College announces fall 8-week offerings; classes begin Oct. 15

Eight-week classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw start Oct. 15. These classes offer the same material as traditional 16-week classes, but in half the time. Students can choose from a variety of classes including:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Student Success
  • Welding
  • And More

A complete list of available 8-week classes are listed online at

Prospective students can apply online for free at Students who have already applied can register for classes, financial aid, and more at our Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations:

Fort Wayne Campus’s Express Enrollment Center
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Hours of Operation

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582
Hours of Operation

Fort Wayne massage clinic to open in September for fall semester

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. 17 to Dec. 8. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 1, 2:30, 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m. Fridays (only Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Nov. 30)
  • 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays (only Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8)

The clinic will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, from Nov. 19 to 24.

Massages are $25 for the community and $20 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 or call 260-480-2094.

Visit to learn more.

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

At Go Ivy Day, area high school students can learn about being a student 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

Learn more at

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

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12

Ivy Tech celebrating national Manufacturing Day in Fort Wayne and Warsaw

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will celebrate national Manufacturing Day, a day meant to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers a chance to showcase what they do. The day also gives these employers a chance to address the skilled labor shortage they face.

Learn more about the national day at and about how Ivy Tech is celebrating at

Approximately 1,100 Kosciusko County 8th grade students will participate in “Discover ME: A Future of Possibilities” to learn about the vast opportunities available in manufacturing throughout Kosciusko County.  All students will participate in classroom curriculum lessons to learn about manufacturing and careers beforehand to prepare for the event. Then, Oct. 2–4, 2018, students will tour The Warsaw Area Career Center, Ivy Tech’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, and a Kosciusko County manufacturing facility. The week will wrap up with a discussion and manufacturing survey on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Contact Tom Till at 574-267-5428 ext.7450, or Kathy Kurosky at 574-267-5428 ext.7213 or

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2–5

Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
955 Executive Drive
Warsaw, IN


Middle school and high school students, the College, community members, and businesses are invited to Ivy Tech’s event on the Fort Wayne Campus, which will feature tours of The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, as well as information from local manufacturers and about academic opportunities in manufacturing at Ivy Tech. Contact Tanya Young at 260-480-4196 or

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5

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


IvyLiving enrichment class in canning, food preservation

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests.

For the first class, “That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation,” Agriculture Chair Kelli Kreider will lead you through all of the steps you need to know to preserve seasonal foods for the whole year ’round. She’ll focus on canning and freezing fresh produce, jams, and jellies.

“That’s My Jam” costs $75. The registration deadline is Sept. 20. The class meets Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. To register or learn more about IvyLiving classes, visit

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

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé will open in September at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. 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.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 10

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

Enter Door 50, which faces away from Coliseum Boulevard.

College announces classical French cuisine dinner schedule

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier. There will be five dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is $5 for a glass and $15 for a bottle.

Visit to learn more.

Dinners start at 6, 6:15, and 6:30 p.m. nightly

  • Sept. 6
  • Sept. 13
  • Sept. 20
  • Sept. 27
  • Oct. 4

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

Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through door 24.


College announces fall 2018 schedule for IvyLiving enrichment classes

In fall 2018, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will offer IvyLiving classes, non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Nine IvyLiving courses will run from September through December.

IvyLiving will bring back popular topics including: canning, wine tasting, novice cooking instruction, artistic welding, and Thanksgiving baking classes. It will also feature four new courses exposing the community to ethnic food and culture, adult tap dancing, pasta making, and holiday cookie baking.

“We’re excited to offer our third year of IvyLiving courses and to continue connecting the community with our talented instructors,” says Aja Michael-Keller, director of marketing and events. “These courses give participants a chance to develop new skills and get a taste of what our students experience at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.”

To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit

Fall 2018 IvyLiving Schedule:

 That’s My Jam: Canning and Food Preservation

  • Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Agriculture Program Chair Kelli Kreider will lead you through all the steps you need to know to preserve seasonal foods for the whole year ’round. She’ll focus on canning and freezing fresh produce, jams, and jellies.
  • Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $75 (Registration Deadline Sept. 20)

Wine Tasting and Pairing

  • Join WineTime owner, Jeff Armstrong, for a crash course in wine appreciation. You’ll taste wines from around the world and learn about the history, processing, and intricacies of the wine world. In your second class, you’ll pair wines with a one-of-a-kind meal created by Ivy Tech students.
  • Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 20)

Ethnic Food in the Fort

  • Are you a food lover? Looking to expand your palate? This is the class for you. We’ll meet at four local ethnic restaurants to share a meal and discuss that country’s culture and cuisine facilitated by an Ivy Tech Sociology instructor. Class will focus on Ethiopian, Burmese, El Salvadoran, and Middle Eastern food. Course fees include dinner costs.
  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 26)

How to Boil Water

  • Join Ivy Tech Fort Wayne chef Alishia Iddings for a class geared toward helping terrible cooks improve their skills. Learn the basics of knife techniques, kitchen and food safety, and key cooking methods to help you create delicious and healthy meals at home. Let us give you the confidence to take on the food processor and show the stove who’s boss.
  • Oct. 11 and 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 4)

Artistic Welding–Holiday Treasures

  • Watch the sparks fly during your two-class adventure in metalsmithing. Start with a beginner’s lesson on welding safety and techniques by Ivy Tech Fort Wayne certified welding instructor Brian Barnes. During the second class, you’ll be creating unique take-home art in the College’s modern welding lab.
  • Oct. 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 6)

