Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Mechanical Engineering Technology program receives ABET accreditation

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program recently received ABET accreditation, which was retroactively applied to any Ivy Tech Fort Wayne graduate of the program since May 2019. ABET is the highest accreditation body for engineering and other select programs. Ivy Tech received a full accreditation for the maximum grantable period, until September 30, 2026. 

“Our programs are standing out among Ivy Tech’s engineering programs and community colleges across the country,” said Darrel J. Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Regional four-year schools have taken notice and openly welcome our students to matriculate with their institutions. It is also common for our engineering students to hire directly into the workforce with a high salary after graduation.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s Transfer as a Junior agreements allow students to complete the first two years of their engineering degree at Ivy Tech and their final two years at a state four-year school, seamlessly. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has multiple articulation agreements with Purdue Fort Wayne and students have transferred and achieved success at Purdue and beyond.

“It is estimated that for every engineer employed in the industry ten to twelve engineering technicians are needed,” said Kesler. “With northeast Indiana’s large number of manufacturing industries, a considerable number of engineering technicians are needed. There’s more demand than supply, and the salaries offered are incredible.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne also has ABET accreditation for its Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. ABET accreditation is the pinnacle of achievements for engineering and engineering technology programs.

More information on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s engineering programs found by contacting Cait Cramer (ccramer15@ivytech.edu) or Andy Bell (abell118@ivytech.edu).    

College to host skilled trades and healthcare job fairs in October

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will host job fairs on Oct. 1 and 29. The first will be a Skilled Trades Career Exploration Fair and the second will be a Healthcare Career Exploration Fair. Both events are free and open to the public.

More than 50 northeast Indiana employers from the skilled trades industries 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: 80/20 Inc., AccuGear/AAM, Aegis Sales & Engineering, Inc., AEP, Affolder Implement Sales, Inc, American Mitsuba Group, Avalign Technologies, Avancez, Brooks Construction, Bulldog Battery Corporation, CCT Enterprises, Clarios, Deister Machine Company, Dilling Group, Inc., Dutch Made, Fire and Ice Heating and Cooling, Formula Boats, Fort Wayne Metals, Gasoline Equipment, Goldshield Fiberglass, ICCA Built to Succeed, Indiana Laborers Training Fund, Indiana Laborers Training Trust Fund, Jiffy Lube of Indiana, K&H Construction, Inc., Kelley Automotive Group, Micropulse, Inc., Multimatic, Nishikawa Cooper LLC, Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance, Nucor Fastener, Nucor Harris Rebar, Nucor Vulcraft, Ottenweller Company, Inc., Preferred, Inc., Pyromation, Questa- Partnering with NE Indiana FAME, Quikcut, Inc., REA Magnet Wire, Road Warrior Fleet Service, Robert Bosch LLC, Safe-Way Garage Door, Smith Brothers of Berne, Sparks, Steel Dynamics, Sure-Trac by Novae, Therma-Tru Doors, TWE Nonwovens, Vestil Manufacturing, VSSI, Ward Corporation, Warner Electric, Waste Management, and Ultra.

Contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu for more information.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1

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

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: Adams Health Network, American Senior Communities, Bowen, Byron Health Center, Easterseals Arc, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, Inc., Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Life Villages – Fort Wayne, IN, Meridian Health Services, Neighborhood Health Clinic, Nice Medical Staffing, Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehab Center, Parkview Health, Premier Health, Purpose Home Health, ResCare, St. Anne Communities, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and Trinity Health.

Registration is still open for employers to participate. RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP or contact Meghan Stevens at mstevens142@ivytech.edu.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces fall 2021 Special Cuisine dinners

The Special Cuisine classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have released the Special Cuisine schedule for fall semester. Students in the classes take turns preparing and serving world-cuisine themed meals for class credit in a project-based learning experience. The culinary students rotate through various positions in the kitchen and dining room, providing a full-service restaurant environment.

The following dinner dates and themes have three start times: 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Special Cuisines:

  • September 30       Pacific Northwest
  • October 7              Japan and Korea

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/special.  Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room (door 24, which is located on the back of the building and faces Coliseum Boulevard)on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and cost $20 per person. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

Visit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s dinner series website at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/dinners for more information.

