College selects Heidi Fowler as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has selected Heidi Fowler as the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The role was formerly held by Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, who left the position on Aug. 16 when she became chancellor of the Fort Wayne service area. Fowler will serve as the primary campus advisor for academic affairs at the Fort Wayne campus

“I’m excited to be leading academic affairs here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne,” says Fowler. “During my seven years here, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with students to help them succeed academically. I have also enjoyed working with faculty over the last four years to develop new initiatives and create lasting changes for our students.”

Fowler will be the chief academic officer for the campus and will report directly to the Campus Chancellor. She will advise the Chancellor in the formation of policies affecting all academic programs, and will provide leadership and supervision for all campus academic schools.

“I am excited to have Heidi as a member of the leadership team at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw,” says Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson. “Her experience in the Ivy Tech system and background in higher education will be invaluable as she assumes this new role. Heidi has also taken on many service efforts both at Ivy Tech and in the Fort Wayne community, which will be an important asset for the College.”

Fowler was promoted from Dean of the Schools of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain and Public Affairs & Social Services, where she collaborated with industry partners to foster relationships within each of her schools to increase employment opportunities. She also served as the campus Title IX Coordinator, the Fort Wayne representative for Circle of Ivy, and held leadership roles in committees for A Reason to Taste (the College’s largest annual fundraiser) and Commencement.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University. Before coming to higher education, Fowler was a practicing attorney.

College Celebrates Top Faculty Members at Annual President’s Awards Dinner

Ivy Tech Community College honored Matthew (Matt) Fisher of Fort Wayne last week as one of 35 individuals across the state selected to receive the 2021 President’s Awards, the highest honor for Ivy Tech faculty. Fort Wayne’s James (Jim) Graham was also nominated for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award.

The College honored each one of the winners for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A Selection Committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“Our faculty members make all the difference in the lives of our students,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “They challenge students to think critically, prepare students for successful careers in the communities in which they live, and encourage them to be fully engaged in their communities. We congratulate them for their work and honor them for being the inspiration in the lives of so many.”

“Matthew Fisher’s approach to teaching is consistently innovative, strategic, and marked by continuous improvement,” said Rebecca Bishop, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Education. “As Ivy Tech responded to the needs of our students shifting to remote learning during the pandemic, Matt embraced the opportunity to craft new technology-based delivery practices. Matt did not simply deliver his traditional classes via Zoom; he rebuilt the courses to engage his students in new ways made possible by technology newly acquired by Ivy Tech.”

Now in its 41st year, the President’s Awards Program recognizes faculty and adjunct faculty members from Ivy Tech locations throughout the state.

The College also honored James Hamilton with the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, and Catherine Swinney with the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped to found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College and served as president from 1973-19XX. Lamkin served as Ivy Tech president from 1983-2007, overseeing the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.

The winner of the this year’s awards were as follows:

Glenn W. Sample Award

James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology (Indianapolis)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award

Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program (Columbus)

A full list of the statewide President’s Award honorees is included below.

Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Duane Wolfe – Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Assistant Department Chair for the School of Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Bloomington: Kyle M. Hetrick, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biology and Anatomy & Physiology
  • Columbus: Michael S.C. Kelley – Assistant Program Chair/Assistant Professor Welding
  • Fort Wayne: Matthew (Matt) Fisher – Associate Professor, Economics
  • Indianapolis: James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Kokomo: Jia Hardimon-EddingtonSurgical Technology Instructor
  • Lafayette: Elizabeth Hayden – Program Chair/Faculty Respiratory Therapy
  • Lake County: Teresa Hallmen – Program Chair Medical Assisting
  • Lawrenceburg: Amanda Purcell – Associate Professor of Education/Program Chair Early Childhood Education Elementary Education & Secondary Education
  • Madison: Ronald Novak – Associate Professor, Industrial Technology
  • Marion: Ceola Friday – Program Chair Early Childhood Education
  • Muncie: Octavia Thorns-Jackson – Department Chair, English, Communications, and World Languages
  • Richmond: Kristen Soots – Program Chair General Studies/Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Sellersburg: Kimberly Reynolds – Associate Professor of English/Ivy Achieves Champion
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Rosario Hiestand – Full-Time Professor Early Childhood Education
  • Terre Haute: Angela Hayes – Assistant Professor Human Services
  • Valparaiso: Mitzi Mary Simerlein, D.C. – Assistant Professor Liberal and Physical Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Christine Quinn – Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare Specialist and CNA Director
  • Bloomington: Mary Jane Fleener, MSN,RN – Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Columbus: Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program
  • Evansville: August “John” Paulson – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Fort Wayne: James (Jim) Graham – Adjunct Faculty, Automotive Technology
  • Indianapolis: Dianna Davis – Faculty/Mentor and Course Developer, IvyOnline
  • Kokomo: David LingleAutomotive Instructor
  • Lafayette: Brooke Criswell – Adjunct Lecturer
  • Lake County: Lee Richard Purcell – Adjunct Faculty, Communication/PT Academic Advisor
  • Lawrenceburg: C. Martin Justice – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Madison: Rae Jean Morris – Adjunct Instructor School of Nursing
  • Marion: Vicki Schumacher – Adjunct Faculty, Medical Assisting
  • Muncie: Felix Rippy – Adjunct Professor of Business and Technology
  • Richmond: Sunshine McCartt – Adjunct Faculty
  • Sellersburg: Veronica Munn – Associate Adjunct Instructor, English
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Fernando Ramirez III – Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Design
  • Terre Haute: Brandon Hall – Adjunct Faculty/Lab Assistant Agriculture
  • Valparaiso: Thomas Bancsi- Adjunct Faculty/Lead Occupational Therapist

