College to host Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration on Nov. 16

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host an Apprenticeship Fair during National Apprenticeship Week for students and community members interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice. During the fair, attendees can:

  • Learn how apprenticeships can teach a skilled trade while earning an apprentice money
  • Watch live demonstrations on skilled trades
  • Meet industry representatives, and learn how to become an apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week is a U.S. Department of Labor project that takes place from Nov. 12 to 18. The national celebration “offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship,” according to the labor department’s website. “The week-long event highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.”

Questions? Contact or 260-480-4241. Learn more about the national celebration at


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Northeast Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd.)  and Warsaw (2545 Silveus Crossing) and 38 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2018.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans at most colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA form MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is important, since completing this form correctly and by the deadline can feel complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its thirtieth year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA form properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

College Goal Sunday doubles the help offered

“The event on October 28th will be one of two College Goal Sundays ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already, take advantage of College Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

What students should bring

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2017 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2017 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at

Attendees may win educational prizes

Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

21st Century Scholars benefit

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model

College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.

For more information about College Goal Sunday visit

College, Center for Transportation Safety launch new partnership in offering commercial driver’s license training

In partnership with the Center for Transportation Safety (CTS), Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has relaunched commercial driver’s license (CDL-A) training this fall. The training will consist of comprehensive classroom instruction, extensive one-on-one education, and behind-the-wheel training.

Ivy Tech will offer full-time and part-time CDL programs that will take place at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (7602 Patriot Crossing). The full-time course is a three-week intensive program, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can also choose a part-time option: six weeks of afternoon or evening classes Monday through Friday. The first group of students began training on Sept. 17, with a second class that began Oct. 8.

“We are excited to provide training for high-demand, high-wage jobs,” says Michelle Hagan-Short, department chair of the Supply Chain Management program. “This is an incredible opportunity for our community. With the CDL program, you can get three weeks of training that directly leads to a livable wage and job security. It’s a job with high-quality of work life and low stress, and demand for CDL drivers continues to grow.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for CDL drivers is $42,480/yr or $20.42/hr. The Bureau projects a 6 percent increase in long-term job outlook—an addition of 108,400 workers from 2016–26.

The Center for Transportation Safety is working with Ivy Tech to coordinate a successful training program. CTS will develop curriculum, provide tractors and trailers for training, and pay for the students’ physical, drug test, and two skills tests.

The training for individuals is $4,950. Although the program is not financial aid eligible at this time, assistance may be available through your local WorkOne Northeast career center. A list of locations can be found at Classes will be offered every three weeks. For class availability and more information on CDL training, contact Tina Zint at  

Ivy Tech Warsaw to host medical interpreter training in October

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw site will host “Bridging the Gap,” medical interpreter training, in October. This training prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. Ball State University’s Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center is providing the training and underwriting the cost. This program is open to anyone who is bilingual, though healthcare students and workers are especially encouraged to increase their skills and marketability through this training.

The medical interpreter training covers the following topics:

  • Basic interpreting skills
  • Health care information
  • Culture in interpreting
  • Communication skills for advocacy
  • Professional development

The training costs $50 for 40 hours.

Register here or call 765-285-5681 with questions.

Students must attend all of the following course dates:

  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21
  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, Indiana 46582


Fort Wayne, Warsaw invite adult learners to explore affordable opportunities at Oct. 18 event

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw are hosting Adult Information & Admissions events on Oct. 18, where adult learners can receive information about low-cost education opportunities. Visitors will attend information sessions on how they can receive grants or funding through the Next Level Jobs or Achieve Your Degree programs. The event will feature concurrent sessions every half hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with facts, opportunities, and a Q&A on Next Level Jobs and Achieve Your Degree.

Faculty from the following areas will be on hand to answer questions.

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction (Fort Wayne only)
  • Health/Life Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Business
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Welding (Industrial Technology)

These are high-demand areas with high earning potential. According to Next Level Jobs, there are a combined 45,900 available jobs in these fields in Indiana with an average wage range of up to $44/hr.

Ivy Tech staff will also answer questions about:

  • Career Development
  • Ivy Works SNAP program (Fort Wayne only)
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Advising
  • Apprenticeships, Workforce Alignment, and Tech Hire

RSVP online to attend the event.

