Ivy Tech Warsaw and Lake City Bank partnership continues to put technology in Warsaw students’ hands

Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech Warsaw, and Kathy Perry, Ivy Tech OIT Support

Lake City Bank and Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw are once again partnering to bring necessary technology to Ivy Tech students. In April, Lake City Bank donated 18 surface tablets, including docking stations, network adaptors, and cases. These tablets will be part of Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Loan-to-Own program.

In the Loan-to-Own program, current students are able to check out a laptop or tablet for a two-week time period. They can extend the loan to an entire semester if the equipment is maintained properly through bi-monthly security and maintenance checks. If the student is in good academic standing by the end of the term and has enrolled for the next term’s classes, ownership can be permanently transferred to the student in need.

“With the increased need for distance learning, we are happy to support the Loan-to-Own program offered by Ivy Tech to their students,” said Angie Ritchey, Chief Technology Officer of Lake City Bank. “This allows us to donate equipment that we would typically recycle and allow for further use by Ivy Tech Students. This continues to be a great partnership between Lake City Bank and Ivy Tech.”

The program originated in Fall 2019, when Lake City Bank donated 20 Dell laptop computers. These laptops from the first round of donations have all been loaned to Ivy Tech Warsaw students, and 10 students successfully completed requirements to permanently own their laptops. One student from the original cohort who earned ownership of their laptop decided to donate it back to the program to further help in-need students.

“We’re excited to see the Laptop Loan-to-Own program grow with the help of Lake City Bank,” said Allyn Decker, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech Warsaw. “I cannot stress enough how important technology has been for our students as the College continues to expand access to education through virtual learning. We will continue to grow and strengthen community partnerships for the benefit of our students and the Kosciusko County workforce.”

Steel Dynamics, Inc. wins ATEA award through Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw partnership

Kaylene Smith, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning; Jeff Hansen, Vice President of Human Resources, Safety & Sustainability at SDI; Bob Parker, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Department Chair of Industrial Technology & Automation and Robotics; Darrel Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science; and Staci Beiswanger, Employee Development Manager at SDI.

During their annual conference on April 27, the American Technical Education Association, in conjunction with the National Technical Honor Society, awarded Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) their highest partnership award: The Silver Star of Excellence Award. Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw nominated SDI for the award because of their long-term partnership.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Jeff Hansen, Vice President of Safety, Human Resources & Sustainability at Steel Dynamics, Inc. “Our organization is committed to providing opportunities to enhance the capabilities of our team members. We are fortunate to have developed a terrific partnership with Ivy Tech that allows for many in our company as well as our community to thrive and grow.”

SDI works closely with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science, including donating funding for the construction of The Keith E. Busse Steel Dynamics, Inc. Technology Center. They have also provided funds to equip the Industrial Technology Educational Laboratories.

More recently SDI established an apprenticeship program and sponsored the training of incumbent workers in manufacturing.  They’ve enrolled multiple cohorts of students in the program, with the first cohort graduating in May 2020. Over a two-year period, incumbent workers become students and apprentices, and SDI technical experts serve as mentors. The students are enrolled in specialized coursework at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. The program is a true collaboration with each party providing academic advising and academic support outside the classroom. 

“Continuous learning is a must,” said Darrel Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “It becomes more and more challenging for companies to remain competitive today. It’s companies like Steel Dynamics, Inc. that step-up and establish world-class partnerships with educational partners like Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science that’s leading the way to the future in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw hosting Express Enrollment events for summer and fall registration

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw will host Express Enrollment Days every Wednesday from April 21 to May 12 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and an Express Enrollment Week from May 17 to 20 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). During these events, prospective students can complete their enrollment steps virtually or in-person and sign up for classes that start June 7 or Aug. 18.

During the appointment, participants will receive assistance with setting up their student account, assessment, New Student Orientation, completing the FAFSA, and scheduling a meeting with an advisor.

Ivy Tech offers a wide range of programs including healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and more. There are also short-term certificate options and many qualify for full funding through the Workforce Ready Grant, thanks to the Next Level Jobs program.

