Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw offering free summer classes for high school students

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are offering free classes to high school students for grades 9 to 12. These courses may be used for exploration, earning an Ivy Tech certification, or degree. Courses selected may be easily transferred to any Indiana 4-year public university. The program includes free tuition, technology and course fees, and textbooks.

The college is holding Registration Fairs on June 1 at both Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations. During the fair, parents and students can learn more about the program and sign up for classes. Request information or RSVP at IvyTech.edu/free.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Student Life Center Gym
3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Electronics and Engineering programs receive CTE Award

Andy Bell, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne department chair of engineering technology; Cait Cramer, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne engineering instructor; and Vearl Turnpaugh, assistant vice president of curriculum for engineering, IT, and agriculture.

On May 10, four Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne programs were honored with the Governor’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Postsecondary Program of Study Awards. The four programs are: Electronics and Computer Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Engineering Technology. The CTE award is given to programs that excel in program design, resource utilization, and program outcomes.

“Sustaining high success rates in engineering programs is challenging; however, the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne engineering programs have been a curve breaker,” said Darrel J. Kesler, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Each and every graduate is widely sought after, and they often succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Our students enjoy careers with companies like Fort Wayne Metals, Ultra Electronics, and Panoramic.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s programs not only provide the theory required in engineering, they also provide substantial hands-on experience, including the opportunity to travel to the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Classes are available in the evening for students who work full-time

Enrollment in the Electronics and Engineering programs has been steadily increasing over the past several years. The Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Engineering Technology programs are accredited by ABET—a highly prestigious accrediting organization.  Students can enter the workforce after graduation or transfer their credits to four-year institutions.

Interested in engineering? Contact Andrew Bell (abell118@ivytech.edu) or Cait Cramer (ccramer15@ivytech.edu).

Ivy Tech Warsaw partnering with Whitko High School to create Ivy Tech Academy

Ivy Tech Warsaw is partnering with Whitko Community Schools to create a new “Ivy Tech Academy” in a former library space in Whitko Jr.-Sr. High School. Renovations will take place this summer so that students can begin using the new facility next school year.

The intent is to create a dedicated space where students can attend Ivy Tech college classes virtually or online during their school day. For many students, earning college credits while still in high school can accelerate their college career and save time and money. On Friday, May 6, new electronic equipment was delivered to the school for this project. Funds were drawn from an account designated for improving college enrollment opportunities for students and totaled approximately $5,000 for the Whitko project.

“This donation of technology equipment will help forge an even stronger partnership between our two schools and allow even more Whitko students to complete dual enrollment courses without the need to travel to a campus,” said Allyn Decker, vice chancellor at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “These students will earn transferrable college credits, making the most of their time in high school and also setting them up to complete at Ivy Tech or another four-year institution.”

Class of 2022 Graduate Spotlight: Amber Brown

Amber Brown probably wouldn’t have predicted her career path when she graduated with an art degree from John Heron School of Art in 1998 and began working as a sculptor. She initially had great success, working for MGA Sculpture Studios in Florida and also creating art for the Tampa Bay Aquarium, Nickelodeon, Busch Gardens, the Great Wolf Lodge, and more.

But after experiencing two recessions and having a child, Amber made the difficult decision to hang up her artist’s hat and trade it for a hard hat. Her family owns a construction company and gave Amber a job with financial stability. She’s worked the past thirteen years in road construction, mostly feeding an asphalt or gravel plant.

It was a good job that allowed her to provide for her family. But as a creative person, Amber felt like something was missing. It was breaking her spirit to work alone and perform repetitive tasks every day. She began to dream about a different future.

“When you’re isolated and a creative person, interesting things happen in your inner world,” said Amber. “I would come up with fancy ideas of a different kind of life. One where I could make a good living but also do something where I could use my creative brain and skills as an artist.”

