Ivy Stories: ‘A thriving female in construction’

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates.

Corina Billman is a two-time Ivy Tech grad: In 1999, she earned her degree in Building Construction Technology and, in 2015, in Building Construction Management.

“I started in Construction Technology because I wanted to be a thriving female in the construction industry,” she says.

After graduating the first time, she went into drafting houses but realized she wanted to learn more and expand upon her skill set.

“Going to Ivy Tech boosted my confidence,” Billman says. “I got my foot in the door at some places and with many people, which led to the chain of events to get me where I am today. Confidence is an amazing thing.”

Today, Billman is the lead CAD designer at Bob Buescher Homes.

Billman

Ivy Stories: A future entrepreneur studying business

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates.

Meet Jose Ruiz, a business administration student at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. He plans to transfer to IPFW when he graduates and eventually earn his master’s degree. His future goal: to own his own business.

Specifically, he’s interested in restaurants and corner stores. Ruiz says,

“I always like to think big. They are fun businesses that give a lot of access to interaction with the community. On a more personal level, I am actually a control freak, so in order for me to feel comfortable with my future, I need to be the one driving it. Having my own business and being my own boss is something I need to have in my life.”

Ruiz cozies up to a lion statue at a local park.

He gives a shout out to his marketing instructor, Tony Ramey, for providing a major a-ha moment: After Ruiz presented a rough draft for a paper in front of some classmates and Ramey, Ramey pointed out that the some of Ruiz’s information was too “fluffy.”

“Basically, he was showing me how to write in a business format,” Ruiz says. “He wanted short, detailed, and to-the-point. It was embarrassing in the moment, but it taught me a lesson for the future.”

In the end, Ruiz says, he got an A on the project.

Ivy Stories: Why they chose Supply Chain

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates. Ivy Stories will tell a little about why they chose Ivy Tech and their particular program.

First up, we’re featuring Cory Scherer, of Avilla, a supply chain management/logistics student who plans to graduate in May and Ariel Dawson, of Churubusco, a supply chain management/logistics graduate.

Why did you choose Supply Chain?
Scherer: Supply chain management is such an expansive field that has a talent void needing to be filled. As I worked through college to earn my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a supervisor at UPS, and I enjoyed learning the industry. Ultimately, this led to my first attraction in the program—the importance of logistics—but as my course of study continued, I became more interested in lean manufacturing and process control. It is important for future generations to understand just how large a field supply chain management is. Almost every aspect of business is in play to a graduate of Supply Chain Management.

Scherer

Dawson: I decided on supply chain because it’s the job I held in the Navy. When I enlisted, I just took the first job available to just leave. Turns out, I fell in love with the job. It’s something that seemed to come natural, which I hadn’t felt with any other career path.

Dawson (at left) with her husband James and her children Kayden (standing) and Harper.

How has Supply Chain helped you at work?
Scherer: I have been working full-time at Graphic Packaging International as a student, but my studies at Ivy Tech have enabled me to better understand my internal customers, which provides me better opportunities for advancement.

The associate degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics has prepared me to ask the right questions when it comes to inventory control and production reporting. The courses I took in lean manufacturing and general logistics have taught me ways to reduce cost in processes and to increase inventory accuracy. Ultimately, the general business management courses have helped me in communications with other departments and their managers.

Dawson: The first that comes to mind is the experience with my instructors and classmates. I’ve learned to be more social and vocal toward people. I’ve learned more discipline with asking for help whenever I can’t figure something out. I’ve also learned more ways to complete tasks and figure things out better with each semester that passes.