College launches interactive tool aimed at getting people trained quickly for post-Covid world

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are addressing northeast Indiana’s high unemployment rates and need for skilled workers by focusing on short-term certificates. This quick training is designed to get people back into the workforce faster. To this end, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw have developed a website that helps visitors navigate the approximately 50 short-term certificates available and take the next steps to get signed up. The college is also hosting an Express Enrollment Week in September, which will help students start as early as Oct. 26.

The short-term certificates website is an interactive tool that allows interested individuals to easily choose a certificate that works for their schedule and needs. Finding a program that works can be difficult, but this tool lays out the available certificates and allows individuals to filter by industry, time to complete, location, salary, and more. Becoming a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw means you can earn a certificate and start a high-wage career in less than six months. View the short-term certificate website at

The State of Indiana has designated most of these short-term certificates as Next Level Jobs eligible and extended Workforce Ready Grant funding to offset most, if not all, out-of-pocket costs for students.

To help with the enrollment process, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw are hosting an Express Enrollment Week from Sept. 21 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Available services include: completing enrollment steps, registering for classes, and completing financial aid. RSVPs are required. Virtual appointments are recommended, but limited in-person appointments are available. To RSVP for a virtual or in-person appointment visit

Registration is now open for classes beginning Oct. 26 or Jan. 19.

September Express Enrollment Week
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept 21 to 25

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
Student Life Center
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Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce summer 2020 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the summer 2020 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

Students who have qualified for the summer 2020 Dean’s List are:

