Happy fall semester! Have fun at Ivy Tech this week

Happy fall 2017, Ivy Tech students! Each semester, Ivy Tech hosts events to break up your week and encourage you to have a little fun.

And during the first week of the semester? We do that daily.

You might have seen groups of students and employees with their NASA glasses staring at the eclipse out in front of Coliseum Campus and the Student Life Center today. I hope you got a chance to check out the eclipse (safely!)–it looked insanely cool. As it neared its peak eclipse (the moon covered 85 percent of the sun at 2:24 p.m.), all you could see of the sun was the sliver of a nail clipping.

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Here’s what Ivy Tech has planned for you the rest of the week:

Stress Down Day

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Crescent Commons (Coliseum Campus)
We’re just trying to promote your health and wellness so you don’t get too stressed out over the first few days of classes. We’ll have artists giving henna tattoos, fidget spinners to hand out, DIY bath salt, soothing music, and info on our counseling services.

Here’s the Scoop

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Ivy Tower Plaza (North Campus)
Culvers is providing us frozen custard. Come get a scoop and learn all about student orgs on campus.

Keep it Smooth as a Smoothie

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Student Life Center hallway (North Campus)
Grab a smoothie and learn all about support and resources we offer to help you make it to graduation.

Wild Ivy Night

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Ivy Tower Plaza (North Campus)
We’ll have music, activities, and a petting zoo. Bring your friends and family and stuff a fluff, play in the bounce house, complete crafts, eat, dance, and more.

College announces summer 2017 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is pleased to announce the summer 2017 Dean’s List. 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.

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Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus hosts $61,000 check presentation for Old National Bank’s greenhouse donation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosted a $61,000 check presentation on Aug. 16 to recognize Old National Bank, which is donating $50,000 during the next three years toward the College’s new greenhouse currently in development on the southwest corner of The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center.

Old National Bank is contributing an additional $11,000 during the next three years to provide scholarships for Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana clients who will be participating in an agriculture and culinary training program.

The greater than 3,000-square-foot greenhouse is being financed by $486,000 in donations and grants from private individuals and foundations and will open with a formal dedication this fall.

“We are extremely grateful to our friends at Old National Bank for being among our major community partners in bringing this project together. It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility that our College and city can be proud of,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development.

Once completed in early fall, the greenhouse will enable the College to better serve its rapidly growing Agriculture and Hospitality Administration programs. Agriculture majors will use the greenhouse to conduct soil and plant experiments, as well as grow a limited variety of produce, and hospitality administration majors will incorporate this yield into their classroom cooking assignments.

“We anticipate our (enrollment) numbers to increase,” says Kelli Kreider, chair of the Agriculture program. “We also hope to attract a different audience wishing to learn how to grow food using non-traditional farming methods.”

The greenhouse will feature hydroponic (soil-less grown plants) and aquaponics (hydroponics assisted by farmed fish) systems, as well as a fish-raising area and a “glass classroom” that can double as growing space.

New course work linked to the greenhouse will include aquaculture (raising fish), greenhouse management, hydroponics and wine appreciation.

Check presentation

Old National Bank recently committed $61,000 toward the greenhouse currently under construction on Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. The donation will benefit the College’s students and the clients of Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana. The College hosted a check presentation ceremony on Aug. 16. From left, Don Doan, northern region CEO for Old National Bank; Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus; Donna Elbrecht, president and CEO of Easterseals Arc; Sheri Ward, director of development for Easterseals Arc; Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus; and Darrel Kesler, dean of the Technology Division at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.

College announces schedule for IvyLiving enrichment classes during fall 2017

Middle School Cooking Camp

Hospitality administration major Keli Ralston demonstrates his over-the-shoulder flair for catching a fried egg in front of participants from IvyLiving’s Culinary Camp for Middle School Students this past April.


This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September to December.

