Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier receives Sagamore of the Wabash, recognition by Indiana General Assembly

At the July 27 Campus Board of Trustees meeting on Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier was recognized for her many contributions to the Northeast Indiana community with both the Sagamore of the Wabash award and a special resolution from the Indiana General Assembly. These recognitions come as she prepares for retirement in September.

Indiana State Representatives Martin Carbaugh, Christopher Judy, Dan Leonard, and Bob Morris represented Governor Eric Holcomb and presented the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor bestowed by an Indiana governor, to Chancellor Mosier. The award celebrates a Hoosier who is “distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership”. It has been awarded to actors, astronauts, presidents, artists, athletes, and more.

Along with this award, Chancellor Mosier was recognized with House Resolution No. 53 which was sponsored by Representatives Daniel Leonard, David Abbott, Martin Carbaugh, Philip GiaQuinta, Dave Heine, Christopher Judy, Matthew Lehman, Robert Morris, Ben Smaltz, and Craig Snow and was approved on April 20, 2021.The resolution marks the occasion by pointing out the following accomplishments during her tenure:

  • Serving in higher education, and specifically community colleges, throughout her career including more than a decade of service to Northeast Indiana with Ivy Tech, as well as previous leadership roles in community colleges in Washington, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Ushering in new degree programs and record certifications/credentials awarded in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw service area.
  • Promoting greater access to quality education through local community learning locations in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
  • Building a strong network of community organizations and area employers to build up the Hoosier workforce and provide greater opportunity for Ivy Tech graduates.

Acting as a champion for higher education through her belief that “community leaders, legislators, and our Ivy Tech faculty and staff … can move mountains and make access to high-quality education a reality for everyone”.

The full resolution can be found here: http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/e/5/e/7e5e0bc1/HR0053.01.INTR.pdf

 “It has been my honor to serve this campus and this community alongside such phenomenal staff, faculty, legislators, industry leaders, community organizations, and of course, our students,” said Chancellor Mosier. “I so appreciate these recognitions, but it is the work of many people who have led to our growth and success. I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the great work that is higher education in Northeast Indiana.”

Chancellor Mosier’s final day in her role will be September 10, 2021. The College is currently conducting the interview and finalist process for her successor.

“Jerrilee has been a passionate leader and advocate for the Fort Wayne service area,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We wish her a well-deserved retirement and thank her for developing a strong leadership team, faculty and staff, a highly engaged campus board, and deep relationships with employers and community leaders.  I am confident a new chancellor will be able to pick up where Jerrilee has left off and build upon her legacy.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw announce new student service hours to meet student needs

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site have adjusted their student service hours in order to better serve current and prospective students through both virtual and in-person services. Student service offices include Financial Aid, Express Enrollment Center, Admissions, Registrar, Assessment Center, and Academic Advising Center. Ivy Tech classes begin Aug. 18. Prospective students can apply online at IvyTech.edu/ApplyNow.


Express Enrollment Center – Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Dr., Fort Wayne

Mon. – Thu., 8 am – 5 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm

Virtual Express Enrollment Center – link.ivytech.edu/FWEEC

Mon. – Thu., 7 am – 7 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm


Express Enrollment Center – Miller Hall, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

Mon. – Thu., 8 am – 6 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm

Virtual Express Enrollment Center – link.ivytech.edu/warsawEE

Mon. – Thu., 9 am – 6 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm

Scholarship in memory of Ivy Tech Warsaw instructor supports welding, manufacturing, and engineering students

Ivy Tech Warsaw is proud to honor instructor Edward “Ed” Sexton’s legacy after his passing in March of 2021 through the Ed Sexton Memorial Scholarship available to Ivy Tech Warsaw students. Sexton, a resident of the Warsaw community, was a beloved instructor in Ivy Tech Warsaw’s welding classrooms.

