College announces summer 2017 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is pleased to announce the summer 2017 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

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Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus hosts $61,000 check presentation for Old National Bank’s greenhouse donation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosted a $61,000 check presentation on Aug. 16 to recognize Old National Bank, which is donating $50,000 during the next three years toward the College’s new greenhouse currently in development on the southwest corner of The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center.

Old National Bank is contributing an additional $11,000 during the next three years to provide scholarships for Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana clients who will be participating in an agriculture and culinary training program.

The greater than 3,000-square-foot greenhouse is being financed by $486,000 in donations and grants from private individuals and foundations and will open with a formal dedication this fall.

“We are extremely grateful to our friends at Old National Bank for being among our major community partners in bringing this project together. It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility that our College and city can be proud of,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development.

Once completed in early fall, the greenhouse will enable the College to better serve its rapidly growing Agriculture and Hospitality Administration programs. Agriculture majors will use the greenhouse to conduct soil and plant experiments, as well as grow a limited variety of produce, and hospitality administration majors will incorporate this yield into their classroom cooking assignments.

“We anticipate our (enrollment) numbers to increase,” says Kelli Kreider, chair of the Agriculture program. “We also hope to attract a different audience wishing to learn how to grow food using non-traditional farming methods.”

The greenhouse will feature hydroponic (soil-less grown plants) and aquaponics (hydroponics assisted by farmed fish) systems, as well as a fish-raising area and a “glass classroom” that can double as growing space.

New course work linked to the greenhouse will include aquaculture (raising fish), greenhouse management, hydroponics and wine appreciation.

Check presentation

Old National Bank recently committed $61,000 toward the greenhouse currently under construction on Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. The donation will benefit the College’s students and the clients of Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana. The College hosted a check presentation ceremony on Aug. 16. From left, Don Doan, northern region CEO for Old National Bank; Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus; Donna Elbrecht, president and CEO of Easterseals Arc; Sheri Ward, director of development for Easterseals Arc; Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus; and Darrel Kesler, dean of the Technology Division at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.

College announces schedule for IvyLiving enrichment classes during fall 2017

Middle School Cooking Camp

Hospitality administration major Keli Ralston demonstrates his over-the-shoulder flair for catching a fried egg in front of participants from IvyLiving’s Culinary Camp for Middle School Students this past April.


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 determine which classes to offer, Aja Michael-Keller, the College’s director of Events, Enrichment, and Conferencing, reviewed similar course options in the region and found areas that could be expanded upon.

“We’re excited to offer IvyLiving courses that connect the community with our instructors in new ways,” Michael-Keller says. “We love to showcase our programs, facilities, and excellent faculty. This is just another way the community can be a part of what we do.”

To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit

That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation
Ivy Tech Northeast’s Agriculture program chair, Kelli Kreider, will lead you through all of 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. 20
6–9 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Sept. 13

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Gettin’ Real: Being Your True Self
Retired Ivy Tech Northeast communication professor Donna Ditton trains individuals to seek out their full potential through an intensive seminar of insightful self-discovery. Learn the step-by-step methods for becoming who you have always wanted to be. It is time to live more deeply, fully, and completely as your true self.

Sept. 23 and 30
8:45 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: $85 general public; $80 Ivy Tech discount
Registration Deadline: Sept. 16

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

How to Boil Water
Join Ivy Tech Northeast chef Javier Gasnarez in 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. 13 and 20
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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 Northeast 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. 14 and 21
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6

Ivy Tech Northeast
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Go Nuts for Donuts!
Donuts and all of their glory have risen to the top of trendy dessert menus across the country. Our expert chef will guide you as you create, cook, and decorate scratch yeast and cake donuts. You’ll also sample donuts from around town and leave class with a dozen finished donuts AND enough frozen dough to make a dozen more at home.

