Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces student winners of 24th annual European Competition for study abroad experience

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted its 24th annual European Competition on Wednesday. Hospitality administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study culinary arts in Italy and France this spring.

Eight students won the opportunity to travel to Europe: Douglas Ray (Culinary), Jhenna Adams (Culinary), Jessica Updike (Culinary), Paula Ocampo (Baking), Cora Kellogg (Baking), Mason Myers (Baking), Fabi Maners (Baking), and Ingrid Matchett (Baking).

“This class represents years of hard work from our Hospitality Administration students,” says Aaron Parkinson, hospitality administration program chair. “We’re excited to bring our students to Europe for a hands-on, immersive learning experience. Getting to learn from European chefs will expose our students to new culinary and baking techniques and enhance their education.”

Culinary students prepared a meal with an appetizer; an entrée with a protein, vegetable, and starch; and a dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges blind tasted the completed meals. Judges based their scores on American Culinary Federation (ACF) criteria, and in order to be considered for the European trip, students must place at bronze standard or higher.

Students will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at A Reason to Taste funds scholarships for the winning students’ European trips. For sponsorship information contact Laura Leichty at 260-481-2243 or lleichty@ivytech.edu.

Computer science conference held at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted the Consortium for Computing Sciences and Colleges (CCSC) 2021 Midwest Conference on Oct. 1 and 2. Approximately 200 educators in the field of computer science participated in the conference and shared best practices and curriculum ideas. Although all were welcome, the Midwest Conference participants consisted primarily of educators from Eastern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Northern Kentucky. Topics included what students need to know about the computing industry, developing mobile courses and faculty advisor best practices.

“Ivy Tech is always improving how we teach computer science,” said Lucy La Hurreau, Assistant Department Chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Cyber Security / Information Assurance Program. “Conferences like CCSC are critical for the growth of our instructors and our students’ education and workforce potential. We were pleased to host CCSC this year and provide educators from across the Midwest an avenue to grow professionally.”

The Consortium for Computing Sciences and Colleges is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula. They prioritize supporting professional development of computer science instructors, especially at smaller higher education institutions. The Midwest Conference is held annually, where participants are encouraged to share best practices and learn from panel discussions, presentations, and keynote speakers.

Ivy Tech Warsaw celebrates 10 year anniversary of building dedication

Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Silveus Crossing building in Technology Park was dedicated approximately 10 years ago, on Oct. 6, 2011. Ivy Tech Warsaw has been serving citizens from Kosciusko County and beyond since 1978 and was housed in a variety of leased locations until the current building was built. The permanent location on Silveus Crossing, called Miller Hall, cost $11 million and contains 46,800 square feet of classrooms, labs, meeting locations, and office space.

The College’s permanent home boasts state-of-the-art facilities in a modern and beautiful campus building. Additionally, the 20,000+ square feet Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) is home to some of the region’s most sophisticated advanced machining, electrical, robotics, and welding training equipment. 

“Having a permanent and well-equipped campus means that local residents can receive the training and education they need to thrive in today’s workforce or achieve a higher education degree while staying very close to home,” said Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “Ivy Tech Warsaw’s consolidation with the Fort Wayne campus in January of 2019 also opens up new worlds of opportunities for staff, faculty, and students in the Ivy Tech family. We were pleased to celebrate this notable anniversary with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw’s new chancellor, Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson and community advisory board members at the inaugural meeting on October 5.”

In the past ten years, Ivy Tech Warsaw has impacted Kosciusko County by graduating 1,172 students with 2,195 credentials, helping to provide a pipeline of skilled workers into the local economy. The College has strengthened ties to the community with notable partnerships with Lake City Bank, KEDCO, Zimmer Biomet, IMD Ortho, Winona Powder Coating, Lutheran/KCH, Parkview Warsaw, and Bowen Center.  School corporation partnerships with Warsaw, Wawasee, Tippy Valley, and Whitko provide dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities as well as leased classroom space to Warsaw’s Adult Education program. Ivy Tech Warsaw currently serves 515 students and provides 26 high-demand program options, including advanced automation and robotics technology, cyber security, machine tool technology, medical assisting, and more.

