Ivy Tech Warsaw invites Kosciusko County community to Faces of Success event June 27

In June, Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw will host Faces of Success, an event aimed at bringing the Warsaw community together and to celebrate the unique students who make up Ivy Tech Warsaw. The College invites you to get to know our Ivy Tech Warsaw stories, up close and personal.

Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres by 110 Craft Meatery.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP by Thursday, June 20 online at http://facesofsuccess.rsvpify.com or call 574-267-5428, ex. 0.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27
6 p.m. remarks

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, Indiana

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Ford, Mustang show in July

Car owners and enthusiasts travel from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington to attend the 37th Annual Old Fort Mustangers’ Mustang and Ford Show on July 20. The show includes any Ford-powered vehicle, ranging from the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustangs to today’s new models, vintage and modified Fords, Thunderbirds, Mercurys, and Lincolns.

The Old Fort Mustangers have partnered with Ivy Tech since 1989 and award an Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship at the show to an automotive technology student.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20
8 to 11 a.m.: Registration
3 p.m.: Awards ceremony

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

Learn more and receive a show flier at OldFortMustangers.com or email OldFortMustangers@gmail.com.

College to host June Express Enrollment Days for fall semester

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. Fall classes begin Aug. 26.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22

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

Warsaw high school student wins inaugural Ivy Tech Kubacki Scholarship

(l-r) Katie Kubacki, Rodrigo Ramos Bautista, & Allyn Decker

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw recently awarded the first Michael and Rebecca Kubacki Scholarship to Rodrigo Ramos Bautista, a senior at Warsaw Community High School. Katie Kubacki and Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech Warsaw Allyn Decker, Ph.D., presented Bautista with the award during the Warsaw Community High School senior scholarship night on May 21.

“The job skills required today are far more advanced than they were in the past and require more than just a high school education,” says Rebecca Kubacki. “Whether it is a certification of a trade or associate degree, Ivy Tech is preparing Rodrigo to meet the demands and provide the skills sets necessary for future employment. We are so proud of what Rodrigo has accomplished. He is setting the example for other Latinos and paving the way to a successful future.”

The scholarship offers financial support to students of Latin heritage who show academic and personal excellence and plan to pursue a two-year degree at Ivy Tech. As the scholarship awardee, Bautista will receive $5,000 for his first year of schooling and $5,000 for his second year. This will cover all academic expenses for the completion of his associate degree.

“Since relocating back to Indiana in 1999, the Kubacki family has generously given of their time and resources—not only to improve the lives of those living in Kosciusko County, but even statewide,” says Decker. “We are thrilled that they have chosen to establish an Ivy Tech scholarship for students of Latin heritage and believe this investment will bring great rewards for generations to come.”

Bautista moved to Kosciusko County from Guatemala two years ago and worked as a painter to pay for his own expenses while living in the area. Throughout his two years in Warsaw, he has achieved academic excellence and plans to study physical therapy while in college.

Ivy Tech Warsaw graduates first Lake City Bank Achieve Your Degree students

Pictured: Mayra Patino, Alma Jimenez, Carleigh Freeman, Ashley Boyer, and Alexandria Rivera. Not pictured: Brittany Higginbotham, Miranda Jordan, and Jennifer Kooistra

Eight Lake City Bank employees graduated from Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw on May 10 with Business Administration associate degrees through the Achieve Your Degree Partner (AYD) Program. This is Lake City Bank’s first AYD graduating class.

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw representatives will work directly with Lake City Bank to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of the company’s tuition assistance program. Lake City Bank 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 Lake City Bank. 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.

“It has been a true pleasure to serve these amazing women and their goals to further their education. They have worked very hard to succeed,” says Tara Kuhmichel, workforce alignment and AYD coordinator. “They were able to take classes together and to support one another in each other’s goals. We are very proud to have been a part of their journey”

Learn more about Achieve Your Degree programs at IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree or contact Kuhmichel at 574-267-5428, ex. 7235.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO program receives statewide recognition

Azza Elrayah, Chelsey Smith, and Felicia Henry-Nailon

Three individuals involved with the TRIO Student Support Services program at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have received statewide recognition from Indiana TRIO.

  • Azza Elrayah and Chelsey Smith, current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students, both won the Indiana TRIO Part-time Board of Directors Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 towards the 2019–20 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrates academic excellence and co-curricular/community involvement in college.
  • Chelsey Smith was also a semi-finalist for the Donald Singleton and Emerging Leaders Institute scholarship. To be considered for these scholarships, students must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate strong leadership abilities in their community and/or advocacy efforts in their TRIO community, and demonstrate a commitment to seeking historical information through reading books or other materials/methods and expressing the impact that the acquired knowledge has had on them.
  • Felicia Henry-Nailon, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne TRIO Student Support Services staff member and TRIO alumna, won the Bertha M. Jones Memorial Award. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved significant success in their lives and is intended to allow Indiana TRIO to celebrate the success of former TRIO students who might not have had the chance to notably succeed without their participation in a TRIO program.