Adult Tap Dancing

  • Veteran tap dancer Andrew Welch will share his 30+ years of tap experience in an upbeat class for adults only. Whether you’ve danced all your life, it’s been a few decades since you tied up your shoes, or you’re looking for a new way to stay fit, this class is for you. Students must provide their own tap shoes.
  • Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 10 and 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $99 (Registration Deadline: Oct. 13)

Pasta Making

  • Impress your friends and family with homemade pasta at your next gathering. This class will mix, knead, shape, and cook traditional pasta as well as some artisan pastas with vibrant colors. You’ll leave with two pounds of handmade pasta and all the info you’ll need to make it yourself at home.
  • Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Nov. 3)

Thanksgiving Baking

  • Hang out with other home-bakers and knock out all of your Thanksgiving baking in just a few hours under the direction of local pastry chef Amanda Parkinson. You’ll leave class with a fruit pie, pumpkin pie, and dinner rolls to serve to your family. Keep your kitchen clean for the turkey, and get the desserts out of the way early.
  • Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Nov. 13)

Holiday Cookies with the Littles

  • Are the kiddos growing too fast? Take a Saturday and spend a few hours making messes and memories with your favorite littles. They’ll be impressed by our industrial kitchens, and you’ll love watching them bake and decorate a variety of cookies just in time for the holidays. They’re only little once. Take advantage, pull them away from their tablets, and get ready to laugh in Ivy Tech’s kitchens.
  • Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $65 (Registration Deadline: Dec. 8)

International students learn more than a book can teach

My name is Naw Assumpta. I am currently majoring in general studies and am planning to transfer to Ball State University next spring to pursue my degree in architecture. I also work in the Marketing and Communications office, so I get to write these fun blogs.

Assumpta Titan

Naw Assumpta, General Studies student and Marketing work study

I have been in the United States for five years after leaving my home country of Burma. I am still learning and adjusting to the differences in the two cultures.  Whenever I learn something new, I am amazed at how living in a foreign country can be challenging. It has made me more open-minded and accepting because I am learning, understanding, and navigating the culture of a different country.

I thought I would share some of the everyday shocks I’ve experienced.

Let’s start with the most important difference — food!

I grew up in a really small town in Burma. Most of my family are farmers, so most of our food came right out of our farm including rice, vegetables, and fish. Our snacks were sugarcane, mangoes, and plums. We rarely ate meat because it was so expensive.

When I first came to the United States, I was overwhelmed by the number of fast food restaurants. Like one every block or so. And they are affordable!

On my first day in the United States, my parents and I decided to go to a Thai restaurant for lunch. Each of us ordered pineapple fried rice and Tom Yum soup. I was surprised to see how big the portion of the meal was. The size of the meal was twice as big as the portions I ate back home.

School daze


Typical Burmese school uniforms: “htamein” for the girls and “paso” for the boys.

Another culture shock I experienced was when I started as a freshman, and I was surprised how public schools do not require students to wear a uniform. I learned that kids are free to wear whatever they want as long as it’s appropriate. In Burma, school uniforms are mandatory throughout public schools from kindergarten to 10th grade. The compulsory uniform for a boy is a white shirt and green sarong, also known as paso. Girls wear a white traditional Burmese blouse and a green sarong called htamein.

I was also surprised by how the higher education system works here in the United States compared to Burma. In Burma students choose their major based upon their university entrance exam scores they take at the end of senior year. Students are not allowed to choose their area of study. In fact, the government assigns their courses regardless of whether or not they have an interest in the subject. Students who make it to university will also have to pay high fees, and there is no such a thing as FAFSA or financial aid. I was so excited to know that here in the U.S. I could really study my passion, architecture.

In the classroom, I was also surprised by the teacher/student relationship. In Burma, students are to obey the teachers. They are not allowed to speak freely, to write freely, or to publish freely. Here, students are very active, and they are allowed to express their opinions.

Is it just me?

As I was writing this, I started to wonder if I was the only one who wasn’t really prepared for the differences between American culture and my home culture. So I asked other Ivy Tech students from different countries about their cultural experiences in the United States. Here’s what they have to say:

Thandar Knine

Thandar Khine, Business Administration student

“The biggest culture shock I experienced was not knowing how to address the professors and teachers here. I find it odd and weird to call the professors and teachers by their first name or even their last name because back in my country, calling teachers by their names is considered rude. We address them by calling ‘Teacher’ to give them respect for educating us. It took a while for me to get used to this when I came here for college”
Thandar Khine, Burma


Chit Ko, Computer Science student

“My first moment of culture shock in the United States was making eye contact with people. In our culture, making direct eye contact is a show of disrespect, especially toward elderly people. In the United States, making eye contact shows that you are paying attention, showing interest, and is also a sign of self-confidence. I was not used to the culture and hesitated every time I made eye contact with people”
Chit Ko, Burma

Khalid Ali

Khalid Ali, Database Management & Administration student

“A lot of people questioned my marital status when I first came here. They asked whether I am single or married. Right after I told them that I am single, they followed up by asking whether I have any kids. I was really shocked by this question, because having children without marriage is unacceptable in my country. I later learned that in the United States, it is legal to have children without getting married. From this experience, I learned that things that are acceptable in a country, could be a culture shock to other countries.”
Khalid Ali, Sudan

Fort Wayne Campus, Warsaw Site announce Summer 2018 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the Summer 2018 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, click here. Students are listed alphabetically by state, county, city, and last name.