Fort Wayne Campus to provide assistance to those in nutrition assistance program

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is beginning a new program, Ivy Works, to help those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to enroll in and complete college. Ivy Works will provide students involved in a variety of short-term workforce ready programs with services and support, including transportation assistance and childcare vouchers.

The eligible programs included in Ivy Works are

  • Industrial Technology welding certificate
  • Commercial driver’s license/diesel truck certificate
  • Machine Tool Technology certificate
  • Home tech care certificate
    • Certified nursing assistant
    • Meal preparation
    • Dementia care
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • First aid
    • Blood borne pathology
    • HIPAA

Ivy Works, which will run through September 2018, is for Allen County residents and aims to help 100 students.

“Our goal is to help those students who need help the most,” says Christopher Douse, the director of Student Success and Engagement and head of Ivy Works. “We want to see these students complete their job training programs and find meaningful, living-wage work in Indiana.”

Those who are interested in their possible eligibility and/or learning more can contact Douse at or 260-480-4229.

The nutrition assistance program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services and targets low and no income families. Benefits are administered at a state level. Learn more at

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