Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s largest annual fundraiser, A Reason to Taste, raises $86,000+ for students and programs

In its eighth year, Saturday’s A Reason to Taste at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne raised more than $86,000 for student scholarships and academic programs. Corporate sponsorships, live auctions and individual donations added to the success of the event.

At A Reason to Taste: Rue de Paris, guests enjoyed an interactive culinary cabaret along the streets of “Paris” complete with wandering musicians and visited street vendors with fabulous food prepared by Hospitality Administration students and graduates. The meal and wine pairings were inspired by students who won Ivy Tech’s European Competition last January and traveled to France to study culinary arts over the summer. This experience was funded in part by A Reason to Taste and the Ivy Tech Foundation.  

“Guests and volunteers have a fantastic time every year during A Reason to Taste, but the best part is remembering that this event is all about helping our students successfully reach their goals,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of Resource Development. “The gifts that our sponsors and donors give help support students through life’s challenges and gives them the tools they need to succeed at Ivy Tech and as contributing members of our community.”

Fort Wayne’s NBC was a media sponsor and both Linda Jackson and 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 and ProFed Credit Union was reception sponsor.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for early November. 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.

College invites public to celebrate International Education Week, featuring guest speaker/musician Stann Champion

Stann Champion

International Education Week, from Nov. 18 to 22, is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. According to the U.S. Department of State website, it is meant “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”

Locally, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is celebrating International Education Week with a schedule of events from Nov. 18 to 21. Two of this year’s events will feature special guest speaker Stann Champion, a Chicago based musician, arts educator, community activist and WNUR FM Radio Host. Champion will be giving a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and an acoustic performance on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will be Champion’s first stop on his “Giving Thanks Tour 2019.”

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).

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism is a Humanism

  • Presented by Brian Boone
  • Moderated by Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Jacob Witucki
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov 18
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1312

The Music of the Moors in Spain:  Development and Influence on Western Culture

  • Special guest presenter Stann Champion
  • Moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology Daniel Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 19
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1360–61

 “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 provided by Stann Champion
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20
  • Music from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Student Life Center, Student Commons

The Politics of Terrorism:  A Growing History of Discontent

  • Presented by Julia Carter
  • Moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology Daniel Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 21
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1360–61

College invites public to Employee, Student & Community Health & Wellness Fair on Nov. 13

The Ivy Tech Community College and Fort Wayne communities are invited to join Ivy Tech health and wellness programs and area vendors for the annual Health & Wellness Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Student Life Center Gymnasium (3701 Dean Drive). Exhibits & activities include posture screenings, chair massages, gait analysis, EKG and BP testing and glucose screenings.

Participating programs from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne include Therapeutic Massage, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting and more. The event will also feature outside vendors including Fort Wayne’s Fort4Fitness, Spiece Fitness and Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness Center.

Noon to 3 p.m. November 13

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Student Life Center Gymnasium
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

High school students and parents invited to College 101 night at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw

At College 101, area high school students and parents can meet with admissions and student success professionals while learning 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 enrollment course options
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Applying for college
  • And more

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/College101 or RSVP here.

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

6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration on Nov. 15

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. The event will take place on Nov. 15 at The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the fair, all 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

There will be two special breakout sessions at the The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center in room TC1225. We will host a session with apprenticeship information for teachers, counselors and parents from10 to 10:30 a.m. and one with information for companies looking to start an apprenticeship program from 11 a.m. to noon.

Questions? Contact fw-apprenticeship@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4241.


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces classical French cuisine dinner schedule

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier. There will be three dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is $5 for a glass and $15 for a bottle.

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/dinners to learn more.

Dinners start at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. nightly

  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. 5
  • Dec. 12

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

Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through door 24.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne selects Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Aja Michael-Keller

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has selected Aja Michael-Keller as its new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. She assumed her role on Oct. 14. Michael-Keller will serve as chief advisor to Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. and provide leadership, oversight and direction to all public relations and marketing and communications activities for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw and the 11 counties of northeast Indiana.

“I’m excited to be back at the Fort Wayne campus and work closely with campus leaders to serve our students and the northeast Indiana community,” says Aja Michael-Keller. “I look forward to sharing Ivy Tech’s story with our stakeholders and impacting current and future students. Ivy Tech has opened countless doors for me since I started as a student, and it is a privilege to be able to pay that back.”

Michael-Keller will also serve as liaison between Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and central Ivy Tech Marketing staff for coordinated projects, reporting, procedure development and campaign structure and development.

