Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host April Enrollment Day for summer, fall enrollment

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, 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.

Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, College went to Congress to advocate for investments in education and workforce programs

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Regional Partnership urged lawmakers to modernize education and workforce policies to improve student and business outcomes.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne joined more than 30 business and community college leaders from 12 states in Washington, D.C. this week to speak with members of Congress and their staff, urging them to modernize the Higher Education Act by revising current federal policy by:

  • Making Pell grants available to high-quality, short-term training programs that prepare workers for in-demand jobs.
  • Making transparent data available so that the public can see which education and training programs are preparing prospective employees to meet the needs of their industry.
  • Investing in partnerships between businesses and community colleges to provide high-quality training for workers.
  • Helping workers complete their training programs by offering support like childcare, career counseling, and transportation assistance.

“These are solutions that deliver real results for community colleges, local businesses, and expand economic opportunities for the workers and families they serve,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “The suggested revisions recognize the great work that is currently happening at Ivy Tech Community College and other community colleges across the country as well as offer a framework to provide scale on a nation-level.”

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of small and midsized business leaders say it is difficult to find and hire skilled workers, according to the Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU). Community and technical colleges play a critical role in ensuring workers and employers have the skills to succeed on the job and in their careers. But our federal education policies simply aren’t structured to support partnerships between businesses and community colleges—and they don’t do enough to help the working people who want and need training to take the next step in their career.

“The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and area industry sectors are already working together with Ivy Tech Community College—partnering to make sure training programs give people the in-demand skills they need to get hired,” says John Sampson, CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “We need the support of Congress to ensure federal policies are aligned to support higher education institutions and the employers we serve.” 

College to host healthcare and technology job fairs in April

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host job fairs on April 23 and 24. The first will be a Healthcare Job Fair and the second will be an Advanced Automation Robotics Technology and Industrial Technology Job Fair. Both events are free and open to the public.

Contact Joe McMichael for more information at 260-480-4223 or rmcmichael3@ivytech.edu.

HEALTHCARE JOB FAIR:
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: Ascension Health, Benchmark Human Services, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Camp Red Cedar, Comfort Keepers, Dedicated Nursing Associates, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Elements Massage, Home Nursing Services, Indiana MENTOR, Indiana Physical Therapy, Ivy Tech Student Nursing Organization, Kingston at Dupont, Lutheran Health Network, Massage Envy, Massage Therapy Clinic, Maxim Healthcare Services, Neighborhood Health Clinic, New Horizons Home Healthcare, Northeast Indiana Urology, Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Center, Inc., Parkview Health, Peabody Retirement Community, Possibilities Northeast, Premier Hospice & Palliative Care, Presence Sacred Heart Home, R&R Medical Staffing, Inc., Renaissance  Village, ResCare Residential, Saint Anne Communities, Theracare Inc, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, ViaQuest, Visiting Nurse, Inc., and YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. April 23

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

ADVANCED AUTOMATION ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR:       
Advanced automation robotics technology and industrial 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: Aerotek, C & A Tool, Core Mechanical Services, Inc., Dana Incorporated, Deister Machine Company, Gateway Coalition, FCC (Adams), Fort Wayne Metals, Metal Technologies, Inc., Micropulse, Inc., Murray Equipment, Inc., National Door and Trim, Neff Engineering, Novae Corp, Pro Mach Inc., Pro Resources Staffing Services – Fort Wayne, Quest Industrial, Rea Magnet Wire, Robert Bosch, Shiloh Industries, Steel Dynamics Inc., and Taylor Made.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24

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

Crowdfunding campaign launched to commemorate Ivy Tech’s 50 years in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne residents will soon be able to enjoy a new sculpture in celebration of Ivy Tech Community College’s 50 years in Fort Wayne if a recently launched crowdfunding campaign is successful. The CreatINg Places’ campaign is led by the Ivy Tech Foundationand sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

“We are pleased to partner with the Ivy Tech Foundation on their efforts to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of their campus in Fort Wayne,” said Carmen Lethig, Placemaking Manager for IHCDA. “I can think of no better way for them to commemorate this major milestone than through the installation of public art.”

If the campaign reaches its $6,500 goal by May 10, the project will receive a matching grant of $6,500 from IHCDA.

Click here for project details and to donate.

The funding raised will cover the costs of creating an interactive sculpture by local artist Jim Merz, which will be a physical reminder of how Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is the bridge to higher education and beyond. The 10-foot-tall sculpture’s interior space echoes the Ivy Tech logo while also symbolizing a transition point from one stage to the next. The magnitude, simplicity, and boldness of this sculpture will capture the attention of pedestrians and motorists.

“Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is celebrating fifty years in Fort Wayne, commemorating its roots as a vocational and technical school and celebrating its current role as Indiana’s comprehensive community college,” says Margaret Sturm, Executive Director of Resource Development at Ivy Tech.

“Jim Merz’s sculpture will be a perfect mainstay at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and will commemorate the past, present, and future of our campus,” says Ivy Tech Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “As we move into the future, our roots as a vocational and technical school—along with our more recent designation as Indiana’s comprehensive community college—provide us the opportunity to offer multiple career pathways for individuals throughout northeast Indiana.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016. Projects have raised in excess of $1,980,000 in public funds and an additional $1,693,000 in matching IHCDA funds.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

Area families invited to Touch-a-Truck event at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne on April 27

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Ivy Association for the Education of Young Children (IvyAEYC), Early Childhood Education Program, and Campus Activities Board along with the North Eastern Region Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children are hosting the ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event in April. This event is free and open to the public.

Children will be able to explore nearly 50 vehicles, which will include a SWAT vehicle, bread truck, wrecker, school bus, limo, semi truck, and more. There will also be free snacks and additional activities, including “paint the plow,” tricycle rides, and storytelling.

