Fort Wayne introducing 6 new certificate and degree offerings this fall

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will roll out six new certificate and degree options within existing academic programs of study.

Urban Horticulture is a certificate option focusing on growing food using alternative growing methods in non-traditional environments. This also prepares students to own or run a greenhouse. All six (6) courses required for this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture. Courses include things like greenhouse management, vegetable production, and alternative growing methods.

Mechanical Engineering Technology is an Associate of Science Transfer As A Junior program that prepares students to earn a baccalaureate in the field in order to get jobs in manufacturing, quality control, design, material testing, process and product design, and CAD. New courses for this transfer program include fluid power, system automation and control, and a capstone course. The College is expecting to attract an additional 50 to 60 students in its Engineering program with this degree being as large or larger than Electrical Engineering Technology based upon industry demand. A key component for this is the Transfer As A Junior component with Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Engineering will introduce a technical certificate and a freshmen engineering certificate, which are being created to allow students gather credentials as they work toward the associate degree.

Mechanical Design, Computer Aided Design, and Architectural Design are all certificate options under the Design Technology program. Due to high-demand in the industry, many of the Design Technology students are hired prior to finishing an associate degree. Each of these certificates was created for employers to view the credentials as a valuable knowledge base on students’ resumes and would also invest in their employees encouraging further degree completion. These certificates also allow professionals in related fields, such as drafting and engineering, an opportunity to receive additional training to stay current in their professions.

“Adding these new certificates to our offerings will provide opportunity and allow students increase their own marketability in the workplace, especially in these in-demand fields,” says Kim Barnett-Johnson, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

For more information about programs of study offered at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne-programs or call 888-IVY-LINE.

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