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw hosting Express Enrollment Week for spring registration

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw will host an Express Enrollment Week from Dec. 6 to 10 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). During these events, prospective students can complete their enrollment steps and sign up for classes that start Jan. 19.

During the appointment, participants will receive assistance with setting up their student account, assessment, New Student Orientation, completing the FAFSA, and scheduling a meeting with an advisor.

Ivy Tech offers a wide range of programs including healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and more. There are also short-term certificate options and many qualify for full funding through the Workforce Ready Grant, thanks to the Next Level Jobs program.

The College is also continuing its new Ivy+ tuition structure which allows student to maximize their time and funding to finish their programs faster with less cost.

For more information or to RSVP, visit

Express Enrollment Week
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 6 to 10

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

Ivy Tech and Garrett construct valuable certification program for high school students

More than thirty Garrett High School students got their hands dirty last week while learning to operate heavy machinery and earned a valuable certificate as part of a dual-enrollment program with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Along with classroom training, the students learned to operate a skid steer machine, which was provided by McCallister CAT and Ridge Inman.

“This training is very rare for high school students—it’s a Caterpillar’s Level 1 certification, which has only been offered in one other high school in Indiana and is part of the Heavy Highway program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne,” says Zachary Caenepeel, Ivy Tech dual-credit instructor. “The Heavy Highway Program is a State Earn and Learn (SEAL) program, which is also rare for a high school to offer. There are only two high schools in the country providing this program, and they are both in Indiana and both partnered with Ivy Tech. The certification will be valuable for these students as they enter the job market.”

If you’re looking at a construction site, you’ll probably see a skid steer being operated by skilled operator. Now 30+ students are trained to operate the heavy machinery before they’ve even graduated high school. It gives them a powerful leg up on a career in construction.

“The Level 1 Skid Steer Certification provided to the students by MacAllister CAT is invaluable,” said Adam Day, General Manager of Fox Contractors Corporation. “It helps to teach the students the importance of machine safety and maintenance as well as teaching them how to run their first piece of equipment. Not only that, it gets them excited about the industry and helps to give the next generation of professional machine operators a head start on becoming employable. This will be a great benefit to Fox Contractors and all other construction companies that end up hiring these students.”

The training was intense—at least three days of classroom training before four days of machine operation. But getting that hands-on experience that Ivy Tech is known for was both vital to certification and also fun!

“I want to be an operator,” says senior Garrett High School Student William Goodwin. “It’s so much fun that I was smiling while working. It’s amazing.”

“These students are building a skill. They’re learning how to participate in the industry. By doing that, it creates economic freedom for them, their families, our community. It’s that trickle down effect that’s just amazing,” said Chad Sutton, director of Career Development.

See some video of the students in action under this story on the WANE15 website. You can also find more coverage of the certification from The Garrett Clipper.

