Intern Nathan: Ivy Tech from an outsider’s perspective

nathan-rileyHello, my name is Nathan Riley, and I am the summer intern in Marketing and Communications at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. I am a senior at Indiana Tech, and during my first week working for Ivy Tech, I have learned a lot about the College and its students.

The atmosphere here is similar to Indiana Tech’s, but the college seems to be more outgoing toward communicating with current and future students. At Indiana Tech, there’s a focus on athletics to recruit new students, but here the College talks to all kinds of prospective students via phone calls and in-person meetings.

At Ivy Tech, the College has a pretty cool thing other colleges should learn from to help move students along to the next step. On the website there’s a pop-up box if you stay on the page for too long without taking action, and it asks you if you need help and opens a live chat window with someone to talk to at the College. I know I would have been using that feature every time I needed something as an incoming college student. I had no idea what I was doing! It seems like such a useful tool.

Another thing I like about Ivy Tech so far is the fact that this college has so many different majors. I never knew there were so many degrees offered when I was looking to go to college. I quickly discovered there are more than 100 different degrees and certifications offered at Ivy Tech. That is not to take anything away from the many different degrees offered elsewhere, but there are degrees here I never knew were available here at Ivy Tech. I also was surprised by the great facilities for automotive technology on the Fort Wayne Campus. Had I known that when I started my search for colleges, I may have considered Ivy Tech a little closer. I made assumptions about the College based on the small Ivy Tech campus in my hometown of Madison.

There are benefits to either path — a traditional four-year one or starting at a community college. Ivy Tech definitely moves at a faster pace in terms of giving out as much information as possible to its students. Ivy Tech is different, and I see that as a good thing. Not all students are looking for the same higher education experience. Ivy Tech allows students to enter the workforce earlier or transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Wayne Campus, Warsaw Site announce spring 2018 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. 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 Fort Wayne, 80/20 Inc. sign Achieve Your Degree program agreement


80-20-logoIvy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and 80/20 Inc. recently signed an agreement to offer all employees of 80/20 Inc. in Columbia City the 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.


(front) Trent Kumfer, training coordinator, and Patrick Buesching, CEO, of 80/20 Inc.
(back) Lisa Smith, director of community engagement, and Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne

“We have had a long-standing relationship with 80/20 Inc. Many of our current students and alumni are already employed by the company,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “The new agreement with the Ivy Tech Achieve Your Degree program will provide additional opportunity for all employees to continue their education to reach their career goal.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne representatives will work directly with 80/20 Inc. to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of the company’s tuition assistance program. 80/20 employees participating in AYD will have access to all Ivy Tech courses, with the opportunity to earn a credential with reimbursement conditions developed and implemented by 80/20 Inc. Employees have the opportunity to take advantage of higher education at Ivy Tech with little or no upfront cost to the student. It also assists the company in skilling up their workforce.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech for the Achieve Your Degree program is another great way 80/20 rewards and demonstrates the significance our employees hold,” says Patrick Buesching, chief executive officer of 80/20 Inc.. “It also supports one of our corporate core values of employee development as a key competitive advantage in the marketplace and in the community. We have a ‘pack-your-own-chute’ mentality, and this program promotes that initiative. These types of partnerships also speak to the advantages and benefits that accrue with continued dialogue and collaboration between Ivy Tech and the region’s employers.”

The program is available to 80/20 Inc. employees beginning this fall.

Benefits of Achieve Your Degree include:

  • Financial barriers are removed with employer deferred tuition
  • One point of contact for both the employer and the student/employee
  • Enrollment concierge services in Ivy Tech’s AYD office or on employer site
  • Monitoring the student/employee’s academic success and providing supports as needed
  • Flexible scheduling that will work around the student/employee’s work schedule

Upcoming semester start dates include:

  • Fall 16-week courses begin Aug. 20, 2018
  • Fall 12-week courses begin Sept. 17, 2018
  • Fall 8-week courses begin Oct. 15, 2018
  • Spring 16-week courses begin Jan. 14, 2018

Visit for Ivy Tech’s academic programs in the Fort Wayne area.

Visit for more information about Achieve Your Degree.


About 80/20 Inc.

80/20 Inc. is the originator and the manufacturer of “The Industrial Erector Set”, a modular aluminum framing system for every industry or application since 1989. From light to heavy-duty, 80/20 modular framing is a perfect solution for machine frames, guarding, enclosures, displays, workstations and the DIY home hobbyist. A catalog of over 6,000 products to choose from, design assistance and value-add support, 80/20 Inc. will ensure your project is completed to the highest standards. Visit for details.

Ivy Tech, Brooks to partner for Heavy Highway classes

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Brooks Construction Co., Inc. have partnered to offer a limited number of scholarships for four Heavy Highway classes to Ivy Tech students. Once students complete the classes and an internship, they will be eligible to work for Brooks on jobs such as paving, earthwork, and bridge building.


In order to be eligible for these classes, students must have completed BCTI 100—Intro to Construction Technology. They can take the class during the first eight weeks of the fall semester and begin their heavy highway classes for the second eight weeks. Students are responsible for paying for the intro class, and Brooks will pay for the remaining four classes and internship.


The introduction class is not eligible for financial aid unless the student is enrolled in Ivy Tech’s Building Construction Technology program; Heavy Highway is a courses-only program, which means it does not conclude with a certificate or degree.


Those interested in applying for the Brooks scholarship can contact Ryan Voorhees, Building Construction Technology program chair, at or 260-480-4114.

