New student, Zahava Carter, makes Ivy Tech Community College her first choice

Zahavah Carter, new elementary education student, at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is motivated to succeed in her career goals and chose Ivy Tech to help her get there.

“I chose Ivy Tech because of how affordable tuition is without sacrificing the quality of their programs,” she said. “They have really set me up for success and worked with me on everything so far. Between the amazing support at Ivy Tech and my desire to start my career, I know I will reach my goals.”

Before becoming a student at Ivy Tech, Carter finished high school while taking care of her infant daughter. “Even though going to school is challenging when you have a child, I knew going to college would be the best thing for my family,” she said.

Carter plans to become an elementary school teacher when she finishes college. “I love children and hope to be a positive influence and inspire future generations to love learning like I do,” she said.

Carter explains how the new Ivy+ tuition model that includes free books this year, free classes after 12 credit hours, and frozen tuition rates has helped. “Ivy Tech was already my first choice for college because of the affordability but now, with Ivy+ I can feel way more secure in my decision to further my education.”

Ivy Tech’s Early Childhood Education classes are held online, on-campus, and in the field. To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now at, email or call 812-330-6013.

Military veteran chooses Ivy Tech Bloomington to prepare for career in homeland security

Derrick Hill, new Ivy Tech student, plans to pursue a career in public safety and healthcare administration. He chose to major in Homeland Security/Public Safety at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington because it offers the certificate and associate degree programs he needs to accomplish his goals.

Hill also chose Ivy Tech because of the wraparound services and supportive staff. “They have staff and professors that care about you and want to see you succeed in what you do,” he said.

Because of Ivy Tech’s new tuition model, Ivy+, Hill is benefitting from free required textbooks through Spring Semester 2022 and a frozen, flat tuition rate. He is taking 16 credit hours of classes in one semester, but he is paying the same tuition rate as 12 credit hours! To help full-time students graduate faster and with fewer college costs, Ivy Tech classes are free after 12 credit hours per semester with Ivy+.

Before becoming an Ivy Tech student, Hill was working in the hospital in the emergency department cleaning rooms and helping patients. He previously served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He is now working in retail full-time, going to school full-time and raising a family.  Hill ultimately plans to work for Homeland Security in the Austin, Tx. area.

Choosing Homeland Security/Public Safety at Ivy Tech Bloomington allows students like Hill the opportunity to explore the many aspects of a career in the field. This profession serves the spectrum of possible jobs at the local, state, and federal level at fire departments, emergency response agencies, Transportation Security Administration, and others. To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now at, email or call 812-330-6013.

Ivy Tech Youth Leadership Academy applications are open

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington seeks area seventh and eighth grade applicants from all backgrounds and experiences for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). YLA is an inclusive program designed to foster civic commitment and engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, and build communication skills. There is no fee for application or participation.

YLA students will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 30. The meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Bloomington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Jan. 2022, students will begin meeting with their mentor to complete a service project that addresses the needs of local youth or solves a problem at school or in the community.

To apply, visit and click Youth Leadership Academy. The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Monday, Sept. 20. For direct inquiries, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at or 812-330-4402.

20th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Saturday 

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586. The event is open to the public and the community is invited to attend. It will be held entirely outdoors with limited seating.

The City of Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display on Ivy Tech’s campus, in front of the Cook Pavilion.

Fire Fighters Union Local 586 Member and Honor Guard Coordinator Robert Loviscek, who personally brought Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center back from New York City, will make opening remarks.

“September 11th is the day that we pay respect and honor the memories of those who were killed that day,” said Loviscek. “We shall never forget them or the sacrifices that were made that day.”

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will also make remarks, along with Retired Indiana Army National Guard Col. Kirk White, and Bloomington Fire Department Chaplain, Harold Godsey. The rifle salute will be carried out by Monroe County Law Enforcement Honor Guard. “Taps” will be performed by Jeff Parker, former Bloomington HS Band Member who now attends Indiana University and “Amazing Grace” by Captain Danny Gillespie.

The 9/11 remembrance event will take place in front of Ivy Tech’s Cook Pavilion entrance on the northwest side of the building, located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington. 

Phi Theta Kappa secures $1k action grant for stigma research

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Alpha Rho Sigma chapter at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was awarded a $1000 Honors in Action grant to research the stigma attached to community college. The project, Theme 6: Perceptions of Progress, aims to identify what stigmas exist, how they started, and ways to erase them.

“With this project, Ivy Tech Bloomington PTK Honors students will gain valuable research skills, strengthen their knowledge of APA format, learn to write grants, and ultimately take action toward change” said Dr. Samantha Levy-Arnold, Professor of English and Indiana Regional Phi Theta Kappa Coordinator. “We know the value of a community college education and are hopeful that the execution of this project will increase awareness of the benefits of becoming a community college graduate.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington PTK was awarded the grant by the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society based in Jackson, MS, supported by a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund undergraduate research opportunities for community college honors students.