For additional information, visit the Next Level Jobs or Achieve Your Degree websites.

6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Campus

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

A Reason to Taste annual culinary fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 3


Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the seventh annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser in November. This year, the fundraising gala will celebrate the legacy of the “French Chef,” Julia Child. It will include cocktails, dinner, and a special appearance by Mary Ann Jung, the official Smithsonian Julia Child impersonator.

The dinner and menu will be prepared by Hospitality Administration students and graduates who won the European Competition in January. The competition prize was a summer trip to France to study culinary arts. Students create the meal at A Reason to Taste based upon their experiences abroad.

Tickets are $150 each and are available online at Proceeds will fund scholarships and programs for students at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Parkview Health is A Reason to Taste’s presenting sponsor. Brooks Construction and Shambaugh & Son are the event’s reception sponsors. DLightfuls is its beverage sponsor. The corporate sponsors are 80/20, Auburn Gear, Barnes & Thornburg, Fort Wayne Metals, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., Hagerman Construction Group, Ivy Tech Foundation, The James Foundation, Inc, PNC Bank, Questa Foundation, STAR Financial Bank, Sweetwater, and Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. The event partners are A Party Apart, Cap ‘n Cork, and Schrader Auction.

Saturday, Nov. 3
Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.
Dinner begins at 7:15 p.m.

The Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

College will serve final classical French cuisine dinner on Oct. 4

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s final classical cuisine dinner of the fall semester will take place this Thursday. As part of their Classical Cuisines course, Hospitality Administration students will prepare and serve the following buffet menu:

  • Salad
    • Salade de Tomatoes et Fomage: cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil over arugula topped with white wine vinaigrette
  • Vegetables
    • Broccoli a la Polonaise: Broccoli with cheese sauce, eggs, shallots, and toasted almonds
    • Carottes a la Vichy: Carrots sautéed in butter and finished with white wine
  • Starches
    • Croquettes de Pommes de Terre: Fried panko crusted garlic herb mashed potato
    • Riz Pilaw: Rice and onions sautéed and finished cooking in chicken stock
  • Meats
    • Poulet Saute a la Bordelaise: Chicken thighs with artichoke and shallots topped with lime garlic sauce
    • Grenouilles Frites: Fried herb spiced frog legs
    • Tournedos Rossini: Beef tenderloin on crostini topped with foie gras, truffles, and demi glaze
  • Dessert
    • Opera Cake

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. Oct 4.

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
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, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership strengthen ties with Japanese business owners; hosting Japanese manufacturing seminar

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, in collaboration with CEPEX, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will host a Japanese manufacturing seminar, “From ‘Product Out’ to ‘Market In,’ Beyond Just In Time & ‘Kaizen’” on Oct. 9 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center.

Nearly 300 Japanese-owned businesses operate in Indiana, demonstrating the strength and positive economic impact of the long-standing relationship between Indiana and Japan. Japanese companies have 24 locations in 10 counties in northeast Indiana, employing more than 3,200 Hoosiers locally. Sixty-five thousand Hoosiers are working in Japanese-owned companies across the state according to the Consulate-General of Japan. Students, community, and business leaders who attend the event will learn about Japanese manufacturing of the past and today.

Event speakers include:

  • Consul-General of Japan Naoki Ito
  • Chairman of the Sunrock Institute Yukio Tada
  • President & CEO of Funai Service Corp Yoshihiro Sasaki
  • First Secretary with the Embassy of Japan Katsuto Hisano
  • Dean of The School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Darrel Kesler, PhD

Following welcome remarks by Consul-General Ito, the Japanese manufacturing seminar will feature a keynote presentation by Yukio Tada. Tada’s leadership includes serving as Senior Advisor of Sojitz Research Institute and Advisor of the Americas-Japan Relations Committee at Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives). His primary role is to provide guidance on the importance of seamless connection between product out manufacturing and market in service, as well as analog generation and digital generation.

“The trend of high levels of Japanese investment will continue unchanged, but we are facing new challenges as dramatic advances in information technology are leading to increasingly high-tech manufacturing, and ongoing structural transformation in regional industries. Disruptive innovation and evolution of the Internet of Things (IOT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will improve total productivity and quality control, but also affect the future employment climate. With these changes, skills improvement of the next generation of workers and existing manufacturing employees is of the utmost importance for creating new jobs and boosting local economies. It is necessary to utilize vocational training schools, internships and apprenticeships to improve the labor participation rate and secure the next generation of workers,” Tada says.

