Previw of Art on the Wabash collection on display at Ivy Tech Community College

A preview of artists who will participate in the upcoming 10TH Annual Art on the Wabash is now on display at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette in Ivy Hall’s Grand Hall. The display is open to the public now through September 11. Ivy Tech Community College is located at 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette.

New this year is a display of newly acquired artwork from the annual Tri Kappa New Artists, a juried exhibit of area high school students that was held at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette earlier this year. Included in the display will be Melancholia by Zach Carrico from Jefferson High School. Carrico was presented the Ivy Tech Community College Emerging Artist Award and was purchased by Ivy Tech for its art collection.

Most of the 44 participating artists have pieces in the preview. Artists who will have works on display at Ivy Tech are:

Jewelry: Joanne Kuhn Titolo, Linda Elmore, Lisa Walsh, Lisa Hopkins, and Carolyn Cason.

Pottery: Frank Koontz, Diana May, Gail Johnston, Angie Peterson, and Ingrid Craft & Rachael Schatko of Coal Creek Clay.

Glass: Sharon Owens and Lisa Walsh.

Wood: Phil Conlon, Bill Krug, Daryl Smith, and Douglas Winslow.

Gourds: Deb Remsburg.

Photography: Dwayne Daehler and Alan McConnell.

Painting: Rebecca Brody, Alice Harpel, Rena Brouwer, Jerie Artz, Stacy Bogan, Ann Parks, and Sonya Thomas.

Mixed Media: Shirley Chapman, Terry Crose, and Craig Whitten.

Sculpture: Dominick Andrisani.

Art on the Wabash, a juried art fair, takes place Sunday, September 20 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette.

ABOUT IVY TECH

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled 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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

North Montgomery HS students graduate from Ivy Tech’s Advancing Manufacturing training program

Ivy Tech Community College Crawfordsville and Advancing Manufacturing announced on Monday, July 6, the graduates of the first Advancing Manufacturing Summer Camp 2015. Chad Roach, Jessica Burpo and Jennifer Barton completed the 100-hour course that prepared them for the Certified Production Technician certification recognized by manufacturers across the country. The course is offered through Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Launched in 2012, Advancing Manufacturing is a 12-county partnership of area economic development groups, governments, manufacturers and Ivy Tech. The goal of the partnership is to provide a trained and certified workforce for area industries. Students in the program receive full scholarships.

One component of the program provides face-to-face interviews with area employers. After the graduation ceremony, the graduates will have the opportunity to meet with Montgomery County industries who are offering paid 4-week internships to the students. The internships don’t guarantee full-time employment, but graduates receive real-world work experience and the option to continue their education.

Companies who will be offering internships to graduates include RR Donnelley, Walmart Optical, Nucor Steel, Pace Dairy, Dubose Strapping, CSI and International Paper.

The three graduates from the program are also North Montgomery High School graduates. “All three high schools welcome this opportunity for our area high school students,” said Dr. Colleen Moran, superintendent of the North Montgomery School Corporation. “Ivy Tech has constructed an excellent certification program that will only grow and continue to prepare for more, much-needed manufacturing employees while providing a rewarding career pathway for participants.”

Those interested in learning more about Advancing Manufacturing should contact Elaine Doss, Ivy Tech Corporate College, at edoss@ivytech.edu or (765) 269-5884, rather than contacting employers directly. Future training programs will be scheduled in Crawfordsville; dates will be announced at a later time.

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. For more information, visit ivytech.edu.

ABOUT IVY TECH CORPORATE COLLEGE

Ivy Tech Corporate College is the right choice for businesses looking for workforce training solutions. Corporate College instructors and trainers know your business and the latest technology. They can provide business solutions tailored to meet specific needs and schedules – at the workplace or in one of Ivy Tech’s educational facilities. Businesses receive the instructional resources of a community college at a competitive cost. Corporate College can provide a competitive edge for Indiana businesses through a highly trained and educated workforce. For more information, visit ivytech.edu/corporate-college.

Two new health career tracks available at Ivy Tech Lafayette

Two new health career tracks have been added to the Health Support Program at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. Students can prepare to become a Certified Personal Trainer or a Certified Nursing Assistant. The new programs will be offered beginning the fall 2015 semester.

The personal training certificate program offers comprehensive coursework in anatomy, kinesiology, exercise science, and nutrition within two semesters. The certificate pathway prepares students to pass the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam and for entry-level positions as exercise specialists.

The nursing assistant certification course prepares students to take the Indiana State Department of Health exam for the Certified Nurse Aide Registry. The five-credit hour course contains all the necessary training covered in the exam. Upon completion of the accreditation exam, students will be qualified for certified nurse assistant positions at assisted care facilities and clinical offices.