As well as being an instructor, Sexton made a career of welding and fabrication as a certified welding inspector for Buhrt Engineering in Warsaw. His industry knowledge allowed him to provide real-world training for his Ivy Tech students. In honor of this work, a local group called the “Friends of Ed Sexton” have established this scholarship with the support of his family to encourage and support future career welders in the Warsaw community. The goal is to build on Sexton’s work to grow the local economy by utilizing skilled workers that sustain our local industries.

According to his widow, Amy Sexton, he believed “a positive attitude and a strong work ethic are the keys to transcending adversity.”

The scholarship is open to students pursuing welding, advanced manufacturing, and maintenance at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. The annual award can be awarded to multiple students meeting the scholarship criteria and students may receive the award for a second year if they remain in good standing at the college. It offers support for tuition, books, and living expense for students.

To support the Ed Sexton Memorial Scholarship or learn more, please contact Tracina Smith at the Ivy Tech Foundation at 260-480-2010 or TSmith1335@IvyTech.edu. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Tom Till, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at 574-267-5428 ext. 7450.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to resume in-person classes at Huntington County Community Learning Center

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is pleased to announced the return of in-person courses at the Huntington County Community Learning Center (2201 North Jefferson St, Huntington, IN 46750). The courses are open to all, but are designed to give higher education access to Huntington County and surrounding areas who may be interested in taking classes closer to home. For the fall term, the following courses will be offered.

Fall 2021 Courses at the Huntington County Community Learning Center

PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology, Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m.

ENG 111: English Composition, Mondays from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m.

HLHS 117: Qualified Med. Aide (QMA) Prep, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students interested in these courses can also take advantage of Ivy Tech’s new statewide tuition model, Ivy+, which freezes tuition beyond 12 credits per semester and includes all required textbooks for free* from now through summer 2022.

To get started in classes at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, contact Tiffanney Drummond at tdrummond@hccsc.k12.in.us or 260-356-2858. For more information on Ivy+, visit IvyTech.edu/tuition.

Ivy Tech Warsaw Announces Summer Recruitment Events

In preparation for the fall semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw site is hosting a series of in-person events to usher prospective students through the enrollment process and into the program of their choosing.

At these events, students can receive program and schedule information, tour the facilities, learn about financial aid, apply to the college, and connect with Ivy Tech faculty, staff, and students. All are free and open to the public. Masks are not required for vaccinated persons.

CNC, Machining, and Industrial Maintenance Information Sessions

Ivy Tech Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC)

955 Executive Drive, Warsaw

July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

July 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RSVP to Kathy Kurosky kkurosky@ivytech.edu

Medical Assistant Information Session

July 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College Miller Hall

2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

Express Enrollment Week

July 26-29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College Miller Hall

2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

These events come on the heels of Ivy Tech’s announcement of a new statewide tuition model, Ivy+, which freezes tuition beyond 12 credits per semester and includes all required textbooks for free* from now through summer 2022.

To register for these events, contact kkurosky@ivytech.edu. For more information on Ivy+, visit IvyTech.edu/tuition.

Articulation agreement makes for easier credit transfer for Ivy Tech students wanting to complete a hospitality management degree at Purdue Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Students who earn an Associate of Science degree in hospitality administration at any campus of Ivy Tech Community College can now attend Purdue University Fort Wayne to achieve their bachelor’s degree in the same major. This is the result of a new articulation agreement between the two schools.

The arrangement states, “…that students who Articulation agreement makes for easier credit transfer for Ivy Tech students wanting to complete a hospitality management degree at Purdue Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Students who earn an Associate of Science degree in hospitality administration at any campus of Ivy Tech Community College can now attend Purdue University Fort Wayne to achieve their bachelor’s degree in the same major. This is the result of a new articulation agreement between the two schools.

The arrangement states, “…that students who choose to begin their studies at a community college and transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree should be provided with a smooth curriculum transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework.”

Purdue Fort Wayne’s hospitality management degree program is housed in the Richard T. Doermer School of Business building. It provides students with the business fundamentals for hotels, restaurants, travel, and tourism.

