Ivy Tech’s Automotive Institute gets students into the workforce sooner

Starting a career in automotive technology can happen within one year thanks to Ivy Tech Community College’s Automotive Institute. Anyone interested in the program is invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, January 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Automotive Institute Lab at 3535 McCarty Lane, Lafayette, behind the Goodrich Theater.

Students in the Automotive Institute program earn a technical certificate and are prepared for multiple ASE and Snap-On certifications in less than one year. Students can also earn an advanced certificate in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles with training on state of the art vehicles and diagnostic tools. The technical certificate transfers into Ivy Tech’s associate degree program in Automotive Technology for student interested in continuing their education.

The Automotive Institute is NATEF accredited, and Ivy Tech is a Snap-On National Training Center. For more information, contact Carl Booker at (765) 838-8387 or cbooker22@ivytech.edu.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech, Purdue create pathway for Ivy Tech students into Purdue’s College of Engineering

Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University’s College of Engineering have signed off on a transfer agreement that creates a path for Ivy Tech pre-engineering students to continue their studies towards a bachelor’s degree in one of two engineering disciplines at Purdue. The agreement joins several transfer agreements between the two schools, including the innovative Pathway to Purdue agriculture transfer program. The statewide transfer program becomes effective beginning the Fall 2015 semester.

“Our goal is to continue to develop statewide transfer agreements to make it easier and more affordable for our students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Senior Vice President and Provost at Ivy Tech. “This agreement represents a great move forward as we continue to partner with four-year institutions across the state to create seamless transfer opportunities for our students. We are grateful for a strong partnership with Purdue University and look forward to creating additional transfer agreements to further enhance career pathways.”

“Purdue University’s College of Engineering is constantly looking for ways to partner with other institutions of higher education, especially in the State of Indiana,” said Dr. Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering.  “Increasing the number of STEM graduates is crucial to the success of this state and the nation.  Partnering with Ivy Tech provides another valuable pathway for the students of Indiana to gain access to high quality engineering programs. I would like to thank Professors Larry Nies and Garrett Jeong for their hard work with Dr. Todd Roswarski, Dr. Candace Vibbert, Purdue’s Department of Mathematics/College of Science, and the College of Technology in developing these articulation agreements.  It is the College of Engineering’s goal to expand our partnerships with Ivy Tech and other institutions of higher learning in the State of Indiana. “

Ivy Tech students who meet the requirements can seamlessly continue their education into Purdue’s civil engineering or environmental and ecological engineering programs. They must complete an associate of science degree in pre-engineering with a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average overall and in science, mathematics and engineering courses. Candidates must also meet admission requirements for the specific Purdue degree programs. Purdue will reserve up to five admission slots per program for Ivy Tech graduates. More slots could be provided to qualified students as capacity becomes available.

“This agreement is a milestone in providing transfer opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Todd Roswarski, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. “Pre-engineering graduates who qualify for transfer will be able to continue their studies at one of the top engineering schools in the nation and worldwide. We are pleased that our partners at Purdue continue to recognize the excellence of Ivy Tech’s curriculum and instruction.”

Ivy Tech offers the associate of science in pre-engineering at seven of its 32 campuses statewide, including Indianapolis, Lafayette, South Bend, Warsaw, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso and Evansville.   Through the program, students explore a variety of engineering fields and receive a strong foundation in science and mathematics. More information is available at ivytech.edu/pre-engineering.

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of undergraduate programs, Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 9th in the nation. The civil engineering programed ranked 4th, and the environmental and ecological engineering program is ranked 13th. More information is available at engineering.purdue.edu.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech’s Ilicia Sprey, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presents at national conferences

Sprey_IIlicia Sprey, Ph.D., Dean of Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offered papers at two scholarly conferences in October. Both conferences will produce collected volumes that will include Dr. Sprey’s work.

“Primary and Secondary Maritime Trade Networks based on the Vietnamese Coastline, 1400-1800” was presented on October 17 at The Indian Ocean: History, Network, and Spaces of the Imagination, a conference held at the University of Illinois, Urbana and sponsored by the University of Illinois Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The conference that included lectures and workshops brought together fifteen international specialists in Indian Ocean history from a number of disciplinary and regional perspectives to educate students, high school and university teachers, and the general public on cultural and political issues within the Indian Ocean region.

“From Royal Menageries to Public Zoos:  The Political and Public Role of Animal Collections in seventeenth- through nineteenth century Vietnamese political and social development” was presented on October 24 at Trade in Animals and Animal Products in the Indian Ocean World, an international conference sponsored by the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The conference focused on the political, social, religious, and economic role in regional trade of exotic animals and animal products historically in the region.

Dr. Sprey is a professor of history and has presented several papers on Vietnamese history and culture and recently was a Fulbright Scholar at Hồng Đức University, Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

Ivy Tech sets sessions for free assistance in enrolling in the Healthcare Marketplace

Individuals who are seeking healthcare insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace are invited to attend one of two free informational events scheduled at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. Healthcare navigators from Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN) who are experts in the field will be on hand to help guide people in assessing the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act. The current open enrollment period closes Feb. 15.

Plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics – doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more. Participants may be able to get help paying for the cost of new insurance or may qualify for low-cost options. The navigators will review programs and plans available and help individuals identify options that meet their needs and budget. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and no advance registration is needed.