For more information, contact Health Support Program Chair Shelly Fishback at mfishback@ivytech.edu or call (765) 269-5720. Information is also available at ivytech.edu/health-care-support.

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.

For more information, visit ivytech.edu.

Scholarships available for 5th annual ASAP class at Ivy Tech Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, IN. — (April 9, 2015) Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette is accepting applications for the fifth group of students to enroll in the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). ASAP provides select Ivy Tech students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree, traditionally a two-year program, in just eleven months.

ASAP is open to students not older than 21 years of age, who have a family member or guardian providing room and board for one year, and who have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average in high school with a good attendance record. The challenging program requires a full-time commitment with full days of class work Mondays through Thursdays and a day for special enrichment activities on Fridays.

The 2015-16 program will launch on June 8 with a maximum of 48 participating students. Priority deadline for enrollment is April 22, but students will be considered on an individual basis after that date if openings remain.

Thanks to the Smith Family Scholar Program established by Mike and Sue Smith, select students are capable of receiving up to $4,800 per year to assist with living expenses while enrolled in ASAP. Other students may be eligible for $2,500 fellowships made possible by the Lumina Foundation. Students with financial need will be given preference for these funds.

“The ASAP program is a unique opportunity for traditional-age, qualified, and motivated students to accelerate their college degree,” said Sean McCan, director of the program for the Lafayette and Kokomo campuses. “This is a transfer-focused program emphasizing individual mentoring, a cohort learning community, and out-of-class experiences.” ASAP graduates have successfully transferred to Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, IUPUI, IPFW, among other colleges.

Applications for the ASAP program are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The process begins by filling out an Interest Form at ivytech.edu/ASAP. Students and parents may also contact McCan directly at smccan@ivytech.edu or 765-269-5256.

“I was a first-generation college student,” McCan said. “I remember feeling so confused about the college application process. In the ASAP program not only will you earn a high quality degree from Ivy Tech, we’ll help you understand what it means to be a college student before you transfer to a four-year school.”

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s regional foundation officer Pat Corey announces retirement

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has announced the retirement of Pat Corey, Executive Director of Resource Development. Corey has led the regional Ivy Tech Foundation office and fundraising efforts for the Lafayette region since 2005. She will step down at the end of April.

During Corey’s tenure, the Lafayette region raised $24.8 million for scholarships, capital projects and special programs. The region has the largest scholarship endowment within the Ivy Tech system. The Smith Scholars Associated Accelerated Program (ASAP) was established to allow students to complete an associate degree in less than one year. The recently completed Frankfort campus was built with the support of Clinton County businesses, industry and residents. Other programs developed through the generosity of benefactors include the McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards and McAllister Merit Awards, as well as the Arts in Education programs that allows Ivy Tech students to attend Purdue Convocations performances.

Corey has also been highly involved in The Intersection Connection, a multi-organization collaboration which is currently raising funds to build a new YMCA adjacent to the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus. The new facility will also house health services and Junior Achievement hands-on learning labs. To date the project has secured $12 million.

“Pat Corey’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “Her love for Ivy Tech and this community is both special and remarkable. She will certainly be missed, and her efforts are truly appreciated.”

Under Corey’s direction, the Lafayette region built a robust alumni program, including an Alumni Legacy Fund administered by alumni to support student experience grants. Corey developed Ivy Tech Lafayette’s first engagement function, coordinating efforts to recognize lifelong learning, serving on the original planning team for the area’s child abuse summits and Our Kids Committee, and helping Greater Lafayette earn recognition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Youth.

Corey was part of the executive team for the Western Indiana Sustainable Energy Resource (WISER) and served on the United Way Community Investment Committee, the boards of Historic Prophetstown and the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering, Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Quality of Life Committee, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the League of Women Voters.

Corey continues to lead development of Hometown2Hometown, a Greater Lafayette Commerce website designed as a portal for friends and relatives of Purdue’s international students and scholars and the international business community in Greater Lafayette. She has also helped Greater Lafayette become a U.S. Ignite community. In 2012, she traveled to Japan and China with the community’s trade delegation.

“It has been a privilege to work with such an incredibly generous and visionary community,” says Corey. “I am so grateful to Ivy Tech to have had the opportunity to serve both the college and the communities in our region in so many ways.”

“Pat has taken Ivy Tech’s fundraising and community partnerships to new levels,” said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. “Her tireless efforts and commitment to not only the college, but also to the communities that it serves, have set a standard of excellence and integrity that is unmatched.”