“We are exceptionally proud of the professional grit and determination evidenced by TRIO students and alumni like Felicia Henry-Nailon,” says Beth Clemens, director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO Student Support Services. “Felicia has turned her own speed bumps into a gift that she continues to give to students like Azza, Chelsey, and many more.”

Learn more about Indiana TRIO scholarships and awards at http://indianatrio.org/

TRIO Student Support Services’ mission is to provide services to 160 first-generation, low-income students with or without disabilities as they work toward a degree or certificate at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, with a goal of achieving completion within a three-year period. To learn more about Ivy Tech’s TRIO program, visit IvyTech.edu/trio

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce spring 2019 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the spring 2019 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

For a full list of students who have met those requirements, please see the attached Excel file.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne seeking nominations from the community to honor 50 years of VIPs

As Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne continues to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne during 2019, the College is seeking nominations from the community to help recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to Ivy Tech over the last five decades.

Criteria for Ivy Tech’s 50 College & Community VIPs:

  • Individual(s) or organization(s) who have made a significant contribution to Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne either through philanthropic measures or service to the College.
  • Alumni, donor, friend, faculty, staff, retiree, student, or company/organization

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s 50 College & Community VIPs will be recognized at a special community celebration in September 2019.

Nominations are open now through June 30, 2019, online at http://bit.ly/ivy50vips.

13 dual credit students graduate with Machine Tool credential in Warsaw

Thirteen students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday, May 10, from Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. Eleven of those students earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, and two, who earned their certificate last year, earned their technical certificate this year, which means those students have the first year of their two-year associate degree finished.

The students earning their certificate are Miguel Arizmendi, John Shingler, Caleb Beam, Steven Valle-Lara, Instructor Dann Adkins, Jacob Simpson, Evan Lowman, Dylan Rose, Damian Banghart, Coedy Slone, Austin Meads, and Tedros Berelsman). The students earning their technical certificate are Tyler Hitchcock and Jacob Barker.

The Center provides college-based high school dual credit classes, which means all of those students earned high school and Ivy Tech credit simultaneously. They represent high schools including Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw Community high schools.

All student expenses were funded by the following companies: DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, and Zimmer Biomet.

Visit IvyTech.edu/machine-tool-technology to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit IvyTechOAMTC.com to learn more about the training center.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw graduate more than 1,300 at 49th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw celebrated its 49th annual commencement ceremony tonight at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated more than 1,300 students in Fort Wayne and Warsaw and awarded 1,600+ associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.

STUDENT SPEAKER: The class of 2019’s student speaker was Mateo Gonzalez, who graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice and general education transfer core technical certificate. When he first began attending Ivy Tech, Gonzalez was a college dropout with no sense of direction. But with the help of Ivy Tech and the G.O.A.L. y Amigos student organization, Mateo became a leader on campus.

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: The College gives two Curtis Awards each year: one recognizing an outstanding graduate from the College’s career and technical schools, and the other, the university/transfer schools. This year’s winners are Josiah Abel, from the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science; and Nicole Minier, from the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education.

The Bud Curtis Award winners are chosen from among the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw Outstanding Student Awards, which are awarded to one student per academic school. This year’s remaining Outstanding Student Awards went to the following students:

  • Sarah Wadkins, School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain
  • Magdalene Reinhart, School of Health Sciences
  • William Guidinger, School of Information Technology
  • Patrick Essex, School of Nursing
  • Sonja Biberstine, School of Public Affairs & Social Services

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its President’s Award, which goes to a full-time faculty member, for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw nominee is Jennifer Knapp, faculty in the Paramedic Science program. She will attend a statewide dinner in June to be honored by the College and to learn who the statewide Founder’s Award recipient is for this year.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION AND GERALD I. LAMKIN AWARD RECIPIENT: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its Adjunct Faculty Award, which goes to a part-time faculty member. These nominees are then eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw nominee of the statewide Lamkin Award is agriculture instructor K. David Kohli. In March 2019, he was honored as the statewide recipient of the Lamkin Award.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students and guests used #IvyTechGrad to share celebratory moments on social media. Use the hashtag to view graduation photos and messages of encouragement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.