Ivy Tech becomes Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship sponsor

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Ivy Tech Community College as an apprenticeship sponsor. In this role, Ivy Tech can register companies’ apprenticeship programs with the Department of Labor. Traditionally, companies register themselves, but many companies often do not have the time and resources to do so.

 

“Ivy Tech has partnered with companies to provide the related technical instruction for apprenticeships for years,” says Stephanie Hilton, director of Apprenticeship for the College. “This was a natural fit for us.”

 

The College’s duties will include handling all the administrative work for these companies, collecting on-the-job learning hours, and assisting with audits with the Department of Labor.

 

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is the pilot for this statewide program, part of a national effort to increase the number of registered apprenticeships. Ivy Tech benefits by enrolling more apprentices at the College, and employers benefit because apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs may also reduce employee turnover rates, increase productivity, and lower the cost of recruitment.

 

Learn more about apprenticeships at DOL.gov/apprenticeship. Contact the College’s Apprenticeship office at FW-apprenticeship@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4241.

 

Student athlete’s design selected for new Titans T-shirts

This semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosted a contest to create a T-shirt design for the Ivy Tech Titans baseball program. The contest was open to all students, and a selection committee chose a design by Tyler Rickert, a business administration student who graduated from Leo Junior/Senior High School. He is also a catcher for the Titans baseball team.

 

Rickert has received a $250 scholarship from the Ivy Tech Foundation for his spring 2018 classes.

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus hosted a contest to choose a new Titans T-shirt design. A selection committee chose the design by Tyler Rickert, an Ivy Tech business administration student and a catcher for the Titans. He received a $250 scholarship for his design. From left: Jim Papagiannis, assistant director of Resource Development; Rickert; and Christina O’Brien, director of Student Life.

 

The Titans are undefeated during their fall ball exhibition play and will begin their first official season this spring. Titans apparel, including shirts with Rickert’s design, is available for purchase now through Dec. 6 online at IvyTechEmpApparel.itemorder.com.

 

If you are interested in supporting the Titans baseball program in other ways, visit impact.IvyTech.edu.

 

Ivy Tech Community College to host enrollment days for spring classes in 2018

DETAILS:
At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can complete all 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.

The College will host three enrollment days in December to get students ready for spring classes in 2018 at Ivy Tech. Students should bring their 2015 tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/enrollmentday to learn more and RSVP. The spring semester beings Jan. 16.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 18 (Fort Wayne Campus and Wabash Site only)

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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

Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Site
277 N. Thorne St.
Wabash, IN 46992

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host fall career fair with 70+ employers

WHAT:
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host a Fall Career Fair this week, where more than 70 employers will be set up to meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress business casual/professionally.

Prior to the career fair, employers attending the fair will be able to learn about the benefits of Achieve Your Degree, an Ivy Tech program that partners with area businesses and institutions to provide a free community college education to employees. A Parkview Health representative will also discuss the benefits of Achieve Your Degree. Learn more about the program at IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Room 1640 and surrounding hallways
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions

SCHEDULE:
Achieve Your Degree information: 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 8
Career Fair: 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to celebrate first-generation students at College/ community event

WHAT:
TRIO Student Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting the First-Generation College Student Celebration. The event, which is open to the public, will highlight the college experience of students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The celebration will feature a panel with a first-generation student and College faculty and staff, as well as music and lunch.

If you would like to highlight a first-generation student at the Fort Wayne Campus, you can contact Phyllis Lomanto at plomanto@ivytech.edu or 480-452-2959. Lomanto, who is studying Health Information Technology, is a first-generation college student and the president of TRIO’s Leadership Council.

TRIO offers services to students who are first-generation or low-income, as well as those with disabilities. The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy by the TRIO community in 1980 during passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Learn more at IvyTech.edu/northeast/trio.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Student Life Center commons
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

SCHEDULE:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces IvyLiving enrichment class in holiday baking

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September and December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

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 a local pastry chef. 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. 21
6–9 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Nov. 14

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Inside Ivy Tech: Beethoven-themed fundraising gala brings in more than $90k

The night belonged to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as his many admirers.

In its sixth year, A Reason to Taste–the largest annual fundraising event for Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus–was influenced by German classical music and cuisine. The charitable gala raised more than $90,000 on Oct. 28.

Donations to the Ivy Tech Foundation came through corporate sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and individual donations and benefited student scholarships, academic programs, and the Ivy Tech Titans Baseball Program. (The Ivy Tech Titans is a self-supported intercollegiate athletics baseball team that will begin formal play in the spring).

“I asked one of the donors after, did she have fun,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of Resource Development. “She was at a table where she didn’t know anyone. She said, ‘You don’t need to know anyone because we’re all here for the same reason. It’s for the students, so everybody has something in common.’”

Students who won the European Competition at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus in January created the menu and prepared the dinner for A Reason to Taste guests on Oct. 28.

