STEM your Knowledge

By Nathan Riley, marketing intern

This summer, Ivy Tech Community College partnered with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Centers and the Boys and Girls Club to host three STEM camps for ages 10 and up on our Fort Wayne Campus. STEM is an educational system that teaches children in areas like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We hosted 14 students for one week at a time and included activities such as: robotics, chemistry, field trips, masonry, culinary arts, biology, and more.

We kicked off the summer with a STEM/culinary-focused camp called “The Art and Science of Food,” June 11-15. Students learned about nutrition, baking and cooking safety, food science, and culinary careers. They toured Sweetwater Sound and Hilgers Family Farm and also worked alongside Ivy Tech students and faculty on the College’s Grasshopper food truck. They served lunch to Ivy Tech employees and donated their funds to a local nonprofit.

On June 25-29, the annual STEM Camp took place, which highlights careers in sciences and technology. Students learned everything from the chemistry behind Silly Putty to how to solder an electric doorbell. They studied water microorganisms from Metea Park and launched handmade rockets.

And this week (July 16-20), we are hosting a Skilled Trades Camp for 8th grade and above. In this camp, students are carving pens, creating slider whistles, disassembling and reassembling a car engine, bricklaying, and constructing a birdhouse. They’ll also be build rockets and soldering electronics with the goal of introducing students to high-wage, in-demand jobs in the skilled and building trades.

These programs are made possible through generous grant funding from the Lincoln Foundation, the Wilson foundation, AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, and NIPSCO. The summer camps are part of the College’s IvyLiving enrichment programming.


Who’s that? Meet Ramona and Christine, Admissionistas

By Nathan Riley, marketing intern

There are two individuals in the Admissions office you may not know, but I bet many of you have met them. Ramona Hawkins and Christine Ellis are  on the front line for both the Admissions and Marketing and Communications offices. They are some of the most positive people I’ve met in my short time as an intern at Ivy Tech.

I had the pleasure of interviewing them was able to get to know them beyond the jokes exchanged across the office. I learned that a typical day has many parts, including answering phone calls from prospective students and helping students navigate the enrollment process. They also process both paper and web applications.

How did they come to work at Ivy Tech?


Ramona Hawkins, Admissions

Ramona has been at the Fort Wayne Campus since she decided to pursue an Ivy Tech business degree. After she graduated, she joined the Ivy Tech team first as the Chancellor’s administrative assistant. She eventually joined the Admissions team to be at the forefront with students who are beginning their Ivy Tech journeys.


Christine Ellis, Admissions

Christine is relatively new to the Ivy Tech scene. She has only been here since September 2017. Before Ivy Tech, she worked at International Business College for 10 years. She loves creating an experience that is friendly and welcoming to students coming in to the College.

What do they wish you knew about Ivy Tech?
Both Christine and Ramona agree that many students don’t really know about some of the valuable resources available here at Ivy Tech, such as the Center for Academic Excellence and TRIO Student Support Services.

How about some interesting tidbits?
When they aren’t at work, they’re busy ladies. Ramona loves to work in her yard and relax watching TV and movies on the weekends. Christine loves to read books, to watch comedy movies, and to take in stand-up comedy. Oh, and if you hear screaming from the Admissions Office, it probably means there is a bug, because both Ramona and Christine are terrified of insects!

Warsaw Site awarded $22,000 K21 Health Foundation Grant

K21 grant

(l-r) Rich Haddad, president and CEO of K21 Health Foundation; Dr. Joe Frentzel, science faculty at Ivy Tech Warsaw; Holly Swoverland, grant coordinator at K21 Health Foundation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site recently learned it will be the recipient of a K21 Health Foundation grant to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in Healthcare Specialist and Medical Assisting programs.

The $22,000 in grant funds will be used to purchase lab equipment for anatomy and physiology courses which are fundamental to all health science programs. The equipment will help train students while simulating real-world experience in health care and will also improve the quality of healthcare services provided to Kosciusko County residents.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of these grant funds in order to expand our offerings at Ivy Tech Warsaw,” says Warsaw Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “The new equipment will also allow us to provide workforce training in the vibrant local orthopedic industry.”

The proposed project is expected to improve educational outcomes for approximately 200 students enrolled in Ivy Tech Warsaw’s health science classes annually.

“One of the best ways to impact our local healthcare workforce is to invest in local healthcare education and training,” says Rich Haddad, K21 president and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw to enhance and improve their offerings in the area of health professional development.”

Graduates of the Medical Assisting and Healthcare Specialist programs are prepared to work in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The students may also choose to transfer Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution upon graduation to complete a bachelor’s degree.

K21 Health Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on opportunities to improve health and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko County. This focus has its roots from the origin of the assets of the foundation being from the non-profit hospital that was established in 1967.

College to host enrollment day July 12 for fall semester

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes for the upcoming fall semester. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

To meet the assessment requirement, students should bring in SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, high school transcript, college transcript, or take the ACCUPLACER if needed. If an individual will be taking the ACCUPLACER, it is suggested to arrive prior to 11 a.m., as this test can take up to three hours.