To determine which classes to offer, Aja Michael-Keller, the College’s director of Events, Enrichment, and Conferencing, reviewed similar course options in the region and found areas that could be expanded upon.

“We’re excited to offer IvyLiving courses that connect the community with our instructors in new ways,” Michael-Keller says. “We love to showcase our programs, facilities, and excellent faculty. This is just another way the community can be a part of what we do.”

To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation
Ivy Tech Northeast’s Agriculture program 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.

Sept. 20
6–9 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Sept. 13

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Gettin’ Real: Being Your True Self
Retired Ivy Tech Northeast communication professor Donna Ditton trains individuals to seek out their full potential through an intensive seminar of insightful self-discovery. Learn the step-by-step methods for becoming who you have always wanted to be. It is time to live more deeply, fully, and completely as your true self.

Sept. 23 and 30
8:45 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: $85 general public; $80 Ivy Tech discount
Registration Deadline: Sept. 16

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

How to Boil Water
Join Ivy Tech Northeast chef Javier Gasnarez in a class geared toward helping terrible cooks improve their skills. Learn the basics of knife techniques, kitchen and food safety, and key cooking methods to help you create delicious and healthy meals at home. Let us give you the confidence to take on the food processor and show the stove who’s boss.

Oct. 13 and 20
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Artistic Welding–Holiday Treasures
Watch the sparks fly during your two-class adventure in metalsmithing. Start with a beginner’s lesson on welding safety and techniques by Ivy Tech Northeast certified welding instructor Brian Barnes. During the second class, you’ll be creating unique take-home art in the College’s modern welding lab.

Oct. 14 and 21
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6

Ivy Tech Northeast
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Go Nuts for Donuts!
Donuts and all of their glory have risen to the top of trendy dessert menus across the country. Our expert chef will guide you as you create, cook, and decorate scratch yeast and cake donuts. You’ll also sample donuts from around town and leave class with a dozen finished donuts AND enough frozen dough to make a dozen more at home.

Oct. 21
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Oct. 13

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Finding Your Roots: Ancestry and Genealogy
Dig into your ancestral past with Ivy Tech Northeast librarian Ann Morrison Spinney. She’ll walk you through the basics of genealogical research and introduce the online tools available to help you find your roots. During the second class, she will facilitate your exploration of the nationally recognized Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. Lastly, the course includes your own DNA discovery kit to learn more about your family’s origins.

Nov. 4 and 11
10 a.m.–Noon
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 27

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Think and Act Like a Superhero
Join this philosophical exploration into the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by pop culture superheroes. What makes a good guy, good? The course includes a group screening of DC Comic’s Justice League (ticket price included in class fee), and a follow-up discussion on how to think and act like a superhero when approaching life’s challenges.

Nov. 11, 18 (film screening), and Dec. 2
9 a.m.–Noon
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Nov. 3

Ivy Tech Northeast    
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center

3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Thanksgiving Baking
Hang out with a chef and other home-bakers and knock out all of your Thanksgiving baking in just a few hours under the direction of local pastry chefs. You’ll leave class with a fruit pie, pumpkin pie, and dinner rolls to serve to your family. Keep your kitchen clean for the turkey, and get the desserts out of the way early.

Nov. 21
6–9 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Nov. 14

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

College to host enrollment day for 12-, 8-week classes

Express Enrollment Day gives current and prospective students at Ivy Tech Community College the opportunity to complete registration steps in one day. They can apply to the College, apply for financial aid, complete an assessment process, meet with an advisor, register for classes, and more.

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting an Express Enrollment Day for prospective students interested in 12- or eight-week classes, which provide the same material as a traditional 16-week class but in a fraction of the time. Students who have more steps to complete should come earlier in the day to assure they can finish all enrollment steps. They should bring their 2015 taxes for financial aid and any high school or previous college transcripts for assessment.

