Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Agriculture program gifted $5,000 from Farm Credit Mid-America

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s agriculture program recently received a $5,000 gift from Farm Credit Mid-America, a financial services cooperative that serves the credit needs of rural residents and farmers across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The gift is part of Farm Credit’s corporate strategic plan to support local community projects that enhance agricultural education and resources.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will use the funds to help start a Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology program and provide students with at-home-lab-kits for online classes. The College applied for the gift, which was accepted by local Farm Credit lending officer, Paul Jacobs, then evaluated and approved by a panel of Farm Credit representatives. This gift will give Ivy Tech student access to the tools to embrace emerging technologies in food production and environmental stability.

“Funding these initiatives will take the Ivy Tech Agriculture program to a higher stratosphere of technological applications,” said Darrel Kesler, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “Food production technology already includes autonomous tractors, robotic milking and robotic apple pickers, drone crop scouting, and so on. When thinking high tech don’t just think Silicon Valley, think agriculture. Agriculture affects everybody—we all need to eat.”

Interested in Ivy Tech’s agriculture program? Visit IvyTech.edu/agriculture/ or contact Kelli Kreider at kkreider5@ivytech.edu or 260-482-9171, ext. 4520.

PepsiCo and Noregon donate diagnostic laptop to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne recognizes the value in providing students with training on the advanced tools and technology they will use in their careers. Thanks to a generous donation from PepsiCo and Noregon, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel Technology Program received a diagnostic laptop valued at approximately $5,000 with state-of-the-art applications, such as JPRO Professional, to teach students how to diagnose and repair vehicles with the tools commonly used by industry professionals.

On March 29, representatives from PepsiCo and Noregon visited Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to meet with students and present them with the diagnostic laptop. This donation helps prepare students for success in their careers by giving them the knowledge and skills needed to excel as professional diesel technicians. Additionally, PepsiCo has encouraged Ivy Tech students and recent graduates to consider their open fleet technician positions.

“The use of this type of tooling in our program allows our student technicians to graduate with the skill sets that are in demand within the Diesel repair field,” said Nick Goodnight, Ph.D., department chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel and Construction Technology Programs. “This great partnership with Noregon and Pepsi brings more attention to the skilled trades to hopefully attract more talent to the industry.”

Graduates of Ivy Tech’s Diesel Technology Program enter careers where they diagnose and repair high-tech systems for vehicles with diesel engines. The diagnostic laptop will give them experience with advanced equipment and better prepare them for a high-demand career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, diesel technicians can expect an average median salary of $23.32 per hour.

Interested in learning more about Diesel Technology? Visit our website at IvyTech.edu/diesel-tech or contact Goodnight at 260-480-4293 or ngoodnight@ivytech.edu

College invites local employers to participate in virtual healthcare career fair on April 15

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw has opened employer registration for the Healthcare Virtual Fair on April 15. During the event, employers will have the chance to speak with Ivy Tech students and community members about their company and hiring needs.

The deadline for employers to RSVP is April 5. Register at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP. Questions? Contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu 

April 15
10 a.m. to noon
RSVP at link.ivytech.edu/HealthRSVP

Ivy Tech to offer classes in Steuben County Manufacturing Academy

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with the Steuben County Enterprise Center to run classes as part of a Manufacturing Academy starting June 1. Registration for the first class, MSSC-CPT (Certified Production Assistant), is now open at link.ivytech.edu/Academy. The class will run June 1 to Aug. 19, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 4 to 8 p.m.

“The Steuben County Economic Development Corporation is excited along with our participating area manufacturers to create and launch the Manufacturing Academy,” said Mike Landram, Director of Workforce Development at the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation. “The 12-week academy promises students hands-on learning and the acquisition of real-world skills to launch a career in manufacturing.”

