2,000+ DeKalb County students visiting Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at “Walk Into My Future” event on Friday

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host nearly 2,200 DeKalb county children in grades Kindergarten to 3 during the “Walk Into My Future” event on Sept. 20, which is part of the DeKalb County Promise initiative. DeKalb students will learn about colleges and careers by interacting with members of the Ivy Tech community as well as 18 career hosts from DeKalb county with engaging educational activities. Students will visit career stations hosted by Ivy Tech students and faculty in the following areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain
  • Career Services
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing
  • Public Affairs and Social Services
  • Student Success

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20

Titan mascot gets a first name

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s mascot has been known as “Titan” over the last several years, but that changed Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at a special event to honor graduate Tony Striverson, who passed away suddenly this year from the rare disease Stevens-Johnson syndrome. 

Tony Striverson

Tony graduated from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in Dec. 2017 with an Associate of General Studies. During his time at Ivy Tech, Tony was employed on campus and participated in multiple student organizations including Campus Activities Board, the Titans soccer club, Student Government Association, TRIO Leadership Council, International Family, and African American Male Initiative. He also graduated from Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy.

Since the Titan mascot identity is always kept confidential, most on campus do not know that Striverson was the first student behind the helmet. He portrayed Titan at the Three Rivers Festival’s Chalk Walk and at multiple events during our College’s mascot inaugural year.

To honor Tony and his engagement on campus, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s mascot will be known as “Tony the Titan” from this point forward.

College partnering with Stoops Freightliner & Western Star for Get Ahead event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with Stoops Freightliner & Western Star to promote the Get Ahead event on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center. Current or prospective Diesel Technology students are invited to enjoy lunch, check out heavy duty trucks on display, and speak with top-level technicians on how the new Get Ahead program can increase their employment opportunities.

Stoops Freightliner is sponsoring Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s enrollment into Daimler Truck North America’s Get Ahead program. This program will allow students to access dealership level training on Freightliner, Western Star, and Detroit branded products.

“Ivy Tech students can earn the OEM certifications that dealerships require, giving them a jump start on their career after they graduate,” says Nick Lengacher, General Manager of Stoops Freightliner & Western Star in Fort Wayne and Fremont. “We will continue to assist Ivy Tech with program administration and serve as the primary contact for questions relating to training courses and the Learning Management System.”

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne massage clinic set to reopen for fall semester in September

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. 16 to Dec. 14. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, 3, 4:30, and 6 p.m. Thursdays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays

The clinic will be closed during fall break, from Oct. 21 to 27, and the week of Thanksgiving, from Nov. 28 to 30.

Updated fall 2019 prices: 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, email fw-tmsclinic@ivytech.edu or call 260-480-2094. Note: Clients are permitted to schedule two massages per month.

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/massageclinic to learn more.

Student-run bakery at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne set to open Tuesdays this fall

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé will operate on Tuesdays this fall starting in September at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. As part of the Hospitality Administration program’s bakery merchandising class, students will make and sell baked goods and will each serve as bakery manager for one week, being responsible for marketing, purchase requisitions, inventory control, and financial analysis. The Kafé will offer signature cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, bread, yogurt cups, fresh fruit cups, coffee from Old Crown Coffee Roasters, and more. This year, the bakery is adding an espresso machine and will sell new items including espresso and lattes.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Anthony Commons on the Coliseum Campus

3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Enter Door 50, which faces away from Coliseum Boulevard.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce summer 2019 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the summer 2019 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.

For a full list of students who have met those requirements, please see the Excel and Word documents. Students are listed by campus/site, county, state, city, and first and last name.

Ivy Tech Warsaw to host public First Responders Career Fair

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is hosting a First Responders career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 18. This event is designed to connect Ivy Tech Warsaw students and interested community members with first responders from the Kosciusko County area. Attendees can meet with local first responders and interact with an emergency helicopter; police, fire, and ambulance vehicles; and more.

The following are a few first responder agencies that will be participating in this event:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Lutheran Air
  • Lutheran EMS
  • Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office
  • Indiana Department of Correction

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18
Helicopter arriving at 12 p.m. and departing at 2 p.m.

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College offering extended office hours for students to prep for fall 2019

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will offer extended hours in August for students in preparation for fall 2019 classes.