Twelve- and eight-week classes begin Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, respectively. Attendees can RSVP at IvyTech.edu/enrollmentday.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25

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

College announces one-year extension agreement of campusLink service

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Citilink have reached an agreement to extend campusLink shuttle service for the 2017-18 school year. The free service is available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public beginning Aug. 21.

In campusLink’s eight years of service, it has provided 335,534 trips for riders, averaging nearly 42,000 each academic year.

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>> campusLink route map

“campusLink continues to be a valuable service to Ivy Tech, as students rely on it for transportation between classes on our Coliseum and North campuses,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This partnership with Citilink now entering year nine creates a needed convenience for students.”

Times and route services will remain the same as the 2016-17 academic year, but it’s always important for riders to schedule trips accordingly. Service will be during Ivy Tech’s fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no shuttle service on Saturdays, Sundays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, or Summer Break. During finals week, service operates Monday through Wednesday only.

Bus riders are able to plan their trip and track the real-time location of their bus using Citilink’s RouteShout app or RouteWatch, available for download from the Citilink website at fwcitilink.com/RouteShout.

The route for the campusLink shuttle includes four scheduled stops with service every 20 minutes:

  • In the roundabout on Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, in front of door 3.
  • Along Anthony Boulevard at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus west entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the corner of St. Joe Road and Dean Drive at Ivy Tech’s North Campus main entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the south entrance of Harshman Hall on Ivy Tech Northeast’s North Campus. There is a transfer point for standard Citilink service at the west entrance of Harshman Hall (Route 4).

As in the past, discount bus passes for Citilink’s standard public transit service across Fort Wayne will be made available for purchase to Ivy Tech students and employees at the Ivy Tech Bursar in the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center on the North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne). The 31-day, unlimited trip pass runs $36, down from the regularly priced $45 pass.

Ivy Tech healthcare specialist students traveling from Coliseum or North campuses to the new Parkview Education Center opening this fall can connect from campusLink to Citilink’s Route 4 at Ivy Tech’s North Campus stop at Harshman Hall. Riders will take Route 4 north and disembark at the Ludwig and Lima roads area, which is nearby by the Parkview Education Center (1919 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne). A Citilink bus pass would be required.

Funding for the campusLink service is made possible through the joint agreement between Citilink and Ivy Tech.

For more detail on the service and route, visit fwcitilink.com/campuslink or call 260-432-4546.

College hosting August express enrollment days for fall 2017 classes

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

Fall classes begin Aug. 21.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 5
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 12

Students and prospects can RSVP at IvyTech.edu/enrollmentday under the “Fort Wayne” drop down menu located under “More information by campus.”

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

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw to align with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

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As part of its organizational structure project, Ivy Tech Community College announced Ivy Tech Warsaw will transition to be part of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s service area. Warsaw is currently aligned with the Ivy Tech North Central region, but the College recently announced a new structure eliminating regions and moving to a campus model. During the 2017–18 academic year, the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw leadership teams will work together to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and the Warsaw community Ivy Tech serves.

“The alignment of Warsaw with the Fort Wayne campus maintains the College’s commitment to providing accessible quality education and training to the communities in Kosciusko County,” says South Bend/Elkhart Chancellor Thomas Coley, Ph.D. “We are committed to ensuring there will be a seamless transition for our students, faculty, and staff.”

This change is occurring to better align the College with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the workforce of northeast Indiana, and other economic development activities of Kosciusko County. The county is known for being an economic center for the orthopedic-device industry and joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership in October 2015.

Allyn Decker, Ph.D., who leads the Ivy Tech Warsaw site, has been with the College since December 2016 and was previously the Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program director and Medical Device Quality Management program director at Grace College.

“We are pleased with our Warsaw site moving in alignment with what’s happening in northeast Indiana,” says Decker. “Our team anticipates this to be a smooth transition, because it makes sense for our College to be working with and serving the business and industry in which our citizens and students will have the best opportunity for employment upon graduation.”