Knowing that Warsaw was the orthopedic capital of the world, Amber decided that her ideal career would be sculpting tools for an orthopedic company. But she knew she’d have to get a degree and learn 3D modeling if she wanted to make it work.

One rainy day, Amber dropped into the office of Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Advanced Manufacturing Director Tom Till, who advised her to enroll in the Design Technology program. It hasn’t always been easy, but throughout her time at Ivy Tech, Amber has learned again and again that she can overcome any obstacle.

“When I was struggling with a physics class, I thought ‘Oh dear God, what if I’ve gotten this far, and only to find out that it’s too much for me?’ Even at the very end, that self-doubt was there. But I’ve realized through this whole process that that’s not something I really need to listen to anymore. Look to the evidence—okay, when you’ve put your whole effort into something, when have you failed? I finished the class with an A.”

Along with challenging classwork, Amber also had to balance working full time with creating a schedule that worked for her. As a working adult, Amber needed night or online classes, and her program wasn’t offered in Warsaw, so she had to take any program-specific courses through Fort Wayne or South Bend.

“I really did the full mixed bag of course offerings that Ivy Tech has. That’s what enabled me to get this done—the fact that there were courses that were offered at night and online. Luckily between the three campuses I could build a schedule for myself every semester that fit my life. That’s one of the big advantages to Ivy Tech—there’s so many campuses that if you need to find a late class, you’re going to be able to find it.”

Amber is now graduating in May with her Associate Degree in Design Technology. She’s currently focused on planning her wedding this summer. But after that, she has her portfolio ready and hopes to fulfil her dream of becoming a CAD Designer at an orthopedic company, where she can use her artistic and technical knowledge to sculpt tools and improve lives.

Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education welcomes new class with “Signing Day” event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and the Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEINFAME) welcomed their newest class of recruits at their annual Signing Day event Friday.

The event featured 12 graduating high school seniors from throughout northeast Indiana signing their intent to participate in the next two-year cohort of the NEINFAME program beginning in the 2022–23 school year.

Founded in 2019, the NEINFAME program connects area students with employer partners to sponsor their pursuit of a two-year degree; sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time—with a focus on developing critical professional skills—while attending classes. Sponsors and employer partners of the NEINFAME program are AMT, Fort Wayne Metals, LH Industries, Micropulse, Steel Dynamics and Zimmer Biomet.

“We are thrilled to welcome this amazing group of students to the program,” said Jeff Hansen, Chair of the NEINFAME Chapter and Vice President of HR at Steel Dynamics. “The Northeast Indiana FAME program was formed to create manufacturing opportunities for area students. Not only does it provide them a pathway to a career in advanced manufacturing, it also allows sponsor companies to collaborate and grow Northeast Indiana’s regional talent pool, resulting in a positive outcome for local students, our community and our employer members.”

“This is such an exciting and inspirational day for everyone involved,” added Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw. “It symbolizes the importance of developing and retaining skilled talent for our region.”

The NEINFAME program is open to any graduating high school senior or anyone interested in a degree and career in advanced manufacturing. To learn more visit the program’s website.

2022 Cohort

  • Lyle Baron
  • Connor Bloomfield
  • Bryce England
  • Isaiah Fuentes
  • Luke Jamili
  • Dalen Johnson
  • Dylan Kalb
  • Kameron Laux
  • Kevin Navarro Robles
  • Brenden Nuttle
  • Ian Shepherd
  • Nathan Tin

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is offering free summer enrichment programing for high school students

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is offering Tech Fusion summer enrichment camps to high school students from June 6 to 16 (Monday to Thursday each week) from 8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Student will earn transferable college credit after completing the program. There are three different options to choose from—Health Science, Computer Science, and Apprenticeship. All enrichment camps are free, but space is limited.

Tech Fusion provides an overview of each program with hands-on learning experiences in Ivy Tech’s state-of-the-art facilities. It also integrates with Ivy Tech’s Student Success (IVYT) course, which provides a map on how to be successful in college while awarding college credit.

