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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offering CHOICES summer program for freshmen and sophomores

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is hosting the CHOICES (Creating Holistic Opportunities Integrating Career and Educational Success) program for rising 9th and 10th graders with an on-campus option from June 13 to 16 and a virtual option from June 20 to 30. The program objectives include career exploration (exposure to careers the students may not otherwise consider), student success workshops, career development and college readiness. The camp is targeted toward students who need extra college prep before taking dual credit or dual enrollment classes. 

The goal of CHOICES is to help students who need extra attention or motivation to become college ready. CHOICES will help students develop study skills, test taking skills, time management and more. There will be career exploration, where students will learn about career opportunities. CHOICES will also include an academic year component where the participants will benefit from student success workshops and networking opportunities with local industry leaders within high-wage/high-demand career fields. 

Project CHOICES supports the northeast Indiana Big Goal of increasing postsecondary attainment to more than 60% by 2030 by increasing the number of pre-college students pursuing a pathway toward a certificate, technical certificate or associate degree.

The program is open to anyone in northeast Indiana. Students must have stable internet connection and be committed to participation during the program hours. Some rising 11th graders may be considered on a case-by-case basis. To learn more or reserve your spot, visit link.ivytech.edu/choices  The deadline to apply is May 13.

On-campus option
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 to 16

Virtual option
9:30 a.m. to noon June 20 to 30

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
3701 Dean Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

College launches Professional Leadership Institute starting June 2022

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are launching a new Professional Leadership Institute initiative that will run from June to December 2022. The Institute is aimed at businesses and individuals who want training in the hard and soft skills required to lead teams and help advance organizational growth. Graduates of the program will receive an Applied Organizational Leadership certificate.

The certificate can be completed in three 8-week sessions. Classes include: Applied Theories of Management and Leadership, Followership, Organizational Culture and Change Leadership, Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Multicultural Leadership, and Leadership and Personal Development.

“Our business and industry partners tell us they need leadership development opportunities for high-potential employees now because recruiting and retaining top talent has never been more challenging,” says Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw chancellor. “We listened to our communities and are pleased to launch the Professional Leadership Institute this summer.”

The deadline to apply is May 31. Significant group discounts available. Request information at IvyTech.edu/leadership.

Area families invited to Touch-a-Truck event at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne on April 30

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Early Childhood Education Program and Office of Student Life along with the North Eastern Region of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children are offering this year’s Touch-a-Truck event on April 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children will be able to explore many vehicles, which will include a SWAT vehicle, wrecker, school bus, limo, semi- truck, and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Touch-a-Truck will take place rain or shine with dedicated volunteers and community members sharing their time. Attendees should be aware that the event may feature loud truck engines and horns, so everyone is encouraged to bring ear protection.

For more information, contact Cynthia Kumfer at ckumfer@ivytech.edu.

9 a.m. to noon April 30

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus parking lot, corner of Coliseum and Crescent Ave.
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

High school students invited to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for spring Go Ivy Day

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites area high school students to Go Ivy Day on April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Student Life Center. At Go Ivy Day, students can learn about attending college at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Activities include a free lunch and allow participants to:

  • Explore degree and certificate programs
  • Meet with faculty
  • Tour campus
  • Meet current and other prospective Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid
  • And more

RSVP at IvyTech.edu/goivy.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

9 a.m. to noon. April 29

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invites public to Nursing and Healthcare Career Expo on April 22

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is hosting a Nursing and Healthcare Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at Coliseum Campus (3800 N Anthony Blvd.). Attendees can network with healthcare and nursing recruiters and attend career exploration workshops. This event is free and open to the public.

Employers in attendance will include: Adams Health Network, American Senior Communities, BAYADA Home Health Care, Bowen Center, Cardinal Healthcare Solutions, Chateau Rehab and Healthcare, Fort Wayne Medical and Oncology, Grace Village, Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Life Villages, Massage Envy, Miller’s Merry Manor, Parkview Health, Trilogy Health Services, and Stillwater Hospice.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22
Healthcare Exploration Workshops in CC1600 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host public Introduction to Game Design and Development event on April 11

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is hosting Introduction to Game Design and Development, featuring guest speaker Dr. Paul Gestwicki on April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Gestwicki will be speaking virtually, but attendees are welcome to attend either in-person or via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will include a short workshop using Godot Game Engine, which is a free engine for creating 2D and 3D games. It is cross-platform, free, and open-source. It can be downloaded at https://GodotEngine.org. No previous experience with game programming or Godot Engine will be necessary, although familiarity with computer programming will be beneficial. 