David Findlay, president and CEO of Lake City Bank, Ivy Tech Foundation Board Member, and former State Trustee of Ivy Tech, says “Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw is critical to not only Warsaw’s future but the entire region. Through the Orthopedic Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, we’ve contributed to the growth of the orthopedic industry in the region, which includes companies throughout the region.”

Warsaw-based Lake City Bank recently signed an agreement to be part of Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program. “We’ve also brought a full curriculum of higher education opportunities to Kosciusko County,” says Findlay. “The decision to align Ivy Tech Warsaw’s presence with Fort Wayne is a natural extension of the connectivity of our communities and will enhance our ability to deliver quality education and workforce development programs to the communities we serve.”

This transition also connects with the Regional Cities Initiative Road to One Million, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by funding transformative quality of place projects. The Road to One Million outlines a short-term goal of 38 regional development projects in 11 counties totaling $400 million in quality of place investments, and more than 70 projects and $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the next 10 years.

John Sampson, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, says the change will mirror the membership of the economic development partnership. “This realignment is good news for northeast Indiana. Ivy Tech plays a unique and critical role providing a foundation for the workforce and talent development infrastructure in our region,” says Sampson. “The consistent delivery of high quality training and skills development programs for the City of Warsaw, Kosciusko County, and the surrounding communities is critical to the growth of our region’s economy.”

“As a statewide system, Ivy Tech is embracing the continued alignment of education and workforce training throughout northeast Indiana,” says Jerrilee Mosier, Ed.D., chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. “We welcome the partnership with Kosciusko County and the Warsaw community. Community partnerships between education and industry will move us forward in in meeting current workforce demands and in addressing the workforce needs of the future.”



Fall 2016 student enrollment / total headcount: 745
Spring 2017 student enrollment / total headcount: 679

Current academic degree programs

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Operations, Applications, and Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security / Information Assurance
  • Database Management and Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Studies
  • Healthcare Specialist
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology
  • Informatics
  • Information Technology Support
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Library Technical Assistant
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Manufacturing Production and Operations
  • Medical Assisting
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Software Development
  • Statewide Transfer General Education Core
  • Supply Chain Management / Logistics

Inside Ivy Tech: Putting the ‘community’ in community college

Quality of place begins with access to broad opportunities, partnerships in action

College’s partnerships help define civic satisfaction in northeast Indiana

Ivy Tech Community College’s origin in northeast Indiana can be traced to the summer of 1969 and leased space in the former Concordia High School at 1711 Maumee Ave.

There, a small team of faculty and staff scrambled to prepare for the start of fall quarter classes.

“It was exciting. Here was a brand new school, and it provided an opportunity to get in at the ground floor. I decided to take the chance and sign on,” says Jan Geib, one of the first instructors hired who went on to teach at the College for 36 years.

Among the hundreds of events the College supports each year is the American Heart Association’s Northeast Indiana Heart Walk.

The Indiana Legislature had established the statewide institution as Indiana Vocational Technical College six years earlier, in 1963, for the purpose of addressing a large gap in vocational-type technical training for Hoosiers.

The initial class offerings were selected based on each region’s greatest employment-training needs. For Fort Wayne, that meant two programs: Drafting Technology and Secretarial Sciences.

While many things have changed since the College’s early history—most notably its expanded role as a comprehensive community college that offers career, continuing, developmental, online, transfer, and workforce-training education—one thing that hasn’t changed is its commitment to quality of place in northeast Indiana.

“Quality of place can be defined in many ways, but no matter how you define it, it’s the single most important measure of civic satisfaction,” says Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. “The more appealing an area can be, the happier and more prosperous its residents will be.”

And for Ivy Tech Northeast, contributing to quality of place translates into actively embracing partnerships that promote academic, economic, and social advances for people.

“You have to develop strong relationships with the community if you want the community to support the College,” Mosier adds.

