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

Fort Wayne Campus introducing degrees in patient care, psychology; new program options

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is now offering two new academic programs and two new curriculum options for existing programs.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus now offers Patient Care Technician, an associate degree program in the School of Health Sciences. Students learn skills such as taking vital signs and drawing blood.

Patient Care Technician is an associate degree program that prepares students with skills such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography, drawing blood, and other procedures to help with the day-to-day care of healthcare patients.

Patient Care Technician classes are located in the Fort Wayne Campus’s new facility, the Parkview Education Center. Learn more about the program at IvyTech.edu/patientcare. For questions about the program, contact Healthcare Specialist program chair Cindy Chenoweth at cchenoweth@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2092.

Psychology is a degree program intended for transfer to a four-year school. Once students receive their two-year associate degree from Ivy Tech, their credits can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at four-year schools including Indiana, Purdue, and Ball State universities.

Psychology students can find employment as mental health assistants, youth counselors, home care aides, and addictions rehabilitation assistants. Learn more about the program at IvyTech.edu/psychology. For questions about the program, contact department chair Patricia Kemerer at pkemerer@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2025.

Beginning spring 2018, new Business Administration and Accounting students will be able to sign up for an eight-week cohort model. This has a number of benefits:

  • By learning with a cohort, students will complete their entire degree with the same peers, which makes studying and receiving peer-to-peer help easier.
  • Students will still take four classes a semester, assuring them full-time status, but they will take only two classes at a time: two during the first eight weeks and two during the second. This means students are responsible for material in only two classes at a time.
  • This structure will assure students complete their degree in two years.

Learn more about these programs at IvyTech.edu/business-admin and IvyTech.edu/accounting.


Fort Wayne Campus honored with five marketing awards at district conference

The Marketing and Communications staff at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus received five Medallion awards earlier this month at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 conference in Davenport, Iowa.

The staff received

  • A silver in Newsletter, for the January 2017 issue of Inside Ivy Tech.
  • A silver in Interior Signage/Displays for its What’s Up @ Ivy Tech walls on Coliseum Campus and at the Student Life Center.
  • A bronze in Student Handbook, for Charting Your Course for Success, a student advising and orientation handbook.
  • A bronze in Communication Success Story or Community Relations Campaign, for local coverage of the College’s new Grasshopper food truck.
  • A bronze for Social Media or Online Marketing Campaign, for its #IAmTheI social media project.

“I am proud of our team’s efforts and know we’ll continue to strive and be different,” says Andrew Welch, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “We’re dedicated to the creative and strategic marketing process as we work to support student success.”

Ivy Tech department chair named to governor’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity expert Darryl Togashi has been named to Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Togashi is the department chair for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure and Server Administration programs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus.

Togashi has joined government (local, state and federal), private-sector, military, research and academic stakeholders to collaboratively move Indiana’s cybersecurity to the next level. The council is led by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Office of Technology, Indiana State Police and the Indiana National Guard.

The cross-sector body of subject-matter experts will form an understanding of Indiana’s cyber risk profile, identify priorities, establish a strategic framework of Indiana’s cybersecurity initiatives and leverage the body of talent to stay on the forefront of the cyber risk environment, according to the Indiana Cybersecurity website at Indiana.gov.

“Basically, the council will be sending recommendations to the governor regarding the state’s cyber defense priorities and to see where the political realm can help to remove or mitigate these threats,” Togashi says.

With 28 council members and more than 50 advisory members, the council will deliver a comprehensive strategy plan to Holcomb by September 2018.

The launch of his council follows Holcomb’s signing of the National Governors Association’s “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity” in July 2017. The 38 governors who signed the compact agreed to protect personal and government data stored on state systems as well as develop statewide plans to combat cyberattacks against information technology networks. The governors’ agreement included a pledge to build a cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend the state from cybersecurity events and increase the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

“My service on the council will be impactful beyond helping the state’s immediate needs,” Togashi says. “My experience will allow me to teach my students the latest practices in cybersecurity as they’re being discussed and planned.”

In addition to serving as a department chair at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, Togashi is the College’s statewide point of contact for its Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designation among two-year colleges, a distinction awarded by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2017 through 2022. Togashi is also the state director for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Ivy Tech announces IvyLiving enrichment class in donut-making

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.

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

Automotive company owner named 2017 New Venture Competition champion

Kendall Riecken, who graduated in December 2016 with his associate degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, won the 2017 New Venture Competition on Thursday evening. Riecken’s company, KR Designs, specializes in car detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair.