For more information or to RSVP, visit link.ivytech.edu/EEDays

Express Enrollment Days
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 21, 28, May 5, 12

Express Enrollment Week
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 17 to 20

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


Virtual Zoom meeting. RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/EEDays

LKQ Corporation donates $17k in sheet metal to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Automotive Technology Program recently received automotive sheet metal panels valued at approximately $17,000 from LKQ Corporation. LKQ is the leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. The donation will primarily be used by students pursuing collision repair and auto body technology certifications.

“We chose Ivy Tech partially because we were contacted about it in the past, but also because they have a local auto body program that will hopefully graduate individuals who are engaged and want to participate in our industry,” said Zach Richter, LKQ General Manager. “I personally have attended Ivy Tech and know they are a well-established part of our community.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will use the donation to give students in auto body and collision repair classes more hands-on experience with real world learning opportunities. In the program, students learn to repair and refinish cars, trucks, vans, and even golf carts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, automotive body workers can expect to earn a mean hourly wage of $21.24/hr.

“We’re grateful for LKQ’s donation of sheet metal, which will be extremely useful for our students,” said Dave Buell, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne automotive instructor. “They will learn to prep parts for vehicles, fix dents, prep to prime, prep to paint, and more. These skills will prepare them to enter the workforce directly after graduation.”

Interested in Ivy Tech’s automotive classes? Visit IvyTech.edu/automotive-technology/ or contact Dave Buell at 260-243-3125 or Bob Huffman at 260-480-4293 or rhuffman10@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne & Warsaw Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier Announces Retirement

After 11 years of dedicated leadership, Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier will retire from her position as Chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations. During her tenure, the college has increased the footprint of the service area, which has seen record certifications and credentials awarded and added new degree programs to serve the northeast Indiana workforce. She will retire on Sept. 10. The College will conduct a nationwide search for the next chancellor and details will be made public in the near future. 

“The equitable pursuit of higher education has been my life’s work and the communities of northeast Indiana have made it a joy to serve in this role,” said Dr. Mosier. “Community leaders, legislators, and our Ivy Tech faculty and staff have shown time and again that we can move mountains and make access to high-quality education a reality for everyone. It has been my honor to have worked alongside them in this most noble of endeavors. They have served as my daily inspiration, and I could not be more pleased with the accomplishments we have built together.”

Dr. Mosier joined Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in 2010 as Chancellor. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, she served in academic leadership roles at community colleges in Washington, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Under her leadership at Ivy Tech, Dr. Mosier was instrumental in making high-quality education accessible beyond the Fort Wayne city limits including bringing on the Warsaw site and shoring up community learning locations in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties through the support and partnership of area economic development officers, school district leaders, and community members. She ushered in successful partnerships with community organizations and area employers such as the Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Parkview Health, Junior Achievement, Region 8 Education Consortium, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership through the Olin and Desta Schwab Foundation.

During her time, the service area also added academic programs in high-demand fields such as surgical technology, aviation, biology, diesel technology, patient care technician, agriculture, psychology, electrical engineering, engineering technology, HVAC, health information technology, information systems security, and pre-engineering.

Mosier has also ensured students and the college have access to critical funding including record-breaking fundraising through the Ivy Tech Foundation with a mixture of individual donor relations, foundation grants, corporate gifts, fundraising events, and prestigious grants through the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor partnerships. Furthermore, she laid the foundation for a successful launch of intercollegiate sports through the NJCAA including men’s baseball in 2017 and women’s volleyball in 2020. Both Titans athletics programs have been funded by donor support and boast high retention and success rates for their student athletes.

“Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier has set the standard for the college for ‘putting more community in community college.’ For 11 years, Dr. Mosier has led the Fort Wayne Ivy Tech campus with students at the center while serving the needs of employers, K-12 partners, and northeast Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College president. “While she will be missed, she has told me often, and I agree, that she leaves behind an exceptional team which will continue the culture of service excellence.”