Aja Michael-Keller, in her work as director of events, enrichment, and conferencing, quantifies partnerships between the College and the community. In 2016 alone, the College sponsored more than 100 internally driven events, such as A Reason to Taste, South Side Fest, and Touch-a-Truck, where several thousand area residents benefited from participation.

In addition, the College hosted 465 externally driven events, meetings, and trainings, where 19,740 people attended campus functions scheduled by groups as diverse as the American Heart Association, Cancer Support, the Department of Homeland Security, Early Childhood Alliance, and FIRST LEGO League.

“One of the things that brings me the greatest satisfaction is seeing first-hand the myriad ways in which Ivy Tech Northeast enhances lives by being a place to gather, learn, and share ideas,” Michael-Keller says.

Pre-employment skills training benefits Easterseals Arc clients

While perfecting his fold of a buffalo chicken wrap, Wayne High School junior Santiago Norfleet paused before detailing some of the skills he’s developed at Ivy Tech Northeast’s Blue Bamboo Café.

“I’ve learned how to cook on the grill, work with the cash register, and avoid using the same gloves for more than one task because it could cause food contamination,” he says.

Wayne High School freshman Peyton Hullinger assists Norfleet in wrapping chocolate chunk cookies to sell at the College’s Blue Bamboo Café on North Campus.

Norfleet is one of eight Wayne High School students with special needs who participated in an 18-week training initiative at the College this spring made possible by a pre-employment transitional grant issued by the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services office.

As administrator of the grant, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana partnered with Fort Wayne Community Schools and Ivy Tech Northeast to plan and execute the training.

The grant gave students with special needs the opportunity to learn about and enhance their skills in five areas: job-exploration counseling, post-secondary education, self-advocacy, work-based learning experiences, and workplace-readiness training.

Easterseals Arc first approached FWCS about the district’s perceived value of pursuing a pre-employment transitional services partnership. In response, FWCS officials identified Wayne High School as the school with the greatest need for such assistance.

“Our special needs students currently maintain a greenhouse, a lunch café, and a supplies store within the school,” says Wayne High School Principal John Houser. “I was excited to see this partnership with Easterseals Arc and Ivy Tech because it made the training opportunities more rigorous, more real life.”

During the training’s work-rotation schedule, the students were divided into two groups where they gained work experience through four support services at Ivy Tech Northeast: administrative services, catering/food service, groundskeeping, and janitorial/housekeeping. Students even earned Indiana’s food handler certification.

Easterseals Arc also provided the students with a small stipend to help incentivize participation while they trained.

“These experiences not only provided skills training in various areas of our campus facilities, they also provided a stepping stone for independence and self-worth,” says Kassandra Flanagan, program manager for Ivy Tech Northeast’s Workforce Alignment.

Easterseals Arc job coach Ashlyn Smith agrees.

“I’ve watched these students learn to take pride in what they’re doing,” she says. “This change in their mentality comes back around to the increased confidence they’ve gained.”

Third-graders adopt ‘no excuses’ when it comes to pursuing college education

West Noble Elementary School student Xavier Hofmeister collaborates on a craft project with his college pen pal, Karina Vazquez, a general studies major.

April 13 proved to be a big day for Xavier Hofmeister and his classmates from West Noble Elementary School. Not only did the third-graders travel from Ligonier to tour Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, they had the opportunity to meet their college student pen pals.

During the 2016–17 academic year, Hofmeister has been paired with Karina Vazquez, an American Honors student and general studies major.

“I told her my nickname is X-Man, like the X-Men movies, and she should have a nickname, too, since we’re friends,” says Hofmeister, while drawing a pond stocked with fish on a cloth square. The squares were later connected by ribbons to complete an Earth Day-inspired quilt project for display.

“It’s nice socializing with the students,” says Vazquez, coloring beside Hofmeister. “It’s easier for me to speak with children than adults sometimes.”

A national stay-in-school initiative helped make their interaction possible.