Kendall Riecken was named the 2017 New Venture Competition champion at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus on Thursday night for his business, KR Designs, which specializes in car detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair.

Riecken graduated from Northrop High School in 2012 and started KR Designs shortly after. Currently, he operates out of his parents’garage, and part of the $35,000 in startup capital he receives from the New Venture Competition will go to build his new space, which he plans to locate between Fort Wayne and Auburn.


“The money I won tonight will go for a paint booth, air compressor, specialty tooling, and paint equipment,” he says. “Anything left over will go toward construction costs.”


Riecken and two other New Venture Competition finalists presented their business plans to about 30 community judges. After the 15-minute presentation, judges were given 15 minutes for a question-and-answer section. They had been previously provided the finalists’ business plans for review.


Learn more about Riecken and KR Designs in this brief video.


Riecken is the seventh winner of the New Venture Competition, whose presenting sponsor was Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc. The competition is also made possible through a grant from the Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation. The awards dinner sponsor was ProFed Federal Credit Union, and the competition was in collaboration with Fort Wayne SCORE.

Thursday night was Ivy Tech’s seventh New Venture Competition, which awards $35,000 in start-up capital to a new business. From left: James Tolbert, Business Administration assistant professor and head of the New Venture Competition; Don Palmer, former employee and friend of Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc., the competition’s presenting sponsor; Kendall Riecken, 2017 New Venture Competition champion; and Jerrilee Mosier, Fort Wayne Campus chancellor.


Learn more about the New Venture Competition at IvyTech.edu/northeast/newventure. Learn more about studying entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus at IvyTech.edu/study-entrepreneurship.


Beginning spring 2018, Warsaw Site will begin offering Agriculture options

Next semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site will begin to offer Introduction to Agriculture, with hopes to offer more at the site in the coming semesters. These classes allow students in Warsaw and Kosciusko County to begin their associate degree in Agriculture close-to-home. They can finish their coursework at the Fort Wayne Campus.

“Eventually, I’d love for Warsaw students to be able to complete half their Agriculture degree in Warsaw,” says Kelli Kreider, Agriculture program chair at the Fort Wayne Campus.

Warsaw’s Introduction to Agriculture class will run from 5 to 7:50 p.m. during the spring 2018 semester at the Warsaw Site (2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw). Those interested in taking the class can apply to the College for free online and begin their enrollment steps at IvyTech.edu/nowisthetime.

Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indiana’s economy, making a $20 billion impact annually. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015-16 “Agricultural Statistics” book, Kosciusko County ranks, in regards to Indiana’s 92 counties,

  • Fifth in producer of cattle
  • Fifth in total land area used in farming
  • Fifth in cash receipts from farm marketing
  • Seventh in corn production

Graduates from Ivy Tech’s program can enter the workforce directly or transfer their associate degree credits to a variety of four-year partners, including Purdue University, Trine University, and Huntington University. Learn more about Agriculture at Ivy Tech at IvyTech.edu/agriculture.

Two students selected to attend science foundation conference

Two engineering students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus have been selected to attend the Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators’ Conference, hosted by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges. Lucas Bazile is an Electrical Engineering Technology student, and Isaiah Abel is a Pre-Engineering student.

The students were selected based on their expected future work on advanced technological education grants for the National Science Foundation. Bazile and Abel would help develop kits to help teach microelectromechanical systems. These systems deal with electromechanical sensors, such as those used to detect when a tablet or cell phone is turned horizontal to vertical—or vice versa—and the tire pressure in vehicles. The kits are modified versions of those developed by the University of New Mexico’s Southwest Center for Microsystems Education, which are used at Ivy Tech.

Andrew Bell, the engineering department chair at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, will also serve on a panel at the conference. The panel will discuss how two-year schools like Ivy Tech can work with four-year schools to advance microelectromechanical system technology. Currently, Ivy Tech is working with Purdue University to develop a bachelor’s degree in micorelectromechanical system technology. Ivy Tech offered three classes in the subject for the first time this summer. These electives are part of a technical certificate in Electronics and Computer Technology. Ideally, those classes would become part of a transfer degree for Ivy Tech graduates at Purdue.

Ivy Tech students have been selected for this annual conference since 2014.

“It’s not that common because students apply and have to be selected,” Bell says. “At the conference, they get recognized for their selection and their work on the grants. There’s only a limited number of spots nationally.”