Touch-a-Truck will take place rain or shine with dedicated volunteers and community members sharing their time. Attendees should be aware that the event may feature loud truck engines and horns, so everyone is encouraged to bring ear protection.

For more information, contact Cari Knuth at 260-480-4135 or cnhoffma@ivytech.edu.

WHEN:
10 a.m. to noon April 27

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

College to host Automotive/Diesel Job Fair on April 17

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host an Automotive/Diesel Job Fair where automotive and diesel technology 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 Aerotek, Auto Truck Group, Belle Tire, Bolt Custom Trucks, Butler Mill Services, C&P Machine, Citilink, Crown Lift Trucks, Don Ayres Honda, Grote Mistubishi, Kelley Automotive Group, Materials Handling Equipment, NAPA, Preferred Automotive Group, Prime, Inc., Pro Resources Staffing Services – Fort Wayne, Ryder, Superior Auto, Inc., Tenneco Inc. and Universal.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has programs for potential students interested in the automotive and diesel fields. The Automotive Technology Program and Diesel Technology Program use technology and ASE master certified instructors to help students learn to diagnose and repair today’s high-tech vehicles.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17
The event is free and open to the public.

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

Ivy Tech raises $20k for Wabash County students at Monopoly® Night

Ivy Tech Community College raised $20,000 last Friday at the Monopoly® Night event. All funds will go toward scholarships to Ivy Tech students in Wabash County. The site has hosted the event for ten years, and it has raised more than $185,000 total in that time period. Funds come in from ticket sales and silent auction items.

“Wabash County students are grateful to receive these scholarship funds,” says Josh Blossom, director of the Wabash County community learning center. “The scholarships are important, but the support behind the donations is just as important. Knowing that the community backs their educational goals helps our students to succeed, which builds a stronger northeast Indiana.”

Ivy Tech would like to thank all the sponsors and partners for helping raise scholarship funds for Wabash County students.

Park Place

  • Ford Meter Box
  • INGUARD
  • Jerry Perkins

Business Tycoon

  • Bulldog Battery Corporation
  • City of Wabash
  • DotDot Smile-Extreme Dot Mom
  • Duke Energy
  • Halderman Farm Management Service
  • Midwest Poultry Services
  • Miller’s Merry Manor

Railroad Industrialist

  • Beacon Credit Union
  • Family Optometry
  • First Farmers Bank & Trust
  • Investment Center at Crossroads Bank
  • Lundquist Real Estate Services
  • McCann Advisors
  • NIPSCO
  • Pam and Charlie Guthrie
  • Wabash MPI/Carver, Inc.

Utility Magnate

  • Cardinal Health
  • Dorais Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • Downs, Tandy & Petruniw, P.C.
  • Edward Jones – Office of Steve Weir
  • Flagstar Bank
  • Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Grow Wabash
  • Intrasect Technologies
  • Rick’s Auto

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne assists Komets’ massage therapist in achieving her goals

Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall didn’t start out with a passion for massage. She didn’t feel an overwhelming calling for the profession. In fact, in 2009, she was a home schooled student who wasn’t excited about school or college at all. That all changed after she signed up for a massage therapy class through a special Ivy Tech Fort Wayne program targeted at high school students.

“It took all of 10 minutes of the holistic healing class for me to know that this was where I was supposed to be,” says Rachel. “The hands-on labs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne were perfect. We went from classes with textbook pictures next to us, right to lab with people on our massage tables. Being an A student isn’t hard when you love what you’re learning.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Therapeutic Massage Program also helped her discover a passion for sports and rehabilitation work. During her two years at Ivy Tech, Rachel was exposed to licensed massage therapists with specializations in prenatal massage, oncology, pediatric, rehabilitation, and more.

Now Rachel works as a sports and rehabilitation massage therapist at Aaron Chiropractic and is the staff massage therapist for the Fort Wayne Komets.

“I work with the Komets players on chronic issues. Some of these guys have skated many hours a week for 20+ years—that’s a huge amount of wear and tear on their bodies, and it takes a toll,” says Rachel. “We work on specific things to improve their game. Most of them have chronic pain from repetitive movement, like wrist and elbow trauma from twisting and extending their elbows to shoot or pass the puck.”

Rachel also helps stretch and warm up the team before every game. Pregame massages are different than what she does throughout the week. They’re fast and address any immediate problems that could hurt the player’s performance.

“I loosen up their necks and shoulders to achieve full range of motion, so they can see what’s coming. The last thing we need is a goalie who can’t rotate his head!”

In the immediate future, Rachel plans to continue working at Aaron Chiropractic and hopes to work with the Komets all the way through the playoffs. She loves what she does, and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

College to host free STEM camp for area middle, high school teachers this summer

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s ASM Materials Camp is open to high school and middle school teachers in the fields of chemistry, physical science, engineering, industrial/career, and technical education.

The camp will show teachers new ways to incorporate low-cost experiments into their existing curriculum. Teachers will be exposed to a vast array of materials, including ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, and composite materials.

“At the ASM teachers camp, we hope to provide local teachers with a multitude of inexpensive experiments that they can take back to their classroom,” says Nick Goodnight, assistant department chair of Automotive and Diesel Technology. “The topics covered during this camp can be used to expose students to a variety of materials related concepts. This exposure will ultimately help stimulate STEM related interest for young people in our community and hopefully get them excited about the material world around them.” 

The camp is free to all area middle and high school science teachers. Two graduate-level credits are optional for $250 through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Teachers can get more information and sign up for the free camp online at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/teachers. Space is limited.


WHEN:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 to 20
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host enrollment days for summer, fall enrollment

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, 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.

Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582