NEINFAME chapter kick-off event for community partners and educators

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are inviting northeast Indiana educators and community partners to learn more about NEINFAME during a virtual meeting on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Attendees will learn about how NEINFAME connects area students with employer partners. Sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time while attending classes.

NEINFAME strives to be a powerful conduit between industry and education. 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 include: Advanced Machine & Tool (AMT), Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet.

RSVP at or contact Kimberly Waugh, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Director of K-14 Engagement and Transition at

10 a.m. Sept. 22
1 p.m. Sept. 22

Zoom meeting

More information is available at Program applications will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2021 for the 2022 cohort.

Garrett juniors and seniors to sign with Garrett-Keyser Butler’s welding program in collaboration with Ivy Tech

Forty junior and senior Garrett High School Career Development welding students will be signing up for a registered apprenticeship during an official signing event in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Performing Arts Center on Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m. Employer partners and official stakeholders will be in attendance.

Garrett-Keyser-Butler’s (GKB) Career Development Welding Program is in its third year. The program focuses on integrated academics, along with technical and employability skill development. The welding students in the program are dual enrolled with Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. Students will complete an Ivy Tech Structural Welding Certificate, OSHA 10 certification, and 21 Ivy Tech college credits.

The Career Development Welding SEAL has transitioned into a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship. Northeast Indiana Works, The Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship, The Career Development Program, and multiple employer partners have collaborated with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship in establishing the first Youth Registered Welding Apprenticeship in Indiana.

“This is an amazing milestone for our program and employer partners,” said Chad Sutton, Director of Career Development, Garrett High School. “Anytime we can celebrate our students’ accomplishments, support registered apprenticeships, and help our industry and local workforce boards collaborate with our young adults, it is special.”

The partnership has grown since its implementation and organizers are hopeful additional employers in the region who are looking to hire welders will join this registered program to provide on-the-job training opportunities for students while building a skilled workforce. Additionally, this program serves as a statewide model for collaboration in developing high-quality Department of Labor registered programs.

1:45 p.m. Sept. 17

Garrett-Keyser- Butler Performing Arts Center (PAC)
801 E Houston St
Garrett, IN 46738
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Ivy Tech Fort Wayne holding Career Coaching and Employer Connections Grand Opening event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host a Grand Opening for the new Career Coaching and Employer Connections program Sept. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. The event will be streamed statewide through the IvyEvents app while all 19 campuses host an in-person celebration.

During Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s on-campus event, lunch from the student-run Grasshopper food truck will be provided for invited guests, followed by a reception in Harshman Hall for all Ivy Tech students, staff, and faculty. The Fort Wayne campus was a pilot program for CCEC, which is now being rolled out statewide.

Ivy Tech developed the program, which brings together career development and employer outreach to meet the needs of the workforce. Most importantly, with the student in mind, it creates a cohesive model for student and employer engagement. This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience.

For students, the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program will provide the opportunity for:

  • Creation of a Career Development Portfolio: students will showcase why an employer should hire them and will include resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work and learn experiences, and the professional network and connections they have built with support from their CCEC team.
  • Career Coaching: one-to-one relationship to guide students on a career path that matches their values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Work and Learn: opportunity to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student, such as working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.

The CCEC program also benefits employers by helping them find top talent for their workforce needs and/or skill-up current employees with custom training. By closely aligning the student experience and employer needs, the CCEC program will meet the specific skills and training needs of employers in Indiana, and neighboring states.

“The official launch of the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program is a real win for our students, employer partners, and northeast Indiana community,” said Joe McMichael, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw’s Career Coaching and Employer Connections. “This program better serves our students through an integrated approach to employer relations. From the very first day a student enrolls at Ivy Tech, we immediately connect and help them take the next steps on the path to a high-wage, in-demand career.”

