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

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the Summer 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.

For a full list of students who have met those requirements, click here. Students are listed alphabetically by state, county, city, and last name.

Fort Wayne introducing 6 new certificate and degree offerings this fall

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will roll out six new certificate and degree options within existing academic programs of study.

Urban Horticulture is a certificate option focusing on growing food using alternative growing methods in non-traditional environments. This also prepares students to own or run a greenhouse. All six (6) courses required for this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture. Courses include things like greenhouse management, vegetable production, and alternative growing methods.

Mechanical Engineering Technology is an Associate of Science Transfer As A Junior program that prepares students to earn a baccalaureate in the field in order to get jobs in manufacturing, quality control, design, material testing, process and product design, and CAD. New courses for this transfer program include fluid power, system automation and control, and a capstone course. The College is expecting to attract an additional 50 to 60 students in its Engineering program with this degree being as large or larger than Electrical Engineering Technology based upon industry demand. A key component for this is the Transfer As A Junior component with Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Engineering will introduce a technical certificate and a freshmen engineering certificate, which are being created to allow students gather credentials as they work toward the associate degree.

Mechanical Design, Computer Aided Design, and Architectural Design are all certificate options under the Design Technology program. Due to high-demand in the industry, many of the Design Technology students are hired prior to finishing an associate degree. Each of these certificates was created for employers to view the credentials as a valuable knowledge base on students’ resumes and would also invest in their employees encouraging further degree completion. These certificates also allow professionals in related fields, such as drafting and engineering, an opportunity to receive additional training to stay current in their professions.

“Adding these new certificates to our offerings will provide opportunity and allow students increase their own marketability in the workplace, especially in these in-demand fields,” says Kim Barnett-Johnson, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

For more information about programs of study offered at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne-programs or call 888-IVY-LINE.

Ivy Tech, Lutheran Health Network partner for Achieve Your Degree program

Health Career PhotoLutheranHealthNetwork_LOGOIvy Tech Community College and Lutheran Health Network recently signed an agreement to offer all LHN employees, which includes more than 7,200 individuals region-wide, an opportunity to earn college credit through the College’s Achieve Your Degree program.

Achieve Your Degree 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.

“The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Lutheran Health Network partnership exhibits our continued commitment to provide the education and training needed for the workforce throughout northeast Indiana,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Our strong healthcare career programs, along with other career programs, help individuals gain the skills that are needed in the key industries across the region. Lutheran Health Network and 26 other industry partners in northeast Indiana have committed to their employees’ continued educational growth by becoming an Ivy Tech AYD partner.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Lutheran Health Network’s employees must complete six months of service before becoming eligible for tuition assistance. The College offers a wide variety of class options, days, times, and even online options to meet students’ needs.

LHN also works with high school senior volunteers. Of the 80 to 100 students who volunteer, about 20 percent are hired by the network, but wouldn’t be eligible for tuition assistance due to the six month waiting period. To help these students attend Ivy Tech immediately, an additional component to the agreement was developed. This allows the volunteers-turned-employees to have tuition deferred by Ivy Tech to help with the financial burden, until they become eligible for tuition assistance. This will be student-deferred billing with no reimbursement from the employer.

All other LHN employees who meet guidelines for tuition assistance will receive employer-deferred tuition.

Nursing students will have their full-time employee requirement waived and are able to utilize tuition assistance after 90 days of employment at a network entity. They can also work as little as one day per week once accepted into the School of Nursing to help them focus on succeeding in the classroom.

LHN employees participating in Ivy Tech’s AYD program will have access to all Ivy Tech courses, with the opportunity to earn a credential with reimbursement conditions developed and implemented by the network.

“Identifying opportunities to support our team members who are at various stages of their career development is just one way we make the network stronger,” says Mike Poore, regional president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network. “The pursuit of further education positively impacts our employees’ ability to meet the ever-changing needs of patients and the communities we serve.”

The program is available to Lutheran Health Network employees starting 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, 2019

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne-programs for Ivy Tech’s academic programs in the Fort Wayne area.