“The Alpha Rho Sigma chapter at Ivy Tech Bloomington was selected based on its strong application,” Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Associate Vice President of Honors Programming and Undergraduate Research said in an email. “We are proud of the work you do at your college and in your community, and with your participation in a robust Honors in Action project.”

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round at The college has multiple start dates throughout the year for faster completion of a certificate or associate degree. For more information, visit or call 812-330-6013.

About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. Learn more at

About Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa ( is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

Ivy Tech students build connections during first week of Fall Semester 2021

Ivy Tech Bloomington welcomed students back to campus with virtual and in-person activities during the first week of fall classes which began on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Welcome Week is a campus tradition held each semester to help students build connections to campus, organized by the office of student life. Welcome Week activities also provide students with resources to help them throughout their educational journeys.

During the week, faculty and staff walked the hallways specifically to engage with students, to answer questions and help them find their classes or other campus locations. Students were also greeted with complimentary beverages from Cup of Joy Food Truck.

On Wednesday, free breakfast by the Bloomington Bagel Company was offered. Students were able to learn more about Welcome Week Activities and get some Ivy Tech swag.

On Thursday, students enjoyed Movie Trivia Day. Students could play along with an electronic board to win prizes.

Grab ‘n’ Go Success Kits were handed out on Friday. The kits were full of products to help students be successful during the semester.

Stuff a Plush, offered on Monday, was a big success. Students enjoyed filling the shells of a variety of stuffed animals to take home.

On Tuesday a student involvement and volunteer fair showed students how to get involved in student organizations, recreational sports, volunteer opportunities, and more. The virtual resources fair was held Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, students enjoyed Virtual Caricature Night where they could take a few minutes to get a free digital caricature to download. A professional artist was on Zoom and created quick and fun portraits for the students.

Free admission to the Starlite Drive-in was offered to students on Thursday, where they could enjoy Raiders of the Lost Arc. On Friday students were able to meet their leaders from the Student Government Association and enjoy free pizza. Student leaders were on-hand to answer questions and get opinions on issues affecting students.

Jacqueline McDaniel chooses Ivy Tech for flexibility, benefits from Ivy+ free textbooks

Jacqueline Jenkins McDaniel, an Early Childhood Education TSAP major, chose Ivy Tech Bloomington because it provides an online associate degree option that transfers, which gives her the flexibility she needs.

“I chose Ivy Tech because it’s close to home and because of the fully online option,” said McDaniel. “It gives me the freedom to still be there for my kids when they need me and travel if I choose to!”

Because of Ivy Tech’s new tuition model, Ivy+, McDaniel is benefitting from free required textbooks through Spring Semester 2022 and a frozen tuition rate.

“I am currently not working, so the free books are allowing me to continue my schooling,” she said.

Before becoming an Ivy Tech student, McDaniel was a stay-at-home mom, helping her Kindergartner navigate virtual learning due to the pandemic. Her future educational and career plans include transferring her associate degree to earn her bachelor’s and becoming a Kindergarten teacher in her home school district.

Ivy Tech Early Childhood Education graduates can seamlessly transfer their associate degree to a four-year college through the Transfer as Junior (TSAP) program, which enables graduates to save time and money on earning a bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech’s Early Childhood Education programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round at and offers multiple course start dates for faster completion. Funding opportunities are available, including the Federal Pell Grant and the TEACH Grant, for students who are planning to become teachers in a high-need field or low-income school. For more information, call 812-330-6013 or email

Vaccination clinic at Ivy Tech incentivizes students, employees

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, in partnership with Monroe County Public Health, is hosting a vaccination clinic on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. The clinic will be held in Shreve Hall and is open to the public. No appointment is needed and a state issued ID will be required.

Ivy Tech’s clinic will offer the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen one-dose vaccine for those 18 years and older. Any current Ivy Tech student or employee who receives the vaccine on Thursday at the clinic, will be eligible to receive a $100 gift card for Target, Walmart, or Amazon. Eligible recipients will be asked to scan a QR code and complete a form to receive their $100 gift card. Vaccines are first come, first served.

For more information regarding Ivy Tech’s pandemic response and policies, visit

Open seats in Health Sciences programs at Ivy Tech Bloomington

Get started toward a career in healthcare on Aug. 18

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has open seats in Health Sciences programs that lead to jobs in the healthcare field. It’s not too late to enroll in classes that start Aug. 18.

Open seats are available in Medical Assisting, Therapeutic Massage, Kinesiology & Exercise Science, and Healthcare Specialist. New this fall is an evening class option for Medical Assisting and Therapeutic Massage programs.

Ivy Tech has tuition-free healthcare program options for eligible students through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant.

Get started at Ivy Tech toward a career in healthcare today by contacting Karlee Wyatt, Dean of Health Sciences, at

Three new trustees appointed to board at Ivy Tech Bloomington

Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees approved the addition of three new Bloomington campus trustees at its Aug. 5, 2021 meeting. Joining the Ivy Tech Bloomington Campus Board of Trustees are Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager, Cindy Kinnarney, German American Bank North Region President, and Markay Winston, Ph.D., Monroe County Community School Corporation Assistant Superintendent.

