Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host virtual information sessions for guest students

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are hosting four virtual information sessions for individuals who want to take guest courses in summer or fall semesters. These courses are available to anyone currently enrolled in another college/university who wants to save time and money toward their degree. Credits from these Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw courses can be seamlessly transferred back to their home institutions.

Jennifer Simmons, assistant director of admissions, will be hosting four virtual information sessions in April where students can learn more about the process and ask questions. The sessions will take place April 14 at 1 p.m., April 16 at 11 a.m., April 20 at 3 p.m. and April 22 at 10 a.m. Interested individuals can RSVP at bit.ly/IvyGuest

If you cannot attend these sessions or do not have the technological capabilities, please contact Simmons directly at 260-480-2039 or jsimmons143@ivytech.edu.

1 to 2 p.m. April 14
11 a.m. to noon April 16
3 to 4 p.m. April 20
10 to 11 a.m. April 22

Virtual Zoom meeting
RSVP at bit.ly/IvyGuest

College announces new Surgical Technology Program in fall 2020, virtual information sessions in April

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is announcing a new Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, beginning fall 2020. Surgical Technology is a demanding and rewarding program that prepares students to enter the work force in the surgery field, either as a surgical assistant or at Central Sterile Supply (a department within hospitals that houses surgical equipment). Students will experience more than 900 hands-on hours of training and spend time in simulated and real operating rooms.

To assist with the creation of the Surgical Technology program, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne hired Colby Scott Allen as program chair in February 2020. Allen worked three years in the industry as a resource surgical technologist at IU Methodist, and brings with him more than three additional years of higher education teaching experience as a clinical educator at IU Methodist and IU Health University Hospital.

“These skills are in high-demand in northeast Indiana,” says Colby Scott Allen, program chair of the Surgical Technology program. “Several hospitals in the area have pushed for the creation of this program. As a whole, the state of Indiana has a significant deficit that the current programs cannot fill.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is investing significant funds into this program. There will be extensive remodeling for surgical technology labs on its Coliseum Campus, including mock operating room suites complete with monitors, lights, sterilizers, and other real-world equipment.

Surgical Technology is a selective admission program that has prerequisite requirements. All applicants must complete their applications to the program by June 20, 2020.

Interested? Allen will be hosting three virtual information sessions where prospective students can learn about admission to the program, financial aid and more: April 14 at 10 a.m., April 22 at 2 p.m., or April 30 at 6 p.m. Register at bit.ly/IvySurg.

Ivy Tech Warsaw alumna Meg Waddell named 2020 New Century Workforce Scholar

Meg Waddell, a student at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw, has been named a 2020 New Century Workforce Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. Waddell started at Ivy Tech Warsaw in 2017 as part of an Achieve Your Degree (AYD) cohort with Lake City Bank. She graduated in December 2019 with an associate degree in Business Administration and is currently working as Vice President, Retail Regional Manager at Lake City Bank in Warsaw.

New Century Workforce Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,200 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was selected from each state.

“When I was nominated for the All USA/All Indiana team I was in total disbelief that someone who went back to college at age 48 and graduated at 50 would even be considered,” says Waddell. “I am so incredibly honored that I cannot put it into words. I want everyone to know that your past and your story do not hold you hostage when it comes to your future. You make opportunities through hard work and surrounding yourself with the right people, but you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone. I am very thankful to Lake City Bank and Ivy Tech!”

This scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“We are so proud of Meg’s academic achievements!” says Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech Warsaw. “Completing a college degree with excellence is never easy, and it is especially challenging for working adults. We are so pleased she chose to study with us and that we could play a part in helping her achieve an important life goal.”

The New Century Workforce Scholars will be recognized during the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) Congress in Chicago, Illinois, in October.

High school students invited to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for Spring Go Ivy Day

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites area high school students to Go Ivy Day on Mar. 20  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Life Center. At Go Ivy Day, students can learn about attending college at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Activities include a free lunch and allow participants to:

  • Explore degree and certificate programs
  • Meet with faculty
  • Tour campus
  • Meet current and other prospective Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid
  • And more

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/goivyday.

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

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mar. 20

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Library accepting edible book entries for festival in April

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will be hosting the annual Edible Book Festival on April 6. Registration to participate is now open to the community. Applications are due by March 27.

The Edible Book Festival is an annual, worldwide event that invites participants to create edible books to be exhibited for, then enjoyed by, festival attendees. Participants create a dish based on a book, book title, or pun of a book title.

