Fort Wayne Campus to host fall career fair with 70+ employers

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host a Fall Career Fair, where more than 70 employers will be set up to meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress business casual/professionally.

Prior to the career fair, employers attending the fair will be able to learn about the benefits of Achieve Your Degree, an Ivy Tech program that partners with area businesses and institutions to provide a free community college education to employees. A Parkview Health representative will also discuss the benefits of Achieve Your Degree. Learn more about the program at

Achieve Your Degree information: 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 8
Career Fair: 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Room 1640 and surrounding hallways
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

College Goal Sunday to provide free financial aid help

Financial aid professionals will volunteer at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and various other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students with financial aid during College Goal Sunday.

College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association.

2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

College encourages students to commit to their degree at Student Life’s Casino Night event

As part of Commit to Complete Week at Ivy Tech Community College, the Fort Wayne Campus is hosting a Casino Night, where attendees will be able to play casino games for prizes. The event includes a transfer and resource fair, plus a sign-up table where students can commit to complete their education. This Commit to Complete pledge will determine what amount students start with at Casino Night, a metaphor to illustrate how earning potential can increase with a degree.

The Commit to Complete Campaign is a national initiative focused on helping students achieve their academic goals. The campaign asks students to sign a pledge that they will complete their credential. Learn more about Commit to Complete at

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus
Anthony Commons
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5

Ivy Tech department chair named to governor’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity expert Darryl Togashi has been named to Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Togashi is the department chair for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure and Server Administration programs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus.

Togashi has joined government (local, state and federal), private-sector, military, research and academic stakeholders to collaboratively move Indiana’s cybersecurity to the next level. The council is led by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Office of Technology, Indiana State Police and the Indiana National Guard.

The cross-sector body of subject-matter experts will form an understanding of Indiana’s cyber risk profile, identify priorities, establish a strategic framework of Indiana’s cybersecurity initiatives and leverage the body of talent to stay on the forefront of the cyber risk environment, according to the Indiana Cybersecurity website at

“Basically, the council will be sending recommendations to the governor regarding the state’s cyber defense priorities and to see where the political realm can help to remove or mitigate these threats,” Togashi says.

With 28 council members and more than 50 advisory members, the council will deliver a comprehensive strategy plan to Holcomb by September 2018.

The launch of his council follows Holcomb’s signing of the National Governors Association’s “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity” in July 2017. The 38 governors who signed the compact agreed to protect personal and government data stored on state systems as well as develop statewide plans to combat cyberattacks against information technology networks. The governors’ agreement included a pledge to build a cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend the state from cybersecurity events and increase the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

“My service on the council will be impactful beyond helping the state’s immediate needs,” Togashi says. “My experience will allow me to teach my students the latest practices in cybersecurity as they’re being discussed and planned.”

In addition to serving as a department chair at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, Togashi is the College’s statewide point of contact for its Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designation among two-year colleges, a distinction awarded by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2017 through 2022. Togashi is also the state director for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Ivy Tech announces IvyLiving enrichment class in donut-making

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September to December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit

Go Nuts for Donuts!

Donuts and all of their glory have risen to the top of trendy dessert menus across the country. Our expert chef will guide you as you create, cook, and decorate scratch yeast and cake donuts. You’ll also sample donuts from around town and leave class with a dozen finished donuts AND enough frozen dough to make a dozen more at home.

Oct. 21
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Oct. 13

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Automotive company owner named 2017 New Venture Competition champion

Kendall Riecken, who graduated in December 2016 with his associate degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, won the 2017 New Venture Competition on Thursday evening. Riecken’s company, KR Designs, specializes in car detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair.


Kendall Riecken was named the 2017 New Venture Competition champion at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus on Thursday night for his business, KR Designs, which specializes in car detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair.

Riecken graduated from Northrop High School in 2012 and started KR Designs shortly after. Currently, he operates out of his parents’garage, and part of the $35,000 in startup capital he receives from the New Venture Competition will go to build his new space, which he plans to locate between Fort Wayne and Auburn.


“The money I won tonight will go for a paint booth, air compressor, specialty tooling, and paint equipment,” he says. “Anything left over will go toward construction costs.”


Riecken and two other New Venture Competition finalists presented their business plans to about 30 community judges. After the 15-minute presentation, judges were given 15 minutes for a question-and-answer section. They had been previously provided the finalists’ business plans for review.


Learn more about Riecken and KR Designs in this brief video.


Riecken is the seventh winner of the New Venture Competition, whose presenting sponsor was Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc. The competition is also made possible through a grant from the Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation. The awards dinner sponsor was ProFed Federal Credit Union, and the competition was in collaboration with Fort Wayne SCORE.

Thursday night was Ivy Tech’s seventh New Venture Competition, which awards $35,000 in start-up capital to a new business. From left: James Tolbert, Business Administration assistant professor and head of the New Venture Competition; Don Palmer, former employee and friend of Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc., the competition’s presenting sponsor; Kendall Riecken, 2017 New Venture Competition champion; and Jerrilee Mosier, Fort Wayne Campus chancellor.


Learn more about the New Venture Competition at Learn more about studying entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus at


Happy October: Things to do

Even though fall officially began last week, I’m convinced today was the first real day of fall: This past week has been too warm (as evidenced by the final pool day my family had on Saturday).

Ivy Tech has all sorts of October fun in store for you this month. Mark your calendars!