The most recent way Ivy Tech Warsaw has sought to improve community connections is through the formation of a Warsaw campus-specific advisory board. Representatives from local employers and schools will meet with campus leaders periodically to discuss campus goals and how best to serve the community. The board held its first meeting on Oct. 5, 2021. Community members include:

  • Dale Campbell, Zimmer Biomet
  • Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center
  • Blaine Conley, Tippecanoe Valley School Corp
  • Vicki Cook, Avalign Cutting Instruments
  • Jae Dale, Lutheran KCH
  • Joe Elrod, Lakeland Christian Academy
  • Ronna Kawsky, Warsaw Area Career Center
  • Josie Martinez, Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Karen Mayer, Teachers Credit Union
  • Chris Merrill, Lake City Bank
  • Phil Metcalf, FW/Warsaw Trustee
  • Tori Platt, Lake City University
  • Dr. Mark Pohl, Grace College
  • Jeffrey Rocket, Parkview Health
  • Sean Ryan, Indiana and Purdue Universities, Fort Wayne
  • Lorna Shively, WorkOne
  • Todd Speicher, Instrumental Machine & Development
  • Dr. Steve Troyer, Wawasee School Corp

“We’ve had a successful ten years in our current building, serving the people and economy of Kosciusko County, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon,” says Decker. “We’re always looking for opportunities to use the property and current facilities to better serve our community. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years holds.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw invites public to meet the new chancellor in Kosciusko, Whitley, Adams, Noble, Wabash, and Huntington counties

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw is inviting the public to a series of Meet and Greet events with Chancellor Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson. The events will be held on Oct. 5, 14, 19, 20, 25, and 27 in Kosciusko, Whitley, Adams, Noble, Wabash, and Huntington counties respectively. They are open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Masks required at Ivy Tech locations. Masks encouraged at community learning centers.

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5
Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw – Miller Hall2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14
Marshall Community Center
107 N Walnut St
Columbia City, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19
MERIT Center
1109 Dayton St
Decatur, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20
Impact Institute
1607 Dowling St
Kendallville, IN

3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25
Heartland Career Center
79 S 200 W
Wabash, IN

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27
Huntington County Community Learning Center
2201 N Jefferson St
Huntington, IN

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Surgical Technology program receives accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Surgical Technology program is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Surgical Technology program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne was started in fall 2020, and the first cohort will graduate in 2022 with fully accredited degrees.

This accreditation is vital, as Ivy Tech students are now able to take the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) Surgical Technology Certification Exam that proves they meet the qualifications to work as surgical technologists. Under state law, students are required to pass this exam to practice as surgical technologists.

“Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Surgical Technology students can now take heart in knowing the program they graduated from is an accredited program,” said Colby Scott Allen, Surgical Technology Program Chair. “This accreditation provides the legitimacy our students and industry leaders are looking for in this critical medical field. It shows the value of the degree and the high standards of education each Ivy Tech graduate can claim.”

Knowing there was local industry need for surgical technologists, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invested significant funds into the program. The College funded 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.

Interested in learning more about the Surgical Technology program? Visit our website at IvyTech.edu/surgical-technology/ or contact Allen at callen173@ivytech.edu or 260-482-9171, ext. 032014.

Report reveals Ivy Tech Community College’s economic impact in northeast Indiana

An in-depth study, conducted by Emsi, reveals the significant positive economic impact Ivy Tech Community College makes on the state of Indiana, including the local impact in northeast Indiana. The report outlines the return on investment the Community College makes to its major stakeholder groups – students, taxpayers and the communities it serves. Results of the analysis reflect a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact.

