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 IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more.

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

WHERE:
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 IN.gov.

“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.

WHERE:
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

SCHEDULE:
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 msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at IvyTech.edu/reason. 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.

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

WHERE:
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).

SCHEDULE:

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.

 

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


WHERE:
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.

Ivy Tech Warsaw hires new Workforce Alignment/AYD Coordinator

Kuhmichel_TaraTara Kuhmichel was recently selected as Workforce Alignment/Achieve Your Degree Coordinator at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. In this role, Kuhmichel will work with college leadership to build new and varied community outreach partnerships and to expand availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the College’s broader community. She will also work in conjunction with Workforce Alignment, Enrollment Services, and Resource Development.

“I look forward to working with business and industry to help offer needed workforce training for individuals who want to grow their credentials in Kosciusko County,” says Kuhmichel. “I also hope to provide the tools to support their teams in advancing their degrees by cultivating and developing talent within organizations.”

Kuhmichel also hopes to provide opportunities for Kosciusko employees to further their education without financial barriers and give employers a chance to strengthen their workforce and decrease employee turnover in Kosciusko and surrounding areas.

Previously, Kuhmichel worked more than 10 years with children and families in early childhood education. She worked most recently at Bloom! as a mentor, where she helped directors and teachers understand child developmental principles, research children’s needs, and plan for their developmental needs. She was also Director of the Armstrong Early Learning Center in Columbia City.

College to host Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration on Nov. 16

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host an Apprenticeship Fair during National Apprenticeship Week for students and community members interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice. During the fair, attendees can:

  • Learn how apprenticeships can teach a skilled trade while earning an apprentice money
  • Watch live demonstrations on skilled trades
  • Meet industry representatives, and learn how to become an apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week is a U.S. Department of Labor project that takes place from Nov. 12 to 18. The national celebration “offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship,” according to the labor department’s website. “The week-long event highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.”

Questions? Contact fw-apprenticeship@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4241. Learn more about the national celebration at dol.gov/apprenticeship/naw.

WHEN:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16

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

Northeast Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd.)  and Warsaw (2545 Silveus Crossing) and 38 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2018.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans at most colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA form MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is important, since completing this form correctly and by the deadline can feel complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its thirtieth year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA form properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

College Goal Sunday doubles the help offered

“The event on October 28th will be one of two College Goal Sundays ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already, take advantage of College Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”


What students should bring

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2017 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2017 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.


Attendees may win educational prizes

Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.


21st Century Scholars benefit

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.


Program is a national model

College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.


For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org