Oct. 21
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Oct. 13

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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

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

Thanksgiving Baking
Hang out with a chef and other home-bakers and knock out all of your Thanksgiving baking in just a few hours under the direction of local pastry chefs. 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 Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

College announces one-year extension agreement of campusLink service

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Citilink have reached an agreement to extend campusLink shuttle service for the 2017-18 school year. The free service is available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public beginning Aug. 21.

In campusLink’s eight years of service, it has provided 335,534 trips for riders, averaging nearly 42,000 each academic year.

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“campusLink continues to be a valuable service to Ivy Tech, as students rely on it for transportation between classes on our Coliseum and North campuses,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This partnership with Citilink now entering year nine creates a needed convenience for students.”

Times and route services will remain the same as the 2016-17 academic year, but it’s always important for riders to schedule trips accordingly. Service will be during Ivy Tech’s fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no shuttle service on Saturdays, Sundays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, or Summer Break. During finals week, service operates Monday through Wednesday only.

Bus riders are able to plan their trip and track the real-time location of their bus using Citilink’s RouteShout app or RouteWatch, available for download from the Citilink website at

The route for the campusLink shuttle includes four scheduled stops with service every 20 minutes:

  • In the roundabout on Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, in front of door 3.
  • Along Anthony Boulevard at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus west entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the corner of St. Joe Road and Dean Drive at Ivy Tech’s North Campus main entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the south entrance of Harshman Hall on Ivy Tech Northeast’s North Campus. There is a transfer point for standard Citilink service at the west entrance of Harshman Hall (Route 4).

As in the past, discount bus passes for Citilink’s standard public transit service across Fort Wayne will be made available for purchase to Ivy Tech students and employees at the Ivy Tech Bursar in the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center on the North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne). The 31-day, unlimited trip pass runs $36, down from the regularly priced $45 pass.

Ivy Tech healthcare specialist students traveling from Coliseum or North campuses to the new Parkview Education Center opening this fall can connect from campusLink to Citilink’s Route 4 at Ivy Tech’s North Campus stop at Harshman Hall. Riders will take Route 4 north and disembark at the Ludwig and Lima roads area, which is nearby by the Parkview Education Center (1919 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne). A Citilink bus pass would be required.

Funding for the campusLink service is made possible through the joint agreement between Citilink and Ivy Tech.

For more detail on the service and route, visit or call 260-432-4546.

College hosting August express enrollment days for fall 2017 classes

At Express Enrollment Day, students and prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes this fall. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

Fall classes begin Aug. 21.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 5
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 12

Students and prospects can RSVP at under the “Fort Wayne” drop down menu located under “More information by campus.”

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

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw to align with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

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As part of its organizational structure project, Ivy Tech Community College announced Ivy Tech Warsaw will transition to be part of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s service area. Warsaw is currently aligned with the Ivy Tech North Central region, but the College recently announced a new structure eliminating regions and moving to a campus model. During the 2017–18 academic year, the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw leadership teams will work together to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and the Warsaw community Ivy Tech serves.

“The alignment of Warsaw with the Fort Wayne campus maintains the College’s commitment to providing accessible quality education and training to the communities in Kosciusko County,” says South Bend/Elkhart Chancellor Thomas Coley, Ph.D. “We are committed to ensuring there will be a seamless transition for our students, faculty, and staff.”

This change is occurring to better align the College with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the workforce of northeast Indiana, and other economic development activities of Kosciusko County. The county is known for being an economic center for the orthopedic-device industry and joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership in October 2015.

Allyn Decker, Ph.D., who leads the Ivy Tech Warsaw site, has been with the College since December 2016 and was previously the Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program director and Medical Device Quality Management program director at Grace College.

“We are pleased with our Warsaw site moving in alignment with what’s happening in northeast Indiana,” says Decker. “Our team anticipates this to be a smooth transition, because it makes sense for our College to be working with and serving the business and industry in which our citizens and students will have the best opportunity for employment upon graduation.”

