Ivy Tech Lafayette students design new website for the White County Food Pantry

Thanks to a group of students at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, The White County Food Pantry will have a new website. Three groups of students in a web design class each created templates that could be used to create a potential website.

“We really appreciated the students helping us with this project,” said Don Koleszar, a volunteer for the food pantry. “The students did a nice job of explaining what they created and why they created things in a certain way. We really like the clean and simple look of the websites.”

The White County Food Pantry is a completely volunteer-led organization established to provide food to the needy and hungry in White County. The final website design will include contact information for anyone who wants to volunteer at the food pantry, an on-line monetary donation function, and information on how to make food donations.

“The website is the kind of real-world classroom project that provides our students with the experience of working with a client and developing a solution tailored to their needs,” said Andrew Gibbs, Department Chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech. “We hope to provide more opportunities for our students to help not-for-profit groups with their internet presence.”

This semester, Ivy Tech students will tackle a website to help support fundraising for the Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund. Initial plans for the sports complex include batting cages, amphitheater, playground, and three playing fields.

The White County Instructional Center will offer a web site development class this summer. The class will be offered in a “lunch and learn” format that will meet Monday through Thursday with an instructor and include online learning. For more information, call (574) 583-4891.



Food Pantry Site

PHOTO: One of the proposed web site designs submitted by Ivy Tech Lafayette students to the White County Food Pantry.




Judy Doppelfeld and Patty Plantenga to assume new roles at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette.

Judy Doppelfeld

After nearly 10 years as Site Director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Monticello site, Judy Doppelfeld is transferring to the position of Registrar for the Ivy Tech Lafayette service area that includes the Monticello site. Other locations in the service area include the Lafayette campus and sites in Frankfort and Crawfordsville.

Doppelfeld was the first director for the Monticello site when it opened in 2008. She helped launch many new classes and services at the site, and developed partnerships with local schools and the community.

“I have been very pleased to help open the Monticello site and serve the Ivy Tech students here,” Doppelfeld said. “I’m excited to begin the next phase of my 41 year career at Ivy Tech by serving all the students within the service area, including Monticello.”

Doppelfeld began her Ivy Tech career in 1976 as a math instructor. She taught architectural drafting and was promoted to supervise the Drafting Program (now Design Technology Program). She was an advisor in the Applied Science and Technologies Division and interim Program Chair for Industrial Maintenance and Building Construction Programs, and later served as Division Chair for five years, while continuing to supervise the Drafting Program. In 1991 she was named Manager of Continuing Education before accepting the position of Director of Admissions in 1993. In 2007 she was named Director of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Support, and in 2008 was promoted to Site Director in Monticello. She earned both her bachelor of science degree in residential design and master of science in education degree in higher education administration from Purdue University.

Patty Plantenga

Patty Plantenga has been named Acting Site Director for Monticello. Plantenga has been with Ivy Tech for nearly 15 and has been a faculty member and advisor at sites as well as the main campus. She brings a wide range of experience in instruction, and academic, career and transfer advising.

“I am looking forward to drawing on my total professional experience at Ivy Tech to bring to Monticello,” Plantenga said. “I am passionate about serving students and helping them to succeed whether in a career or transferring to a four-year college. I’m excited to participate in the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Monticello site.”

Plantenga joined the college as adjunct faculty in January 2003, teaching ASA Math in Frankfort and Lafayette. In 2008 she taught Math as adjunct faculty in Crawfordsville. In 2013 she accepted the full-time position of transfer advocate and academic advisor in the McAllister Advising Center. In 2015 she took on additional duties as a career development advisor. She earned her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ball State University, and is currently pursuing a master of science degree in academic advising from Kansas State University with an expected completion in May 2018.

Doppelfeld and Plantenga will assume their new roles on February 1, 2018.

Ivy Tech hosts Take Back the Night event to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence.


Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette will host the Fifth Annual Take Back the Night event to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,

Since the 1970s, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms. Thousands of colleges, domestic violence centers, and rape crisis centers have held events all over the country.  For more information about Take Back the Night, visit takebackthenight.org.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25

WHERE: In the Grand Hall of Ivy Hall on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus, 3101 S. Creasy Lane

WHO: The public is invited.


5:30 p.m. – Community Resource Fair and Student Project Display

6:00 p.m. – Take Back the Night rally featuring Ivy Tech students telling their stories of past violence and messages of hope

6:30 p.m. – March through campus

Refreshments and music will follow the march.

Student projects will include poster designs submitted by several classes, including nursing, math, business ethics, and cultural awareness. Music is provided by the Rhum Academy of Music in Kokomo.


Ivy Tech students will provide free tax filing assistance under IRS volunteer program.


IRS-certified Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette accounting students are providing free tax help to qualified income tax filers now through April 12. Filing federal and state tax returns now will help students meet the March 10 FAFSA filing deadline to be considered for Indiana State grants including O’Bannon Grants and 21st Century Scholars.


Students and volunteers have been trained and certified under the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program offers free assistance to filers with household incomes under $65,000 who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Students will also help filers with any special credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly.


Tax assistance will be available on the second floor of Ivy Hall in Room 2331, located on the Ivy Tech campus at 3101 S. Creasy Lane in Lafayette. Tax filers must make an appointment by calling 765-269-5848. Taxes are prepared while you wait. No appointments will be made during the college’s spring break held March 12-20. Limited drop-off service is available.


The office will be open Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; and Saturdays, 9:00 am – Noon.