Want to learn more about the Garrett High School and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s dual-enrollment program? Visit Ivy Tech’s dual enrollment webpage or contact

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Diesel Technology program receives Freightliner with help of Daimler Trucks and Stoops Freightliner

Representatives from Daimler Trucks North America and Stoops Freightliner presented Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne with a new Freightliner semi-truck in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne auto bay on Wednesday. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is receiving the truck as part of Daimler’s Get Ahead program. Schools who are ranked in the top 40 programs are eligible to receive Freightliners at a third of the cost. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s diesel technology program is ranked 20th out of 283 schools nationwide. The Freightliner is valued at $38,349. Stoops and Daimler will pay $25,566 and Ivy Tech will cover the remaining $12,783.

“Ivy Tech’s active participation in Daimler’s Get Ahead program has earned them access to this vehicle cost sharing program, which Stoops Freightliner is more than happy to support with our third of the vehicle purchase,” said Nick Lengacher, General Manager of Fort Wayne and Fremont Stoops Freightliner & Western Star. “Our industry currently has a significant shortage of skilled technicians. Between the aging workforce and Daimler’s increased market share in recent years, we know this situation will only get more challenging in the future. We cannot solve this problem alone, which is why we are sincerely grateful for Ivy Tech leveraging the OEM specific resources made available to them.”

The truck will be used by students in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s diesel technology program and will allow them to train on new technologies on their way to becoming diesel technologists. With continuing impacts of Covid-19, trained diesel techs are more critical than ever to our nation’s supply chain infrastructure.

“This is providing their graduates a leg up as they enter the workforce already familiar with our products,” said Lengacher. “Partnering with Ivy Tech is simply a natural fit, offering a rewarding career to students who have already invested in an education that includes much of the same curriculum required for our manufacturer certifications. Stoops is excited for the future of this partnership, the impact it will have on students’ education, and getting our customers’ trucks back on the road faster as a result!”

Training on the new Freightliner will give Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students hands-on experiences with the most up-to-date technologies in the field. The technician career now requires computer savvy and problem solving along with technical knowledge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median salary for diesel technicians was $50,200/yr.

“I chose the diesel technology program because I want to get hands on with things, really anything with wheels,” said Steve Reed, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne diesel technology student. “The field is advancing, and you’re always going to need diesel technicians no matter what. This new truck is going to have more features, more bells and whistles, and new technologies for us to learn on. We’re lucky to have it.”

Learn more about Ivy Tech’s diesel technology program at  or contact Nick Goodnight at 260-480-4293 or

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invites local employers, community to Business Career Fair on Nov. 19

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus is hosting a Business Career Fair, where local business representatives will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is now open for companies who want to participate and meet with high school students, Ivy Tech students and alumni, and the general public. Register your company at by Nov. 10.

For more information, contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at
9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19
The event is free and open to the public.

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces student winners of 24th annual European Competition for study abroad experience

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted its 24th annual European Competition on Wednesday. Hospitality administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study culinary arts in Italy and France this spring.

Eight students won the opportunity to travel to Europe: Douglas Ray (Culinary), Jhenna Adams (Culinary), Jessica Updike (Culinary), Paula Ocampo (Baking), Cora Kellogg (Baking), Mason Myers (Baking), Fabi Maners (Baking), and Ingrid Matchett (Baking).

“This class represents years of hard work from our Hospitality Administration students,” says Aaron Parkinson, hospitality administration program chair. “We’re excited to bring our students to Europe for a hands-on, immersive learning experience. Getting to learn from European chefs will expose our students to new culinary and baking techniques and enhance their education.”

Culinary students prepared a meal with an appetizer; an entrée with a protein, vegetable, and starch; and a dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges blind tasted the completed meals. Judges based their scores on American Culinary Federation (ACF) criteria, and in order to be considered for the European trip, students must place at bronze standard or higher.

Students will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at A Reason to Taste funds scholarships for the winning students’ European trips. For sponsorship information contact Laura Leichty at 260-481-2243 or

Computer science conference held at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted the Consortium for Computing Sciences and Colleges (CCSC) 2021 Midwest Conference on Oct. 1 and 2. Approximately 200 educators in the field of computer science participated in the conference and shared best practices and curriculum ideas. Although all were welcome, the Midwest Conference participants consisted primarily of educators from Eastern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Northern Kentucky. Topics included what students need to know about the computing industry, developing mobile courses and faculty advisor best practices.

“Ivy Tech is always improving how we teach computer science,” said Lucy La Hurreau, Assistant Department Chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Cyber Security / Information Assurance Program. “Conferences like CCSC are critical for the growth of our instructors and our students’ education and workforce potential. We were pleased to host CCSC this year and provide educators from across the Midwest an avenue to grow professionally.”