David Findlay, president and CEO of Lake City Bank, Ivy Tech Foundation Board Member, and former State Trustee of Ivy Tech, says “Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw is critical to not only Warsaw’s future but the entire region. Through the Orthopedic Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, we’ve contributed to the growth of the orthopedic industry in the region, which includes companies throughout the region.”

Warsaw-based Lake City Bank recently signed an agreement to be part of Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program. “We’ve also brought a full curriculum of higher education opportunities to Kosciusko County,” says Findlay. “The decision to align Ivy Tech Warsaw’s presence with Fort Wayne is a natural extension of the connectivity of our communities and will enhance our ability to deliver quality education and workforce development programs to the communities we serve.”

This transition also connects with the Regional Cities Initiative Road to One Million, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by funding transformative quality of place projects. The Road to One Million outlines a short-term goal of 38 regional development projects in 11 counties totaling $400 million in quality of place investments, and more than 70 projects and $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the next 10 years.

John Sampson, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, says the change will mirror the membership of the economic development partnership. “This realignment is good news for northeast Indiana. Ivy Tech plays a unique and critical role providing a foundation for the workforce and talent development infrastructure in our region,” says Sampson. “The consistent delivery of high quality training and skills development programs for the City of Warsaw, Kosciusko County, and the surrounding communities is critical to the growth of our region’s economy.”

“As a statewide system, Ivy Tech is embracing the continued alignment of education and workforce training throughout northeast Indiana,” says Jerrilee Mosier, Ed.D., chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. “We welcome the partnership with Kosciusko County and the Warsaw community. Community partnerships between education and industry will move us forward in in meeting current workforce demands and in addressing the workforce needs of the future.”



Fall 2016 student enrollment / total headcount: 745
Spring 2017 student enrollment / total headcount: 679

Current academic degree programs

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Operations, Applications, and Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security / Information Assurance
  • Database Management and Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Studies
  • Healthcare Specialist
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology
  • Informatics
  • Information Technology Support
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Library Technical Assistant
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Manufacturing Production and Operations
  • Medical Assisting
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Software Development
  • Statewide Transfer General Education Core
  • Supply Chain Management / Logistics

Automotive instructor pens text book, wins national teaching award

Nicholas Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has penned a text book for community and technical college students. He is co-author of “Automotive Engine Repair,” a part of the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series, which teaches students about “the technical background, diagnostic strategies, and repair procedures they need to successfully repair engines in the shop,” according to the book’s Amazon listing.



The book was published earlier this month, and Goodnight hopes to see the book used in automotive classes at Ivy Tech. He began work on the book in late 2015 and says he’s working on another in the series, about automotive braking systems, which is scheduled to be published at the end of the year.


This is the second book in this series to be written by an automotive instructor from the Fort Wayne Campus; David Jones’ book, “Automotive Electricity and Electronics,” came out in early June. Each is available on Amazon and


This week, Goodnight is being honored at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference in Warren, Mich. He was selected by the national group as the Best New Automotive Teacher in the Nation, which recognizes an outstanding automotive instructor who has been teaching for five or fewer years.


Goodnight has a bachelor’s degree in business, a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing and human resources, and is currently working on his doctorate degree in global leadership.

Ivy Tech, Parkview partner for Achieve Your Degree program

Ivy Tech Community College and Parkview Health recently signed an agreement to offer all co-workers in the Parkview Health system an opportunity to earn college credit through the College’s Achieve Your Degree program.

Achieve Your Degree (AYD) is a statewide collaboration between Ivy Tech campuses and its community businesses and organizations that offers free or low-cost tuition to employees and members through tuition reimbursement or financial support from business and industry.

“We are always pleased to partner with Parkview Health,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This new agreement with the Achieve Your Degree program will be a natural connection, not only because of the numerous offerings we have in nursing and allied health programs, but also the Parkview Education Center opening this fall with Parkview, Ivy Tech, and Fort Wayne Community Schools as partners.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne representatives will work directly with Parkview Health to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of Parkview’s tuition assistance program. The College offers a wide variety of class options, days, times, and even online options to meet students’ needs.