Sessions will be held in the Grand Hall of Ivy Hall on Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus at 3101 S. Creasy Lane and are scheduled as follows:

December 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

January 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This opportunity is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which provides Hoosiers access to navigators who can help them understand their options in the marketplace. Ivy Tech Community College is among the partners supporting these outreach events. The navigators are unbiased and are not compensated by insurance companies. During the 2013-14 enrollment period, ASPIN health navigators helped thousands of Hoosier find health plans. They are also able to help individuals with their questions regarding Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan) enrollment.

ASPIN is a not-for-profit network whose mission is to provide innovative educational programs, resource management, program development and network management in collaboration with all healthcare entities to address healthcare disparities. ASPIN Health Navigators also provides a free help line, available at 877-313-7215.

ABOUT IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

Cindy Randolph appointed Corporate College Account Executive for Ivy Tech Corporate College

RandolphCwebCindy Randolph has been named Corporate College Account Executive for Ivy Tech Corporate College in Lafayette. Randolph will work with regional business and industry to identify their workforce training needs and connect businesses with employee development programs offered by Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Randolph has over nineteen years of experience in employee training and development, project management, and sales. Prior to coming to Ivy Tech, she was Senior Marketing Development Manager for ExpandACare LLC in Crawfordsville where she developed marketing initiatives and created a referral base for potential clients. Randolph also has extensive past experience in workforce consulting and development, career management, professional recruiting, sales, and marketing.

Randolph holds a bachelor of science degree in retail management from Purdue University. She is active in the Montgomery County Human Resources Association, Montgomery County Council on Aging, and Special Olympics.

About Corporate College

Ivy Tech Corporate College is the premier provider of quality workforce training solutions for the needs of businesses, industry, organizations and individuals. Corporate College contributes to business success through talent development, organizational improvement, and increased productivity and profitability. With 31 campuses and more than 100 learning facilities statewide, Ivy Tech is readily accessible and has a proven track record of providing value-based solutions for thousands of businesses and students each year.

Area educators explore bringing more college credit opportunities to high school students

Representatives from area highs schools, school corporations, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis met on November 10 on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus to discuss bringing more college credit opportunities to high school students. The luncheon was co-hosted by CELL and Ivy Tech’s Office of Secondary Initiatives as a follow-up to CELL’s Early College New Schools Workshop, held in early September in Indianapolis.

Tyonka Perkins, Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives at CELL discussed key elements of the Early College model and answer questions about implementation in high schools. Early College offers opportunities to earn college credit up to the first two years of college, including earning an associate degree, while completing a high school diploma. Currently there are eight fully endorsed Early College High Schools in Indiana, though none are designated in the Lafayette region.

“Early College High School allows high school students to earn college credit within an environment of enhanced supports that removes barriers and helps students achieve academic success,” said Ms. Perkins. “The program is open to all students, but specifically serves first-generation, low-income and other underserved students for whom society often has low aspirations for postsecondary success.”

Early College is different from dual credit programs currently offered in high schools. Early College students can begin as early as ninth grade, while dual credit opportunities are typically available to juniors or seniors. Early College courses include up to two years of dual credit coursework, while dual credit courses focus on core courses normally taken during the first year of college. Early College involves eight core principles for program implementation, including curriculum pathways, rigorous instruction, and supports for students.

“College degree attainment is critical for the long term economic health of Indiana,” said Dr. John Newby, Assistant Vice President for K-12 Initiatives for Ivy Tech Community College. “Ivy Tech is the key to increasing the number of Indiana residents who hold a college degree. Early College is another way that Ivy Tech contributes to Indiana’s workforce development.”

“I’m impressed by the commitment of Lafayette area high schools in developing this innovative option for their students,” Josh Morrison, Director of Secondary Initiatives at Ivy Tech Lafayette said. “Early College provides a goal for students and makes a college degree a reality to those who otherwise may have never considered higher education.”

Area high schools and corporations in attendance at the luncheon include Attica Consolidated School Corporation, Central Catholic High School, Clinton Prairie High School, Covington High School, Excel Center, Fountain Central High School, Harrison High School, Lafayette Jefferson High School, McCutcheon High School, MSD of Warren County, North Newton High School, North White High School, North White School Corporation, Rensselaer High School, Rossville High School, Seeger Memorial High School, Southeast Fountain School Corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation, and West Central High School.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

Ivy Tech Community College nursing students collect shoes to support clean water projects

Thanks to Ivy Tech Community College’s Students for Nursing Excellence, you can turn your used shoes into water.

The nursing students are holding a shoe drive for WaterStep’s Shoes for Water program. Any and all types of shoes will be accepted, regardless of condition, as long as they are free from mold or mildew.

Waterstep sells the donated shoes to an exporter who supplies locally owned businesses in developing countries. The proceeds are used to fund clean water projects around the world. The shoes provide many uses beyond funding water purification projects. Unwanted shoes are kept out of landfills, provide affordable footwear to people in developing countries, and build the economy of local communities.

The public can drop off shoes at collection boxes located throughout buildings on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus and the Monticello campus beginning November 17 through December 5. Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus is located at 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette, and the Monticello campus is located at 1017 O’Connor Blvd., Monticello. Shoes can be dropped off in Lafayette Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon. In Monticello, drop off times are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.