Special topic courses keep things interesting for students

Over the years, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne faculty get creative in the classroom by offering some special topic courses for students. Who would ever thought you could take a writing class themed after the popular series Harry Potter? We have put together a sampling of introductory classes offered this spring semester. Most start this Monday (Jan. 14), but may be offered in the fall, summer, or future spring semesters as well.

ENG 111 English Composition

Want to come back to school but worried about getting through the prerequisites? In the past three years, the English program has been revamping their introductory writing courses to incorporate interesting themes. This spring, Susan Howard is running a Harry Potter themed class entitled, “Harry Potter—The Innocence and Experience.”

Contact Howard at showard62@ivytech.edu for more information.

HLHS 123 Meal Planning Course

This class combines healthcare, nutrition, and culinary arts. It’s a great for anyone interested in meal preparation for homecare, family members, or just yourself. Students learn basic cooking skills along with learning how to prepare meals for individuals with certain diseases/conditions, i.e. diabetes, heart disease, allergies, etc. Upon completion, students can earn a Basic Cooking Skills Certificate as well as a Certificate for each special diet. 

Contact Shelly Ann Dobler at sdobler@ivytech.edu  for more information.

MKTG 252 Introduction to Digital Marketing

Students learn digital and social media marketing from Patrick McCormick, who has successfully started a brand, Travels with Delaney, using social media. Students will learn about the goals of social media marketing, and how it can either create or enhance business.  The class will focus on creating value in content, maximizing search optimization, and creating relationships with subscribers, followers, etc.

Contact Patrick McCormick at 260-480-4253 or pmccormi@ivytech.edu for more information.

VISC 183 Introduction to UI/UX

This fun tech class covers user interfaces and user experiences on websites, mobile apps, and more. If the user interface (think Netflix menu) isn’t designed well, then the user experience won’t go well. Students will use Adobe XD to create or improve existing interfaces. Some technology experience is highly recommended.

This class is one of our 2nd 8-week class offerings, which begin March 18. Contact Erin Salyers at esalyers@ivytech.edu for more information.

Interested in learning more about our spring offerings? Check out our online class search tool.

NOTE: Several classes start in March! Take a look.

A season of giving

Starting in August 2018, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Paramedic Science students perform at least 24 hours of community service. To fulfill part of this requirement, a group of students decided to donate first aid items to Mission Donate during The Rescue Mission of Fort Wayne’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12–16.

The students not only chose to participate but were determined to make a difference. They created 120 first aid kits for Mission Donate. The kits had bandages of assorted sizes, alcohol preps, 2×2’s, antibiotic ointment, a hand wipe, antiseptic wipes, antifungal cream, a toothbrush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, lotion, a pair of socks, a mylar blanket, and an encouraging quote. 

“When I dropped the first-aid kits off at the rescue mission, the workers were so excited,” says Jennifer Knapp, instructor of paramedic science. “They told me people rarely donate first-aid kits even though they’re in demand. They were so happy to be getting their need filled; and filled well beyond their expectations.”

Students were overwhelmingly supportive and enthusiastic for this program. After they were finished, some students even inquired about additional opportunities to help others and give back to the community.

“The community service project helped enhance my education through giving me a visual aid of what some of the less fortunate members in our community could benefit from,” says Deborah Angstrom, paramedic science student. “I thought this was a very insightful project, because it helped me a little to put myself in the shoes of people in need. It also made me think about all the little luxuries we take for granted. It was an awesome learning and giving experience!”

College to host enrollment week for spring 2019 semester in January

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting an Express Enrollment Week, Jan. 2–5, to get students ready for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14.

At Express Enrollment events, prospective students can work on 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.

Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school (if they graduated in the past four years) or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more.