If an individual intends to use financial aid for the fall 2018-summer 2019 school year, they will need to file a 2018-2019 FAFSA and bring a 2016 tax return information to Express Enrollment.

Students can RSVP to attend and learn more at Fall classes begin Aug. 20.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12

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

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Ford, Mustang show


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Car owners and enthusiasts travel from across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington to attend the 36th Annual Old Fort Mustangers’ Mustang and Ford Show. This will be the 30th year it’s been hosted at Ivy Tech, and the show includes any Ford-powered vehicle, ranging from the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustangs to today’s new models, plus Thunderbirds, trucks, and vintage and modified Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns.

The Old Fort Mustangers have partnered with Ivy Tech for years, awarding an Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship at the show to an automotive technology student. The College has hosted the show since 1989.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21

8 to 11 a.m.: Registration
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Food trucks
3 p.m.: Awards ceremony

Coliseum Campus, parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions

Learn more and receive a show flier at

Intern Nathan: Ivy Tech from an outsider’s perspective

nathan-rileyHello, my name is Nathan Riley, and I am the summer intern in Marketing and Communications at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. I am a senior at Indiana Tech, and during my first week working for Ivy Tech, I have learned a lot about the College and its students.

The atmosphere here is similar to Indiana Tech’s, but the college seems to be more outgoing toward communicating with current and future students. At Indiana Tech, there’s a focus on athletics to recruit new students, but here the College talks to all kinds of prospective students via phone calls and in-person meetings.

At Ivy Tech, the College has a pretty cool thing other colleges should learn from to help move students along to the next step. On the website there’s a pop-up box if you stay on the page for too long without taking action, and it asks you if you need help and opens a live chat window with someone to talk to at the College. I know I would have been using that feature every time I needed something as an incoming college student. I had no idea what I was doing! It seems like such a useful tool.

Another thing I like about Ivy Tech so far is the fact that this college has so many different majors. I never knew there were so many degrees offered when I was looking to go to college. I quickly discovered there are more than 100 different degrees and certifications offered at Ivy Tech. That is not to take anything away from the many different degrees offered elsewhere, but there are degrees here I never knew were available here at Ivy Tech. I also was surprised by the great facilities for automotive technology on the Fort Wayne Campus. Had I known that when I started my search for colleges, I may have considered Ivy Tech a little closer. I made assumptions about the College based on the small Ivy Tech campus in my hometown of Madison.

There are benefits to either path — a traditional four-year one or starting at a community college. Ivy Tech definitely moves at a faster pace in terms of giving out as much information as possible to its students. Ivy Tech is different, and I see that as a good thing. Not all students are looking for the same higher education experience. Ivy Tech allows students to enter the workforce earlier or transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Wayne Campus dedicates new greenhouse

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne today dedicated its new greenhouse, which gives students in the Agriculture program a hands-on way to learn various growing techniques, such as aquaculture.

“The aquaculture unit will add another aspect to our greenhouse: fertilizer for the plants,” says Kelli Kreider, Agriculture program chair. “Water will circulate from fish to the plants and back to the fish. With that, students will learn about fish husbandry, processing, water control.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus dedicated its greenhouse Wednesday. The space gives Agriculture students a hands-on learning lab for classes and study.

The greenhouse was built with the help of numerous community organizations, including the Clarence and Edith Schust Foundation, Chuck and Lisa Surack/Sweetwater, English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, AWS Foundation, Michael Ottenweller family, and Anthony Lardydell; partners Design Collaborative and Hagerman Construction; and Old National Bank, a donor for the greenhouse and related scholarships.

“We are also excited to work with Easterseals Arc, whose clients will be able to take courses at Ivy Tech this summer thanks to Old National,” says Margaret Sturm, Ivy Tech’s executive director of Resource Development.

Easterseals Arc students are currently completing the courses, which include three culinary classes and three agriculture classes.

The greenhouse opened in January of this year, and depending on the classes students select, they may study there on a weekly basis for class.

This year saw the largest number of Agriculture graduates at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne since the program’s 2013 inception. Twenty students graduated in Spring 2018, and so far, 80 students are enrolled for Fall 2018 classes. Those studying Agriculture at Ivy Tech can earn a variety of certificates, in addition to an associate degree, which can lead to employment or transfer to a bachelor’s or even master’s degree. Visit to learn more about the program.

‘He perseveres’: Ivy Tech Fort Wayne graduates first Achieve Your Degree student

Jonathon Mossburg wears glasses. He wears cargo shorts, sandals, and a T-shirt. His hair’s a little messy. To any eye, he appears to be exactly what he is: A new college graduate a few days after spring commencement: no more classes, no more books.

But Mossburg is one of those “more than meets the eye” fellows: He has cerebral palsy, a movement disorder that affects muscle tone, most often caused by something that happens in utero to a developing brain. When he was born, he says, he had no oxygen. Doctors told his parents, “Your son may never walk or talk.”

He walks and talks, with only a slight stutter.

He received psychological testing, and doctors told his parents, “College isn’t a good route for your son.”

On May 11, 2018, Mossburg got his associate degree from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus in Healthcare Specialist.