Since arriving in northeast Indiana, Mosier’s goal has been for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to be the educational partner of choice for non-profits, school corporations, and business/industry. She has fostered a campus culture that embraces new initiatives and programs that best serve the citizens of northeast Indiana. 

Mosier served as Chair of the Indiana Campus Compact from 2012 to 2014 and on the board of the National Council on Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) from 2012 to 2013. She currently serves on Mayor Tom Henry’s Kitchen Cabinet for the Greater Fort Wayne Metropolitan Area and the board of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana. She has been honored for her service with the 2012 Outstanding College Administrator Award for the Indiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the 2012 Ian and Mimi Rolland Service Award, and most recently, a 2021 Woman of Grace.

About Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed. D.
Mosier’s career has been centered in community colleges for 30 years. Her career spans five community colleges in three states and has been in positions including faculty member, chief academic and workforce administrator, and her current role as Chancellor. She is an alumna of the American Council of Education Fellows Program. Mosier earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities from the University of Tulsa, and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Oklahoma State University.

Good News for Moms Club

by Dawn Burns, Academic Advisor, Warsaw

“It’s good news Friday! What’s your good news?”

On Fridays, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne & Warsaw Moms Club members share their good news with each other via social media: success in classes, children’s accomplishments, the relatable “Everyone stopped puking…for now,” and simple pleasures like a Dunkin’ iced coffee.

With a mission to help and encourage Ivy Tech Fort Wayne & Warsaw mothers in the important work they do for their children, families, and the community while pursuing a higher education degree, Moms Club has benefitted from virtual communication over the past year.

Co-advisors Dawn Burns (academic advisor, Warsaw) and Tara Kuhmichel (CCEC career coach, Fort Wayne) agree that the club has benefitted from Zoom and Facebook connections.

“Ivy Tech student moms are always busy,” says Burns. “By meeting virtually, moms don’t have to leave the house, and when kids make an appearance, that’s just part of life.”

Kuhmichel agrees that going virtual has helped members make connections. Kuhmichel, who has more than 15 years of early childhood experience works with families, moms, and children in her community, and sees her role in Moms Club as helping moms “dig deeper into their thoughts and feelings and to better understand children’s needs and to put it all into action.”

For Warsaw psychology student and club member Ruby Irwin, “Moms Club has been my outlet. It is nice to know other moms face the same things.” From real issues to funny moments, Irwin says she benefits from Moms Club.

Vice President Michelle Butts, a Warsaw phlebotomy and human services student, describes Moms Club as “a sounding board in the chaos that is motherhood and getting a higher education.” Butts says, “having others like you cheering you on makes the last minute 11:30 p.m. tests and papers worth it.”

Warsaw’s Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker finds Moms Club’s growth during the pandemic “gratifying.” “We know student moms are extremely busy and face a number of obstacles to persisting in school,” says Decker, “so the additional resources provided through Mom’s Club get put to good use.”

Mom’s Club also offers opportunities for face-to-face connections, as College policies and CDC guidelines allow. They are hopeful for a Moms Night Out in May where they can share a meal, connect, and show each other support.

 “Moms Club,” says former president and Warsaw student Brittany Oldfather, “is that support that reminds me I’m not alone.”

Ivy Tech moms looking for a supportive community that will celebrate good news even in the hardest weeks can join Moms Club at ivylife.ivytech.edu/organization/warsaw-moms-club on Ivy Life.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Agriculture program gifted $5,000 from Farm Credit Mid-America

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s agriculture program recently received a $5,000 gift from Farm Credit Mid-America, a financial services cooperative that serves the credit needs of rural residents and farmers across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The gift is part of Farm Credit’s corporate strategic plan to support local community projects that enhance agricultural education and resources.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will use the funds to help start a Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology program and provide students with at-home-lab-kits for online classes. The College applied for the gift, which was accepted by local Farm Credit lending officer, Paul Jacobs, then evaluated and approved by a panel of Farm Credit representatives. This gift will give Ivy Tech student access to the tools to embrace emerging technologies in food production and environmental stability.