Visit IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree for more information about Achieve Your Degree.

About Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is an experienced team of more than 7,200 employees working together with the more than 800 physicians who make up its medical staffs. The network’s more than 100 access points in northern Indiana include physician offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient centers and eight hospitals consisting of 948 inpatient beds – 772 in Allen County. Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized services through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of LHN allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians and providers, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. These attributes enable LHN to sustain and grow its spectrum of services, and most importantly, deliver the highest levels of choice, support, care and patient experience that have long been its hallmark.

College awarded $32.5K grant from Pauline Barker Education Trust for courses, students in Wabash

Wabash Pauline Barker Ed Trust.jpgIvy Tech Community College Fort Wayne recently learned it is the recipient of a Pauline Barker Education Trust grant to provide adult education to adult residents of Wabash. The proposed project is aimed to eliminate barriers in enrollment, persistence, and completion for Ivy Tech students taking classes at the Wabash County Community Learning Center.

“The Pauline Barker Educational Trust is a long-time supporter of Ivy Tech in Wabash County,” says Joshua Blossom, director of the Wabash County Community Learning Center. “We are grateful to accept the grant, which helps Ivy Tech continue to remove barriers and serving the community by providing additional access to high-quality post-secondary education in Wabash.”

To accomplish this, the $32,500 one-year grant will be utilized in a variety of ways, including:

  • Hiring a webcast facilitator and purchased webcast equipment. This will allow Ivy Tech to offer live simulcast courses for students at the Wabash County Community Learning Center being conducted at another location. This helps the College meet minimum enrollment for courses and provides students additional accessibility to courses further along in their educational pathway.
  • Purchasing instructional supplies to ensure students have the books and course materials they need to fully engage in coursework.
  • Providing support services including transportation vouchers, emergency child care, and certification testing to eliminate financial hardships experienced by students.
  • Awarding scholarships for coursework in high-demand fields like CNA, dementia care, long-term care specialist, home healthcare, IT networking, and cybersecurity.

For more information about Ivy Tech course offerings at the Wabash County Community Learning Center, contact Joshua Blossom at 260-563-8828 or visit http://bit.ly/WHivytech.

College to host enrollment days Aug. 9 and 11 for fall semester

DETAILS:
At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Days, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes for the upcoming fall semester. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

To meet the assessment requirement, students should bring in SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, high school transcript, college transcript, or take the ACCUPLACER if needed. If an individual will be taking the ACCUPLACER, it is suggested to arrive early, as the test can take up to three hours.

If an individual intends to use financial aid for the fall 2018-summer 2019 school year, they will need to file a 2018-2019 FAFSA and bring a 2016 tax return information to Express Enrollment.

Students can RSVP to attend and learn more at IvyTech.edu/EEDay. Fall classes begin Aug. 20.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11

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

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College announces CTN as new partner in campus-to-campus shuttle service

CTN logoFor nine years, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus has offered a free campus-to-campus shuttle service available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public during its fall and spring semesters. The College announced today it will continue offering a shuttle service in conjunction with Community Transportation Network that will provide transportation under the same schedule.

“Providing a campus-to-campus shuttle is a valuable service to Ivy Tech, as students continue to rely on it for transportation between classes on our Coliseum and North campuses,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “To have community partners like Community Transportation Network and Citilink, who are willing to work with us respond to this need, is indeed invaluable in our work to best serve our students.”

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. The route includes two scheduled stops with service at each location approximately every 20 minutes, although it’s important for students to allow time to get between campuses:

  • In the roundabout on Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, in front of door 3.
  • At the south entrance of Harshman Hall on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus.
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“CTN is pleased to join this partnership in servicing the needs of the students to connect with resources on both campuses,” says Becky Weimerskirch, executive director of Community Transportation Network. “We have an 18-year history in the community working with partner agencies to remove barriers to success by providing friendly, dependable transportation service.”

Service begins on Monday, Aug. 20, which is the start of fall semester for Ivy Tech. Funding for the campus-to-campus shuttle service is made possible through the joint agreement between CTN and Ivy Tech. For more detail on Ivy Tech’s campus-to-campus shuttle service, visit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s web site.