At A Reason to Taste: Moonlight Sonata, guests were entertained by Beethoven’s compositions, and they enjoyed a multi-course menu prepared by students in Hospitality Administration who won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France and Germany this spring. Those students were winners of the College’s European Competition, hosted in January. They created the fundraiser’s menu based on their trip, and they cooked the dinner at the fundraiser.

Linda Jackson of Fort Wayne’s NBC emceed the event, which was hosted at Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. Donna Packnett, a community volunteer who has worked with A Reason to Taste since its inception, won the evening’s Ivy Award, which is presented to someone who exhibits outstanding community service and leadership in northeast Indiana.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for mid-October. Those who are interested in sponsorship opportunities and/or serving on next year’s planning committee can contact Sturm at msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at IvyTech.edu/reason.

Thompson and Nance

Approximately 220 guests were entertained by Emily Thompson and Robert Nance, who played a variety of Beethoven’s late 18th- and early 19th-century compositions.

VIDEOS
Check out two videos broadcast at the event and featured on the College’s YouTube channel:

  • Lawrence Davis and Lydia Yaste are two of eight students who won the Chopped-style European Competition at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in January. They traveled to France and Germany to study the culinary arts with the other winners. Based on the trip, the group helped create the menu for A Reason to Taste: be/MZY3opNm_9Q
  • Hospitality Administration chair Jeff Albertson and Richard Owens, a student in the program, talk about Grasshopper, the College’s food truck. A portion of the money raised at A Reason to Taste will benefit the food truck’s operation: be/5uLilHmlwPQ

SPONSORS
Presenting sponsor: Parkview Health

Reception sponsor: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 166

Beverage sponsor: Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits

Corporate sponsors: 80/20, Inc., Auburn Gear, BFGoodrich, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Brooks Construction Company, Inc., Fort Wayne Metals, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Hagerman Construction Group, Ivy Tech Foundation, The James Foundation, Inc., Kelley Automotive, Lincoln Financial Foundation, PNC Bank, Questa Foundation, STAR Financial Bank, Sweetwater Sound, Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Media sponsor: Fort Wayne’s NBC

Event partners: A Party Apart, Armstrong Flowers, Cap ‘n Cork, Coplin Piano Service, Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co.

Entertainment: Emily Thompson, violin; Robert Nance, piano

Fort Wayne Campus receives $40k Lincoln Financial grant for career exploration

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus has received a Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant to continue and expand the Ivy Tech Education and Career Exploration Program. This $40,000 one-year grant continues a pilot program with Fort Wayne’s Department of Parks and Recreation to provide information on education and career pathways to low-income children grades four to 12.

 

The goal is to help students understand the connection between elementary, middle, high school, and post-high school; and high-demand careers. Many students who don’t have career role models in their family are not always aware they should be laying the groundwork for career success as early as middle and high school.

 

“This grant helps low-income participants identify their own career interests and the educational pathways they’ll need to reach those goals,” says Tracy Davis, the program’s director.

 

It also reinforces the need to stay in school to succeed. Ivy Tech’s Career Exploration Days, which reached 100 to 150 students a week, were the first time many participants visited a college campus.

 

Previously, the Ivy Tech Education and Career Exploration Program has supplemented efforts by My Brother’s Keeper to reduce violent behavior among the children served by parks and recreation youth centers; 93 percent of that population are black children who live in high-crime areas with frequent exposure to violence, according to the grant application.

 

This grant will allow the College to continue the program and expand it to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne. It will also expand program offerings to include a week-long STEM camp on the Fort Wayne Campus and on-site pop-up STEM camps at each of the five program sites, which are the McMillen Park Community Center, the Cooper Center in Reservoir Park, the Jennings Center, the Weisser Park Center, and the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Learn more about the Lincoln Financial Foundation at www.LincolnFinancial.com.

Ivy Tech announces IvyLiving enrichment class on superheroes

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September to December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

Think and Act Like a Superhero

Join this philosophical exploration into the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by pop culture superheroes. What makes a good guy, good? The course includes a group screening of DC Comic’s Justice League (ticket price included in class fee), and a follow-up discussion on how to think and act like a superhero when approaching life’s challenges.

Nov. 11, 18 (film screening), and Dec. 2
9 a.m.–Noon
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Nov. 3

Ivy Tech Northeast    
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center

3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech announces IvyLiving enrichment class in ancestry, genealogy

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September to December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

Finding Your Roots: Ancestry and Genealogy

Dig into your ancestral past with Ivy Tech Northeast librarian Ann Morrison Spinney. She’ll walk you through the basics of genealogical research and introduce the online tools available to help you find your roots. During the second class, she will facilitate your exploration of the nationally recognized Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. Lastly, the course includes your own DNA discovery kit to learn more about your family’s origins.

Nov. 4 and 11
10 a.m.–Noon
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 27

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805