College announces fall 2018 schedule for IvyLiving enrichment classes

In fall 2018, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will offer IvyLiving classes, non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Nine IvyLiving courses will run from September through December.

IvyLiving will bring back popular topics including: canning, wine tasting, novice cooking instruction, artistic welding, and Thanksgiving baking classes. It will also feature four new courses exposing the community to ethnic food and culture, adult tap dancing, pasta making, and holiday cookie baking.

“We’re excited to offer our third year of IvyLiving courses and to continue connecting the community with our talented instructors,” says Aja Michael-Keller, director of marketing and events. “These courses give participants a chance to develop new skills and get a taste of what our students experience at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.”

To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit

Fall 2018 IvyLiving Schedule:

 That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation

  • Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Agriculture Program Chair Kelli Kreider will lead you through all the steps you need to know to preserve seasonal foods for the whole year ’round. She’ll focus on canning and freezing fresh produce, jams, and jellies.
  • Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $75 (Registration Deadline Sept. 20)

Wine Tasting and Pairing

  • Join WineTime owner, Jeff Armstrong, for a crash course in wine appreciation. You’ll taste wines from around the world and learn about the history, processing, and intricacies of the wine world. In your second class, you’ll pair wines with a one-of-a-kind meal created by Ivy Tech students.
  • Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 20)

Ethnic Food in the Fort

  • Are you a food lover? Looking to expand your palate? This is the class for you. We’ll meet at four local ethnic restaurants to share a meal and discuss that country’s culture and cuisine facilitated by an Ivy Tech Sociology instructor. Class will focus on Ethiopian, Burmese, El Salvadoran, and Middle Eastern food. Course fees include dinner costs.
  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 26)

How to Boil Water

  • Join Ivy Tech Fort Wayne chef Alishia Iddings for a class geared toward helping terrible cooks improve their skills. Learn the basics of knife techniques, kitchen and food safety, and key cooking methods to help you create delicious and healthy meals at home. Let us give you the confidence to take on the food processor and show the stove who’s boss.
  • Oct. 11 and 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 4)

Artistic Welding–Holiday Treasures

  • Watch the sparks fly during your two-class adventure in metalsmithing. Start with a beginner’s lesson on welding safety and techniques by Ivy Tech Fort Wayne certified welding instructor Brian Barnes. During the second class, you’ll be creating unique take-home art in the College’s modern welding lab.
  • Oct. 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 6)

Adult Tap Dancing

  • Veteran tap dancer Andrew Welch will share his 30+ years of tap experience in an upbeat class for adults only. Whether you’ve danced all your life, it’s been a few decades since you tied up your shoes, or you’re looking for a new way to stay fit, this class is for you. Students must provide their own tap shoes.
  • Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 10 and 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $99 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 13)

Pasta Making

  • Impress your friends and family with homemade pasta at your next gathering. This class will mix, knead, shape, and cook traditional pasta as well as some artisan pastas with vibrant colors. You’ll leave with two pounds of handmade pasta and all the info you’ll need to make it yourself at home.
  • Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Nov. 3)

Thanksgiving Baking

  • Hang out with other home-bakers and knock out all of your Thanksgiving baking in just a few hours under the direction of local pastry chef Amanda Parkinson. You’ll leave class with a fruit pie, pumpkin pie, and dinner rolls to serve to your family. Keep your kitchen clean for the turkey, and get the desserts out of the way early.
  • Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Nov. 13)

Holiday Cookies with the Littles

  • Are the kiddos growing too fast? Take a Saturday and spend a few hours making messes and memories with your favorite littles. They’ll be impressed by our industrial kitchens, and you’ll love watching them bake and decorate a variety of cookies just in time for the holidays. They’re only little once. Take advantage, pull them away from their tablets, and get ready to laugh in Ivy Tech’s kitchens.
  • Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Dec. 8)

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw offering extended office hours for students to prep for fall semester

Beginning Monday, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will offer extended hours for students in preparation for the fall 2018 semester.

Fort Wayne’s North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 to 10
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 to 17
  • 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to 24

Warsaw Site, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 to 9
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 to 16
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17
  • 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to 23
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24

Student service offices include Financial Aid, Express Enrollment Center, Admissions, Registrar, Assessment Center, and Academic Advising Center. Prospective students can visit with enrollment specialists, call 888-IVY-LINE from 7 to 1 a.m. daily, and/or apply online at

Fall semester begins Aug. 20.

College to host enrollment day July 12 for fall semester

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes for the upcoming fall semester. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

To meet the assessment requirement, students should bring in SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, high school transcript, college transcript, or take the ACCUPLACER if needed. If an individual will be taking the ACCUPLACER, it is suggested to arrive prior to 11 a.m., as this test can take up to three hours.

If an individual intends to use financial aid for the fall 2018-summer 2019 school year, they will need to file a 2018-2019 FAFSA and bring a 2016 tax return information to Express Enrollment.

Students can RSVP to attend and learn more at Fall classes begin Aug. 20.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12

Fort Wayne Campus
Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Ford, Mustang show


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Car owners and enthusiasts travel from across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington to attend the 36th Annual Old Fort Mustangers’ Mustang and Ford Show. This will be the 30th year it’s been hosted at Ivy Tech, and the show includes any Ford-powered vehicle, ranging from the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustangs to today’s new models, plus Thunderbirds, trucks, and vintage and modified Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns.