This is the festival’s 14th year at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, and it is open to both the northeast Indiana community and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students and employees. For students in some Ivy Tech Fort Wayne hospitality administration classes, the edible book is a class project. Participants compete to win one of four awards: two People’s Choice awards, a Best Staff award, or a Best Tasting award.

“We welcome entries from local businesses and food artists, Ivy Tech students, staff, alumni, retirees, and anyone else who’s interested,” says Liz Metz, librarian at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “It is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to interact with the community and promote themselves.”

Learn more about the festival and register online at bit.ly/IvyEBF


Noon to 2 p.m. April 6

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

College partners with Manchester University to reserve space in its pharmacy doctoral program for Ivy Tech Honors College graduates

Ivy Tech Community College and Manchester University are partnering to create opportunities for Ivy Tech Honors College students. Manchester is now reserving two seats annually in its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) or its dual degree program that grants a Pharm.D. and a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics in the same four-year period for qualified Ivy Tech Honors College graduates.  A Fort Wayne honors program student is the first Ivy Tech student to pursue the new pathway.  

“This is a game changer for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy,” says Dr. M. Beth Borst, dean of the Ivy Tech Honors College. “By starting in Ivy Tech’s Honors program, qualified graduates can transfer seamlessly into Manchester University’s Pharm-D program, which is recognized nationally. There is no stopping at go—from an affordable two-year college with a personalized academic experience in the honors program, to a Pharm D. program at a great in-state university. This is so exciting, and I can’t wait to see students pursue this option.”

To qualify, honors students must complete 60 hours of required courses at Ivy Tech and complete the application process for admissions to the Manchester pharmacy program according to the established guidelines. Career options for students who complete this program include management at pharmacies, clinical specialists, research and inpatient and outpatient care within health systems.

“We are pleased to join Ivy Tech in this partnership,” says Dr. W. Thomas Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs at Manchester. “This allows Manchester University to offer qualified students a clear pathway to a career in the field of pharmacy and/or pharmacogenomics.”

Manchester’s innovative dual degree program combines an emphasis on patient-centered care with the Pharm.D. degree and a master’s degree in pharmacogenomics.  Pharmacogenomics is cutting-edge science that uses an individual’s genetic markers to customize and maximize their medication therapy. Through the articulation agreement and this dual program, Ivy Tech Honors College graduates could earn a master’s degree and Pharm. D in approximately four years.  

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Sweet Aviation partner to offer new flight training program

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Sweet Aviation are working together to offer a new Professional Flight Associate of Applied Science degree beginning fall 2020. The program will combine 32 credit hours of Ivy Tech classroom time with 200+ hours of flight training through Sweet Aviation. The Professional Flight program will prepare students for a career in the cockpit, focusing on the knowledge and skills aviators and industry professionals need to be successful.

“With career opportunities in aviation at an all-time high, our partnership with Ivy Tech will allow students to pursue and achieve the aviation degree and certifications they need at a respected institute with access to Sweet Aviation’s experienced and professional certified flight instructors and premier fleet of aircraft,” says Joel Pierce, General Manager and Chief Flight Instructor at Sweet Aviation.

This is only the second program of its kind at any Ivy Tech campus, though the Fort Wayne campus has offered Aviation Maintenance Technology since 2007. The training is meant to give students the education and flight times needed to fully prepare them for a career in aviation in two years. After graduation, students will be ready to work as Single Engine Land rated commercial pilots, making approximately $35/hour. Graduates will also have the opportunity to transfer credits to an aviation management bachelor’s program at a four-year university.

“Sweet Aviation is partnering with Ivy Tech to provide a needed program: professional flight,” says Darrel Kesler, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science. “Estimates for the number of pilots required to sustain America’s air travel needs are staggering. Sweet Aviation’s generous offer makes it possible for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to provide this program to northeast Indiana.”

There will be a limited number of seats available for this program, and prospective students will need to successfully pass medical examinations and background checks before gaining admittance. Financial aid may not cover the entire cost of the program. Interested individuals should contact Michael Clouse at mclouse12@ivytech.edu or 260-481-2257 ext. 4563. Registration for fall classes at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne opens March 16.

Honoring Black History Month at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Campus Activities Board honored Black History Month with multiple WOW Wednesday events.

The month kicked off with a public screening of “The Hate U Give” (2018). The film is an emotional depiction of the black protagonist’s struggles with racism, identity, and her subsequent involvement in activism after witnessing her black friend slain by police officers. The lunch-and-learn screening on Feb. 5 welcomed more than forty active participants, many of whom stayed behind to discuss their real-life experiences of passive racism and “code switching.”