“Our experienced faculty and strong curriculum enable students to pursue careers as hotel managers, event planners, restaurant managers, and as entrepreneurs,” said Alanna Olah, clinical associate professor and chair, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue Fort Wayne. “As travel and tourism recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, our graduates are in demand in Fort Wayne and across the country. We are thrilled about this partnership.”

Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw, echoed Olah’s comments.

“As northeast Indiana’s hospitality industry continues to expand, we want to give our students every opportunity to grow their skills and position themselves for advancement. Partnerships like this are how we create pathways to good-paying jobs in high-demand fields and meet the economic development needs of our community.”

Ivy Tech graduates can transfer and apply up to 60 credit hours to the Purdue Fort Wayne program under the new agreement, which went into effect July 1.

For more information, contact Olah at 260-481-5496 or aolah@pfw.edu.

Zimmer Biomet donates 2k polyethylene bars to Ivy Tech Warsaw OAMTC to assist in machine and technology education

Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center recently received a donation from Zimmer Biomet of 1,999 bars of density medical grade polyethylene, worth more than $100,000. As the “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” Warsaw’s manufacturing industry is vital to the local economy, and machine and technology education programs at Ivy Tech Warsaw are integral to the manufacturing workforce pipeline.

This type of polyethylene is used extensively in a number of different orthopedic joints and will be used in a variety of Ivy Tech classes. The donated polyethylene will help make machine parts in the CNC Production Machinist CT and TC programs and the Machine Tool Technology CT, TC, and AAS programs.

“Zimmer Biomet is one of the world’s leaders in effective, innovative solutions that support orthopedic surgeons and clinicians in alleviating pain and improving the quality of life for people around the world,” said Tom Till, Program Director of Automation and Robotics Technology at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “We are thankful for this donation and delighted that we can provide our students with the opportunity to experience machining medical grade plastics in addition to machining different metals.”

Learn more about Ivy Tech’s Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program by visiting ivytech.edu/advanced-automation-robotics or contacting Robert Marsh at rmarsh5@ivytech.edu.

Indiana Launches Virtual Career Coaching Program for Workers in Transition

In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, Indiana residents 18 and older can take advantage of no-cost career coaching from the new virtual career coaching program, InsideTrack, which launched on June 14 of this year. This national nonprofit pioneered the use of executive-style coaching for learners, workers and individuals focused on career goals. Career coaches from InsideTrack will assist participants in advancing towards their career goals based on their unique strengths and circumstances. Individuals will gain tailored coaching support to help them plan and take action to either rejoin the workforce or determine what education or training will help them advance their current career.

“This work is about empowering working adults with the sort of skills and support they need to plan their next career move, identify the right training and education options, and stand out in today’s competitive job market,” said PJ McGrew, Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet

The idea is to get participants to focus on their long-term goals — with career coaches supporting them in developing the skills they need to make effective career planning decisions, stand out in a competitive employment marketplace, and provide maximum value to their future or current employers.

“We’re here to work with our students on their career aspirations from day one,” said Joe McMichael, executive director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Career Coaching and Employer Connections office. “We know that partnerships like InsideTrack help us connect our students with the support systems, coaching, and goal-setting they will need to be successful in the modern workforce.”

To sign up for the Indiana Resident Career Coaching Program, visit careercoaching.yournextstepin.org to complete a brief online form.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to offer classes at Marshall Community Center in Columbia City

Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are pleased to announce a new partnership at the Marshall Community Center (107 N Walnut St., Columbia City, IN 46725) and mark another success in the long-standing partnership between the two institutions. With the launch of the new learning space in the former Eagle Tech Academy, Ivy Tech and Whitley County leaders are deepening their shared commitment to connecting students to Ivy Tech college credit, while still in high school, and beyond.  