The 2020 Ivy Tech Community College Economic Impact Report, based on fiscal year 2018-19, includes the following key findings for our local area:

  • Ivy Tech’s impact supported the equivalent of 4,937 jobs in northeast Indiana.
  • Alumni have the greatest impact on the state because of higher earnings and increased productivity of the businesses that employ them. In FY 2018-19, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw alumni generated $285.8 million in added income for the local economy.
  • In northeast Indiana, Ivy Tech employs 767 full-time and part-time faculty and staff with a total operations spend of $41.1 million contributing to the local economy.
  • The expenditures of retained students in FY 2018-19 also added $5.2 million in income to the local economy.

“We’ve long known that Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw provides value beyond an education for our students. We deliver an economic boost to the region through our graduates, faculty, staff, and students,” said Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson. “This economic impact report confirms the benefits our College brings, both to our students’ lives and the growth of northeast Indiana.”

For details on the statewide impact, visit www.ivytech.edu/impact.

Individual student impact grows with investment

In addition to identifying the economic impact of the institution, the study also analyzed the value of the investment students are making in themselves by choosing an Ivy Tech education, and the value the community is investing in students through public dollars the institution receives from taxpayers.

The study found that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers. The average Ivy Tech associate degree graduate from FY 2018-19 will see annual earnings that are $10,100 higher than a person with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Indiana.

“In today’s job market, a post-secondary credential is more important than ever,” Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “Ivy Tech offers a cost-effective way of acquiring knowledge and skills that lead to new careers and improved earnings.”

In fact, students will see an average annual return on investment of 18.3%, which is significantly higher than the U.S. stock market’s 30-year average rate of return of just under 10% or the 30-year U.S. Treasury at 1.91% rate of return.

Taxpayers are also benefiting from investing in students. For every dollar of public money invested in Ivy Tech, taxpayers will receive a cumulative value of $1.90 over the course of the students’ working lives. This equates to a net present value of $287.2 million after accounting for taxpayer costs and is an average annual rate of return of 5.3% for taxpayers.

NEINFAME now accepting applications for fall 2022 cohort

Photo of Mason Knuth (bottom left) with family and representatives from Micropulse and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at the NEINFAME signing day

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College have opened applications for the fall 2022 cohort. Interested students can apply at www.northeastindianafame.com. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2021.

Students selected to the program will pursue a two-year associate degree in Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech while working for a NEINFAME sponsor company. Sponsor companies will provide students with a paid work experience that provides students the opportunity to graduate debt-free and begin a challenging career in just two years. The first cohort of thirteen NEINFAME students entered the program in fall 2021 and are now beginning their classwork and on-the-job training with sponsor companies.

“The program is great for someone who wants hands-on experience and a high-paying job with minimal college debt, if any at all,” says current NEINFAME student Mason Knuth, who signed with sponsor company Micropulse.  “Your classes are picked out for you. It’s way less stressful than any other degree. It’s just a better all-around program if you want to get into manufacturing.”   

Students must complete applications before being considered for the program. Learn more about NEINFAME and complete an application at www.northeastindianafame.com. Application deadline is November 1, 2021. Contact Kimberly Waugh at kwaugh7@ivytech.edu for more information.

NEINFAME sponsor companies include Advanced Machine and Tool (AMT), Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics and Zimmer Biomet. NEINFAME is part of the national FAME-USA network (fame-usa.com), which currently has 31 partnerships across 13 states, supported by more than 400 employers. NEINFAME is also part of the statewide Indiana FAME initiative, which has built similar partnerships in four regions around Indiana (www.indianafame.com).

NEINFAME participants are eligible to apply for additional grants/scholarships, including programs such as Questa and federal financial aid programs, which can maximize their funds for college-related expenses. NEINFAME participants’ tuition is funded through the partnership.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Mechanical Engineering Technology program receives ABET accreditation

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program recently received ABET accreditation, which was retroactively applied to any Ivy Tech Fort Wayne graduate of the program since May 2019. ABET is the highest accreditation body for engineering and other select programs. Ivy Tech received a full accreditation for the maximum grantable period, until September 30, 2026. 