At Feb. 12’s third annual “African American Read-In”, participants were invited to read passages from their favorite African American artists, creatives, authors, and poets. Special focus was made on Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shangi. Other featured artists included: Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Harriott Wilson, and original poetry by Ivy Tech’s own Christopher Riley. This year’s event was the largest to date, with 10 speakers and more than 85 people in attendance.

TRIO Support Services hosted a tribute to Motown as part of their “First-Generation College Student Celebration” on Feb. 19. One hundred and seventy people enjoyed a soul-food lunch, Motown music, and informational tables featuring a Motown timeline, African American firsts, and notable TRIO alumni in the African American community.

There’s still one event left this month! On Feb. 26, GOAL y Amigos will be hosting a lecture and learn on “The African Cultural Impact in Latin America.” This lecture will be led by Dr. Max Montesino, Purdue University Fort Wayne Associate Professor and will include an in-depth discussion about the impact of African values, attitudes, and behaviors on the formation of Latin American cultures. A special focus will be on the cross-cultural mixtures in South America, Central America and the Caribbean; and how Latinos in the U.S. reflect that cultural heritage.

To RSVP for this event please email, okaur@ivytech.edu.

Mechanical Engineering Instructor Cait Cramer is changing the face of STEM

By Kayla Oyler, Marketing Intern

Cait Cramer, Assistant Program Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology, always knew she belonged in the engineering industry. As the daughter of an engineer and a science teacher, she grew up with a passion for math and science. While in graduate school, Cait found herself drawn to teaching instead of research, so she made the natural shift to teaching technical education.

It wasn’t easy. She was sometimes intimidated as a woman in the male-dominated engineering field, but Cait was determined to succeed.

“Technology—and engineering especially—is such a difficult field, it can be easy to get discouraged,” says Cait. “When you look around a workplace or a classroom and don’t see anyone else that looks like you, it’s even easier to decide that maybe you don’t belong and should do something else. We need more diversity in positions of leadership—like education—to convince students that ‘yes, it’s hard, but keep up the effort and you can do it.’”

In the future, Cait plans to continue in the education field, where she can enlighten students and be a role model for women in the technological and engineering fields. Her goal is to help students make real-world connections to the content being taught in the classroom.

At Ivy Tech, Love is Love

by Dawn Burns, Academic and Learning Resource Center Assistant

Where in Warsaw can you find LGBTQ+ pride flags, tacos, danceable music, and a five-foot inflatable llama? Ivy Tech’s Love is Love Valentine’s Day party, of course!

ETC. (Equality Transforms Communities…PERIOD) organized and hosted this community event to celebrate love in a safe space regardless of sex and gender. Club president Misael (Eli) Gonzalez had hopes that guests would feel “like part of a new family and get impacted in a positive way with all the love our space provides.” By all accounts and with 40 people in attendance, his goal was more than met.

ETC. began when club co-advisor Nic Spangle, Director of Enrollment Services and Student Success, discovered that there wasn’t much research on supporting queer community college students. With adjunct sociology professor Jewel Flitcraft, Spangle launched ETC. in 2018 with a mission to show pride in the queer community by creating and participating in outreach events, parades, and discussions for acceptance.

The club now meets weekly and has become a safe space for students to be themselves, which is “a commodity in our highly conservative community,” says Spangle.

The Love is Love party grew out of ETC.’s desire to provide additional safe spaces for younger community members, specifically the high school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).

GSA faculty sponsor Megan Dinse said of the event, “I saw teens who are quiet and guarded at school, but Friday night they were in their element. They were authentic and let their guard down. I saw smiles bigger than I’ve ever seen before! It made my heart happy.”

One of the high school students who attended the event was excited because “we were with our friends and other people who are like us.”

Spangle describes becoming emotional as he saw “older people with their spouses and children having a good time, college students eating and having fun, high schoolers singing karaoke, and some as young as 13 decked out in their make-up and earrings voguing to the music.”

Dinse, who attended with her wife and daughter, says, “We all need people, places and activities that allow us to be who we really are without fear of judgment.”

“As a leader in the community and as Indiana’s largest post-secondary educational institution, Ivy Tech Community College has a responsibility to use our power and privilege to drive positive change,” says Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw. “Many students in our community have been marginalized and feel unsafe. We are working to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone.”

“We are a small club, but a mighty club,” Spangle says, reflecting on ETC. and the substantial impact of this one event on the larger community. Plans are already underway for the next ETC. event, a health fair during LGBT Health Awareness Week in March.