Ryan Achor

Mohammed Alanazi

Kasey Aldrich

Doudou Ali

Michael Anikoh

Christopher Arnett

Alyssa Atkins

NoEaindra Aung

Jonathon Bailey

Zachary Banks

Jarod Barber

Samantha Barcus

Audrey Bardsley

Erin Barrett

Brittany Bashore

Danielle Baum

Heather Baumgartner

Sa La Ma Be

Jaime Becker

Alexis Beer

Alexis Bennett

Shyrah Bennett

Christina Benson

Joseph Berndt

Isabella Biagiotti

Delaney Blaskie

Heath Bodkin

Jashandeep Bola

Danielle Bolen

Evelyn Booker

Ashley Boone

Ayden Bowers

Austin Bradshaw

Gabrielle Branning

Shayla Bridgewater

Collin Bross

Emily Brudney

Elizabeth Brumblow

Danielle Brunson

Taylor Buchanan

Joshua Buckley

Lisa Byus

Zachary Caenepeel

Katreena Caldwell

Jasmine Calmes

Chad Carlson

Camille Bernadette Castillo

Veronica Chacon

Ashton Chambers

Bruce Christopher

Jacob Ciesiolka

Jared Clark

Jacob Cody

Heather Crawford

Guadalupe Cruz

Francisco Cruz-Hernandez

Alyssa Davenport

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Allison Dearing

Britianie Denton

Cristal Diaz

Rodolfo Diaz

Faith Dickerson

Kendall Dimond

Shae Disheaux

Austin Doty

Alexander Drabik

Amber Drake

Nicholas Drew

Julie Dufault

Emma Eagleson

Michelle Eckert

Mo Eh

Mohamed El araari

Trevor Faull

Frederick Fennig

Justin Fettinger

Brian Fiebig

Dane Fife

Jamie Firestine

Rodolfo Flores

Kearstan Flynn

Ryan Fordeck

Justin Foss

Alison Foster

Zaxai Foster

Morgan Foust

Todd Franks

Elizabeth Frantz

Traci Fritz

Lisa Frye

Courtney Gagnepain

Kassandra Gallagher

Leezamarie Gallagher

Travis Garrison

Claire George

Danielle Gerardot

Kayla Gervais

Jared Gibson

Victoria Gladin

Corey Gladin

David Gomez

Rosa linda Gonzalez

Mary Gore

Rebecca Grandlienard

Katrina Grant

Kyle Graves

Tyler Greenbank

Jalynne Greer

Brooke Griffith

Isaiah Griggs

Uriah Griggs

Sara Griswold

Morgan Hadaway

Jennie Haiflich

Joshua Hall

Lakeisha Hall

Michelle Hamilton

Ryan Hampton

Keith Hamrick

Steven Hanford

Jason Hare

Samantha Harig

Kelleigh Hart

Mackenzie Harvey

Stephanie Haverstock

Joshua HeffelFinger

Jon Henderson

Sarah Hendricks

Amy Hendricks

Abigail Hendry

Celie Hewitt

Aubrei Hiatt

Breanna Hicks

Heather Hobbs

Lane Hoeppner

Abigail Holt

Shannon Hough

ThawZin Htun

Emily Hulburt

Lisa Hunsche

Miguel Ibarra

Ruby Irwin

Madelyn Isch

Elizabeth Jackson

Sierra Jacobs

Michael Jacoby

Magaly Jimenez

Caleb Johnson

Shannon Jones

Matthew Jordan

Bennett Kauffman

Kevin Kell

April Kemp

Staci Kennedy

Emily Kitson

Cathrine Knight

Oleksandra Kravets

Kirstin Kreischer

Nancy Krouse

Aaron Kunkle

Alexis Leis

Kristie Lenz

Stacey Lewis

Jonathon Lewis

Stacie Light

Samuel Lind

Alex Llewellyn

Amber Luce

Catherine Luckadoo

Jade Lusher

Tisha Lynn

Quenjule Mackenzie

David Maggart

Wendy Malone

Ethan Mann

Trevor Manor

Natalie Mansoori

Kierra Maroney

Alexander Martin

Nathan Marvel

Devin Masterson

Amber Masterson

Cassandra Mayhew

Rebecca McAlister

Dayanna McAtee

Danielle McBride

Shekinah McClellan

Jonathan Mendoza

Cheyenne Metcalf

Susaine Miller

Carrie Miller

Marie Miller

Jordan Miller

Meghann Miller

Logan Miller

Dezaray Miller

Crystal Miller

Victoria Mills

Heather Minick

Nicole Minier

Douglas Mitchell

Marbin Molina Guerrero

Jenna Moore

Simone Moore

Joshua Moreland

Christina Morgan

Brianna Morgan

Madolyn Morgan

Allison Mosher

Lori Murray

Marie Chantal Mushagalusa

Chase Myers

Bailey Ness

Sarah Newton

Anh Nguyen

Kathy Nicholson

Khin Nilar

Andrea Nix

Evans Njuguna

Tanisha Noble

Jason Nunn

LeAnna Oberhausen

Latoya Odoh

Danielle Olds

Hammad Omar

Victoria Ong-Murrell

Ravinder Pabla

Kaia Pagan

Britney Parmer

Sheena Passino

Jose Pedroza

Kayla Pelance

Jamie Penn

Michelle Pennell-Madden

Colin Perry

Andrew Person

Micah Phillipson

Eva Pocock

Nathan Pomeroy

Kelli Powell

Netanya Price-Flatt

Bonnie Priest

Autumn Proudfoot

Evita Minette Publico

Erik Ramer

Reginald Reed

Shannen Regan

Joshua Reish

Sarah Riddle

Michael Ridenour

Kyle Rigney

Kara Riley

Andrew Robinson

Tara Rodriguez

Brenna Rogers

Tonya Rogers

Samuel Rondot

Jennifer Runkle

Sanajda Sakanovic

Kathleen Salazar

Julio Sandoval

Daniel Saylor

Anna Scantlin

Anita Scheiderer

Ashley Schilling

Shayna Schlichter

Breann Schwartz

Dorothy Selner

Jessica Semonis

Dustin Shafer

Ashley Shafer

Madison Shaffer

Caleb Shannon

Carmen Shaw

Boone Shellman

Sydney Short

Sarah Shoup

Kent Shrock

Ida Silver

Shalea Simmons

Jeffrey Simon

Karanveer Singh

Stephanie Smith

Chloe Smithson

Derek Snyder

Paw Soe

Kaung Soe

Khaing Soe

David Sorrell

Erin Springer

Jessica Squires

Kassandra Staubach

Beryl Stoner

Justin Stookey

Brooke Stover

Madison Stringer

Nathaniel Stroud

Nathan Suddarth

Danielle Swada

Sara Temple

Kacie Thieme

Kandis Thieme

Trenton Thomas

Deborah Thompson

Melinda Tran

Lena Tran

Justin Treft

Jesus Trinidad, Jr.