Returns will be electronically submitted to the IRS at no cost. To electronically file a joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Tax filers can expect to receive any tax refunds within 7 to 14 days in most cases.


Taxpayers should bring a government-issued photo identification or passport, Social Security cards and birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return, income and deductible related documents (W-2, 1099, pension, Social Security), 1095-A if health insurance was purchased through the ACA marketplace, information on property taxes or any rent paid, any IRS notices, a copy of last year’s tax return, amount paid for child care and child care provider’s tax ID number, any college tuition statement or college bookstore receipts, and a blank or cancelled check if direct deposit is desired.


Last year, Ivy Tech students and volunteers helped over 550 low-to-moderate income families receive $805,000 in aggregate federal and state refunds and helped local taxpayers save an estimated $110,000 in tax preparation fees. The total financial impact on the community totaled $915,000. Ivy Tech accounting students gained valuable real-world experience in tax accounting and managing an office.

Find out more at :https://www.ivytech.edu/vita/

Program Focus: Cybersecurity

Computer hacking and data breaches are serious threats to any business. Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has seen an increase in students enrolling in the Cyber Security Program as the job market for trained cyber security technicians is facing severe shortages.

“The job gains in cyber security are great and real opportunities exist,” said Dr. Dustin Hutchison, an adjunct faculty member who teaches cyber security at Ivy Tech Lafayette.

Dr. Hutchison has been teaching at Ivy Tech Lafayette for the past six and half years. He is also a partner in Pondurance, a cyber security consulting firm, and sits on Ivy Tech’s advisory board for the program. He currently teaches online and classroom courses at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech’s Cyber Security Program is nationally recognized by several government agencies, including certification by the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA and Department of Homeland Security has designated Ivy Tech as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Students can earn an associate degree and enter the field or transfer to a four-year college with an articulation agreement. A certificate or technical certificate in Cyber Security can be earned as a specialization or for continuing education.

Classes are delivered online and in the classroom. Students can earn certificates in Digital Forensics, Network Penetration, and Network Security. Technical certificates, associate of applied science degrees, and associate of science transfer degrees in Cyber Security are also offered.

Pondurance is building a year-round internship program for Ivy Tech students.  “We get students involved in what they will actually be doing in their careers,” Dr. Hutchison said. “They don’t just shuffle papers. They get a meaningful experience.”

Pondurance also connects with Ivy Tech students by participating in job fairs and holding career information sessions. The company sends an e-newsletter targeted to students studying in the field and holds a Quarterly Security Briefing that is open students and attended by many local organizations.

“Ivy Tech has aligned its program with the workforce needs of the industry,” Dr. Hutchison said. “Companies need to get directly involved to help meet the future employment needs in cyber security.”


Dr. Hutchinson teaches a cybersecurity class on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus. 

Oerlikon Fairfield Employees Earn License to Lead

Employees at Oerlikon Fairfield are better prepared to become leaders in the workplace thanks to Organizational Leadership for Manufacturing Training, a leadership training program provided by Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. Thirty employees participated in the 12-week program. A graduation ceremony was held at the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus on Feb. 1.

“The classroom was a diverse environment with people I would not normally have the opportunity to work with,” said Robin Ritchie (pictured), an Oerlikon Fairfield employee and a graduate of the program. “The training included practical elements of leadership but also reminded us of the human element. We learned how to lead with empathy and compassion.”

Another graduate, Lou Gilbert, also commented on the cross-functional nature of the program. “We got to learn about the personal side of people outside of their day-to-day workplace duties. We can become more productive thanks to these personal interactions,” he said.

At the end of the program, employees were required to present reports on what they learned and how they will apply those skills and techniques to tangible projects within the company. The presentations were made to ODS Americas CEO and President David Evans and other company executives. The caliber of work presented exceeded the company’s expectations.

“Ivy Tech has done a tremendous job working with us to create and deploy our new License to Lead program providing management and leadership training for our managerial talent,” Evans said.

“Ivy Tech has taken a hands-on approach with real-world examples for their education training platform,” said Dave Martin, vice president of procurement for ODS Americas. “The License to Lead Program will take our staff to the next level in their professional careers. They make learning comfortable and easy to absorb even for the novice.”

“It has been a real pleasure working with the Ivy Tech Team for our License to Lead Program,” said Mila Perez, vice president of human resources for ODS Americas. “Their depth of expertise, high quality of instructional materials and great instructors made the training a truly memorable learning experience for our managers.”

For more information on Organizational Leadership for Manufacturing Training, contact the Department of Workforce Alignment at 765-269-5884 or svary@ivytech.edu.


Robin Ritchie, an Oerlikon Fairfield employee, shares her insights and experiences as a graduate of the company’s License to Lead program, provided by Ivy Tech Lafayette. 





City and County recognized for support of Intersection Connection

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh have been recognized for their contribution to the Intersection Connection project by Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. As construction continued on the Lafayette Family YMCA next door, Roswarski and Murtaugh were presented with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award by Dr. David Bathe, Ivy Tech Lafayette chancellor, during a semester kick-off meeting for college employees held January 9.

The city and county helped arrange funding that supported the construction of the YMCA next to the college’s campus. Ivy Tech provided the land for the construction of the building that will house the YMCA, Junior Achievement, and a Franciscan Health clinic. Other major supporters of the project include IU Health and NCHS. The new building’s projected completion is Fall 2018.

“The city and county recognized early that that Intersection Connection project is important to the community,” said Dr. Bathe. “The partnership is recognized as a national model and will impact our community for generations to come.”

Construction of the new Lafayette Family YMCA is scheduled for completion this fall.