Since 2013, Ivy Tech Northeast has sponsored a third-grade class at West Noble through No Excuses University, a program that matches elementary schools with a high number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches with higher education or military partners. The program encourages students to graduate from high school and consider attending college.

Third-grade teacher and Ivy Tech Northeast alumna Angela Beers says her students have studied the College online, learning about its statewide system and discovering that it’s a more affordable option for higher education.

“Coming here today, the students are getting a concrete, tangible experience with college,” Beers says. “Each year, my class loves to come here, see what a real college looks like, and interact with the students.”

In addition to socializing with their pen pals, the West Noble students received Ivy Tech T-shirts and swag bags filled with college-themed items.

American Honors Coordinator Krystyl Dumas says the third-graders aren’t the only ones to benefit from the No Excuses University arrangement.

“American Honors students get to stay connected to the community, and they get to feel like mentors to the younger students,” Dumas says.

Parkview Education Center to open in fall, promote streamlined career paths

Career training in healthcare is about to become more streamlined in northeast Indiana, as Parkview Health System opens the Parkview Education Center at 1919 W. Cook Road this fall.

A new three-partner consortium comprised of Parkview, Ivy Tech Northeast, and Fort Wayne Community School’s Career Academy at Anthis is expected to provide innovative and comprehensive learning experiences.

From left: Healthcare specialist instructor Shelly Dobler coaches Julia Arnold, a healthcare specialist major, in placing EKG electrodes on a mock patient. This fall, the Healthcare Specialist program will relocate to the new Parkview Education Center
at 1919 W. Cook Road.

“For participating Anthis and Ivy Tech students, the Parkview Education Center’s collaborative model will show them that healthcare is a great field to work in, and they may be inspired to become nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and the like,” says Sue Ehinger, chief experience officer at Parkview Health. “This project is also important to me personally because it has a goal of starting some Parkview employees on the path to college. It will show them that it’s possible to advance in your career when you further your skills and education.”

Parkview will be shifting its training and new employee orientation operations to the location; Anthis will be moving its four health science programs; Ivy Tech Northeast will be relocating its Healthcare Specialist program, which provides certifications to become EKG technicians, patient care technicians, personal trainers, pharmacy technicians, and phlebotomy technicians. The program will maintain a small presence on the College’s Coliseum Campus.

Ivy Tech will use its 23,550-square-foot space to accommodate four classrooms, two anatomy and physiology labs, two computer labs, one EKG lab, one phlebotomy lab, one kinesiology lab, and the option to establish a fifth classroom and a pharmacy technician lab at a later date.

Interim Dean of Health Sciences Matt Shady says the partnership will add value on a variety of levels.

“With Anthis students, there will be a more direct line through which they can continue their education at Ivy Tech. With Parkview, in essence, its staff has a long history of helping train our students through clinical experiences. This partnership slightly turns those tables as we begin to provide training to the hospital’s employees. And from the College’s standpoint, the space where the Healthcare Specialist program is currently housed can be used to expand or launch other programs,” Shady says.

Unity Performing Arts to expand programming for its gifted students

The internationally acclaimed Voices of Unity Youth Choir will soon have a new rehearsal home on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus. The choir performed at the College’s Commencement ceremony in 2016.

The performing arts are about to become a mainstay at Ivy Tech Northeast once the Unity Arts Institute begins its residency this summer.

The new institute will operate on the Coliseum Campus, and its programming will represent the first and second phases of a multi-phase, multi-year vision for the Unity Performing Arts Foundation, which serves children and adolescents in the greater Fort Wayne area.

During phase one, Unity is expanding its youth choral program, the internationally acclaimed Voices of Unity Youth Choir, and creative writing program, Expression, to include opportunities in dance, drama, instrumental music, and
oratory training.

Phase two represents the formal launch of the institute, where, in addition to artistic programming, youth development programming will be introduced. Opportunities will include training in character building, college and career preparation, communication and leadership, and health and wellness.