The Old Fort Mustangers have partnered with Ivy Tech for years, awarding an Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship at the show to an automotive technology student. The College has hosted the show since 1989.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21

8 to 11 a.m.: Registration
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Food trucks
3 p.m.: Awards ceremony

Coliseum Campus, parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions

Learn more and receive a show flier at

Fort Wayne Campus dedicates new greenhouse

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne today dedicated its new greenhouse, which gives students in the Agriculture program a hands-on way to learn various growing techniques, such as aquaculture.

“The aquaculture unit will add another aspect to our greenhouse: fertilizer for the plants,” says Kelli Kreider, Agriculture program chair. “Water will circulate from fish to the plants and back to the fish. With that, students will learn about fish husbandry, processing, water control.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus dedicated its greenhouse Wednesday. The space gives Agriculture students a hands-on learning lab for classes and study.

The greenhouse was built with the help of numerous community organizations, including the Clarence and Edith Schust Foundation, Chuck and Lisa Surack/Sweetwater, English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, AWS Foundation, Michael Ottenweller family, and Anthony Lardydell; partners Design Collaborative and Hagerman Construction; and Old National Bank, a donor for the greenhouse and related scholarships.

“We are also excited to work with Easterseals Arc, whose clients will be able to take courses at Ivy Tech this summer thanks to Old National,” says Margaret Sturm, Ivy Tech’s executive director of Resource Development.

Easterseals Arc students are currently completing the courses, which include three culinary classes and three agriculture classes.

The greenhouse opened in January of this year, and depending on the classes students select, they may study there on a weekly basis for class.

This year saw the largest number of Agriculture graduates at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne since the program’s 2013 inception. Twenty students graduated in Spring 2018, and so far, 80 students are enrolled for Fall 2018 classes. Those studying Agriculture at Ivy Tech can earn a variety of certificates, in addition to an associate degree, which can lead to employment or transfer to a bachelor’s or even master’s degree. Visit to learn more about the program.

Fort Wayne Campus to host culinary camp for middle schoolers

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host an IvyLiving Culinary Camp next week. The free camp serves low-income students who attend area youth centers including the Jennings Center, Weisser Park Youth Center, and the Cooper Center.

Campers will learn about nutrition, sanitation, cleaning, culinary careers, and food chemistry. They will also learn to bake cupcakes, set a table, and prepare meals. Campers will visit a local pickle farm, watch ice carving, and more.

IvyLiving programs are non-credit classes promoting personal growth and lifelong learning through engaging and intriguing short-term experiences. Local and regional experts share their knowledge and passions with participants in a small group setting.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne*
Coliseum Campus kitchens
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 11 to 15

* Campers will attend off-campus field trips June 13, to Sechler’s Pickle’s, in St. Joe, and Sweetwater.

Warsaw Site to host Women in Philanthropy event

The Ivy Tech Foundation is hosting Windows of Opportunity, a Circle of Ivy celebration. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the patio while learning about the exceptional students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to Margaret Sturm, the executive director of Resource Development, at RSVPs are due by June 20.

Circle of Ivy was established by the Ivy Tech Foundation, and it is a group to create resources and raise funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech students. Circle of Ivy cultivates and celebrates women as philanthropists. Since its inception in 2015, the statewide initiative has supported students in four major areas: school and institutional supplies, completion funds, emergency funds, and educational travel funds. It has more than 300 members and has raised more than $90,000 to help students learn, graduation, and give back to their communities.

6 to 7:30 p.m. June 27

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Community invited to help select the city’s best hot wings, support Ivy Tech Titans baseball

At Titans Home Runs & Hot Wings, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and the northeast Indiana community is invited to have a sample of hot wings from around the city to pick their best. Tickets come with wing samples, beer, and a tater tot bar. All fund raised will go to the Ivy Tech Titans baseball team.

First Base tickets are $35 and come with two wings from each competitor, two drink tickets, and the all-you-can-eat tater tot bar. Home Run tickets are $55 and include the wings and tot bar, plus a VIP beer pass.

Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

6 to 9 p.m. June 14

8 p.m.: Best wings announced

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Fort Wayne to graduate more than 1,000 in 2018 commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will celebrate its annual commencement ceremony Friday and will graduate 1,043 students in Fort Wayne and award 1,291 credentials, including degrees and certificates. This year marks Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s 48th annual commencement.

The graduation speaker will be Brandon Krontz, who is earning his associate degree in criminal justice.

“I lived in a homeless shelter for veterans when I first started going to Ivy Tech,” Krontz wrote in his speaker application. “I decided in 2014 that I wanted a different and better life. I have been clean and sober since Sept. 18, 2014.”

Krontz, whose blended family with his wife includes seven children, is a Dean’s List student and graduates with a 3.2 GPA.

Graduates and guests will be encouraged to follow along with graduation on social media with #IvyTechGrad on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

7 p.m. May 11

Ivy Tech to celebrate Earth Day with blow-up planetarium, gardening

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting an Earth Day Celebration. Attendees will be able to enter a blow-up planetarium, where a brief video will play. Narrated by Frances McDormand, “Habitat Earth” “shows us what it means to live in today’s very connected world,” according to the film’s trailer.

The event will also include gardening opportunities and snacks.

Ivy Tech’s North Campus
Student Life Center gym
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18