The first nine years of the service, known as campusLink, was provided through a partnership with Citlink, Fort Wayne’s Public Transportation Corporation. Over time, the service provided nearly 350,000 trips.

Other transportation connections

Since Citilink’s fixed service (Routes 3 and 4) serves the Ivy Tech campus areas, it has agreed to continue providing 31-day passes to Fort Wayne colleges and universities at a 10 percent discount. These are available to faculty, staff, and students at Ivy Tech and other local institutions from pass outlets on campus. For 2018-19, a 31-day unlimited trip pass is $40.50 with the discount (regular price $45). A valid student/employee College ID is required for the pass discount. A maximum of four (4) passes per person per semester can be purchased, and each pass will be active 31 days after its first day of use. Individuals should visit the Ivy Tech Bursar’s Office in the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center on the North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne).

Ivy Tech healthcare specialist students traveling from Coliseum or North campuses to the Parkview Education Center can connect from the shuttle 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.

STEM your Knowledge

By Nathan Riley, marketing intern

This summer, Ivy Tech Community College partnered with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Centers and the Boys and Girls Club to host three STEM camps for ages 10 and up on our Fort Wayne Campus. STEM is an educational system that teaches children in areas like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We hosted 14 students for one week at a time and included activities such as: robotics, chemistry, field trips, masonry, culinary arts, biology, and more.

We kicked off the summer with a STEM/culinary-focused camp called “The Art and Science of Food,” June 11-15. Students learned about nutrition, baking and cooking safety, food science, and culinary careers. They toured Sweetwater Sound and Hilgers Family Farm and also worked alongside Ivy Tech students and faculty on the College’s Grasshopper food truck. They served lunch to Ivy Tech employees and donated their funds to a local nonprofit.

On June 25-29, the annual STEM Camp took place, which highlights careers in sciences and technology. Students learned everything from the chemistry behind Silly Putty to how to solder an electric doorbell. They studied water microorganisms from Metea Park and launched handmade rockets.

And this week (July 16-20), we are hosting a Skilled Trades Camp for 8th grade and above. In this camp, students are carving pens, creating slider whistles, disassembling and reassembling a car engine, bricklaying, and constructing a birdhouse. They’ll also be build rockets and soldering electronics with the goal of introducing students to high-wage, in-demand jobs in the skilled and building trades.

These programs are made possible through generous grant funding from the Lincoln Foundation, the Wilson foundation, AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, and NIPSCO. The summer camps are part of the College’s IvyLiving enrichment programming.

 

Warsaw Site awarded $22,000 K21 Health Foundation Grant

K21 grant

(l-r) Rich Haddad, president and CEO of K21 Health Foundation; Dr. Joe Frentzel, science faculty at Ivy Tech Warsaw; Holly Swoverland, grant coordinator at K21 Health Foundation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site recently learned it will be the recipient of a K21 Health Foundation grant to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in Healthcare Specialist and Medical Assisting programs.

The $22,000 in grant funds will be used to purchase lab equipment for anatomy and physiology courses which are fundamental to all health science programs. The equipment will help train students while simulating real-world experience in health care and will also improve the quality of healthcare services provided to Kosciusko County residents.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of these grant funds in order to expand our offerings at Ivy Tech Warsaw,” says Warsaw Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “The new equipment will also allow us to provide workforce training in the vibrant local orthopedic industry.”

The proposed project is expected to improve educational outcomes for approximately 200 students enrolled in Ivy Tech Warsaw’s health science classes annually.

“One of the best ways to impact our local healthcare workforce is to invest in local healthcare education and training,” says Rich Haddad, K21 president and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw to enhance and improve their offerings in the area of health professional development.”

Graduates of the Medical Assisting and Healthcare Specialist programs are prepared to work in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The students may also choose to transfer Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution upon graduation to complete a bachelor’s degree.

K21 Health Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on opportunities to improve health and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko County. This focus has its roots from the origin of the assets of the foundation being from the non-profit hospital that was established in 1967.

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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