“Funding these initiatives will take the Ivy Tech Agriculture program to a higher stratosphere of technological applications,” said Darrel Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Food production technology already includes autonomous tractors, robotic milking and robotic apple pickers, drone crop scouting, and so on. When thinking high tech don’t just think Silicon Valley, think agriculture. Agriculture affects everybody—we all need to eat.”

Interested in Ivy Tech’s agriculture program? Visit IvyTech.edu/agriculture/ or contact Kelli Kreider at kkreider5@ivytech.edu or 260-482-9171, ext. 4520.

PepsiCo and Noregon donate diagnostic laptop to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne recognizes the value in providing students with training on the advanced tools and technology they will use in their careers. Thanks to a generous donation from PepsiCo and Noregon, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel Technology Program received a diagnostic laptop valued at approximately $5,000 with state-of-the-art applications, such as JPRO Professional, to teach students how to diagnose and repair vehicles with the tools commonly used by industry professionals.

On March 29, representatives from PepsiCo and Noregon visited Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to meet with students and present them with the diagnostic laptop. This donation helps prepare students for success in their careers by giving them the knowledge and skills needed to excel as professional diesel technicians. Additionally, PepsiCo has encouraged Ivy Tech students and recent graduates to consider their open fleet technician positions.

“The use of this type of tooling in our program allows our student technicians to graduate with the skill sets that are in demand within the Diesel repair field,” said Nick Goodnight, Ph.D., department chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel and Construction Technology Programs. “This great partnership with Noregon and Pepsi brings more attention to the skilled trades to hopefully attract more talent to the industry.”

Graduates of Ivy Tech’s Diesel Technology Program enter careers where they diagnose and repair high-tech systems for vehicles with diesel engines. The diagnostic laptop will give them experience with advanced equipment and better prepare them for a high-demand career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, diesel technicians can expect an average median salary of $23.32 per hour.

Interested in learning more about Diesel Technology? Visit our website at IvyTech.edu/diesel-tech or contact Goodnight at 260-480-4293 or ngoodnight@ivytech.edu

College invites local employers to participate in virtual healthcare career fair on April 15

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw has opened employer registration for the Healthcare Virtual Fair on April 15. During the event, employers will have the chance to speak with Ivy Tech students and community members about their company and hiring needs.

The deadline for employers to RSVP is April 5. Register at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP. Questions? Contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu 

April 15
10 a.m. to noon
RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP

Ivy Tech to offer classes in Steuben County Manufacturing Academy

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with the Steuben County Enterprise Center to run classes as part of a Manufacturing Academy starting June 1. Registration for the first class, MSSC-CPT (Certified Production Assistant), is now open at link.ivytech.edu/Academy. The class will run June 1 to Aug. 19, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 4 to 8 p.m.

“The Steuben County Economic Development Corporation is excited along with our participating area manufacturers to create and launch the Manufacturing Academy,” said Mike Landram, Director of Workforce Development at the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation. “The 12-week academy promises students hands-on learning and the acquisition of real-world skills to launch a career in manufacturing.”

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, they 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.

“We’re pleased to strengthen Ivy Tech’s presence in Steuben County and help meet our students where they are,” says Randy Wooldridge, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Employer Consultant. “These classes will strengthen Steuben’s workforce and economy by creating a pipeline of skilled workers in high-demand fields.”

Sponsoring manufacturers include Cardinal IG, D.A.S Services, Eva-Lution, Indiana Marine Products, Koester Metals, Miller Poultry, Rieke, RR Donnelley, Special Cutting Tools, Triton Metal Products, Univertical, and Vestil Manufacturing.

The first cohort of high school students will be starting in fall 2021 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. 

Registration is also open for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Check out eligibility requirements, a link to the application, and more information on the Manufacturing Academy website at link.ivytech.edu/Academy