Fort Wayne’s North Campus, Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to 16
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to 23
  • 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 to 30

Warsaw Site, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to 23
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to 23
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 to 30

Student service offices include Financial Aid, Express Enrollment Center, Admissions, Registrar, Assessment Center, and Academic Advising Center. Prospective students can call 888-IVY-LINE from 7 to 1 a.m. daily and/or apply online at IvyTech.edu/ApplyNow.

Classes begin Aug. 26 and Oct. 28.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne celebrating 50 years in Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College’s roots in Fort Wayne began in September 1969, when the College opened as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Located on the third floor of the old Concordia High School, the College started with 130 students and two instructors who taught two programs: Drafting Technology and Secretarial Technology. Fifty years later, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne enrolls close to 16,000 students annually and provides higher education opportunities across 4,000+ square miles in 11 northeast Indiana counties. We’re celebrating our 50 years in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, and we want northeast Indiana to be part of the celebration. For more information and a historical timeline of the College, visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne50.


Sunday, September 8
Grasshopper Food Truck
at the North Anthony
Corridor Block Party

at North Anthony Corridor &
North Anthony Shopping Center
Noon to 5 p.m.

Get a taste of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne with our Grasshopper Food Truck, which will serve food at the North Anthony Corridor Block Party. Our Student Nursing Organization and other volunteers will also be on-hand with some giveaways, face-painting, and more!

Monday, September 9
College Chalk Walk
at North Campus,
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne
Sidewalk between Student Life Center
and Harshman Hall
Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Monday, starting at 9 a.m.

Art must be complete by 3:45 p.m. Monday
Judging at 4 p.m. Monday

Decorate the North Campus sidewalks with fun designs and win a prize, or you can simply take a stroll outside and appreciate the artwork afterward. Register online for the College Chalk Walk.

Tuesday, September 10
50th Birthday Bash
at Coliseum Campus,
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
Room CC1640 & West Parking Lot
1 to 3 p.m.
2:30 p.m. program

Wish Ivy Tech Fort Wayne a Happy Birthday! We’ll have a birthday cake made by our Hospitality students, a presentation by the chancellor, and more.

Wednesday, September 11
WOW Wednesday
Retro Party on the Plaza

at North Campus,
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne
Ivy Tower Plaza
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dress in your best 1969 costume while you enjoy food, music, and entertainment during this WOW Wednesday event.

Thursday, September 12
Community 50th Celebration & Public Art Dedication
at Coliseum Campus,
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
West Parking Lot
4 to 6 p.m.
5 p.m. program

This event will feature the dedication of a public art piece, time capsule, entertainment, food, cocktails, and more. RSVP required: 260-481-2243 or lleichty@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces 2019 New Venture Competition finalists

Photos of Matt Anderson, Evan Hendsbee, and Jeffrey Sooner

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has announced the three finalists for its 2019 New Venture Competition. The competition began in 2011, and this year’s champion will receive up to $20,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for his or her small business.

The finalists and their businesses are as follows:

  • Evan Hendsbee, visual communications graduate
    Company: Kingdom Film Company, LLC

    “Kingdom Film Company is a video production company that specializes in editing services for churches and businesses. We collaborate with clients to creatively bring their story online with short promotional and inspirational videos.”
  • Matt Anderson, automotive technology graduate
    Company: Anderson Manufacturing

    “Anderson Manufacturing specializes in the manufacturing advanced work holding solutions for small to medium size machine shops. Our Serra Jaw allows machine shops to begin the machining process right away without the need to design complicated fixtures or purchase special jaws to hold their parts.”
  • Jeffrey M. Sonner, engineering graduate
    Company: Just-A-Little-Smoke BBQ

    “Just-A-Little-Smoke is a startup BBQ food trailer that began over 30 years ago. From a small gas grille then to a custom-designed and built smoker and full-service food trailer today, we aim to become the tristate area’s definition of BBQ.”

The New Venture Competition awards dinner will be held Sept. 25 on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will present their business plans, and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

The competition has partnered with Fort Wayne SCORE, a group that grows successful small businesses across the country. The group, made of volunteer experienced business owners and managers, will provide mentorship for the finalists. 

The New Venture Competition is sponsored by JB Tool, Die & Engineering and owners Dave and Mary Bear. ProFed Credit Union is the event’s dinner sponsor.

The following individuals served as judges in determining the finalists:

  • Steve Franks, local entrepreneur
  • Carla Quickel, faculty at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
  • Kel Preston, local entrepreneur
  • Alan Short, faculty at Ivy Tech Marion