The Consortium for Computing Sciences and Colleges is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula. They prioritize supporting professional development of computer science instructors, especially at smaller higher education institutions. The Midwest Conference is held annually, where participants are encouraged to share best practices and learn from panel discussions, presentations, and keynote speakers.

Ivy Tech Warsaw celebrates 10 year anniversary of building dedication

Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Silveus Crossing building in Technology Park was dedicated approximately 10 years ago, on Oct. 6, 2011. Ivy Tech Warsaw has been serving citizens from Kosciusko County and beyond since 1978 and was housed in a variety of leased locations until the current building was built. The permanent location on Silveus Crossing, called Miller Hall, cost $11 million and contains 46,800 square feet of classrooms, labs, meeting locations, and office space.

The College’s permanent home boasts state-of-the-art facilities in a modern and beautiful campus building. Additionally, the 20,000+ square feet Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) is home to some of the region’s most sophisticated advanced machining, electrical, robotics, and welding training equipment. 

“Having a permanent and well-equipped campus means that local residents can receive the training and education they need to thrive in today’s workforce or achieve a higher education degree while staying very close to home,” said Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “Ivy Tech Warsaw’s consolidation with the Fort Wayne campus in January of 2019 also opens up new worlds of opportunities for staff, faculty, and students in the Ivy Tech family. We were pleased to celebrate this notable anniversary with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw’s new chancellor, Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson and community advisory board members at the inaugural meeting on October 5.”

In the past ten years, Ivy Tech Warsaw has impacted Kosciusko County by graduating 1,172 students with 2,195 credentials, helping to provide a pipeline of skilled workers into the local economy. The College has strengthened ties to the community with notable partnerships with Lake City Bank, KEDCO, Zimmer Biomet, IMD Ortho, Winona Powder Coating, Lutheran/KCH, Parkview Warsaw, and Bowen Center.  School corporation partnerships with Warsaw, Wawasee, Tippy Valley, and Whitko provide dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities as well as leased classroom space to Warsaw’s Adult Education program. Ivy Tech Warsaw currently serves 515 students and provides 26 high-demand program options, including advanced automation and robotics technology, cyber security, machine tool technology, medical assisting, and more.

The most recent way Ivy Tech Warsaw has sought to improve community connections is through the formation of a Warsaw campus-specific advisory board. Representatives from local employers and schools will meet with campus leaders periodically to discuss campus goals and how best to serve the community. The board held its first meeting on Oct. 5, 2021. Community members include:

  • Dale Campbell, Zimmer Biomet
  • Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center
  • Blaine Conley, Tippecanoe Valley School Corp
  • Vicki Cook, Avalign Cutting Instruments
  • Jae Dale, Lutheran KCH
  • Joe Elrod, Lakeland Christian Academy
  • Ronna Kawsky, Warsaw Area Career Center
  • Josie Martinez, Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Karen Mayer, Teachers Credit Union
  • Chris Merrill, Lake City Bank
  • Phil Metcalf, FW/Warsaw Trustee
  • Tori Platt, Lake City University
  • Dr. Mark Pohl, Grace College
  • Jeffrey Rocket, Parkview Health
  • Sean Ryan, Indiana and Purdue Universities, Fort Wayne
  • Lorna Shively, WorkOne
  • Todd Speicher, Instrumental Machine & Development
  • Dr. Steve Troyer, Wawasee School Corp

“We’ve had a successful ten years in our current building, serving the people and economy of Kosciusko County, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon,” says Decker. “We’re always looking for opportunities to use the property and current facilities to better serve our community. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years holds.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw invites public to meet the new chancellor in Kosciusko, Whitley, Adams, Noble, Wabash, and Huntington counties

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw is inviting the public to a series of Meet and Greet events with Chancellor Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson. The events will be held on Oct. 5, 14, 19, 20, 25, and 27 in Kosciusko, Whitley, Adams, Noble, Wabash, and Huntington counties respectively. They are open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Masks required at Ivy Tech locations. Masks encouraged at community learning centers.

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5
Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw – Miller Hall 2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14
Marshall Community Center
107 N Walnut St
Columbia City, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19
MERIT Center
1109 Dayton St
Decatur, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20
Impact Institute
1607 Dowling St
Kendallville, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25
Heartland Career Center
79 S 200 W
Wabash, IN

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27
Huntington County Community Learning Center
2201 N Jefferson St
Huntington, IN