In the Health Sciences Tech Fusion Camp, students will explore the following career fields: certified nursing assistant, medical assisting, nursing, respiratory therapist, surgical technician, and paramedic science. Students in the Apprenticeship Camp will explore careers in welding, construction, agriculture, automotive, and manufacturing and robotics. Finally, the Computer Science Camp offers students the chance to learn more about computer science, informatics, cyber security, networking, software development, and database management careers.

Interested? Contact Connor Wilkins at cwilkins13@ivytech.edu or 260-241-7653. Want to know more about dual enrollment opportunities or free college classes for high school students this summer? Visit link.ivytech.edu/ivyfree.

The deadline to apply is June 1st. 

8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
June 6 to 9 & 13 to 16

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne instructor Nick Goodnight publishes automotive instructional textbook

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Associate Professor and Chair of the Diesel Technology program Nick Goodnight, Ph.D., has published a new book. The book is titled “Light Duty Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” and is co-authored by Mark L. Quarto, Ph.D. Designed to help students become entry-level electrical technicians, “Light Duty Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” contains fundamental concepts and also information on cutting-edge connected vehicle systems. The textbook is available through Amazon or cdxlearning.com.

“‘Light Duty Hybrid and Electric Vehicles’ is designed for teaching high voltage technologies to students preparing for careers working on hybrid, electric, and connected vehicles,” says Goodnight. “Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has a long history of successful graduates in the automotive service industry. At least two graduates of the program now work for Tesla, Inc. and others work for companies like Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes.”

In addition to the Automotive Technology program, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has Ivy Tech’s only Automotive Collision Repair program that partners with I-CAR.  Ivy Tech Fort Wayne also offers Diesel Technology courses and is partnered with Freightliner and other heavy truck original equipment manufacturers. Students can go to school full-time or take individual courses while working, as classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Courses have Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Certifications embedded into them and can lead to a current students and graduates earning Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification. Summer classes are currently filling.

Anyone interested in the Diesel Technology program should contact Goodnight at ngoodnight@ivytech.edu. Individuals interested in the Automotive Technology program should contact Bob Huffman at rhuffman10@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne receives ATEA recognition

On April 26 the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) held its annual meeting, where Ivy Tech Community College was recognized during the awards program. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Associate Professor and Program Chair of HVAC Technology Frank Garro received the Innovation in Technical Education Award. Additionally, an Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Engineering student, Amy Taylor, was a finalist for the Outstanding Technical Student award.

“Amy is a truly excellent student,” says Cait Cramer, Ivy Tech Engineering instructor, “Ever the perfectionist, Amy is not satisfied by earning an A in a given class.  Her primary interest is mastery of new concepts and skills and will put in work far above and beyond in order to achieve this.” 

While instructor Frank Garro had established an innovative program before 2020, the pandemic brought his HVAC instruction to new heights. Frank collaborated with colleagues nation-wide, and ATEA featured him as a Best Practice Hero in 2020. He developed engaging virtual laboratories to limit face-to-face contact and created an innovative teaching space in his home garage.

“The pandemic induced an innovation supernova in Frank’s HVAC instruction,” says Darrel Kesler, Dean of the Schools of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science and Information Technology. “Frank not only sustained enrollment, but his enrollment grew. Not only was his new pedagogy valuable during the pandemic, it is also sustainable in our new normal.” 

In the past few years Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has received several awards from ATEA including Program of the Year (Automotive Technology—2016 and Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology—2020), Outstanding Instructor (Robert Parker), and industry partner Steel Dynamics, Inc. was honored for our collaboration with their highest partnership award—The Silver Star of Excellence Award.

Anyone interested in study in these areas should contact Cait Cramer (engineering) at ccramer15@ivytech.edu or Frank Garro (HVAC) at fgarro@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Early College partner spotlights

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is joining schools across Indiana to celebrate Early College Week April 25 to 29. The College serves roughly 700 Early College students through partnerships with Bellmont High School, Wabash High School, Wayne High School, Garrett High School, and Heartland Career Center. We’re taking a moment today to highlight our outstanding Early College Partners.