Abigail Troyer

Honore Ukundji

Andrew Vandekeere

Kamen Vasevski

Rebecca Vaughn

Evangelina Vega

Joseph Vincent

Michael Wadkins

Emily Wagoner

Charles Wainscott

Carolyn Walker

Dakota Warren

Matteson Watts

Carissa Weber

Megan Weddle

Tabitha Weems

Jason Welker

Ashley White

Faith White

Lisa Wilson

Alexzandria Wolfe

Tiara Wood

Paul Wright

Roshni Yadav

Bailey Yoakum

michael Young

Brooklyn Zolman

Michaela Zumbrun

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne massage clinic to reopen Sept. 14

Healthy Essence has four private rooms sectioned off with curtains. Therapeutic Massage students can work with clients to address their massage needs.

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, will open to the public this semester from Sept. 14 to Dec. 12. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. Requests will be accepted by phone beginning Sept. 9. Interested individuals should reserve their appointments quickly, as appointments normally fill up within the first few weeks.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic is making adjustments to ensure client safety. There will be longer times between sessions for extensive cleaning of the massage tables. Clients are expected to wear masks into the building and throughout the hour-long massage. Students and staff will also remain masked during the appointment. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms will need to cancel their appointments. The clinic is also discouraging individuals who are immunocompromised from making appointments at this time.

The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Mondays
  • 10 a.m., 12, 2, and 4 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Thursdays
  • 10 a.m., 12, 2, and 4 p.m. Fridays
  • 10 a.m., 12, and 2 p.m. Saturdays

The clinic will be closed Oct. 18 to 24 and Nov. 26 to 28.

Fall 2020 prices and details: Massages are $30 for the community and $25 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel, and those 55 and older. The clinic accepts payment in cash and credit card. Tips are not accepted, but clients who wish can donate to a charity chosen by the students.

To make an appointment, call 260-480-2094. Note: Clients are permitted to schedule two massages per month.

Visit to learn more.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne expands successful welding program at Huntington North High School

Welding lab at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Huntington North High School have expanded their welding dual-enrollment program to meet Huntington’s high industry demand for welders. In fall 2019, Huntington North High School introduced welding into their technical education offering as part of a dual enrollment program with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Due to workforce demand and student interest, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has hired an instructor to provide welding instruction at Huntington North High School on a full-time basis.

“The welding program partnership between Ivy Tech and Huntington Schools is a wonderful asset to our community,” says Tiffanney Drummond, Director of Career & Technical Education at Huntington North and Director of the Huntington County Community Learning Center. “We are locally training our future workforce to the same standards as industry, before they even leave high school. This program creates a graduation pathway completer and can help them earn a Technical Honors diploma. It is allowing students to pursue their passion and get a jump start on their future!”

There are currently 19 Huntington North students enrolled in the program, which takes place in the Huntington County Community Learning Center (HLC). After two years of instruction in the welding program, these students will earn a certification in structural welding technology. These 21 credit hours can then seamlessly transfer toward an associate degree at Ivy Tech or lead directly to a skilled, high wage job.

“We’re extremely pleased to expand this program and meet the demand for skilled welders in Huntington County,” says Darrel Kesler, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “There are so many opportunities for the welding students, including industrial certifications embedded within the courses and three or more AWS certifications. These students will be job ready right after high school graduation and from there, the possibilities are limitless.”

For more information contact Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Welding Instructor Tim Sorg at or Tiffanney Drummond at

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Engineering programs earn ABET accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Associate Degree in Engineering Technology and Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. 

Already accredited by Indiana’s Higher Learning Commission, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne took the additional step to attain ABET accreditation, which further reinforces the quality education its students receive. As the premier global accrediting body for engineering programs, ABET accreditation assures that programs produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields.