The conference will take place from Oct. 23 to 25 in Washington DC.

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus offers four engineering programs: Electronics and Computer Technology (IvyTech.edu/electronics-computer-technology), Pre-Engineering (IvyTech.edu/pre-engineering), Electrical Engineering Technology (IvyTech.edu/electrical-engineering-tech), and Engineering Technology (IvyTech.edu/engineering-technology).

College welcomes Thomas Jefferson scholars from Tunisia

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is welcoming two international students on campus as part of the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program: Raki Gley and Seif Edinne.

Through a year-long program of study in the United States, scholarship program participants develop academic knowledge and skills in their field of study. By interacting with Americans in the classroom, in the community, and through service-learning activities, scholarship participants develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values, become citizen ambassadors, and create links between Tunisians and Americans to increase cross-cultural understanding.

In order to gain practical hands-on experience in their fields of study, participants engage in career preparation activities in the fall semester and undertake professional internships in the community during the spring semester. They return to Tunisia with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be leaders and innovators in their fields and contribute positively to Tunisia’s economic development.


The Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program builds the workforce and leadership skills of a diverse group of young technical institute students from across Tunisia. Through U.S.-based training, practical professional experience, community engagement and service learning, Tunisian youth gain the skills needed to contribute to economic and social development in Tunisia. The program is part of the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, an international nonprofit organization. For more information about the program, visit irex.org/project/tccsp.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/about-bureau or contact eca-press@state.gov.

IREX is dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For more information, visit irex.org/about-us or contact tccsp@irex.org.

Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip coming to Fort Wayne Oct. 4-5


Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is pleased to be one of many stops
the HuffPost will make during their cross-country tour.

Come tell your story!

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus Auditorium, 3800 North Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne

Forum: “Vouchers: The Economics and Academics of Choice”

  • Moderator: Rebecca Klein, HuffPost
  • Panelists: Mark Berends, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, Notre Dame; Laurie Johnson, Program Chair for Education at Ivy Tech; Ann Duff, Member-elect for Board of School Trustees at Fort Wayne Community Schools and parent; Karen Francisco, Journal-Gazette reporter.
  • RSVP online here

Thursday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tour stop: Downtown Allen County Public Library outdoor plaza
(rain location: indoors at ACPL)

  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP online here

Story published in Sunday’s Journal Gazette:

JG, HuffPost team up for voucher stories

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Nearly six years after Indiana launched a voucher program, there are strong advocates and critics.

The Journal Gazette will begin an in-depth look at Indiana’s school choice system starting Oct. 1, as part of a partnership with HuffPost.

HuffPost on Sept. 12 launched a cross-country tour that will include 25 stops – one of them in Fort Wayne – where people from Missouri and Arkansas to Nebraska and Wyoming have a chance to speak out on various issues.

The “Listen To America” tour is designed to capture the “concerns, hopes and dreams of everyday Americans,” according to a news release from HuffPost, a global media company.

The goal, HuffPost said, is to provide “moving, multimedia storytelling that showcases what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us.”

HuffPost is also partnering with local media at each stop to examine – or take a “deep dive” look at – topics of significant regional or state interest.

Indiana’s voucher program is being watched by numerous other states and could become a national model.

Journal Gazette reporters Niki Kelly, Ashley Sloboda and Rosa Salter Rodriguez are producing several stories along with HuffPost reporter Rebecca Klein. They will examine how Indiana’s voucher program is helping a widening group of parents send their children to private schools and how some of those schools accepting public money use religious-based curriculum. They’ll also share the stories of students, profile two schools and more.

On Oct. 4, the HuffPost will host a 7 p.m. panel discussion on vouchers at Ivy Tech, moderated by Klein. Confirmed panelists are Mark Berends of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at University of Notre Dame; Anne Duff, a local parent and Fort Wayne Community Schools board member; Beth Bearman, a local parent who has used vouchers to help pay for her children’s educations; and Laurie Johnson, program chair for education at Ivy Tech. Karen Francisco, The Journal Gazette’s Perspective page editor, will also participate.


Oct. 4: To register in advance for the 7 p.m. Oct. 4 forum on vouchers at Ivy Tech, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vouchers-the-economics-and-academics-of-choice-fort-wayne-tickets-38132841355

Oct. 5: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., HuffPost will be at the downtown Allen County Public Library with its tour bus-mobile video studio to capture what’s on the minds of people of all ages and backgrounds.