Bellmont High School

Bellmont Early College offers the Indiana College Core to students that include dual credits in English, math, chemistry, US history, political science, speech, and psychology. Bellmont High School also offers dual credit courses within other subjects such as criminal justice, welding, building construction, marketing, business, and design. Ivy Tech is proud to provide support and advising to the Bellmont Braves!

Garrett High School

Garrett High School established an Early College partnership with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in 2019. They are currently an emerging Early College with CELL. Garrett offers the Technical Certificate in Business Administration. The Business Administration program consists of courses such as business, economics, accounting, marketing, and computer applications. Garrett High School students can also earn dual credit in English, education, visual communication, agriculture, design technology, and building trades. Next year, Garrett will implement entrepreneurship dual credit as an option to students. 

Heartland Career Center

Heartland Career Center partners with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne as an Early College Partner for its Pre-Nursing program. Students are able to earn a certificate in pre-nursing as well as their CNA certification. Heartland Career Center also offers dual credit programming in auto body repair, auto technology, building construction, machining, visual communication, and welding. The Heartland Career Center program strives to provide training and hands-on work experience so students can be prepared for the workforce upon high school graduation.

Wabash High School

Wabash High School has been an Early College partner with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne since 2018. Students at Wabash High School can earn the Indiana College Core through their dual credit coursework. Wabash offers dual credit courses in English, math, biology chemistry, economics, US history, and political science. Wabash students can also take advantage of opportunities to take additional coursework online or at an Ivy Tech campus.

Wayne High School (Fort Wayne Community Schools)

Wayne High School began its first Early College cohort in 2014. They received endorsement from CELL in 2019. Wayne offers the Technical Certificate in Business Administration. Within their business program, students take dual credit courses such as marketing, business, computer applications, entrepreneurship, and accounting. Students can also earn a significant number of courses towards the Indiana College Core and Associate of General Studies. These courses include dual credits within English, chemistry, math, and psychology. Several Wayne Early College students have participated in summer programming to take additional coursework with Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne celebrates Early College Week April 25 to 29

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is joining schools across Indiana to celebrate Early College Week April 25 to 29. The College serves roughly 700 Early College students through partnerships with Bellmont High School, Wabash High School, Wayne High School, Garrett High School, and Heartland Career Center. High Schools that follow the Early College 8 Core Principles can offer a full degree/ or certificate through dual credit opportunities.

The Early College Model for students offers guidance that takes students beyond high school on a pathway to skills, certifications, knowledge and experience.  The model provides more than a diploma for students when they graduate from high school—they leave with a vision for success as an adult.

“Students that participate in an Early College program share they feel more prepared and confident both in college and in the workforce after high school. We love the opportunity to provide our area students with the supports to be successful lifelong learners and leaders,” says Ashley Henderson, assistant director of early college programs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “The Early College high school faculty and staff at our Early College partners go above and beyond their job descriptions to provide a successful program for their students. Their partnership and support to the program and their students is greatly appreciated. We cannot praise them enough!”

Early College programs provide rigorous instruction for underserved students, help students succeed in high school while simultaneously earning college credit, support students through challenging schoolwork, and provide opportunities for students to experience college culture. Early College students and their families save thousands of dollars each year on college tuition, resulting in less college debt.

Ivy Tech partners with the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to train, support, and endorse high schools in the Early College Model. At this time, CELL has designated 42 Indiana high schools as endorsed Early College High Schools and has trained over 140 high schools and career centers on how to implement the model. For more information on Early College, visit CELL’s website at https://cell.uindy.edu.

To learn more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Early College Program or how to become an Early College partner, contact Ashley Henderson at 260-482-9171 x2418 or ahenderson150@ivytech.edu