Ivy Tech Community College news briefs from across northeast Indiana:
This spring, Ivy Tech’s Warsaw Site will begin to offer Introduction to Agriculture, with the hope to offer related classes at the site in coming semesters. These classes allow students in and around Kosciusko County to begin an associate degree in agriculture close-to-home. They can complete their course work at the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Campus.
Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indiana’s economy, making a $20 billion impact annually. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015–16 Agricultural Statistics book, Kosciusko County ranks, with regard to Indiana’s 92 counties,
- Fifth in cattle production
- Fifth in total land area used for farming
- Fifth in cash receipts from farm marketing
- Seventh in corn production
Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting two international students as a part of the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program: Raki Glaii and Seif Edinne Chouaya.
Through a year-long program of study in the United States, scholarship program participants develop academic knowledge and skills in their field of study. By interacting with Americans in the classroom, in the community, and through service-learning activities, participants develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values, become citizen ambassadors, and create links between Tunisians and Americans to increase cross-cultural understanding.
The program is a part of the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, an international nonprofit organization.
Beginning academic year 2017–18, Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus will offer five new academic programs: aviation technology–flight, biology, diesel technology, patient care technician, and psychology.
Aviation technology–flight is an associate degree program that prepares students for their journey toward becoming pilots. Students will follow a syllabus approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to become “instrument rated,” which means students will need to have at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
Biology is an associate degree program where students can find employment as biological sciences lab technicians, forest conservation technicians, or medical laboratory technicians. Students can transfer their degree to any public four-year university in Indiana and begin as a junior.
Diesel technology is an associate degree program that places an emphasis on the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of diesel engines. This program complements the commercial driver’s license training already provided by Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.
Patient care technician is an associate degree program that prepares students with skills such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography, drawing blood, and other procedures to help with the day-to-day care of healthcare patients.
Psychology is an associate degree program where students can find employment as mental health assistants, youth counselors, home care aides, and addictions rehabilitation assistants. Students can transfer their degree to any public four-year university in Indiana and begin as a junior.
As a part of its organizational restructuring initiative, Ivy Tech Community College recently announced that the Ivy Tech Warsaw Site will transition to the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Campus service area. Warsaw is currently aligned with the Ivy Tech North Central service area, which includes South Bend, but the College announced a new structure earlier this year that proposed eliminating regions and moving toward a campus model.
During the 2017–18 academic year, the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw leadership teams will work together to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and the Warsaw community Ivy Tech serves. Full realignment is expected on or before July 1, 2018.