To learn more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s CCEC program, contact Joe McMichael at

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Offering Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 10

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, in partnership with local pharmacies and health departments, will offer a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and clinic on Sept. 10 at its Coliseum Campus, room CC1640 (3800 N Anthony Blvd). The Fort Wayne location will offer the Pfizer vaccine which recently received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available. No appointment is needed, but a state issued ID will be required. It is important to note, those under 18 will need to have parent consent, which can be completed while on-site. On-site Covid-19 testing will also be available at the clinic.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
Room CC1640
3800 N Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Both vaccines are free and available to the public with no appointment. Incentives of $100 gift cards are available to Ivy Tech students and employees who receive their vaccine at the Sept. 10 clinic on campus. Masks are required.

Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson next Fort Wayne & Warsaw Chancellor

Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson as its next chancellor for the Fort Wayne service area, effective August 16, 2021. Current chancellor Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier announced her retirement after serving 11 years with the College. The Fort Wayne chancellor position will include oversight and leadership of the College’s second-largest service area, including the eleven counties of Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

“Students are at the heart of Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson’s long career at Ivy Tech,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “She has proven herself as a servant leader within the college.  Dr. Barnett-Johnson is already engaged in many community initiatives, and will be exceptional at leading and growing partnerships with industry, K-12 education, and community organizations.  She will ensure more college age students and working adult learners successfully complete in-demand degrees and credentials which lead to high-wage, high-impact careers or transfer to our four-year partners.”

 “I am honored to be selected as the next chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne service area. I have dedicated the past 20 years of my career to this campus and the incredible faculty, and staff who move mountains to serve our students,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson.  “Ivy Tech’s mission is integral to the future of Northeast Indiana’s workforce and I am excited to take the helm and lead this phenomenal team to even greater heights.”

Dr. Barnett-Johnson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Fort Wayne campus where she influences practices locally and statewide through oversight of academic programming and support services, faculty development and promotion, student retention and completion, and dual credit administration. She brings more than 27 years of higher education experience including: Dean, I-Adapt/Degree Completion Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Ethnic Student Programs, and Director of Minority Student Recruitment/Programs/Retention.

She has also played an integral role in the creation and leadership of campus student programs, such as the African American Male Initiative, and SPIRIT, both of which are student organizations created to provide mentorship and retention support to specific student populations, with the goal of student success through completion. 

“In my soul, I believe that education is critical to our community’s success,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson. “Ivy Tech is the catalyst for that success, and we live this mission daily. I can think of no better way to spend my time, than to lead my colleagues who, when paired with our dedicated legislators, community leaders, donors, and education partners, make up the most passionate team of changemakers I have had the pleasure of knowing. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I have walked alongside these folks for two decades, and I know we are up to the task.”

In addition to these activities, Dr. Barnett-Johnson has also been actively engaged in building community partnerships through current, and previous service, on community boards for organizations such as AWS Foundation, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Parkview Multicultural Advisory Board, Dupont Hospital Community Engagement Board, SCAN, East Wayne Street Center, Mirror Me Foundation, and Homebound Meals.  She also volunteers for organizations such as Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Junior Achievement, and Study Connection. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners alike have commended her for her commitment to education, humility, kindness, and dedication to student success.

Dr. Barnett-Johnson is a lifelong resident of Northeast Indiana.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Taylor University; a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Indiana University, Fort Wayne; and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University.  She and her late husband Vincent are proud parents of three children: Eboni, Dalyn, and Drevon.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Metal Technologies sign Achieve Your Degree program agreement

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Metal Technologies recently signed an agreement to offer free tuition for any Ivy Tech degree to all full and part time employees of Metal Technologies Inc. in Auburn 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.

“We are pleased to partner with Metal Technologies, the first employer to offer free tuition for any Ivy Tech degree program for all full and part time employees.  We know an Ivy Tech education is the key to higher wages and economic success for our students,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “When our students thrive, they become part of the skilled workforce that will drive Northeast Indiana’s local economy. Our “Achieve Your Degree” partnerships are wins for our students, our employer partners, and our communities.”