LOCATIONS, DAYS, AND HOURS:

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-3
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5

Upcoming Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw holiday hours

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw will operate adjusted hours in the coming holiday weeks:

Dec. 25, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019

  • All Ivy Tech campuses statewide will be closed in honor of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    This includes all Ivy Tech locations in northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus, Fort Wayne’s North Campus, Fort Wayne’s South Campus, and the Warsaw Site).

Jan. 2–5, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Wednesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Sunday, closed

Jan. 7–11, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday and Sunday, closed

Jan. 14–18, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday and Sunday, closed

 Jan. 21, 2019

  • All Ivy Tech campuses statewide will be closed in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    This includes locations in northeast Indiana.

 

UPDATE: College opens search for local artist(s) to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne / extended deadline to Feb. 1

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been extended to February 1, 2019.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2019. As part of the celebration, the College is seeking an artist(s) to create an original public art installation at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, near the corner of E. Coliseum Blvd. and North Anthony Blvd.

Ivy Tech is looking for a signature art work of exceptional quality and enduring value that highlights the importance of community-focused higher education and reflects the identity of Ivy Tech. See the Call for Artists attachment for the specifics to the competition and detailed artistic guidelines.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating our 50th year providing higher education and workforce training in northeast Indiana,“ says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This artistic creation will symbolize and reflect our mission to serving the communities and to building a stronger northeast Indiana.”

The chosen artist(s) will be awarded up to a $12,000 commission (all inclusive of design, materials, construction, installation) for the artist(s) to realize the work. Private community donations, College fundraising efforts, and grant-matching crowd-funding resources will provide the commission.

This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in northeast Indiana’s 11-county area (Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, Kosciusko, LaGrange).

See the Call for Artists attachment for additional information, eligibility requirements, application guidelines, selection criteria, and more. The application deadline is 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 15, 2019. The chosen artist(s) will be selected and notified by Feb. 15, 2019, and installation will take place in mid-August 2019. All submissions must be sent via email to fortwayne-50th@ivytech.edu.

ARTIST GUIDELINES & SUBMISSION DETAILS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE [pdf]

College and Michelin North America announce partnership to offer scholarships, part-time work to Industrial Electrical Technology students

Ivy Tech Community College and Michelin North America (BFGoodrich) have developed a new program to provide potential and current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students an opportunity to develop hands-on work experiences while earning their A.A.S. degree in Industrial Electrical Technology through the Technical Scholars Program.

Accepted students will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, course fees, and books, while working part-time in the BFGoodrich manufacturing facility in Woodburn, Ind. Graduates of the Technical Scholars Program are eligible for full time entry-level employment as maintenance technicians at BFGoodrich with salary projections of $55,000 or more.

“Companies are turning to nontraditional models to recruit and find skilled labor for today’s technology, and Ivy Tech is here to help meet that need.” says Bob Parker, Department Chair of Industrial Technology and Automation and Robotics. “We’re excited to offer this opportunity for our students who are interested in a great career in an exciting field.”

To be considered for the Technical Scholars Program, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Industrial Electrical Technology Associate of Applied Science program.
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Be able to work 20 hours per week.
  • Demonstrate strong math, science, reading, and comprehension skills.
  • Pass a pre-employment test.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech will help us develop our workforce and strengthen our community,” said Stuart Hirsch, Personnel Manager and Skilled Trades Recruiter at BFGoodrich. “Michelin is giving students an incredible opportunity to launch industrial careers with this learn and earn program.”

Interested individuals can learn more or take the pre-employment test at upcoming Technical Scholars Program information sessions on Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Ivy Tech’s Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, room TC1225 (Ivy Tech North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835).

Space is limited, so please RSVP for the event here. Or call 260-480-4248 for more information on becoming a BFGoodrich Technical Scholar.

