Several local businesses attending Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Human Services Career Fair 

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites students and the community to connect with employers at the Human Services Mini Career and Job Fair Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus. 

Representatives from more than a dozen local businesses and organizations will be there to discuss their companies and the opportunities available. Those attending include: 

  • Bowen Center 
  • Parkview Health 
  • Amani Family Services 
  • Lutheran Health Network 
  • Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana 

Lunch will be provided for attendees from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while supplies last. No reservations required. If you have any questions, contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at  


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 


Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Coliseum Campus 

Anthony Commons, Door 50 

3800 N. Anthony Blvd. 

Fort Wayne, IN 46804 

Sign up for classes and win prizes at Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Registration Fair

Ivy Tech Warsaw students could win free tuition when they sign up for spring courses at the Dec. 6 Registration Fair at Warsaw’s campus on Silveus Crossing.

Attendees can stop by any time between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an easy way to schedule for the spring semester which begins Jan. 17. Anyone who attends is automatically entered to win FREE spring tuition and can enjoy free coffee and food. Students are asked to register as soon as possible to reserve their spots before classes fill up.

The fair is open to everyone, and attendees are encouraged to apply to the college beforehand to streamline the enrollment process. Those interested can sign up at


9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6


Ivy Tech Warsaw Campus 

2545 Silveus Crossing

Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Community College Honors Fort Wayne Accounting Program Chair as Top Faculty Member

Ivy Tech Community College has honored John Lynch of Fort Wayne as one of 39 individuals across the state selected to receive the 2022 President’s Award, the highest honor for Ivy Tech faculty and adjunct faculty. Fort Wayne’s Timothy (Tim) Spear was also nominated for the Gerald I. Lamkin award.

John Lynch, Accounting Program Chair; selected to receive 2022 President’s Award

The College recently honored each one of the winners for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A selection committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“The impact our faculty members have on our students extends far beyond the classroom,” said Ivy Tech President, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “In addition to excellence in teaching, faculty members are often advisors, mentors, and role models for our students. We are proud to recognize their excellence, passion, and dedication to Ivy Tech and the communities in which they live and serve.”

“Mr. Lynch has served our college in a multitude of ways. Although, he makes it clear through his everyday work that teaching and mentoring our students is always his number one priority,” wrote Eric Allmon, Dean of the School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain. “His tenure has stretched through the names of Indiana Vocational Technical College, Ivy Tech State College, and finally Ivy Tech Community College. Through all of the changes, one thing has remained constant in the Accounting program at the Fort Wayne campus – John Lynch.”

Tim Spear, Nursing Adjunct Faculty; nominated for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award

The College also honored Marquis E. Songer (Terre Haute) with the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction and Cynthia Carlson (Anderson) with the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped to found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College and served as president from 1973-1980. Lamkin served as Ivy Tech president from 1983-2007, overseeing the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.

The first recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Honors and Teaching Service, Milan Andrejevich, was also honored. The award is presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the Ivy Tech Honors College in the areas of curriculum development, honors instruction, advisement and mentorship, assessment of student learning, multicultural experiences, and student research.

The winner of this year’s awards were as follows:

Glenn W. Sample Award

Marquis E. Songer – Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Machine Tool Technology (Terre Haute)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award

Cynthia Carlson – Associate Adjunct Faculty, Life Sciences (Anderson)

Provost Award for Excellence in Honors and Teaching Service

Milan Andrejevich – Professor, History (South Bend-Elkhart)

Here’s a full list of the statewide honorees:

Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Mark Robbins – Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair, Natural Sciences
  • Bloomington: Daniel James O’Neill – Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Columbus: Amanda Burkman – Faculty, School of Nursing
  • Evansville: Andrea Jefferson – Associate Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education Program Chair
  • Fort Wayne: John Lynch – Program Chair, Accounting
  • Hamilton County: Nicol Bradberry – ProgramChair, Business
  • Indianapolis: Terri Fleming – Department Chair, Healthcare Specialist Programs
  • Kokomo: Tara Kaser – Assistant Professor of Education, Dean and Program Chair Education
  • Lafayette: Tami Andrade – Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Chair, School of Nursing
  • Lake County: Louis Fadel – Assistant Professor, Science Department
  • Lawrenceburg: Bradley Fentress – Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Madison: George Tackett – Assistant Professor, Program Chair, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences
  • Marion: Satyavathi Dronamraju – Faculty, Mathematics
  • Muncie: Holly Hudson – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs and Social Services
  • Richmond: Gretchen Baumle – Associate Professor, Life Sciences
  • Sellersburg: Amanda Boley – Associate Professor, Psychology, Department Chair, Psychology, Psychology Outcomes Assessment Lead
  • South Bend-Elkhart: Linda R. Taylor, MSW, ICSW – Professor of Education, Department Chair for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
  • Terre Haute: Marquis E. Songer – Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Machine Tool Technology
  • Valparaiso: Jennifer Furmanek – Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Cynthia Carlson – Associate Adjunct Faculty, Life Sciences
  • Columbus: Rebecca Morse – Adjunct Faculty, Math
  • Evansville: William Douglas Sprick – Adjunct Faculty, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences
  • Fort Wayne: Timothy Spear – Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Hamilton County: Kevin Jowitt – Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice
  • Indianapolis: Virginia Taylor Rosner – Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts
  • Kokomo: Dennis Brunk – Adjunct Faculty, Life Science
  • Lafayette: Shannon Sullivan Hudson – Associate Adjunct Professor, Education
  • Lawrenceburg: Emily Johnston – Adjunct Instructor, Medical Assisting
  • Madison: Roger Ward – Adjust Instructor, Technology
  • Marion: Lakisha A’Shownda Fisher – Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice
  • Muncie: Steve Knote – Adjunct Faculty, Business
  • Richmond: Matthew Fulton – Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Services – HVAC/R
  • Sellersburg: Casey Okong’o – Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Nursing
  • South Bend-Elkhart: Mary Morgan – Adjunct Instructor, Human Services
  • Terre Haute: Linda Pearson PhD – Adjunct Faculty, Behavioral Sciences
  • Valparaiso: John Lohrentz – Adjunct Professor Cyber Security and CWCT Grant Program

Sign up for classes and win prizes at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Registration Fair

Anyone interested in enrolling at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is invited to register for spring classes while also getting the chance to win scholarships and other prizes on the Nov. 29 Registration Fair at Ivy Tech’s North Campus.

Attendees can stop by the Student Life Center at 3701 Dean Dr. any time between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an easy way to schedule for the spring semester which begins Jan. 17. Students can enter for a chance to win a full spring tuition scholarship, a laptop, and more. Free coffee will be available from 9 a.m. to noon, and Hetty Arts Pastries will be serving desserts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The fair is open to everyone, and attendees are encouraged to apply beforehand to streamline the enrollment process. Those interested in attending can sign up at


9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29


Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus

Student Life Center

3701 Dean Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Crashing through barriers: Mariana Garcia takes on the world of collision repair

Mariana Garcia stumbled across her love of cars by accident. Though she didn’t have prior experience in the field, taking vocational automotive classes seemed like a fun way to bypass regular classes. What she didn’t predict: breaking the mold as a Hispanic woman pursuing a career in collision repair.

It hasn’t been an easy road to get where she is today. Mariana works as an estimator with Gerber Collision after spending a few years working in an auto shop at a Ford Dealership in her hometown of Kendallville. In her current role, she acts as a liaison between customers and insurance companies after there’s been an accident.

“A lot of people request a man’s opinion,” she shares. “I run into that a lot, but my manager just backs me up.”

According to DATA USA, the collision repair industry is made up of more than 90% men. While those numbers cause unfair stereotypes for women, Mariana says men face them, too. She believes this can be a career for anyone.

“I would like for more people to see that you don’t have to be that stereotype. I think anyone should do it just cause it’s fun and something great to learn.”

Beyond public opinion, Mariana’s parents also weren’t interested in the idea of their daughter working with cars because it didn’t fit their cultural norms. She says her mother would be embarrassed to tell their family in Mexico about her passion. Mariana took a gap year after high school trying to convince herself to do something else, but her love for the automotive industry won out, and she ended up close to home at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne.

Mariana joined the Automotive Technology program and specialized in Collision Repair. It’s a hands-on program that allows students to gain experience with the latest technology and builds proficiency in basic automotive maintenance. She says they went through everything from painting to body work. Mariana graduated with an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology in 2017 and was awarded a technical certificate in Auto Body Repair later that year.

Looking back, she’s grateful for the help of professors like Nick Goodnight, assistant department chair of Diesel Technology, Bob Huffman, department chair of Automotive Technology, and Jaron Grayless, former instructor and current manager at Gerber Automotive, who would take the time to sit down with her and other students one-on-one to go over questions they might have had about class material.

After working in the field for a few years, Mariana says what she learned at Ivy Tech prepared her for working in auto body shops, the front office, and could eventually boost her up to management, which is her goal. However, she aspires to be the best at what she’s doing now before she gets to that point, hoping to break the misconceptions some people have about the field.

“Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m accepted. But showing my work ethic and knowledge, I feel like they’re left speechless.”

Today, Mariana has her parents’ support. She says they think what she’s doing is “cool”. She hopes her story will inspire others who are thinking about going into the automotive industry to forget the stereotypes and take the leap. It’s a growing field that’s constantly in demand. To other women who think they might want to pursue a similar career, Mariana offers this advice:

“Be patient, be confident, and be okay with failing.”

Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy – Circle of Ivy awards more than $260,000 to Campuses

Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy awarded $263,649 to 84 projects at its seventh annual Circle of Ivy Gathering on Friday, November 4. The initiative raises funds to make access to higher education easier for Ivy Tech Community College students. Circle of Ivy has a statewide reach, with a focus specifically on campus needs and projects that positively impact students. 

Several projects from Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw received funding:

  • Helping Hands Emergency Funds (Fort Wayne)- $1,900
  • Rent and Utility Fund (Fort Wayne)- $1,900
  • The Disability Sensory Services Sensory Positive Study Room (Fort Wayne)- $953
  • Coffee with a Professor (Fort Wayne)- $942
  • Helping Hands Emergency Funds (Warsaw)- $3,000
  • Emergency Transportation Funds (Warsaw)- $1,600
  • Basics Bank Supply Pantry (Warsaw)- $1,100
  • Thanksgiving Meal-in-a-Box (Warsaw)- $500

“At Ivy Tech, we believe in a mission that creates resources and breaks down barriers to higher education for our students,” said Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw. “Our local Circle of Ivy chapters have grown from 8 to 70 members since its inception in 2016. It’s encouraging to see this program thrive and witness our students walk better, more accessible paths toward success because of our generous donors.”

The projects funded this year give students easier access to educational opportunities by tackling the issue of food insecurity and providing things like transportation and rent and utility assistance.

“This organization has done so much over the years and continues to provide transformative experiences for Ivy Tech students. When women join together, we are a force for good. We are so proud of all the projects that have been funded by the Circle of Ivy,” said Courtney Roberts, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation.

Since its inception in 2015, Circle of Ivy has grown to more than 1,000 members. In seven years, the members have raised more than $1 million to assist with 384 projects.

To learn more about Circle of Ivy visit

Donation drives Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Diesel Technology students to new opportunities

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Diesel Technology program has recently received a new PACCAR MX-13 engine from Palmer Trucks, a full-service Kenworth dealership serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois, valued up to $40,000 when brand new.

Students in the program take a hands-on approach to the industry, working with new technology and the latest trends in a fast-growing field. Department leaders say this engine will serve as a critical learning tool because it ensures students will have the necessary knowledge of current machinery.

“PACCAR Engines are a leading, quality brand, and are the engine of choice for Kenworth and Peterbilt-brand commercial trucks, which together account for more than 30 percent of the medium and heavy-duty truck market,” says Brad Knipp, service manager of Kenworth of Fort Wayne. “This engine will serve as a learning resource for Ivy Tech students to find meaningful, stable and long-term employment with Fort Wayne mainstays like Palmer Trucks.”

“By utilizing the state of the art, real world components in our curriculum, our graduates are ready to take on any challenge they might meet in the truck repair industry,” says Nick Goodnight, chair of the Diesel Technology program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Interested in Ivy Tech’s Diesel Technology program? Visit or contact Goodnight at or 260-480-4293.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne opens Mini Welding Career Fair to students and the public

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s North Campus is hosting a Mini Welding Career Fair open to students and the community on Nov. 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center. 

Employers representing more than 10 different companies will be attending to offer industry insight and share opportunities in the field. 

Those attending include but are not limited to: 

  • Ameri-Kan/Rugged Steel Works 
  • Crown Equipment Corporation 
  • Ottenweller Company, Inc. 
  • QuikCut LLC. 
  • WorkOne 

For more information, contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at  


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 


Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne  

The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, Welding Lab Hallway  

3701 Dean Dr  

Fort Wayne, IN 46835 

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne holds Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration on Nov. 18

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s North Campus is hosting an Apprenticeship Fair during National Apprenticeship Week on Friday, Nov. 18th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center. It’s open to community members interested in hands-on experiences and learning more about apprenticeships. 

Attendees can also: 

  • Learn how apprenticeships can teach a skilled trade while earning a wage, the “learn while you earn” approach 
  • Watch live demonstrations on skilled trades 
  • Meet industry representatives, and learn how to become an apprentice 

Questions? Contact or 260-480-4241. RSVP at


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 


Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne  

The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center  

3701 Dean Dr  

Fort Wayne, IN 46835 

Experience international fare without leaving Indiana at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites the campus and community to get a taste of international cooking through the Special Cuisines program. Culinary students take turns preparing and serving themed meals for class credit in a project-based learning experience. The students rotate through various positions in the kitchen and dining room, creating a full-service restaurant atmosphere. 

The following dinner dates have five start times: 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7 p.m.  

Special Cuisines Schedule:  

  • November 10 
  • November 17 
  • December 8  

The first meal will be Japanese-themed. Other themes will be revealed closer to their respective dinners. 

Reservations are required at least 24 hours before the dinner and can be made at 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 $30 per person. Wine is available for $6 per glass or $18 per bottle.  

Visit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s dinner series website at for more information.