With Achieve Your Degree, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne representatives will work directly with Metal Technologies to provide employer-deferred tuition billing as long as individuals meet the guidelines of the company’s tuition assistance program. Metal Technologies 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 Metal Technologies. 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. Metal Technologies is also the first employer partner to offer this benefit to part-time employers. Employees can work as little as 20 hours/week and still qualify. The starting pay at Metal Technologies is $19/hour.

“Metal Technologies invests in our communities. We welcome anyone seeking an Ivy Tech degree – from recent high school graduates starting off at Ivy Tech to earn transfer credits to someone seeking to become a registered nurse – to let us pay your tuition while you work a flexible full or part-time schedule. In addition to competitive pay, Metal Technologies offers low-cost individual and family insurance and other benefits. We’re excited to welcome Ivy Tech students to the Metal Technologies family,” said Matt Fetter, Metal Technologies’ President and CEO.

The program is available to Metal Technologies employees beginning this fall. Ivy Tech courses start August 18.

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

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

Visit for more information about Achieve Your Degree.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Instructors go on Big Adventure with Bike Ride Fundraiser

Ivy Tech instructors Kathi Weiss and Cathie Rowand are on a mission to inspire students and the Fort Wayne community to find a cause and take meaningful action. For them, it’s biking and Fort Wayne Trails, and they just raised nearly eight thousand dollars on a charity bicycle ride to Washington D.C., called Kathies’ Big Adventure.

With a lifetime of biking, hiking, and adventures between them, both Weiss (age 73) and Rowand (age 64) decided to embark on Kathies’ Big Adventure (a clever combination of their two first names) when the Greater Allegheny Passage was connected to the C&O Towpath, making it possible to bike from Pittsburg to Washington, D.C. entirely on bike trails. They trained more than two years to complete the 757 miles in just 16 days, and although they may have worn out their bike brakes after a particularly arduous 7 mile stretch in southern OH, they never wavered in their efforts.

“We hit one hill that was a 6.9% grade, and when we got to the top, there was a cemetery, which was fitting,” jokes Rowand. “No hills in Fort Wayne can prepare you. If we weren’t so naïve, we probably couldn’t have done it.”

In two weeks, the pair packed in more adventures than they could count including reuniting lost chihuahuas and misplaced wallets with their owners, a chance encounter with New York Times Bestseller Jennifer Weiner, and a less-than-stellar hotel experience that Weiss says reminded her of The Cecil Hotel. But in the end, they were left with a renewed faith in people that they hope to share with others.

“Remember that the best part of exploring is meeting new people along the way. People are basically good if we just slow down, put aside our preconceived ideas, and listen to each other,” says Weiss.

The two instructors see their time in Ivy Tech’s classrooms as a similar experience of challenges and successes. Weiss has been both a full-time and adjunct instructor in psychology and human services classes, while Rowand is an adjunct in art appreciation classes. Despite the pandemic and adjusting to virtual instruction, both say a love of teaching and helping students grow keeps them coming back semester after semester.

“Teaching at Ivy Tech is just fun. Where else can you get paid to do what you like and also watch students go on to great careers?” says Weiss. “I’ve been out shopping for shoes in town and had students come up to thank me for my class. It means a lot to hear them tell me how I make an impact.”

And the pair aren’t putting on the brakes anytime soon. They know there’s no shortage of worthy causes, but for now, they’re focused on raising $10,000 for Fort Wayne Trails to wrap up Kathies’ Big Adventure before they move on to the next endeavor.

Ready to get started biking? The Kathies’ say the best spot in town is the Maumee Pathway where bikers/walkers can enjoy 15 miles of shaded trail between Fort Wayne and New Haven.

Interested in teaching at Ivy Tech? Check out our faculty openings at

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers free cybersecurity courses amid increases in corporate hacks

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is offering a free course this fall addressing the fundamentals of cybersecurity. The course will empower everyone to protect their personal digital presence and also to understand the needs of corporations operating in today’s digital environment. The course is a free, non-credit course meeting on three concurrent Saturdays beginning September 11, 2021. 