The Manufacturing Academy is a collaborative initiative to connect area high school students and adults with manufacturing partners. Sponsoring manufacturers will provide selected Academy students with a paid learning experience about manufacturing fundamentals such as shop operations, safety, and blueprint reading as well as soft skills such as teamwork, communications, and problem-solving that can lead to a successful career. Along the way, they will earn seven Ivy Tech credits that correlate to an MSSC-CPT certification or can be applied toward an Ivy Tech degree in Industrial Technology or Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology. The Academy will deploy both classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences at the Enterprise Center located at 907 South Wayne Street, Angola, Indiana.

“We’re pleased to strengthen Ivy Tech’s presence in Steuben County and help meet our students where they are,” says Randy Wooldridge, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Employer Consultant. “These classes will strengthen Steuben’s workforce and economy by creating a pipeline of skilled workers in high-demand fields.”

Sponsoring manufacturers include Cardinal IG, D.A.S Services, Eva-Lution, Indiana Marine Products, Koester Metals, Miller Poultry, Rieke, RR Donnelley, Special Cutting Tools, Triton Metal Products, Univertical, and Vestil Manufacturing.

The first cohort of high school students will be starting in fall 2021 Interested high school students should contact their guidance counselor and Kimberly Waugh kwaugh7@ivytech.edu for further information. Participating high schools include Angola, Fremont, Prairie Heights, and Hamilton. 

Registration is also open for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Check out eligibility requirements, a link to the application, and more information on the Manufacturing Academy website at link.ivytech.edu/Academy

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s A Reason to Taste annual culinary fundraiser going virtual, scheduled for April 16 and 30

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the ninth annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser in April. This year’s theme is At Home, where each participant will receive a specialty package containing all of the ingredients needed to prepare a meal in the comfort of their own home under the virtual guidance of Ivy Tech instructors.

Participants can choose to attend one or both sessions. Each session will start at 6pm. The first event will be held April 16 and features Creamy Garlic Pesto Shrimp Pasta paired with Field Greens for four. The second event will be held April 30 and features a Filet of Beef with Red Wine Butter, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts for two.  Each meal package will also come with a bottle of wine paired specifically for the meal, recipe cards, and shopping lists to recreate the recipes for future meals as well.

Tickets range from $100 to $175 and are available online at IvyTech.edu/reason. Proceeds will fund scholarships and programs for students at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

PROFED Credit Union is the event’s reception sponsor. Additional event sponsors include PNC and the Ivy Tech Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available—for more information, please contact Tracina Smith at tsmith1335@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010.

Friday, April 16
Friday, April 30

Zoom. Details to be sent upon registration
RSVP at IvyTech.edu/reason

Published author Luke Jerod Kummer to guest lecture class at Ivy Tech Warsaw

On March 25, author Luke Jerod Kummer will be visiting an English 111 class at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw. Kummer recently published the historical novel The Blue Period, and will be speaking about how he comes up with, develops, and revises writing topics, using his recent novel as an example.

“It is an honor to be invited to chat with Ivy Tech students and guests about ways to bring more empathy into our writing,” said Kummer. “What enticed me to draft The Blue Period, a novel about Picasso’s turbulent youth in turn-of-the-century Barcelona and Paris, was how, in the wake of tragedy, his plaintive artworks were dedicated to revealing the suffering and humanity of the vulnerable people he witnessed around him. I look forward to discussing together ways we can also try to put ourselves in the places of our subjects and use our words to expand readers’ capacity for empathy.”

English 111 students write numerous papers and will benefit from learning how they can become better at developing and revising their own writing following his strategies. Students and guests will also learn context about the artist Picasso and how Kummer effectively researched for his accurate historical portrayals.

“We are grateful that Mr. Kummer has taken the time from his very busy schedule (he is in the middle of deadlines for his second novel) to chat with our class about writing and revision and how history intersects with the present,” said Shari Benyousky, English Instructor at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “We are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn in this unique way that Zoom and Ivy Tech and the era of Covid have created.”

Luke Jerod Kummer is a writer and an editor. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostNew Republic, the WashingtonianBloomberg Businessweek, the Village Voice, Literary Hub and The Millions. Kummer’s new historical novel, The Blue Period, reimagines the tragic events coloring the somber-toned palette that a young Pablo Picasso used for painting portraits of shared suffering and despair during the first years of the 20th century.

Ivy Tech employees, students, and the general public are welcome to attend. Register here.

College invites community to virtual Business Career Fair on March 26

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw is hosting a Business Virtual Career Exploration and Job Fair on March 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Ivy Tech faculty will present from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the job fair from 10 to 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend both sessions. The job fair is designed to connect Ivy Tech students and community members to northern Indiana employers with hiring needs. Attendees will join the fair virtually and will be able to speak with northeast Indiana employers.

Employers in attendance will include Swiss Re, Better Business Bureau, Micropulse, Do It Best, Work and Learn Indiana, State Farm, and Allen County Government.

Questions? Contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu 

March 26
9 to 10 a.m. Ivy Tech Info Session
10 to 11 a.m. Job Fair
Join on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 937 2155 5196

The event is free and open to the public.

Dean’s update: Schools of AMEAS & IT

By Darrel Kesler, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Sciences and Information Technology

While Covid-19 has kept most people holed up working from home, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Schools of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science (AMEAS) and Information Technology (IT) raised the bar in education through innovation, resourcefulness, and flexibility.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne was selected to be the education partner for the Northeast Indiana FAME chapter. The first cohort of students starts this fall. Member partners include area industry leaders Steel Dynamics, Inc., Fort Wayne Metals, Zimmer-Biomet, LH Industries, Micropulse, and AMT Corporation. Ivy Tech received private and industrial funding for a remodel of the industrial technology space in The Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Technology Center, which is now slated to be complete by the end of March. Donations are also being used to buy state-of-the-art automation and robotics equipment needed for instruction in the new program.

Our Electrical Engineering and Engineering Technology program earned the prodigious accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This endorsement fosters articulation of our engineering graduates to four-year schools. Additionally, the Mechanical Engineering program is proceeding successfully through the accreditation process and will learn of final results this summer. As a result of being awarded this accreditation, our local four-year schools—PFW, Trine, and Indiana Tech—have expressed a strong interest in facilitating the transfer of our grads to their institutions.

The Agriculture Program was awarded a $5,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America, a financial services cooperative that serves the credit needs of rural residents and farmers in the Midwest. This grant will be used to springboard the Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology program here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Precision agriculture is a decision-support system for farm management utilizing advanced technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite imagery.

Our faculty members Cait Cramer, Nick Goodnight, Ryan Voorhees, Frank Garro, and myself are now deemed as ATEA Best Practice Heroes. We were featured on the front cover of the most recent issue of the ATEA Journal (volume 47, issue 1). Ivy Tech Fort Wayne was the first organization invited to the table by The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) for a Best Practice series.

Lucy La Hurreau was recognized by Parkview Health as a Cyber Security Champion and honored with the Parkview Health Cybersecurity Challenge Coin. She is being recognized for her work actively promoting security practices and awareness. Lucy, assistant chair in the School of Information Technology, has been actively engaging students in conferences, competitions, and extracurricular activities focused on Cyber Security and actively participates in community outreach focused on cyber security awareness.

The John L. Walter Scholarship was commissioned in memory of John Walter who provided 35 years of service to Ivy Tech as a dean and instructor. The scholarship will be awarded to Machine Tool Technology students enrolled at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. The first recipient(s) will be designated and awarded the scholarship in his name in the fall 2021 semester.

The School of AMEAS has become a model for dual enrollment students in technical education. The first partnership was with Garrett High School in the Building Construction Technology program followed with the addition of Welding Technology. Then, a Welding Technology program was added in Huntington followed by another addition in Garrett with Heavy Highway. With the partnerships and through Ivy Tech’s dual enrollment programming, these students will earn an Ivy Tech credential upon graduating from high school. 

Now that we find ourselves a year into the pandemic, I am excited to share with you and celebrate the many ways our faculty have defied the odds of remote work and risen to the occasion to continue providing an excellent education for our students and the community, with more exciting new coming soon.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Therapeutic Massage Program receives national accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Therapeutic Massage Program is now accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is the first Ivy Tech campus to receive this prestigious accreditation and only the third accredited Massage Therapy Program in Indiana.