“Our programs are standing out among Ivy Tech’s engineering programs and community colleges across the country,” said Darrel J. Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Regional four-year schools have taken notice and openly welcome our students to matriculate with their institutions. It is also common for our engineering students to hire directly into the workforce with a high salary after graduation.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s Transfer as a Junior agreements allow students to complete the first two years of their engineering degree at Ivy Tech and their final two years at a state four-year school, seamlessly. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has multiple articulation agreements with Purdue Fort Wayne and students have transferred and achieved success at Purdue and beyond.

“It is estimated that for every engineer employed in the industry ten to twelve engineering technicians are needed,” said Kesler. “With northeast Indiana’s large number of manufacturing industries, a considerable number of engineering technicians are needed. There’s more demand than supply, and the salaries offered are incredible.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne also has ABET accreditation for its Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. ABET accreditation is the pinnacle of achievements for engineering and engineering technology programs.

More information on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s engineering programs found by contacting Cait Cramer (ccramer15@ivytech.edu) or Andy Bell (abell118@ivytech.edu).    

College to host skilled trades and healthcare job fairs in October

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will host job fairs on Oct. 1 and 29. The first will be a Skilled Trades Career Exploration Fair and the second will be a Healthcare Career Exploration Fair. Both events are free and open to the public.

More than 50 northeast Indiana employers from the skilled trades industries will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include: 80/20 Inc., AccuGear/AAM, Aegis Sales & Engineering, Inc., AEP, Affolder Implement Sales, Inc, American Mitsuba Group, Avalign Technologies, Avancez, Brooks Construction, Bulldog Battery Corporation, CCT Enterprises, Clarios, Deister Machine Company, Dilling Group, Inc., Dutch Made, Fire and Ice Heating and Cooling, Formula Boats, Fort Wayne Metals, Gasoline Equipment, Goldshield Fiberglass, ICCA Built to Succeed, Indiana Laborers Training Fund, Indiana Laborers Training Trust Fund, Jiffy Lube of Indiana, K&H Construction, Inc., Kelley Automotive Group, Micropulse, Inc., Multimatic, Nishikawa Cooper LLC, Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance, Nucor Fastener, Nucor Harris Rebar, Nucor Vulcraft, Ottenweller Company, Inc., Preferred, Inc., Pyromation, Questa- Partnering with NE Indiana FAME, Quikcut, Inc., REA Magnet Wire, Road Warrior Fleet Service, Robert Bosch LLC, Safe-Way Garage Door, Smith Brothers of Berne, Sparks, Steel Dynamics, Sure-Trac by Novae, Therma-Tru Doors, TWE Nonwovens, Vestil Manufacturing, VSSI, Ward Corporation, Warner Electric, Waste Management, and Ultra.

Contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu for more information.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Healthcare recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include: Adams Health Network, American Senior Communities, Bowen, Byron Health Center, Easterseals Arc, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, Inc., Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Life Villages – Fort Wayne, IN, Meridian Health Services, Neighborhood Health Clinic, Nice Medical Staffing, Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehab Center, Parkview Health, Premier Health, Purpose Home Health, ResCare, St. Anne Communities, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and Trinity Health.

Registration is still open for employers to participate. RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP or contact Meghan Stevens at mstevens142@ivytech.edu.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces fall 2021 Special Cuisine dinners

The Special Cuisine classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have released the Special Cuisine schedule for fall semester. Students in the classes take turns preparing and serving world-cuisine themed meals for class credit in a project-based learning experience. The culinary students rotate through various positions in the kitchen and dining room, providing a full-service restaurant environment.

The following dinner dates and themes have three start times: 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Special Cuisines:

  • September 30       Pacific Northwest
  • October 7              Japan and Korea

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/special.  Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room (door 24, which is located on the back of the building and faces Coliseum Boulevard)on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and cost $20 per person. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

Visit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s dinner series website at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/dinners for more information.