NEINFAME chapter kick-off event for community partners and educators

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are inviting northeast Indiana educators and community partners to learn more about NEINFAME during a virtual meeting on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Attendees will learn about how NEINFAME connects area students with employer partners. Sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time while attending classes.

NEINFAME strives to be a powerful conduit between industry and education. Students selected to the program will pursue a two-year associate degree in Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech while working for a NEINFAME sponsor company. Sponsor companies include: Advanced Machine & Tool (AMT), Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet.

RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/NEINFAME or contact Kimberly Waugh, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Director of K-14 Engagement and Transition at kwaugh7@ivytech.edu

10 a.m. Sept. 22
1 p.m. Sept. 22

Zoom meeting
RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/NEINFAME

More information is available at www.northeastindianafame.com. Program applications will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2021 for the 2022 cohort.

Garrett juniors and seniors to sign with Garrett-Keyser Butler’s welding program in collaboration with Ivy Tech

Forty junior and senior Garrett High School Career Development welding students will be signing up for a registered apprenticeship during an official signing event in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Performing Arts Center on Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m. Employer partners and official stakeholders will be in attendance.

Garrett-Keyser-Butler’s (GKB) Career Development Welding Program is in its third year. The program focuses on integrated academics, along with technical and employability skill development. The welding students in the program are dual enrolled with Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. Students will complete an Ivy Tech Structural Welding Certificate, OSHA 10 certification, and 21 Ivy Tech college credits.

The Career Development Welding SEAL has transitioned into a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship. Northeast Indiana Works, The Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship, The Career Development Program, and multiple employer partners have collaborated with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship in establishing the first Youth Registered Welding Apprenticeship in Indiana.

“This is an amazing milestone for our program and employer partners,” said Chad Sutton, Director of Career Development, Garrett High School. “Anytime we can celebrate our students’ accomplishments, support registered apprenticeships, and help our industry and local workforce boards collaborate with our young adults, it is special.”

The partnership has grown since its implementation and organizers are hopeful additional employers in the region who are looking to hire welders will join this registered program to provide on-the-job training opportunities for students while building a skilled workforce. Additionally, this program serves as a statewide model for collaboration in developing high-quality Department of Labor registered programs.

1:45 p.m. Sept. 17

Garrett-Keyser- Butler Performing Arts Center (PAC)
801 E Houston St
Garrett, IN 46738
Enter Door 10

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne holding Career Coaching and Employer Connections Grand Opening event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host a Grand Opening for the new Career Coaching and Employer Connections program Sept. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. The event will be streamed statewide through the IvyEvents app while all 19 campuses host an in-person celebration.

During Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s on-campus event, lunch from the student-run Grasshopper food truck will be provided for invited guests, followed by a reception in Harshman Hall for all Ivy Tech students, staff, and faculty. The Fort Wayne campus was a pilot program for CCEC, which is now being rolled out statewide.

Ivy Tech developed the program, which brings together career development and employer outreach to meet the needs of the workforce. Most importantly, with the student in mind, it creates a cohesive model for student and employer engagement. This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience.

For students, the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program will provide the opportunity for:

  • Creation of a Career Development Portfolio: students will showcase why an employer should hire them and will include resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work and learn experiences, and the professional network and connections they have built with support from their CCEC team.
  • Career Coaching: one-to-one relationship to guide students on a career path that matches their values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Work and Learn: opportunity to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student, such as working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.

The CCEC program also benefits employers by helping them find top talent for their workforce needs and/or skill-up current employees with custom training. By closely aligning the student experience and employer needs, the CCEC program will meet the specific skills and training needs of employers in Indiana, and neighboring states.

“The official launch of the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program is a real win for our students, employer partners, and northeast Indiana community,” said Joe McMichael, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw’s Career Coaching and Employer Connections. “This program better serves our students through an integrated approach to employer relations. From the very first day a student enrolls at Ivy Tech, we immediately connect and help them take the next steps on the path to a high-wage, in-demand career.”