A presentation by Yoshihiro Sasaki will address the needs for IT systems to support lean processes.

“General service operations, particularly reverse logistics, are labor intensive in nature, so operations in Mexico have strong advantages over operations in the U.S,” Sasaki says.

To turn this situation around, Sasaki redesigned the entire service process, and developed an IT system to change the process to “lean and simple.”

Funai Service Corporation (FSC), based in Groveport, Ohio, now runs low-cost operations similar to other service providers in Mexico. Representatives of Walmart and Amazon visited FSC and noted that FSC is one of the best operations in North America. With continuous improvement mind, Sasaki is now taking initiative to apply AI technology to service operations.

Bob Parker, department chair for Industrial Technology, and Advanced Automation and Robotic Technology Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, recognizes the need for academics to stay relevant in today’s technology changes.

“Reevaluate what you are teaching today because in 10 years it may be irrelevant to today’s manufacturing,” Parker says.

Near the end of the seminar, a robust panel discussion will highlight the demand for a skilled workforce, the need to advance credential and post-secondary education, and the overall impact of technology on the manufacturing industry.

Register for the seminar at

Medical assisting student builds a better life with a Workforce Ready Grant and Ivy Tech

IMG_9141.jpgGrowing up, Laura Lemmon learned to be self-sufficient. Her mother worked hard, but as a single mom of three, she struggled to support the family. Sometimes things were difficult, but Lemmon still dreamed about the future.

“I found comfort in reading books and getting lost in written word. I promised myself that someday I would be important, and someday what I did for a living would matter,” says Lemmon.

In high school, Lemmon studied hard and stayed out of trouble. She played violin in the school orchestra and got a job at a local grocery store within walking distance of her home.

After graduation, Lemmon got a job at Cardinal IG, a glass-making factory. The work ethic and self-sufficiency she learned in childhood served her well.

“I worked hard, and I felt it. My body hurt, but I was proud of my work ethic. I worked at Cardinal for 11 years. During that time I was promoted twice and earned Employee of the Year 2012. I started out as a floor worker and ended as a department supervisor.”

Back to School

Even though she loved her job, Lemmon still had dreams of doing something important, something with meaning. In 2014, she met her future husband, who gave her the final push back to college. She applied to Ivy Tech Community College and was accepted for fall 2015 semester.

Coming back to school wasn’t easy. Lemmon originally started at Jackson Community College right after high school but quickly dropped out. She was afraid history would repeat itself. But with the support of her instructors, Lemmon quickly shed those fears and fell in love with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

“The advisors and teachers at Ivy Tech Community College care if you pass. They listened when I had questions and did their best to get me answers. After my first day, I realized Ivy Tech was the school for me. I loved it.”

Getting Workforce Ready—without Debt

Ever thrifty, when Lemmon applied to Ivy Tech Community College, she also immediately started searching for scholarships and grants. She received a Workforce Ready Grant, which let her earn a Technical Certificate in Medical Assisting at Ivy Tech without debt.

“I applied for grants online because I hate paying for something if I know I can get a discount or coupon. Grants and scholarships are the coupons of college. The application process is super easy. If you can fill out a survey, you can apply for a grant. Getting a grant is free money, why wouldn’t you try for that? What do you have to lose? Nothing!”

When Lemmon graduated with her certificate in Aug. 2018, she already had a job lined up at Parkview Health First Care as a certified medical assistant. Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed—she’s going to be on the cover of 2018–19 Career Ready magazine!

Lemmon plans to continue her education in the Respiratory Therapy program, starting next fall. She wants to complete her degree, work hard, make a good living, and hopefully move up the ladder at Parkview as a respiratory therapist.

Want to know more about Workforce Ready Grants? Check out the Next Level Jobs website to learn about qualifying programs, eligibility, and more.

College offering upcoming enrichment classes in ethnic foods, tap dancing, and pasta making

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus offers IvyLiving classes, non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. The following are some of the upcoming courses. Learn more and sign-up at

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 Jamaican, 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)

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)