Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Hospitality Administration students are hosting a series of lunch buffets open to the community at Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) most Thursdays in February. It’s an opportunity to have students get a real-world restaurant experience.
The dates and their respective lunches are as follows:
Lunches will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $15 per person. Guests must reserve their spot beforehand. Lunches are limited to 35 people, so those interested will need to RSVP as soon as possible by going to link.ivytech.edu/lunchbuffet.
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted its annual European Competition on Friday. Ten Hospitality Administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study culinary arts in Italy this spring.
Seven students won the opportunity to travel to Italy: Grant Wolfe, Natalie Wright, Ashlyn Young, Isabelle Sims, Maggie Becraft, Esther Powers, and Kattia Tarnow.
“We’re so excited to be able to reward our Hospitality Administration students with this incredible opportunity,” says Amanda Parkinson, Hospitality Administration program chair. “It’s so hard to narrow down the winners because everyone has worked so hard the past two years. They all did amazing, and we’re really proud.”
Culinary students prepared a meal with an appetizer; an entrée with a protein, vegetable, and starch; and a dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake.
Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges blind tasted the completed meals. Judges based their scores on American Culinary Federation (ACF) criteria, and to be considered for the European trip, students must place at bronze standard or higher.
Based on students’ experiences in Italy, they will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at A Reason to Taste funds scholarships for the winning students’ European trips.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and appreciate getting the chance to compete,” says Maggie Becraft. “Going to Italy was always something that I dreamed about, but I never knew I’d get to experience it while also learning new things about a subject I love. I think the fact that Ivy Tech offers opportunities like this for us is amazing.”
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Office of Student Life is hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural Rededication Ceremony open to students and the public Wednesday, Jan. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive). The MLK mural was recently reimagined by the college’s Visual Communications program.
The rededication is also being made possible through efforts of the college’s Diversity Council and the new Black Student Union (BSU). BSU’s president, members of the Visual Communications department, and campus leadership will give speeches during the ceremony.
Afterwards, everyone is invited to a free lunch in the college’s Student Life Commons that includes pulled meat sandwiches (chicken, pork, and beef), chips, beans, and more. Attendees may also receive a stuffed bear with an MLK quote t-shirt.
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is holding its 14th graduation of inmates from the Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility in Albion, IN. These 10 individuals will receive their welding certificates after successfully completing their training. Since the program’s inception in May 2018, more than 100 individuals have graduated with welding or CNC certificates.
“It’s gratifying to work with incarcerated individuals and see them get a second chance and a high-paying job,” said Joe McMichael, Executive Director of Ivy+ Career Link at Ivy Tech. “We look forward to building our partnership with the Department of Corrections and help strengthen the futures of underserved populations for years to come.”
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is excited to announce a new partnership with 80/20 LLC. that extends 80/20 employees’ tuition reimbursement program to their children and grandchildren for the first time in the industry. A generous grant funds this initiative from the Don Wood Foundation to Ivy Tech.
“80/20 is honored to be awarded the Don Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said Vicki Cook, HR Director at 80/20. “This will allow Don Wood’s legacy to continue with the company he built and connection he had with Ivy Tech. We are excited to give this back to the employees, employees’ children and grandchildren.”
Through the Achieve Your Degree (AYD) initiative at Ivy Tech, eligible employees and their families can receive tuition reimbursement when they enroll into programs related to manufacturing and business. Families can also apply for the $5,000 Don Wood Foundation Scholarship by contacting the human resources department at 80/20. The decision to award the grant reflects 80/20 founder Don Wood’s love for both the company and Ivy Tech, where he received his second degree and served on the Regional Board of Trustees.
“This is a wonderful program that speaks not only Don Wood’s dedication to both Ivy Tech and 80/20, but also fits squarely into his desire to help fund scholarships for people to advance in their career,” said Don Wood Foundation President and CEO Laura Macknick. “The unique approach and focus on collaborative partnerships could serve as a pilot for similar programs in the region to help fill the need for skilled employees in the manufacturing sector.”
This pilot program was constructed to support Wood’s mission of creating more opportunities for people seeking a career in industrial trades, advanced manufacturing, leadership, and innovation. He passed away in March 2019, but his legacy lives on through the Don Wood Foundation, which has long supported Ivy Tech through programs like Northeast Indiana FAME and the WorkMatters program on Ivy Tech Muncie’s campus.
“Ivy Tech is honored to play a part in extending Don Wood’s legacy further into the community by building pathways to an invaluable education,” said Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson. “This is a pivotal opportunity for 80/20 employees and their families that strengthens our mission to meet people where they are to help them create the future they want.”
In celebration of the new partnership, 80/20 and Ivy Tech are hosting a registration fair for employees and family members interested in joining the program Jan. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the company which is in Columbia City. Ivy Tech enrollment specialists will be there to provide general admissions and application assistance.
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites students and the community to connect with employers at the Human Services Mini Career and Job Fair Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus.
Representatives from more than a dozen local businesses and organizations will be there to discuss their companies and the opportunities available. Those attending include:
Amani Family Services
Lutheran Health Network
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana
Lunch will be provided for attendees from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while supplies last. No reservations required. If you have any questions, contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivy Tech Warsaw students could win free tuition when they sign up for spring courses at the Dec. 6 Registration Fair at Warsaw’s campus on Silveus Crossing.
Attendees can stop by any time between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an easy way to schedule for the spring semester which begins Jan. 17. Anyone who attends is automatically entered to win FREE spring tuition and can enjoy free coffee and food. Students are asked to register as soon as possible to reserve their spots before classes fill up.
The fair is open to everyone, and attendees are encouraged to apply to the college beforehand to streamline the enrollment process. Those interested can sign up at link.ivytech.edu/warsaw.
Anyone interested in enrolling at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is invited to register for spring classes while also getting the chance to win scholarships and other prizes on the Nov. 29 Registration Fair at Ivy Tech’s North Campus.
Attendees can stop by the Student Life Center at 3701 Dean Dr. any time between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an easy way to schedule for the spring semester which begins Jan. 17. Students can enter for a chance to win a full spring tuition scholarship, a laptop, and more. Free coffee will be available from 9 a.m. to noon, and Hetty Arts Pastries will be serving desserts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair is open to everyone, and attendees are encouraged to apply beforehand to streamline the enrollment process. Those interested in attending can sign up at link.ivytech.edu/ivyreg.
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s North Campus is hosting a Mini Welding Career Fair open to students and the community on Nov. 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center.
Employers representing more than 10 different companies will be attending to offer industry insight and share opportunities in the field.
Ivy Tech Community College is hosting an Express Enrollment Week, Jan. 2–5, to get students ready for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14.
Express Enrollment events, prospective students can work on the steps they need
to start classes. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and
help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid,
advising, and more.
should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid review and their
previous high school (if they graduated in the past four years) or college
transcripts for assessment.