“I am very pleased to have Aja as a member of the leadership team at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne,” says Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. “Her experience within the Ivy Tech system, and more specifically the Fort Wayne Campus, will bring invaluable knowledge, which will help the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw campus expand awareness of our programs and services to our broader communities.”

Michael-Keller was promoted to her new position from that of Executive Director of Campus Marketing in the central Ivy Tech Marketing office. Previously, she worked in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Marketing and Communications office and held the titles of Director of Marketing and Events, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, and Marketing and Communications Intern. She has been with the college since 2011. Before she began at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Michael-Keller worked for the YWCA of Northeast Indiana as the Racial Justice and Education Coordinator and Education and Outreach Advocate.

She earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Tech in 2016, a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 2006 from Manchester University and an associate degree in Hospitality Administration from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in 2011.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students finish third at Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges competition

A team of three School of Information Technology students from Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne placed third at the twenty-sixth annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Midwestern regional collegiate programming competition on Oct. 4 in Lisle, Illinois. During the programming contest, students were given a set of programming challenges to solve. Teams were rated based on solving the most puzzles the quickest in the allocated time.

The students who participated were:

  • Levi George (Computer Science TSAP), Fort Wayne resident and Northrop High School graduate
  • Jonathon Lewis (Computer Science TSAP), Fort Wayne resident and Huntington North High School graduate
  • John Bradin (Web Application Development Certificate), Garrett resident and Garrett High School graduate

“Placing third in this competition tells me I have the programming chops, problem-solving skills and teamwork skills to make it in the workforce,” says Levi George, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne student and IT Club President. “Most of all, it tells me that the degree and work I am doing here at Ivy Tech can stand up to the rigor of a 4 year institution.”

Twenty-three collegiate programming teams competed in the competition including representatives from Eastern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and Northern Kentucky. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne was one of two participating institutions from two-year colleges; the rest were from four-year schools. This was Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s second year competing in the event.

This is the second time in fall 2019 where Ivy Tech Fort Wayne School of Information Technology students have placed in a major competition. A collaborative statewide Ivy Tech team that included four students from the Fort Wayne campus won 1st place for best app for the opioid crisis and 2nd place for best app from a student team during the AT&T FirstNet Hackathon in September.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers following programs in the School of Information Technology: Computer Science, Cyber Security/Information Assurance, Database Management and Administration, Informatics, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure, Server Administration, Software Development and Visual Communications. Enrollment is open for classes starting Oct. 28 or Jan. 13.

For more information on the competition or programs, contact Kristopher Roberts, department chair of Information Technology, at 260-480-4282 or kroberts100@ivytech.edu.

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 35 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 Nov. 3, 2019.

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 MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

 Now in its 31st year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA 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 November 3rd will be the first College Goal Sunday 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, 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 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2018 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 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2018 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

Ivy Tech Warsaw offering machine tool technology certification path for Warsaw high school students

Precision Machining 2 students (l-r) Instructor Shane Albright, Tim Robbins, Joe Meadows, Nadia Handy, Ethan Yentes, Joe Dialis, Austin Brown, Ali Minix

For the fourth year, Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is hosting a college-based dual enrollment Precision Machining Technology 2 (PMT 2) program at the Orthopedic & Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC). The program starts during the fall semester and runs Monday through Friday afternoons and is open to Warsaw Area Career Center (WACC) students from Tippecanoe Valley, Warsaw and Whitko High Schools. 

Students must first successfully complete Precision Machining Technology 1 (PMT 1) classes at WACC before enrolling in PMT 2. After successfully completing both PMT 1 & 2 classes, students will earn a Technical Certificate in Machine Tool Technology, as well as National Institute of Metalworking Skills Certifications. 

Participants attend the program at no cost to their families. Tuition, books and fees are funded by the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies and Zimmer Biomet.

Graduates also have the opportunity to return and take an additional class to earn a Technical Certificate in Machine Tool Technology. This training will prepare students for manufacturing careers such as CNC machining, CNC programming, tool and die making and other manufacturing related careers. 

 “This program is great for students who want to head right into the workforce or for those who want to continue their education,” says Tom Till, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at the OAMTC. “Several local companies offer tuition reimbursement opportunities, so once employed these students may have additional educational opportunities to continue growing their careers.”

In 2019, seven high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the PMT 2 program. It included five men and two women, which was significant because these are the first female students who have enrolled in the program.

“We are excited to see more interest in the program from female students,” says Till. “Women are traditionally underrepresented in the trades programs, and we hope to see our number of female students continue to grow.”

To learn more about this program, contact Till at 574-267-5428 ext. 7450 or ttill1@ivytech.edu