L to R: Mayor Ryan Daniel, Dr. Laura McDermott, Lisa Smith

“Our work together has been focused on developing educational experiences and opportunities that will enhance the wellbeing of Whitley County citizens and provide the business and industry leaders of Whitley County with the workforce they require for growth and development,” said Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne & Warsaw. “We’ve enjoyed a strong partnership over the years through dual credit and State Earn and Learn (SEAL) certifications, so this community learning center represents the next logical step in our collaboration.”

Both Chancellor Mosier and Dr. Laura McDermott, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, signed a memorandum of understanding on June 11, 2021.

“Whitley County Consolidated Schools is extremely pleased to join with Ivy Tech in providing Whitley County students and community members tremendous opportunities through scholarship dollars and local classes to continue their education and reach their career goals,” said Dr. McDermott.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, Dale Buuck, count themselves among the many local supporters of the project, “The idea of having Ivy Tech options closer to our students and workforce is very exciting and beneficial to this community.  Anytime you can add additional classes for continuing education, is something we value,” said Buuck.

“We are thrilled to see Ivy Tech’s expansion of higher education into the City of Columbia City,” said Mayor Daniel. “The partnership between Columbia City High School and Ivy Tech will further expand the educational opportunities in our community for students and adults alike.”

Ivy Tech is offering three academic classes in the fall of 2021, along with $10,000 in scholarship dollars for Whitley County Consolidated High School students and $5,000 for Whitley County residents. This comes at an ideal time as Ivy Tech has just launched a new tuition model, Ivy+, in which tuition will be frozen for new students and books will be free for the 2021-22 school year. This makes for the most accessible and affordable higher education option available in Whitley County.

All classes are three credit hour courses and are part of the Indiana College Core, which allow these courses to transfer to all Indiana state colleges and universities as well as many colleges and universities outside of Indiana.

Fall 2021 courses at the Marshall Community Center include:

  • ENGL 111 English Composition on Tuesday evenings from 6–8:50 p.m.
  • COMM 101 Introduction to Public Speaking on Wednesday evenings from 6–8:50 p.m.
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology on Thursday evenings from 6–8:50 p.m.

As part of the Marshall Community Center’s opening, Ivy Tech will host an Express Enrollment event on July 15 from 3–7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public without an appointment.

To learn more about these classes, other Whitley County higher education opportunities, or the July 15 event, contact Lisa Smith at lsmith246@ivytech.edu. Current Whitley County Consolidated High School students can reach out to Claire Baker (Dual Credit Advisor) at cbaker255@ivytech.edu or call/text at 260-255-6605.

Ivy Tech now accepting applications for Steuben County classes aimed at high school students

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with the Steuben County Enterprise Center to run classes aimed at high school students as part of its Manufacturing Academy. Applications for the fall cohort are now open to juniors and seniors. Fall 2021 classes run Aug. 18 through Dec. 16.

The Manufacturing Academy is a collaborative initiative to connect area high school students and adults with manufacturing partners. Sponsoring manufacturers will provide selected Academy students with a paid learning experience about manufacturing fundamentals such as shop operations, safety, and blueprint reading as well as soft skills such as teamwork, communications, and problem-solving that can lead to a successful career. Along the way, students will earn seven Ivy Tech credits that correlate to an MSSC-CPT certification or can be applied toward an Ivy Tech degree in Industrial Technology or Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology. The Academy will deploy both classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences at the Enterprise Center located at 907 South Wayne Street, Angola, Indiana.

“The High School Manufacturing Academy is a win for all,” says Kimberly Waugh, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Director of K-14 Engagement and Transition. “As a parent myself, the opportunity for my son or daughter to receive highly skilled hands-on training and be paid for their experiences all while preparing them for their future career is a game changer.  Students don’t know what they don’t know unless they can see it, do it, and experience it!” Interested high school students should contact their guidance counselor and Kimberly Waugh kwaugh7@ivytech.edu for further information. Participating high schools include Angola, Fremont, Prairie Heights, and Hamilton. Check out eligibility requirements, a link to the application, and more information on the Manufacturing Academy website at link.ivytech.edu/Academy