“The Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering programs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne are exceptional examples of what our College strives toward,” says Darrel J. Kesler, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. “We have two excellent full-time faculty members with master’s degrees and many full-time professionals in the community who teach on a part-time basis, bringing ‘real world’ experience into the classroom. There is high demand in the community for these graduates.”

Graduates of the Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology programs either move directly into the workforce or articulate to four-year colleges. Ivy Tech has an articulation agreement with Purdue Fort Wayne, through which Ivy Tech graduates can seamlessly transfer their credits and start as a junior with maximum cost-savings and hands-on training.

“This is a great distinction that Ivy Tech should be proud of considering that ABET is the gold standard for accreditation nationally,” says Manochehr Zoghi, Dean of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Purdue Fort Wayne. “I extend my congratulations to Dean Kesler, and his colleagues at Ivy Tech for this milestone accomplishment.” 

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at

In addition to Electrical Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has programs in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering. The College has already begun the process for ABET accreditation process for Mechanical Engineering Technology.  Individuals interested in any of the programs should contact Andrew Bell at  or Cait Cramer at,

NEI FAME chapter kick-off event for community partners and educators

The Northeast Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NEI FAME) and education partner Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are inviting northeast Indiana educators and community partners to learn more about NEI FAME during a virtual meeting on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Attendees will learn about how NEI FAME connects area students with employer partners. Sponsors provide selected students with a paid work experience working part-time while attending classes.

NEI FAME 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 NEI FAME sponsor company. Sponsor companies include: 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

9 a.m. Sept. 16
1 p.m. Sept. 16

Zoom meeting

More information is available at Program applications will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2020 for the 2021 cohort.

Ivy Tech serves international student impacted by pandemic through online education

Nicholas Amadeus always knew he wanted to attend college in the U.S., but the global pandemic put his carefully-researched plans in jeopardy. Working from his home in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nicholas turned to his family and the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne team for help. Now, he’s starting his second semester and his college plans are back on track.

Nicholas originally planned to attend Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He was accepted and ready to go for Fall 2020.  But when the Indonesian embassy closed and the pandemic travel ban was imposed, he had to pivot. His aunt, a Purdue grad and Michigan state resident, suggested Ivy Tech Community College.

He signed up as a guest student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, which allowed him to take classes that would transfer back to I.U. Like any new college student, he was nervous, but approached his first semester with a spirit of eager exploration. “I wasn’t a huge fan of an online format when I started, but what I realized is that it fit me perfectly. I used the services that I need, like the tutors in Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), to accomplish my assignments,” said Nicholas, “They are exceptional. I got used to [online classes] because of the help from CAE and making full use of the resources Ivy Tech has available for online learning.” Nicholas highlighted that Ivy Tech’s online model was a convenient way of doing his coursework anytime, anywhere.

“Nicholas is a great example of what students can accomplish when they work hard and take advantage of their resources.  Now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected,” said Tim Tappan, Director of Academic Resources and the Center for Academic Excellence.Here in Fort Wayne, we are so fortunate to have amazing tutors who work with students from anywhere to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.  That’s one of the best things about Ivy Tech is seeing students like Nicholas be successful.” With the help of great faculty like Jo Johnson, Department Chair of the English department, the support of Ivy Tech’s CAE, and the encouragement of his friends and family, Nicholas’ commitment to his education is on track.  His plans for the future include attending Yale’s College of Liberal Arts to study electronic currency in their Financial Technology program.

Northeast Indiana FAME partnering with Ivy Tech and manufacturing industry to provide fast-track to debt-free, highly skilled career

The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME) is pleased to announce a partnership of regional manufacturers to implement dual-track, work-based learning training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers in Northeast Indiana. Ivy Tech Community College has been selected as the Northeast Indiana FAME (NEI FAME) education partner.

The partnership finalized formal agreements the week of April 28 and plans to start recruiting soon. The program will begin in the fall of 2021. NEI FAME strives to be a powerful conduit between industry and education.  Students selected to the program will pursue a two-year associate degree in Advanced Manufacturing at Ivy Tech while working for a NEI FAME sponsor company.  Sponsor companies will provide students with a paid work experience allowing them the opportunity to earn enough income to pay for the costs of the program, graduate debt-free, and begin a challenging career in just two years. 

