workforce Ready Grant, which let her earn a Technical Certificate in Medical Assisting at Ivy Tech without debt.

“I applied for grants online because I hate paying for something if I know I can get a discount or coupon. Grants and scholarships are the coupons of college. The application process is super easy. If you can fill out a survey, you can apply for a grant. Getting a grant is free money, why wouldn’t you try for that? What do you have to lose? Nothing!”

When Lemmon graduated with her certificate in Aug. 2018, she already had a job lined up at Parkview Health First Care as a certified medical assistant. Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed—she’s going to be on the cover of 2018–19 Career Ready magazine!

Lemmon plans to continue her education in the Respiratory Therapy program, starting next fall. She wants to complete her degree, work hard, make a good living, and hopefully move up the ladder at Parkview as a respiratory therapist.

Want to know more about Workforce Ready Grants? Check out the Next Level Jobs website to learn about qualifying programs, eligibility, and more.

College offering upcoming enrichment classes in ethnic foods, tap dancing, and pasta making

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus offers IvyLiving classes, non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. The following are some of the upcoming courses. Learn more and sign-up at

Ethnic Food in the Fort

  • Are you a food lover? Looking to expand your palate? This is the class for you. We’ll meet at four local ethnic restaurants to share a meal and discuss that country’s culture and cuisine facilitated by an Ivy Tech Sociology instructor. Class will focus on Jamaican, Burmese, El Salvadoran, and Middle Eastern food. Course fees include dinner costs.
  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 26)

Adult Tap Dancing

  • Veteran tap dancer Andrew Welch will share his 30+ years of tap experience in an upbeat class for adults only. Whether you’ve danced all your life, it’s been a few decades since you tied up your shoes, or you’re looking for a new way to stay fit, this class is for you. Students must provide their own tap shoes.
  • Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 10 and 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $99 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 13)

Pasta Making

  • Impress your friends and family with homemade pasta at your next gathering. This class will mix, knead, shape, and cook traditional pasta as well as some artisan pastas with vibrant colors. You’ll leave with two pounds of handmade pasta and all the info you’ll need to make it yourself at home.
  • Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Nov. 3)

More than 2,000 DeKalb students visiting Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at “Walk Into My Future” event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host nearly 2,200 DeKalb county children in grades Kindergarten to 3 during the “Walk Into My Future” event, which is part of the DeKalb County Promise initiative. DeKalb students will learn about colleges and careers by interacting with members of the Ivy Tech community and engaging in educational activities. Students will visit career stations hosted by Ivy Tech students and faculty in the following areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain
  • Enrollment Services
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing
  • Public Affairs and Social Services
  • Student Success

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20

College announces fall 8-week offerings; classes begin Oct. 15

Eight-week classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw start Oct. 15. These classes offer the same material as traditional 16-week classes, but in half the time. Students can choose from a variety of classes including:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Student Success
  • Welding
  • And More

A complete list of available 8-week classes are listed online at

Prospective students can apply online for free at Students who have already applied can register for classes, financial aid, and more at our Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations:

Fort Wayne Campus’s Express Enrollment Center
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Hours of Operation

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582
Hours of Operation

Fort Wayne massage clinic to open in September for fall semester

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. 17 to Dec. 8. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 1, 2:30, 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m. Fridays (only Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Nov. 30)
  • 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays (only Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8)

The clinic will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, from Nov. 19 to 24.

Massages are $25 for the community and $20 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, email or call 260-480-2094.

Visit to learn more.

High school students invited to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for fall Go Ivy Day

At Go Ivy Day, area high school students can learn about being a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Activities include a free lunch and allow participants to:

  • Explore degree and certificate programs
  • Meet with faculty
  • Tour campus
  • Meet current and other prospective Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid
  • And more

Learn more at

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

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12

Ivy Tech celebrating national Manufacturing Day in Fort Wayne and Warsaw

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will celebrate national Manufacturing Day, a day meant to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers a chance to showcase what they do. The day also gives these employers a chance to address the skilled labor shortage they face.

Learn more about the national day at and about how Ivy Tech is celebrating at

Approximately 1,100 Kosciusko County 8th grade students will participate in “Discover ME: A Future of Possibilities” to learn about the vast opportunities available in manufacturing throughout Kosciusko County.  All students will participate in classroom curriculum lessons to learn about manufacturing and careers beforehand to prepare for the event. Then, Oct. 2–4, 2018, students will tour The Warsaw Area Career Center, Ivy Tech’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, and a Kosciusko County manufacturing facility. The week will wrap up with a discussion and manufacturing survey on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Contact Tom Till at 574-267-5428 ext.7450, or Kathy Kurosky at 574-267-5428 ext.7213 or

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2–5

Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
955 Executive Drive
Warsaw, IN


Middle school and high school students, the College, community members, and businesses are invited to Ivy Tech’s event on the Fort Wayne Campus, which will feature tours of The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, as well as information from local manufacturers and about academic opportunities in manufacturing at Ivy Tech. Contact Tanya Young at 260-480-4196 or

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5

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


IvyLiving enrichment class in canning, food preservation

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests.

For the first class, “That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation,” Agriculture Chair Kelli Kreider will lead you through all of the steps you need to know to preserve seasonal foods for the whole year ’round. She’ll focus on canning and freezing fresh produce, jams, and jellies.

“That’s My Jam” costs $75. The registration deadline is Sept. 20. The class meets Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. To register or learn more about IvyLiving classes, visit

Student-run bakery at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to open Wednesdays this fall

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé will open in September at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. As part of the Hospitality Administration program’s bakery merchandising class, students will make and sell baked goods and will each serve as bakery manager for one week, being responsible for marketing, purchase requisitions, inventory control, and financial analysis. The Kafé will offer signature cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, bread, yogurt cups, fresh fruit cups, coffee from Old Crown Coffee Roasters, and more.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 10

Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Enter Door 50, which faces away from Coliseum Boulevard.

College announces classical French cuisine dinner schedule

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier. There will be five dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is $5 for a glass and $15 for a bottle.

Visit to learn more.

Dinners start at 6, 6:15, and 6:30 p.m. nightly

  • Sept. 6
  • Sept. 13
  • Sept. 20
  • Sept. 27
  • Oct. 4

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Hospitality Room
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through door 24.