To learn more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s CCEC program, contact Joe McMichael at rmcmichael3@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Offering Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 10

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, in partnership with local pharmacies and health departments, will offer a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and clinic on Sept. 10 at its Coliseum Campus, room CC1640 (3800 N Anthony Blvd). The Fort Wayne location will offer the Pfizer vaccine which recently received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available. No appointment is needed, but a state issued ID will be required. It is important to note, those under 18 will need to have parent consent, which can be completed while on-site. On-site Covid-19 testing will also be available at the clinic.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit IvyTech.edu/coronavirus.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
Room CC1640
3800 N Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Both vaccines are free and available to the public with no appointment. Incentives of $100 gift cards are available to Ivy Tech students and employees who receive their vaccine at the Sept. 10 clinic on campus. Masks are required.

Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson next Fort Wayne & Warsaw Chancellor

Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson as its next chancellor for the Fort Wayne service area, effective August 16, 2021. Current chancellor Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier announced her retirement after serving 11 years with the College. The Fort Wayne chancellor position will include oversight and leadership of the College’s second-largest service area, including the eleven counties of Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

“Students are at the heart of Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson’s long career at Ivy Tech,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “She has proven herself as a servant leader within the college.  Dr. Barnett-Johnson is already engaged in many community initiatives, and will be exceptional at leading and growing partnerships with industry, K-12 education, and community organizations.  She will ensure more college age students and working adult learners successfully complete in-demand degrees and credentials which lead to high-wage, high-impact careers or transfer to our four-year partners.”

 “I am honored to be selected as the next chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne service area. I have dedicated the past 20 years of my career to this campus and the incredible faculty, and staff who move mountains to serve our students,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson.  “Ivy Tech’s mission is integral to the future of Northeast Indiana’s workforce and I am excited to take the helm and lead this phenomenal team to even greater heights.”

Dr. Barnett-Johnson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Fort Wayne campus where she influences practices locally and statewide through oversight of academic programming and support services, faculty development and promotion, student retention and completion, and dual credit administration. She brings more than 27 years of higher education experience including: Dean, I-Adapt/Degree Completion Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Ethnic Student Programs, and Director of Minority Student Recruitment/Programs/Retention.

She has also played an integral role in the creation and leadership of campus student programs, such as the African American Male Initiative, and SPIRIT, both of which are student organizations created to provide mentorship and retention support to specific student populations, with the goal of student success through completion. 

“In my soul, I believe that education is critical to our community’s success,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson. “Ivy Tech is the catalyst for that success, and we live this mission daily. I can think of no better way to spend my time, than to lead my colleagues who, when paired with our dedicated legislators, community leaders, donors, and education partners, make up the most passionate team of changemakers I have had the pleasure of knowing. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I have walked alongside these folks for two decades, and I know we are up to the task.”

In addition to these activities, Dr. Barnett-Johnson has also been actively engaged in building community partnerships through current, and previous service, on community boards for organizations such as AWS Foundation, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Parkview Multicultural Advisory Board, Dupont Hospital Community Engagement Board, SCAN, East Wayne Street Center, Mirror Me Foundation, and Homebound Meals.  She also volunteers for organizations such as Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Junior Achievement, and Study Connection. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners alike have commended her for her commitment to education, humility, kindness, and dedication to student success.

Dr. Barnett-Johnson is a lifelong resident of Northeast Indiana.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Taylor University; a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Indiana University, Fort Wayne; and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University.  She and her late husband Vincent are proud parents of three children: Eboni, Dalyn, and Drevon.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Metal Technologies sign Achieve Your Degree program agreement

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Metal Technologies recently signed an agreement to offer free tuition for any Ivy Tech degree to all full and part time employees of Metal Technologies Inc. in Auburn through the College’s Achieve Your Degree program.

Achieve Your Degree (AYD) is a statewide collaboration between Ivy Tech campuses and its community businesses and organizations that offers free or low-cost tuition to employees and members through tuition reimbursement or financial support from business and industry.

“We are pleased to partner with Metal Technologies, the first employer to offer free tuition for any Ivy Tech degree program for all full and part time employees.  We know an Ivy Tech education is the key to higher wages and economic success for our students,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “When our students thrive, they become part of the skilled workforce that will drive Northeast Indiana’s local economy. Our “Achieve Your Degree” partnerships are wins for our students, our employer partners, and our communities.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne representatives will work directly with Metal Technologies to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of the company’s tuition assistance program. Metal Technologies employees participating in AYD will have access to all Ivy Tech courses, with the opportunity to earn a credential with reimbursement conditions developed and implemented by Metal Technologies. Employees have the opportunity to take advantage of higher education at Ivy Tech with little or no upfront cost to the student. It also assists the company in skilling up their workforce. Metal Technologies is also the first employer partner to offer this benefit to part-time employers. Employees can work as little as 20 hours/week and still qualify. The starting pay at Metal Technologies is $19/hour.