 

Ivy Tech Warsaw awarded $10k from Gene Haas Foundation to fund machine tool technology training

Warsaw-check

(l-r) Chase Guthrie, Haas Application Engineer; Kate Shoemaker, Ivy Tech Machine Tool Technology student and Zimmer Biomet employee; Tom Till, Ivy Tech Director of Advanced Manufacturing; Jim Papagiannis, Ivy Tech Foundation Assistant Director of Resource Development; Allyn Decker, Ivy Tech Warsaw Vice Chancellor; Chad Longstreth, Haas Sales Engineer; and Russ Jehl, Deputy District Director for Representative Jim Banks

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is partnering with Haas Automation and Haas Factory Outlet Indiana to provide high-quality education and training focused on advanced machining.

The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded $10,000 to the Ivy Tech Foundation for scholarships to fund machine tool technology training at Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC). This training will help students learn skills for high paying, high-demand careers in the advanced manufacturing industry, targeted to CNC machining, tool and die, and CNC programming. Graduates work in high-demand industries including orthopedics, automotive, aerospace, agriculture, consumer goods, and recreation.

“Experienced machinists are retiring in large numbers and this leaves a tremendous gap where current supply is not meeting demand,” says Tom Till, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at the OAMTC. “While this seems like a good problem, we need to fill open positions so employers can meet current demand, but they can also grow their businesses to meet future needs.  Not doing so opens the potential for companies to shift work to other cities, states and countries that have an available and trained workforce.”

“We’re fortunate to have Ivy Tech on the front lines helping to close the skills gap in Indiana,” says Toni Neary, Haas Factory Outlet Director of Education. “Local manufacturers need skilled machinists in order to keep manufacturing here at home, which is a personal mission for Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation.”

Founded by Gene Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $52 million to deserving charities and educational institutions. The foundation was formed to fund local community needs and to support manufacturing education. The foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, and supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers.

College to host December Express Enrollment Days for spring 2019 registration

 Ivy Tech Community College is hosting two Express Enrollment Days in December to get students ready for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14.

At Express Enrollment events, 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.

Students should bring their tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community Fort Wayne
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College & City of Fort Wayne announce partnership with 3 local organizations to assist SNAP benefits recipients

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne announced a partnership between Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Parkview Health, Neighborhood Health Clinic, and Fort Wayne UNITED to promote the College’s Ivy Works program.

This partnership will give clients receiving SNAP benefits at these organizations an opportunity to explore the Ivy Works program, which is a special federally funded program that helps remove the non-academic barriers for students receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by providing wraparound services. Allen County alone has nearly 18,000 SNAP recipients as of Sept. 2018.

Information sessions for eligible clients will take place Nov. 12 through Dec. 12 at the Neighborhood Health Clinic’s downtown location, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

“The Ivy Works program was developed to help those individuals receive the training and support needed to achieve economic stability through employment in high-demand, high-wage jobs,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is committed to serving the community and forming partnerships to meet northeast Indiana’s most pressing needs.”

Individuals on SNAP benefits can earn a certificate in 12 weeks under Home Care Tech, Industrial Maintenance, or CNC Machining. The program assists with starting a new career, learning new job skills, connecting with community referrals to get HSE, and assisting with the enrollment process. There will be other possible opportunities to receive assistance with transportation, childcare, career clothing, mental health counseling, and more. Ivy Works, which runs through September 2019, is for Allen County residents and aims to help 100 students. The nutrition assistance program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services and targets low and no income families. Benefits are administered at a state level. Learn more at IN.gov.

“I am appreciative of this partnership we’ve been able to form to help provide opportunities for individuals who want to make a meaningful difference in our community,” says Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “We want to be a leader in putting residents in position to succeed and have access to services that will have a lasting and positive impact.”

For more information on the Ivy Works program, visit the College’s services and resources website or call 260-480-4209.

High school students and parents invited to College 101 night

At College 101, area high school students and parents can learn about being a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Attendees can tour campus and learn about:

  • Degree and certificate programs
  • Dual credit pathways and dual enrolled course options
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Applying for college
  • And more

Learn more on the College 101 website or RSVP here.

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

SCHEDULE:
6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15