“Pat has been an incredible senior development officer,” said John Murphy, President of Ivy Tech Foundation. “She is a ‘go to’ resource and her generosity in sharing knowledge is highly acclaimed. I will be forever grateful for the endless hours Pat has put forth on Ivy Tech’s behalf. She is the epitome of a selfless servant leader.”

Corey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived briefly in Indianapolis before moving to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University. She completed coursework for a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue before taking the post at Ivy Tech. Her research interests included rhetoric and philosophy of technology, and she taught public speaking, journalism, and society and technology. Corey co-developed and taught an undergraduate course in computing and ethics. Her prior professional experience included business management for a newspaper in Michigan, human resources management and information technology.

Corey and her husband, John, make their home in downtown Lafayette.

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.

LeVar Burton brings MLK’s dreams to life in Kokomo

More than 1,500 attend student convocation, community banquet

KOKOMO, Ind. — LeVar Burton, noted actor and literacy advocate, shared the stories of his dreams, the dreams of others – and the dreams everyone can work to make come true – in February at the guest speaker in Ivy Tech Community College’s annual “Doing the Dream” celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 350 community leaders, educational leaders, students and citizens attended the Feb. 5 banquet and more than 1,100 middle school, high school and college students and faculty members filled the room at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center for the free student convocation on Feb. 6. Burton captured both audiences with his dramatic oratory about the power of dreams – and his conviction that we all were born with a gift, a gift we are obligated to share that gift with the world.

At both sessions, Burton talked about history and our nation’s evolution – from his portrayal of Kunta Kinte, an African abducted into slavery in the early American South, in “ROOTS,” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s unwavering leadership of a nonviolent effort to end discrimination, to the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. His dramatic reading from King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” brought members of the evening audience to tears. His recounting of Kunta Kinte’s intense quest for freedom brought the student audience to complete silence. And his recollections of his work as host of “Reading Rainbow” and Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” brought smiles from fans.

“Mr. Burton brought a dramatic message that put the history of America – and the future of America – into a context designed to inspire both audiences,” said Amber Williams, a co-chair of the Doing the Dream Committee that brought the actor to Kokomo. “We were thrilled to be part of bringing a speaker who was so effective and so well-received.”

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Community Foundation of Howard County again served as lead sponsors for the “Doing the Dream” celebration with $5,000 donations to support participation by a noted speaker.

In emphasizing the importance of dreams, Burton challenged the students to really discover their gifts and their dreams to accomplish what they were placed on Earth to do. He cited the impact on his life of three mentors – Alex Haley, the author of “ROOTS,” the book that became the basis of the television miniseries that changed America; Gene Roddenberry, creator of “Star Trek,” a great visionary who inspired generations of engineers and researchers; and Fred Rogers, whose Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood persona of kindness, compassion and love was authentic and life-changing.

What we dream can become reality, Burton said. Roddenberry’s dreams of new technologies in the science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s (think Captain Kirk’s “communicator,” Sulu’s control panel, Lt. Uhura’s earpiece) soon became reality (think flip phones, tablets, Bluetooth headsets and even developing hologram technology).

“The two most important words in the English language – ‘What if?’” Burton said, musing about what will those dreaming today will come up with in the future. “What if we could cure cancer? What if we could feed the world? What if we could stop war?” he asked. “What if we could convince everyone there is enough for everyone and build a world based on cooperation instead of competition? What if we could all discover what our gift is and be committed to delivering that gift to the world? The world be a different place!”

“Never be afraid to claim that which you dream for yourself,” he told the students. “It is our dreams and our ability to commit to them and carry them out that are the stuff of legends.”

Dr. David Bathe, chancellor of the Kokomo and Lafayette regions, thanked Burton for his poignant and effective message at the evening dinner and presented him with an artwork from Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company as a memento of his visit to Kokomo.

Co-chairs of the Doing the Dream Committee include Amber Williams, Emily Getty, Robb Haywood and Leo Studach, all faculty members at Ivy Tech Kokomo Region. Work is already beginning on the 2016 edition.

Susie Trees will be honored at a public retirement reception

The public is invited to celebrate Susie Trees’ contributions to Ivy Tech Community College and Clinton County at a retirement reception that will be held on Friday, February 20, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the community room in Kaspar Hall on the college’s Davidson Campus located at 251 E. Clinton Street, Frankfort.

Trees is a long-time resident of Clinton County and has been an educator throughout her professional career. Most recently she was Site Director of Ivy Tech Community College Frankfort. She has a long history of community service to Frankfort and Clinton County.

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.