“Metal Technologies invests in our communities. We welcome anyone seeking an Ivy Tech degree – from recent high school graduates starting off at Ivy Tech to earn transfer credits to someone seeking to become a registered nurse – to let us pay your tuition while you work a flexible full or part-time schedule. In addition to competitive pay, Metal Technologies offers low-cost individual and family insurance and other benefits. We’re excited to welcome Ivy Tech students to the Metal Technologies family,” said Matt Fetter, Metal Technologies’ President and CEO.

The program is available to Metal Technologies employees beginning this fall. Ivy Tech courses start August 18.

Benefits of Achieve Your Degree include:

  • Financial barriers are removed with employer deferred tuition
  • One point of contact for both the employer and the student/employee
  • Enrollment concierge services in Ivy Tech’s AYD office or on employer site
  • Monitoring the student/employee’s academic success and providing supports as needed
  • Flexible scheduling that will work around the student/employee’s work schedule

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne-programs for Ivy Tech’s academic programs in the Fort Wayne area.

Visit IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree for more information about Achieve Your Degree.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Instructors go on Big Adventure with Bike Ride Fundraiser

Ivy Tech instructors Kathi Weiss and Cathie Rowand are on a mission to inspire students and the Fort Wayne community to find a cause and take meaningful action. For them, it’s biking and Fort Wayne Trails, and they just raised nearly eight thousand dollars on a charity bicycle ride to Washington D.C., called Kathies’ Big Adventure.

With a lifetime of biking, hiking, and adventures between them, both Weiss (age 73) and Rowand (age 64) decided to embark on Kathies’ Big Adventure (a clever combination of their two first names) when the Greater Allegheny Passage was connected to the C&O Towpath, making it possible to bike from Pittsburg to Washington, D.C. entirely on bike trails. They trained more than two years to complete the 757 miles in just 16 days, and although they may have worn out their bike brakes after a particularly arduous 7 mile stretch in southern OH, they never wavered in their efforts.

“We hit one hill that was a 6.9% grade, and when we got to the top, there was a cemetery, which was fitting,” jokes Rowand. “No hills in Fort Wayne can prepare you. If we weren’t so naïve, we probably couldn’t have done it.”

In two weeks, the pair packed in more adventures than they could count including reuniting lost chihuahuas and misplaced wallets with their owners, a chance encounter with New York Times Bestseller Jennifer Weiner, and a less-than-stellar hotel experience that Weiss says reminded her of The Cecil Hotel. But in the end, they were left with a renewed faith in people that they hope to share with others.

“Remember that the best part of exploring is meeting new people along the way. People are basically good if we just slow down, put aside our preconceived ideas, and listen to each other,” says Weiss.

The two instructors see their time in Ivy Tech’s classrooms as a similar experience of challenges and successes. Weiss has been both a full-time and adjunct instructor in psychology and human services classes, while Rowand is an adjunct in art appreciation classes. Despite the pandemic and adjusting to virtual instruction, both say a love of teaching and helping students grow keeps them coming back semester after semester.

“Teaching at Ivy Tech is just fun. Where else can you get paid to do what you like and also watch students go on to great careers?” says Weiss. “I’ve been out shopping for shoes in town and had students come up to thank me for my class. It means a lot to hear them tell me how I make an impact.”

And the pair aren’t putting on the brakes anytime soon. They know there’s no shortage of worthy causes, but for now, they’re focused on raising $10,000 for Fort Wayne Trails to wrap up Kathies’ Big Adventure before they move on to the next endeavor.

Ready to get started biking? The Kathies’ say the best spot in town is the Maumee Pathway where bikers/walkers can enjoy 15 miles of shaded trail between Fort Wayne and New Haven.

Interested in teaching at Ivy Tech? Check out our faculty openings at IvyTech.edu/jobs.