“Cyber criminals infect millions of systems across the world and when you couple the ransom dollars, and the lost productivity of down-time, it can add up to multi-million-dollar losses for a company,” says Darrel Kesler, dean of the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “Even here in Northeast Indiana, employers have reported up to thousands of cyber-attacks per day.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s cyber security faculty is dedicated to educating the community about personal and business cyber safety. Beyond this free three-session non-credit course, the School of Information Technology offers an array of degree and certificates that allow students to enter the workforce directly, or transfer to four-years universities for their Bachelor degrees.

Students interested in the free course, they can register at, or contact Lucy La Hurreau, assistant department chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, at  

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier receives Sagamore of the Wabash, recognition by Indiana General Assembly

At the July 27 Campus Board of Trustees meeting on Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier was recognized for her many contributions to the Northeast Indiana community with both the Sagamore of the Wabash award and a special resolution from the Indiana General Assembly. These recognitions come as she prepares for retirement in September.

Indiana State Representatives Martin Carbaugh, Christopher Judy, Dan Leonard, and Bob Morris represented Governor Eric Holcomb and presented the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor bestowed by an Indiana governor, to Chancellor Mosier. The award celebrates a Hoosier who is “distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership”. It has been awarded to actors, astronauts, presidents, artists, athletes, and more.

Along with this award, Chancellor Mosier was recognized with House Resolution No. 53 which was sponsored by Representatives Daniel Leonard, David Abbott, Martin Carbaugh, Philip GiaQuinta, Dave Heine, Christopher Judy, Matthew Lehman, Robert Morris, Ben Smaltz, and Craig Snow and was approved on April 20, 2021.The resolution marks the occasion by pointing out the following accomplishments during her tenure:

  • Serving in higher education, and specifically community colleges, throughout her career including more than a decade of service to Northeast Indiana with Ivy Tech, as well as previous leadership roles in community colleges in Washington, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Ushering in new degree programs and record certifications/credentials awarded in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw service area.
  • Promoting greater access to quality education through local community learning locations in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
  • Building a strong network of community organizations and area employers to build up the Hoosier workforce and provide greater opportunity for Ivy Tech graduates.

Acting as a champion for higher education through her belief that “community leaders, legislators, and our Ivy Tech faculty and staff … can move mountains and make access to high-quality education a reality for everyone”.

The full resolution can be found here:

 “It has been my honor to serve this campus and this community alongside such phenomenal staff, faculty, legislators, industry leaders, community organizations, and of course, our students,” said Chancellor Mosier. “I so appreciate these recognitions, but it is the work of many people who have led to our growth and success. I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the great work that is higher education in Northeast Indiana.”

Chancellor Mosier’s final day in her role will be September 10, 2021. The College is currently conducting the interview and finalist process for her successor.

“Jerrilee has been a passionate leader and advocate for the Fort Wayne service area,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We wish her a well-deserved retirement and thank her for developing a strong leadership team, faculty and staff, a highly engaged campus board, and deep relationships with employers and community leaders.  I am confident a new chancellor will be able to pick up where Jerrilee has left off and build upon her legacy.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw announce new student service hours to meet student needs

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site have adjusted their student service hours in order to better serve current and prospective students through both virtual and in-person services. Student service offices include Financial Aid, Express Enrollment Center, Admissions, Registrar, Assessment Center, and Academic Advising Center. Ivy Tech classes begin Aug. 18. Prospective students can apply online at


Express Enrollment Center – Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Dr., Fort Wayne

Mon. – Thu., 8 am – 5 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm

Virtual Express Enrollment Center –

Mon. – Thu., 7 am – 7 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm


Express Enrollment Center – Miller Hall, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

Mon. – Thu., 8 am – 6 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm

Virtual Express Enrollment Center –

Mon. – Thu., 9 am – 6 pm  |  Fri., 9 am – 4 pm