COMTA awards specialized accreditation that focuses on student learning and competencies in the massage therapy field. It is the only accrediting agency for massage therapists and estheticians in the nation. COMTA provides an unbiased indication of the quality of programs they accredit.

“I am so excited for our program to have accomplished this level of quality and recognition,” said Lynsey Saylor, Program Chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Therapeutic Massage Program. “The journey has certainly been a learning experience. Throughout the quest for accreditation, we have revamped our program and the overall experience for all involved (student, employee, and community). We continue to prepare tomorrow’s professionals to impact the wellness of our community.”

To receive the accreditation, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne completed online training, a self-reported study, and participated in a virtual on-site visit in Fall 2020. This recognition provides students the confidence in their choice of training program. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s curriculum directly aligns with the standards and competencies of this national accreditation, so prospective students can know that the investment they make in their skilled training is in line with the industry requirements.

Interested in learning more about the Therapeutic Massage Program? Visit our website or contact Lynsey Saylor at ljackson68@ivytech.edu or 260-482-9171, ext. 2449.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw confirms plans for August classes

Ivy Tech Community College, including its Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations, has announced that it will offer its fall semester courses starting in August in-person across its statewide campuses, based on the current trends with the coronavirus throughout Indiana. It will also continue to provide students with multiple course options such as online and flexible delivery modes, including Learn Anywhere, a course delivery method the College further expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The state’s community college is slowly starting to increase the number of in-person courses, as classes begin later this month and then again in June. Ivy Tech offers a wide variety of classes as one of the largest providers of college coursework during the summer semester.  Not only Ivy Tech students, but also students from other institutions often take courses at the community college and transfer their credits back to their home university or college.

By August, it is anticipated that all students who want to be on campus, will be able to. The focus will continue to be on safety for students, employees, and the communities Ivy Tech serves. Should new guidelines from the Governor or federal regulations be released, adjustments will be made accordingly. At this time, facial coverings and physical distancing will continue to be required.

“Ivy Tech is committed to offering flexibility so that our students can earn a degree or certificate that allows them to take that next step for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus over the coming months. We know that for many students, success happens best in an in-person setting and for some programs, it is a must to provide the proper hands-on experience and personal interactions. Ultimately, our goal is to enable our students’ success while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”

Ivy Tech, one of the nation’s largest providers of online education for more than a decade, will continue to offer online courses giving Hoosiers options on how to easily access affordable, quality higher education. The College will also continue to expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was designed for working adults and launched as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course choose face-to-face, virtual, or online learning formats for each class session based on their needs on a given day. 

The next spring session begins on March 22 and Ivy Tech expects about 25 percent of courses being offered in-person. The majority of the community college’s summer courses begin June 7 with the number of face-to-face courses increasing further. The first fall session at Ivy Tech starts Wednesday, August 18.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges around every corner, the continued commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff has allowed us to rethink and restructure how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “Ivy Tech’s history of using advanced educational technology to provide high-quality, online instruction, combined with faculty and staff dedicated to the success of traditional and adult learners, has helped the College to convert quickly to learning formats that allow our students to prioritize learning and personal safety. These adjustments combined with our ability to bring the majority of our courses back to campus gives students a variety of options to achieve their educational goals with the support of our dedicated and committed faculty and staff.”

The community college continues to serve a diverse student body of more than 150,000 at more than 40 locations, including 18 campuses, and through dual credit in more than 425 high schools across Indiana.  Ivy Tech students have the same goal in mind – to earn a credential that enables the student to obtain a high-wage, high-value career upon completion at Ivy Tech or after transferring from Ivy Tech to a four-year institution.

“Transfer is one of the important roles our community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor degree-seeking students. We recognize that many families are still uncomfortable with the residential college environment and experience during this pandemic. Instead of considering an educational break or a delay, students should consider enrolling in a community college,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, flexible learning options, and personalized instruction make it the perfect place as a guest or transfer student.”