Gestwicki is a Professor of Computer Science at Ball State University, where he teaches courses on agile software development techniques and human-computer interaction in addition to game design, development, and production. He has presented his research at many academic conferences, including the International Conference on Meaningful Play, the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, and the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges Midwest Conference. His game development work has won awards from the Indiana Historical Society, the International Conference on Serious Play, and Educational Testing Services.

5 to 7 p.m. April 11

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
Room 2312
3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Or via Zoom at link.ivytech.edu/gamedesign

Ivy Tech Warsaw featuring writer Mary Catherine Harper at public Writer’s Workshop on March 25

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is hosting a Writer’s Workshop featuring writer Mary Catherine Harper on March 25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with in-person or virtual options. This event is free and open to the public.

Harper’s workshop method will be flexible to serve individual attendee needs. Participants can bring something they have already written to get feedback. Harper can also provide a prompt for participants (or participants can write on a topic of their own choosing) during the first half of the workshop and get feedback during the second half.

Harper is a widely published and award-winning poet, and a retired professor who taught creative writing, including poetry, fiction, memoir and other kinds of creative non-fiction. She organizes the annual SwampFire Retreat for writers and artists, is a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award winner, and is the author of Some Gods Don’t Need Saints.

For more information about Harper, visit marycatherineharper.org. To learn more about the event or get a Zoom link, contact Dawn Burns at dburns74@ivytech.edu.

3 to 4:30 p.m. March 25

Ivy Tech Warsaw
Miller Hall, room 242
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech Warsaw staff member Dawn Burns publishes fictional book about Midwestern life

Dawn Burns, an academic advisor at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw, has published a book that will be released on March 16. Evangelina Everyday, published by Cornerstone Press, is a fictional story of an Indiana housewife, Evangelina McQuarry. Burns creates a character with a simple life but complex inner workings.

“One might think her a boring, self-contained Midwestern housewife. But poke one foot into Evangelina Everyday, and before you know it, you are in Evangelina’s undergrowth, her mind,” Burns says on the book’s website. “Inside Evangelina’s mind, a grocery story grid of saltines can paralyze, and Downton Abbey characters, especially poor Edith, become people worth praying for in hopes that by praying, one’s own unhappy life might improve.”

Burns is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, and founder and co-organizer of the SwampFire Retreat for Artists and Writers. She was the recipient of a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Fiction. Her work has appeared in Women Under Scrutiny: An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories and Art, and in various journals.

Visit Burns’ website for links to purchase the book through Cornerstone Press or Amazon and for a link to her online launch party, hosted by Cornerstone Press, on March 16.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Titans Baseball to host fundraiser on March 26

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Titans Baseball is in its fourth year as a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II team. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s athletic program is completely funded by the philanthropic support of our community. No college funds are utilized to support the operations of the team. To support these fundraising efforts, Titans Baseball is hosting an Andy’s Knockout Chicken fundraiser to support the team on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CVS Pharmacy on 6279 East State Blvd.

Contact Tracy Davis at tdavis457@ivytech.edu for presale tickets. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Wayne Pipe & Supply, Inc., all proceeds support Titans Baseball.

The baseball program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has allowed student athletes the opportunity to compete at an intercollegiate level while also focusing on their academic studies at Indiana’s most affordable college, which makes the opportunity and experience more accessible for regional athletes. The program boasts higher than average retention rates for athletes vs. non-athletes. For the Fall 20 to Spring 21 terms, athletes retained at a rate of more than 20% higher than non-athletes. Not only do players persist and complete, they often transfer to NCAA DI, DII, and NAIA schools to continue their educational and athletic careers.

Learn more about the program by contacting Tracy Davis at 260-480-2016 or tdavis457@ivytech.edu. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracina Smith at 260-480-2010 or tsmith1335@ivytech.edu

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26

CVS Pharmacy
6279 East State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN