Fall Semester at Ivy Tech begins on Monday

August 20, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s Fall Semester kicks off on Monday, August 25. In keeping with traditions that were established under Chancellor Emertius John R. Whikhart’s leadership, students at the main Ferguson building can expect to be greeted on the morning of the first day of classes by bagpipes and by Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. 

“The start of the fall semester on Monday also marks the first day of my first full academic year as Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Bloomington, and I am thrilled to welcome students back to campus,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Many of our students have overcome struggles just to get here, and I am so proud to welcome them with open doors.”

Classes begin on Monday, but students still have time to register for classes. The Express Enrollment Center will be open this Saturday with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate students who have not yet enrolled in the courses they need to graduate. Advising, Accuplacer assessments, financial aid, bookstore and business office will all be open on Saturday. Walk-in hours are currently Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday until 5 p.m.

Some newer degree options include electrical engineering, fine arts, respiratory therapy, informatics, and supply chain management.

Courtesy of Student Life at Ivy Tech, Welcome Week activities are planned for current students during the first week of classes. Activities include breakfast on the go, a backyard barbeque, an outdoor lunch with games and music, a student resources expo, and movie night. The annual Music Festival will take place at the Ferguson building on Thursday, August 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will include festival foods, free bands, games and more. The festival will culminate in a display of fireworks.

For information about how to apply and enroll in classes, visit Ivy Tech-Bloomington in person this weekend, or visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow.

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Guest column: Low-income schools face challenges from many directions


Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 6:20 am, Mon Aug 18, 2014.

By Chelsea Rood-Emmick Guest columnist

This guest column was written by Chelsea Rood-Emmick, executive director of civic engagement at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Recently, several articles have been published in The Herald-Times regarding Fairview Elementary School and the challenges it faces.  

“District’s demographics add to challenges facing Fairview” reports that 90 percent of Fairview students receive free or reduced lunch, and children in the bottom 20 percent of income are a year behind those in the top 25 percent. However, home lives are not the sole factor behind poor student achievement. Schools in low-income areas are more likely to lack funding for up-to-date labs, computers, shiny facilities, innovative programming, and the best teachers. Low-income and minority students are also more likely to be victims of low expectations.

Across Indiana, there are whole schools that are failing: 112 schools in Indiana received an F score in 2013 from the Indiana Department of Education.

When students fall behind in K-12, they are set up for an enormous disadvantage when they enter higher education. When students graduate high school and cannot begin college level work, they are relegated to remediation courses at the community college, paying for courses they received for free in high school, prolonging their time in the education pipeline, and increasing their chances for attrition. In 2011, 62 percent of Indiana high school graduates entering Ivy Tech-Bloomington required some form of remediation.

One-third of these students needed both math and English remediation. The more that can be done to keep students from falling behind at the K-12 level, particularly in elementary schools, the better prepared for college our students will become.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington will be hosting two community forums as part of National Issues Forums series developed by the Kettering Foundation. These forums will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and are open to the all those concerned about advancing achievement in the K-12 system.

The moderated and guided discussion will probe for ideas that can be implemented by Ivy Tech, by schools, by community agencies, and by state and local officials.

Free childcare will be provided for children ages 5 and older, but parents must register their children for childcare as spaces are limited.

To reserve a space for your child, please call 812-330-4400.


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Ivy Tech to hold office hours at Martinsville Chamber of Commerce

August 14, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold office hours at the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce starting in September. Representatives from Admissions and Ivy Tech’s Corporate College will be in the office on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from Noon to 4 p.m.

Students and prospective students can visit the office to apply for admission to the college and learn about the variety of academic program options offered on the Ivy Tech-Bloomington campus or online. In addition to learning about college course offerings, Martinsville residents will have the opportunity to learn about Corporate College professional development training and Center for Lifelong Learning personal enrichment options.

The Chamber of Commerce is located at:

109 East Morgan Street
PO Box 1378
Martinsville, IN 46151


Ivy Tech offers more than 30 degree programs, including biotechnology, paramedic, engineering, radiation therapy, respiratory therapy, and more.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s degree program offerings and to apply, log on www.ivytech.edu/applynow.

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Ivy Tech Cook Center to host fifth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship in September

BLOOMINGTON – The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its fifth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Chapman’s Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions., will be the keynote speaker at the annual entrepreneurship event.

“It is part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the region, and this year’s Institute is yet another example of how the Center connects the community through its programs,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Through both the Cook Institute event and the Cook Center, Ivy Tech works to inspire and educate others in moving forward with their business ideas, and growing the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Ferguson, the Institute reception keynote speaker, is CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. Ferguson took CareerBuilder to the number one position in the online recruitment industry within five years. Working with the nation’s top employers on a daily basis, Ferguson is often called upon to provide insights on emerging labor trends, the impact of the economy on the job outlook, and advice for job seekers. He has appeared on CBS Evening News, TODAY Show and many others. He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40.”

Individual tickets for Ivy Tech’s annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship reception are $60 each. Table sponsorships can be purchased for $600, event sponsorships for $1,500, and presenting sponsorships for $2,500. Proceeds support scholarships for Ivy Tech-Bloomington entrepreneurship students and Cook Center programs.

For more information and to purchase tickets and sponsorships, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship and click on “Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship.” 

About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

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