“We know our local industry partners need high-quality talent to drive the manufacturing economy in our service area,” says Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. “We are pleased to have been chosen as Northeast Indiana’s FAME education partner and will rise to the challenge of feeding this critical talent pipeline.”

Students who participate in the program obtain 60 credit hours, approximately 1,800 hours of on-the-job training, a focus on developing soft skills critical to success, and the potential to work with a sponsoring employer or continue their education. 

“The Northeast Indiana FAME employer sponsors are excited about the opportunity that this program presents to local students, adult learners, our community, and manufacturing base.  With the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, we are proud to offer an opportunity for ambitious local students to get a jump-start on a great manufacturing career without incurring college debt in the process.” says Jeff Hansen, Northeast Indiana FAME Chair.  “We are also excited about our new partnership with Ivy Tech.  They will deliver a top-notch educational experience that will complement the manufacturing internship experience nicely.”   

Students must complete applications before being considered for the program. Learn more about INFAME and complete an application at

College selects new Executive Director of Resource Development

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has selected Tracina Smith as its new Executive Director of Resource Development. Smith brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to the college and most recently served as associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at Indiana Tech.

“Every new employee goes through an intense learning curve, but with the challenges of COVID-19 I could not have imagined the changes that were to come,” says Smith. “However, I am excited to be a part of the ever-changing landscape of higher education and to be instrumental in securing the necessary resources for the college and our student body.”

Smith will have the primary role of developing and implementing a fundraising plan that will provide the Fort Wayne campus with the necessary resources to achieve its strategic goals and support students as they pursue their educational dreams. As the college enters the third year of a $19 million campaign, Smith has hit the ground running in anticipation of exceeding the campus’s goals. 

“I am excited to have Tracy as a member of our northeast Indiana leadership team,” says Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. “I’m confident that her history in non-profit fundraising and experience in higher education will be invaluable as the College continues to support student success through philanthropic giving and grant support.”

Smith is an alumnus of Alabama A&M University, a historically black, land-grant university in Huntsville, Alabama. She is also a Fort Wayne native and proud graduate of Paul Harding High School. She has an exemplary track record in non-profit fundraising and community engagement.

To learn more about supporting Ivy Tech students through the College’s philanthropic efforts, contact Smith at or visit

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne welders repair a piece of history

An old portable jail made by E.T. Barnum Wire & Iron Works sometime in the late 1800s is currently sitting in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne welding lab. The jail, with its four apron bunks and flat bars, was created to temporarily house prisoners until they could be transferred to the county jail.

How did it get into our lab? Until recently, the jail was sitting in the Fort Wayne History Center. But with time, the jail started to fall into disrepair. In January, the History Center reached out, and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne stepped up to help!

The refurbishment team is made up of two welders who are passionate about history—Chuck Smith and John DiFlauro. Chuck is a welding instructor at the College and a Veteran who retired as a Command Sergeant Major E-9. John is also a Veteran who retired as a Sergeant First Class S.F.C. and an alumnus of the college who earned four certifications including associate degrees in Machine Tool Technology and Business Administration. He’s currently working as a tool crib attendant with the College.

The refurbishment has been happening on and off since the beginning of the year (with a break due to COVID), and it’s not an easy task. Especially because the team is determined to refurbish the portable jail with some historical accuracy. First, they consulted Cait Cramer, Assistant Program Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology, to help determine the kind of metal originally used. After determining that it was a low carbon steel, John and Chuck have been slowly making the necessary repairs.

According to John, the most challenging part is “keeping an original look and feel to the jail cell. The cell should not have any welds on it, as this is a somewhat modern technique for joining metal. We’ll have to remove the welds made in earlier repairs, ‘square up’ the cell, and set over 150 rivets using hand tools to bring it close to what it should look like!”

Chuck and John hope to have the jail finished in the next couple of months. Once it’s completed, it’ll go back to the History Center to be used for charity “jail” events and will travel to different locations.  View photos of the jail’s progress with descriptive captions.

*Photographs at top of this article were taken in Feb. 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic. Chuck and John now wear PPE and practice social distancing while on campus.