“We are excited about having access to Ivy Tech’s administrators, educators, professionals, resources, and facilities,” says Marshall White, founder and CEO of the Unity Performing Arts Foundation. “Additionally, we hope to attract Ivy Tech students to volunteer, become mentors for our young people, and become instrumental in the growth and development of our programs.”

The leased 3,119-square-foot renovation marks Unity’s first independent programming space, which is being funded by a successful 2016–17 capital campaign orchestrated by its foundation. The renovation will include computer lab, office, reception, practice, and storage areas.

“This move is a major milestone in Unity’s history,” White says. “I believe great organizations don’t just happen; they need great people to fuel, nurture, and support the potential greatness that exists. When that happens, the potential greatness comes
forth and becomes a valuable asset for the community.”

Both parties anticipate that the partnership can provide a blueprint for how educational institutions and the arts community can collaborate to ensure the success of young people.

“The experiences ahead will serve the participants well for the rest of their lives,” says Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. “The College is pleased to serve as a partner with the Unity Performing Arts Foundation in providing this life-
changing impact.”

Certification agreement creates employment path for students

Paper is the traditional gift associated with one-year anniversaries, and paper it shall be—in the form of a highly respected technician certificate—for Ivy Tech Northeast’s automotive technology graduates.

One year ago, Ivy Tech Northeast entered into a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) Mopar Career Automotive Program, or Mopar CAP, to create a next-generation employment pipeline for Mopar-certified automotive technicians who will service Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles.

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Mopar is the parts, service, and customer care organization within FCA.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for us because we’re working with a recognized name, and it’s great for FCA because the company’s commitment helps the local community,” says Nick Goodnight, assistant professor of automotive technology.

As a condition of the partnership, all Ivy Tech Northeast automotive technology faculty became Mopar-certified instructors, and the College benefits from free and ongoing instructor training, as well as access to cutting-edge advancements in automotive technologies made available by local FCA dealerships.

Associate-degree graduates, on the other hand, will have completed Levels 0 and 1 from the four-level Mopar CAP Technical Skill Core Curriculum, where they focus on learning dealership operations and technical aspects of vehicles.

“I think Mopar CAP coming to Ivy Tech is the best thing that could have happened to us in Fort Wayne,” says Randy Powell, service director at O’Daniel Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Powell says his only option to train Chrysler-specific technicians in the past was to send them as far away as Dayton, Ohio, for six-month periods—a practice he says created hardships for families.

“Ivy Tech has always had a very strong (automotive) program here for more than 25 years,” he adds. “We appreciate all of the good work the College does for us and the well-rounded graduates it produces.”

Ivy Tech Northeast is one of only three Mopar CAP partners in Indiana to date, with the other partners being Ivy Tech Kokomo and Ivy Tech Southwest (Evansville).

Automotive instructor pens text book, wins national teaching award

Nicholas Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has penned a text book for community and technical college students. He is co-author of “Automotive Engine Repair,” a part of the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series, which teaches students about “the technical background, diagnostic strategies, and repair procedures they need to successfully repair engines in the shop,” according to the book’s Amazon listing.



The book was published earlier this month, and Goodnight hopes to see the book used in automotive classes at Ivy Tech. He began work on the book in late 2015 and says he’s working on another in the series, about automotive braking systems, which is scheduled to be published at the end of the year.


This is the second book in this series to be written by an automotive instructor from the Fort Wayne Campus; David Jones’ book, “Automotive Electricity and Electronics,” came out in early June. Each is available on Amazon and CDXAuto.com.


This week, Goodnight is being honored at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference in Warren, Mich. He was selected by the national group as the Best New Automotive Teacher in the Nation, which recognizes an outstanding automotive instructor who has been teaching for five or fewer years.


Goodnight has a bachelor’s degree in business, a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing and human resources, and is currently working on his doctorate degree in global leadership.