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus

This semester, Kelty’s Kafé has been a bakery, providing students and employees with breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and desserts for sale to sweeten their Wednesday mornings (or help out with that night’s dinner). The final bakery is Oct. 11, so be sure to stop by.

Don’t Gamble on your Future Casino Night

5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
As a part of Ivy Tech’s Commit to Complete week, we’re hosting Casino Night. We’ll have plenty of resources about transferring, and we’re going to encourage you to sign a pledge that you’ll complete your education. By signing, you’ll receive even more “funds” to gamble with at Casino Night (because with your education, your earning potential increases–get it?)

Automotive Student/Employer Networking Night

5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Automotive Lab, The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center

Calling all automotive technology students! Bring your resume and stop by this networking night to meet with area auto employers.

National Manufacturing Day

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Attention all manufacturing students! Local employers will be set up to tell you about careers in the field and show you live demos.

Lunch With Latinos!

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
Meet the students from ¡GOAL y Amigos! and have a bite to eat.

Classical Cuisines dinners

5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Hospitality Room, Coliseum Campus
Get your tickets and have a taste of the French cuisine, courtesy of our hospitality administration students.


6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, parking lot, North Campus
Bring your costumed kiddos and trick-or-treat with Ivy Tech. They’ll collect candy from different cars that have decorated their trunks. Complete with food, music, and more.

Barb Oakley presentation: Learning to Learn

7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Auditorium, Coliseum Campus
Oakley, a national professor, author, and speaker, will teach on the topic of how to learn through her upcoming book, “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects.”

Next Level Jobs event to encourage eight-week enrollment

Next Level Jobs is a program that provides a financial aid opportunity for working adults in Indiana who would like to upskill. Through Next Level Jobs, working-age adults can earn a certificate at Ivy Tech Community College at no cost; Next Level Jobs funds cover tuition after funds from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid are applied.

To help those interested in participating in the Next Level Jobs program, Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting an open lab next month. The lab will be staffed by financial aid representatives to help prospective students fill out their FAFSA forms. Admissions staff will also be on-hand to answer questions.

The open lab is occurring simultaneously with an Express Enrollment Day, where prospective students can complete all the steps necessary to enroll for eight-week classes this semester.

The Next Level Jobs program is managed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, promoting certificate programs in five sectors that align with Indiana’s economic needs:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Building and construction
  • Health sciences
  • Information and business technology
  • Transportation and logistics

Learn more about this program at Eight-week classes begin Oct. 16.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
North Campus
Student Life Center, Room 136
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Beginning spring 2018, Warsaw Site will begin offering Agriculture options

Next semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site will begin to offer Introduction to Agriculture, with hopes to offer more at the site in the coming semesters. These classes allow students in Warsaw and Kosciusko County to begin their associate degree in Agriculture close-to-home. They can finish their coursework at the Fort Wayne Campus.

“Eventually, I’d love for Warsaw students to be able to complete half their Agriculture degree in Warsaw,” says Kelli Kreider, Agriculture program chair at the Fort Wayne Campus.

Warsaw’s Introduction to Agriculture class will run from 5 to 7:50 p.m. during the spring 2018 semester at the Warsaw Site (2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw). Those interested in taking the class can apply to the College for free online and begin their enrollment steps at

Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indiana’s economy, making a $20 billion impact annually. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015-16 “Agricultural Statistics” book, Kosciusko County ranks, in regards to Indiana’s 92 counties,

  • Fifth in producer of cattle
  • Fifth in total land area used in farming
  • Fifth in cash receipts from farm marketing
  • Seventh in corn production

Graduates from Ivy Tech’s program can enter the workforce directly or transfer their associate degree credits to a variety of four-year partners, including Purdue University, Trine University, and Huntington University. Learn more about Agriculture at Ivy Tech at

A Reason to Taste fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 28

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the sixth annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser next month. A Reason to Taste: Moonlight Sonata will pair the sounds of classical music with German and French cuisine with a modern twist.

The dinner and menu will be prepared by Hospitality Administration students and graduates who won the European Competition in January. Their prize was a trip to Europe to study the culinary arts. The meal is created based upon their trip.

Eight hospitality administration students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus won the College’s European Competition. They traveled to France and Germany in the spring to study the culinary arts. Winners are: (back row) Lawrence Davis; (front row, from left) John Croyle, Anisah Abdul-Azeez, Aura Barrera, Lydia Yaste, Catrina Zepke, Bethany Sorich; and (not pictured) John O’Donnell.

Tickets, which are $125 each, are available online at Businesses interested in donating an item for the silent auction can also do so through the link.

Rachel Martz, one of the 2016 European Competition winners, plates a dinner at last year’s A Reason to Taste fundraiser.

Parkview Health is A Reason to Taste’s presenting sponsor. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 166 is the event’s reception sponsor. Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits is its beverage sponsor. The corporate sponsors are 80/20, Auburn Gear, Barnes & Thornburg, Brooks Construction Company, Inc., Elevatus Architecture, Fort Wayne Metals, Hagerman Construction Group, Kelly Automotive, Lincoln Financial Foundation, PNC Bank, Questa Foundation, STAR Financial Bank, and Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. Fort Wayne’s NBC is the media sponsors, and the events partners are Cap ‘n Cork, Coplin Piano Service, and Schrader Auction.

6 p.m. Oct. 28
Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m.
Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845