Parkview co-workers participating in AYD will have access to all Ivy Tech courses, with the opportunity to earn a credential in a critical or non-critical skill area with reimbursement conditions developed and implemented by Parkview.

“As healthcare careers continue to evolve in the hospital and ambulatory settings, having the right people in the right roles doing to the right work is critical,” said Dena Jacquay, chief human resources officer, Parkview Health. “As an organization, we are continually mindful of the resources we offer our co-workers and the support to further their education and knowledge in their respective fields. We are excited to provide this opportunity at Ivy Tech as one way to help boost the learning experience without the added financial pressure.”

The program is available to Parkview Health co-workers starting this fall.

A highlight of AYD is its concierge-style services, which includes on-site or dedicated information and registration sessions; help with the application process, advising, financial aid and admissions; and potential cohorts of courses specifically for AYD students, which enhance communication and services centered on their needs.

Parkview Health is headquartered in Fort Wayne and includes a system of nine hospitals, in addition to a network of primary care and specialty physicians, across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. With approximately 11,000 co-workers, Parkview is the region’s largest employer.

Upcoming semester start dates include:

  • Fall 16-week courses begin Aug. 21, 2017
  • Fall 12-week courses begin Sept. 18, 2017
  • Fall 8-week courses begin Oct. 16, 2017
  • Spring 16-week courses begin Jan. 16, 2018

Visit for Ivy Tech’s areas of study in the Fort Wayne area.

Contact if you’re interested in taking part of this program.

Visit for more information about Achieve Your Degree.

Wabash Site receives $35K grant for health, IT, industrial technology

Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Site has again received a grant from the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust. The $35,138 grant will fund labs for healthcare, information technology networking, and industrial technology. This is the fifth year the College has received funds from this trust, used to promote industrial skills training.

The Wabash Site has never had a Healthcare Specialist lab, and the grant will allow the College to offer classes including certified nursing assistant, phlebotomy, and electrocardiography. It will also fund equipment, transportation vouchers, tutoring, and scholarships for School of Information Technology students.

These funds don’t benefit only the Wabash Site, but the entire community.

“These are areas where skilled workers are in short supply and high demand,” Wabash Site director Pamella Guthrie says. “The program provided more than $20,000 in the last year to Wabash County students and has funded students in four specialized industrial classes.”

Since 2003, the trust has provided more than $600,000 toward helping Wabash County adults attain the education and skills needed to succeed in the workplace in areas including technology, science, and nursing. As the manager of the Wabash’s Rock City Café for many years, Barker saw the need for adult education in the community. Her decision to form a trust for adult students helps the region reach its Big Goal, which aims to increase the percent of northeast Indiana residents with a degree or certificate by 2025.

Media Opportunity

Members of the media are invited to a special check presentation

TIME: 3:30 p.m.
DATE: June 29
LOCATION: Wabash Site, 277 N. Thorne St., Wabash

College to open law library for students, community lawyers

Next month, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will open a law library. The research library will be available to students studying Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies at Ivy Tech, as well as lawyers in the community.


The books, which were donated by Indiana Tech, would have run the College tens of thousands of dollars, estimates Heidi Fowler, department chair for the programs. The 1,300-book library will include the North Eastern Reporter Second (which includes appellate court decisions for states including Indiana), Indiana Code and U.S. Code, and general reference materials like nutshell books, how to research and write, digests, and legal encyclopedias.

Heidi Fowler, the department chair for Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, says the College’s law library, which will open in July, will house 1,300 books for students and local lawyers.


It is located in rooms 2200 and 2201 at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (76012 Patriot Crossing in Fort Wayne), which will also be used as a classroom. The library will be open during class time. The South Campus is open five days a week, and building hours vary.


This library is the only of its kind through Ivy Tech campuses in Indiana.


Learn more about the programs at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus at, which prepares students for the workforce as legal researchers, and, which prepares students for a bachelor’s degree and, should they choose, law school.