“My dad thought I could do it,” Mossburg says. “He was one of those people that education was (important). He got his master’s degree. He was a smart guy.”

Mossburg agreed with his dad, and he has spent seven years proving him right.

“I always thought I could do it,” he says. “I kind of wanted to do it in his honor too, even though it was for me.”

In 2008, Mossburg’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He died in 2013.

“He helped me with high school homework and some of my college homework,” Mossburg says. “He was one of the few who said, ‘You can do anything.’”

Achieve Your Degree

Mossburg delivers patient trays at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Last summer at work, he heard about a program at Ivy Tech called Achieve Your Degree, a partnership between Ivy Tech and community businesses where the employer covers its employees’ tuition costs. So long as Mossburg kept his grades at a C or higher, Parkview covered his tuition.

Mossburg is the college’s first graduate from the program, which started at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne last summer. Currently, students from 14 different companies are enrolled at Ivy Tech as part of Achieve Your Degree, including 80/20 Inc., Warner Electric, Lutheran Life Villages, and Lake City Bank.

“It makes it easier for people who work full-time to come to school without having to worry about the financial barriers they would normally be worrying about,” says Jennifer Krupa, who coordinates the Achieve Your Degree program.

Plus, it helps with brain drain, when talent leaves a geographic area, because participating companies require that students stay employed with the company.

“What it does is open students up to different opportunities with their same employer that they would not have if they did not possess a degree,” Krupa says.

Mossburg, for example, is looking to transfer to a different department now. He’s eyeballing positions in doctors’ offices, instead of the main hospital where he works, on the administrative or clerical side of things.

Mossburg, center, with his stepdad, John Glass, and mother, Diane Glass.

‘He perseveres’

Since graduation, Mossburg has been in pretty regular touch with Ivy Tech’s Career Development office. He’s assuring his resume is in top shape, and he’s looking for advice on moving up, says Joyce Baker, Career Development assistant director.

Baker has known Mossburg for nearly two years.

“When I first met him, he was shy,” she says. “I’ve definitely seen him blossom and become more confident.”

Baker is the one, in fact, who helped Mossburg decide to study Healthcare Specialist. She provided a career assessment test, which showed that Mossburg would excel in medical billing and coding. He wanted to work in healthcare, but his skillset was in the behind-the-scenes end of things instead of direct patient care, which is often all people consider when they think of working in healthcare, Baker says.

In addition to Career Development, Mossburg made use of other Ivy Tech resources like the Center for Academic Excellence tutoring center. His tutor, he says, is encouraging him to return to Ivy Tech for another degree, in Health Information Technology. She tutored him for his advanced coding class and saw how well he did, Mossburg says.

He also worked with Disability Services, which provided, among other things, accommodations for Mossburg to receive extra testing time.

“You just have to look at each individual, at where their strengths and weaknesses lie” to determine the necessary accommodations, says Todd Nichols, director of Disability Services.

Nichols has worked with Mossburg since April 2011.

“He has a lot of grit, and he perseveres,” Nichols says. “It’s not just enough to say he works hard: He looks at how he’s working and makes adjustments as he needs to. He really knows how to hang in there.”

‘How you live’

Mossburg has a photo of and quote by Stuart Scott on his Facebook header. Scott was an ESPN sportscaster who died in 2015 from cancer. This is the quote:

“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

For Mossburg, that manner might be best described by Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable, Baker says.

“He’s like the turtle,” Baker says. “He keeps going forward. He doesn’t give up.”

Ivy Stories: Healthcare is adding more jobs than any other in the country

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates.

There is a common misconception that those who want to work in healthcare must have direct patient interaction. However, those careers are much further reaching than nurses and doctors, which is good news for anyone looking for a job: The country is adding 2.4 million new jobs in healthcare, more than any other occupational group in the country.

It’s one of the reasons Melissa Green chose to study Health Information Technology at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.


When she started at Ivy Tech, she wasn’t positive what she wanted to study. She took an assessment test in the Career Development office, which suggested that she become a proofreader with a publisher or a medical records specialist.

“I chose the most promising one, as careers in healthcare are always available,” Green says. “This degree is an open-ended opportunity with an endless assortment of career choices. It’s such an exciting time.”

When Green graduated from our program in May, she was already working at Parkview Health when she accepted her diploma.

“My status as a future graduate helped me get that position,” she says.

Fort Wayne Campus to host culinary camp for middle schoolers

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host an IvyLiving Culinary Camp next week. The free camp serves low-income students who attend area youth centers including the Jennings Center, Weisser Park Youth Center, and the Cooper Center.

Campers will learn about nutrition, sanitation, cleaning, culinary careers, and food chemistry. They will also learn to bake cupcakes, set a table, and prepare meals. Campers will visit a local pickle farm, watch ice carving, and more.

IvyLiving programs are non-credit classes promoting personal growth and lifelong learning through engaging and intriguing short-term experiences. Local and regional experts share their knowledge and passions with participants in a small group setting.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne*
Coliseum Campus kitchens
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 11 to 15

* Campers will attend off-campus field trips June 13, to Sechler’s Pickle’s, in St. Joe, and Sweetwater.