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

WHEN:
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

WHERE:              
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

OR

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 

WHEN:
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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s A Reason to Taste annual culinary fundraiser going virtual, scheduled for April 16 and 30

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the ninth annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser in April. This year’s theme is At Home, where each participant will receive a specialty package containing all of the ingredients needed to prepare a meal in the comfort of their own home under the virtual guidance of Ivy Tech instructors.

Participants can choose to attend one or both sessions. Each session will start at 6pm. The first event will be held April 16 and features Creamy Garlic Pesto Shrimp Pasta paired with Field Greens for four. The second event will be held April 30 and features a Filet of Beef with Red Wine Butter, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts for two.  Each meal package will also come with a bottle of wine paired specifically for the meal, recipe cards, and shopping lists to recreate the recipes for future meals as well.

Tickets range from $100 to $175 and are available online at IvyTech.edu/reason. Proceeds will fund scholarships and programs for students at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

PROFED Credit Union is the event’s reception sponsor. Additional event sponsors include PNC and the Ivy Tech Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available—for more information, please contact Tracina Smith at tsmith1335@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010.


WHEN:
Friday, April 16
Friday, April 30

WHERE:
Zoom. Details to be sent upon registration
RSVP at IvyTech.edu/reason

Published author Luke Jerod Kummer to guest lecture class at Ivy Tech Warsaw

On March 25, author Luke Jerod Kummer will be visiting an English 111 class at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. Kummer recently published the historical novel The Blue Period, and will be speaking about how he comes up with, develops, and revises writing topics, using his recent novel as an example.

“It is an honor to be invited to chat with Ivy Tech students and guests about ways to bring more empathy into our writing,” said Kummer. “What enticed me to draft The Blue Period, a novel about Picasso’s turbulent youth in turn-of-the-century Barcelona and Paris, was how, in the wake of tragedy, his plaintive artworks were dedicated to revealing the suffering and humanity of the vulnerable people he witnessed around him. I look forward to discussing together ways we can also try to put ourselves in the places of our subjects and use our words to expand readers’ capacity for empathy.”

English 111 students write numerous papers and will benefit from learning how they can become better at developing and revising their own writing following his strategies. Students and guests will also learn context about the artist Picasso and how Kummer effectively researched for his accurate historical portrayals.

“We are grateful that Mr. Kummer has taken the time from his very busy schedule (he is in the middle of deadlines for his second novel) to chat with our class about writing and revision and how history intersects with the present,” said Shari Benyousky, English Instructor at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “We are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn in this unique way that Zoom and Ivy Tech and the era of Covid have created.”

Luke Jerod Kummer is a writer and an editor. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostNew Republic, the WashingtonianBloomberg Businessweek, the Village Voice, Literary Hub and The Millions. Kummer’s new historical novel, The Blue Period, reimagines the tragic events coloring the somber-toned palette that a young Pablo Picasso used for painting portraits of shared suffering and despair during the first years of the 20th century.

Ivy Tech employees, students, and the general public are welcome to attend. Register here.