Fort Wayne TRIO student finalist for regional scholarship

Julie Perez, a Human Services student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has been nominated as the Indiana finalist for the 2018 Educational Opportunity Association’s Phyllis Gray Memorial Scholarship. Perez, who is a member of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO Leadership Council, and nine other students from across the association’s 10-state region are semi-finalists for the scholarship.



“She is such a positive influence,” says TRIO director Beth Clemons of Perez, who is a mother of five. “She’s a perfect example that, no matter a student’s situation, they can accomplish their dreams.”


Perez and the other semi-finalists were nominated by their respective TRIO Student Support Service chapters. TRIO is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program that provides services for students who are first-generation, are low-income, or have a disability.


Additionally, Perez is the winner of two scholarships from Indiana TRIO, the statewide association.


Visit to learn more about TRIO and click here to learn more about the scholarship. The Educational Opportunity Association is the Midwest organization of TRIO staff and other access and success professionals.

Fort Wayne announces student winners of annual Ink Cloud poetry contest

Each April, the library at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosts Ink Cloud, a poetry competition. Students are invited to submit their original poems for judging by an employee panel.


This year’s first place winner is Danica Navarrete, a Liberal Arts student. Josalein Valenzuela, an Education student, won second place. Both are from Fort Wayne.


“The judging process is always interesting because each judge brings their own likes and dislikes to the table,” says David Winn, a library clerk who organizes Ink Cloud. “Creativity is always the biggest thing that stands out, whether it’s in the concept of the poem or how words are used to say something in a unique way.”


In Navarrete’s poem, she used concrete images of day-to-day life growing up to elevate the piece to something more than a poem about the hurricane, he says. Valenzuela pulled the imagery together to produce a tone between melancholy and nostalgia.


“There was a lot the we could read into it as judges with our own personal experiences, and that makes a poem powerful,” Winn says.


Ink Cloud is hosted in conjunction with National Poetry Month, which is April. National Poetry Month is the world’s largest literary celebration, founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.


Here are the winning poems:

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Massage clinic to open for two months this summer

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, will open to the public for the summer semester from June 4 to July 25. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

The clinic will be closed the week of Independence Day, from July 2 to 6. Clients are permitted one massage a month.

Healthy Essence is the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne campus.

The hour-long full-body relaxation massage will be from a student in the Fort Wayne Campus’s Therapeutic Massage program. Massages run $25 for the community and $20 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel, and those 55 and older. Tips are not accepted, but those who wish to tip can choose to donate to a charity chosen by the students.

To make an appointment, email or call 260-480-2094. The clinic will begin scheduling May 21. Visit to learn more.

Ten dual credit students graduate with Machine Tool credential from Warsaw Site

Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Seven of those students earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, and three, who earned their certificate last year, earned their technical certificate this year, which means those students have the first year of their two-year associate degree finished.


The students earning their certificate are Jacob Barker, Jameson Baker, Tristyn Lewis, Matthew Shoemaker, Derek Hunsberger, Travis Hyden, and Tyler Hitchcock. The students earning their technical certificate are Craig Ronk, Miguel Juarez Cervantez, and Larry Hollar.

Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Pictured, from left, are instructor Dann Adkins, Tristyn Lewis, Jacob Barker, Travis Hyden, Jameson Baker, Derek Hunsberger, Tyler Hitchcock, Matthew Shoemaker, and instructor Shane Albright.


The Center provides college-based high school dual credit classes, which means those 10 students earned high school and Ivy Tech credit simultaneously. They represent high schools including Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw Community high schools.


All student expenses were funded by the following companies: DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Kiwanis Club of Warsaw, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, and Zimmer Biomet.


Visit to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit to learn more about the training center.


Fort Wayne graduates more than 1,000 at 48th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus celebrated its 48th annual commencement ceremony tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated more than 1,000 students in Fort Wayne and awarded nearly 1,300 associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.


STUDENT SPEAKER: The class of 2018’s student speaker was Brandon Krontz, who graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice. When he first began attending Ivy Tech, he lived in a homeless shelter for veterans. Today, he is married, and his blended family has seven children. Krontz is a Dean’s List student and wrote in his speaker application, “I have been clean and sober since Sept. 18, 2014.”

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: The College gives two Curtis Awards each year: one recognizing an outstanding graduate from the College’s career and technical schools, and the other, the university/transfer schools. This year’s winners are Adama Samba, from the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science; and Cynthia Korbeck-Black, from the School of Health Sciences.

The Bud Curtis Award winners are chosen from among the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Outstanding Student Awards, which are awarded to one student per academic school. This year’s remaining Outstanding Student Awards went to the following students:

  • Patrick Conway, School of Arts, Sciences, & Education
  • Dawn Jackson, School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain
  • Kim Amato, School of Information Technology
  • Susannah Chase, School of Nursing
  • Sheryl Kreig, School of Public Affairs & Social Services

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its President’s Award, which goes to a full-time faculty member, for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nominee is Tony Ramey, assistant professor of Business Administration.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its Adjunct Faculty Award, which goes to a part-time faculty member, for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nominee is math instructor Margaret Hall.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students and guests used #IvyTechGrad to discuss the ceremony and festivities on social media. Use the hashtag to view graduation photos and messages of encouragement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

College to host May 22 enrollment day for summer, fall enrollment

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.

Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Summer students should bring their 2015 tax returns for financial aid, and fall students should bring their 2016 tax returns for financial aid. All students should bring their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more. Summer classes begin June 4, and fall classes begin Aug. 20.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 22

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

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582