“With a renewed focus on career-based majors, college transfer options, and making college more accessible at Ivy Tech, we welcome our three new trustees,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Bruce, Cindy, and Markay already serve as champions of Ivy Tech’s mission to train, educate, and support Hoosiers on their path toward an in-demand job or bachelor’s degree, and we look forward to their continued partnership in this important work in the community.”

Calloway has been at Duke Energy for 33 years and serves the communities of Brown, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Washington Counties. He has been a supporter and partner of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Foundation scholarship programs and the Duke it Out business pitch competition hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kinnarney is a military veteran, serving in senior leadership positions at financial institutions for nearly 23 years. She has been a partner and supporter of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Foundation scholarship programs that support student persistence and graduation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University.

Dr. Winston has a 23-year career dedicated to education. She currently provides executive leadership for 23 schools in the community, serving approximately 10,500 K-12 students. She led a successful effort to increase both dual college credits earned and courses offered throughout the school system, strengthening pathways for high school graduates toward earning a college education. She holds a Doctorate degree in Education from University of Cincinnati.

Other board members include Connie Ferguson, Chair (Monroe), Dr. James Touloukian, Secretary (Monroe), Carven Thomas (Monroe), Lynn Coyne (Monroe), Imojean Dedrick (Orange), and Shawna Girgis (Lawrence).

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers short-term workforce certificates and associate degrees, and serves nearly 10,000 students annually. It has an eight-county service area, including Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen Counties.

Ivy Tech offering tuition-free EMT job training in Paoli for eligible residents

Ivy Tech Community College is offering a tuition-free EMT certification course for eligible students in Paoli that starts on Aug. 19. There is still time to sign-up for this one-course program that prepares graduates to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam, which qualifies them for work as an EMT. The class is just one semester long and will be held at the Lost River Career Cooperative near Paoli High School.

“EMT training at Ivy Tech is a Next Level Jobs Indiana program, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. This means eligible students can take the class tuition-free and become prepared to go directly to work in this high-demand field,” said Rodney Taylor, MBA, EMT-P/PI, paramedic science program chair at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Students still have time to apply to the college for free and sign up for the class. Ivy Tech is offering this course in Paoli, which is close to home for residents of Orange County and surrounding areas.”

To sign up for EMT class in Paoli, call (812) 330-6013 or email After business hours, call 888-IVY-LINE.

Ivy Tech offers other one-course certifications through Next Level Jobs Indiana, such as Dementia Care and Certified Nursing Aide. In addition to EMT training, eligible residents can earn tuition-free certificates that prepare them for work in auto repair, business, electrical, HVAC, computing/I.T., medical assisting, medical device manufacturing, nursing, welding, and more.

Certificate credits counts toward Ivy Tech associate degrees, so students can earn certifications in as little as one semester, and then go to work while completing their associate degree. For more information about tuition-free certificate options, visit

Ivy Tech open Saturday, Aug. 7 for Ivy Bash enrollment event

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is open for fall registration and is hosting an Ivy Bash enrollment event on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students and returning students that have not enrolled yet are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open the public.

To celebrate a full return to classes on campus this fall, attendees of Ivy Bash who enroll in classes, will be automatically entered to win a tuition-free Fall Semester 2021. Attendees can also get a free T-shirt and food items will be provided. Local radio stations Hoosier Country 105 and B97 will be on-location hosting a live-remote broadcast.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers nearly 40 career-focused programs in seven schools ranging from healthcare and information technology to life sciences manufacturing, in addition to general education transfer degrees. Students who start this fall will benefit from the college’s new tuition model, Ivy+, by having their tuition frozen for two years, getting free classes after 12 credit hours per semester, and free textbooks for at least the 2021-22 academic year.

Making college even more affordable, students who qualify, have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free certificate, which is paid for by the state’s Workforce Ready Grant. For more information about tuition-free job certification programs offered at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, visit the campus Next Level Jobs webpage.

Ivy Tech is located off SR48 at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.

To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now at, call 812-330-6013, and/or email Then attend the Saturday event to complete enrollment steps toward classes that start August 18 or October 20.

Ivy Tech adds tuition-free addiction studies, biotechnology programs to fill local job needs

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering tuition-free certification programs in addiction studies and biotechnology, leading to high-demand careers in counseling and local life sciences manufacturing. Eligible students can earn a tuition-free certificate through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant.

Ivy Tech’s addiction studies certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters and leads to professional certification from the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). The certificate in addiction studies is flexible and can be completed entirely online.

Biotechnology certifications are short-term, 18 credit hour programs, and are available in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, medical device quality, and regulatory affairs. Biotechnology certificates are also flexible, with the majority of classes being offered online for ease of completion while maintaining full time employment.

“The job market in biotechnology and with local life sciences companies is growing at an incredible rate,” Sarah Cote, Dean over biotechnology programs said. “Ivy Tech biotech certificate students are finding jobs before they even graduate.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers a variety of tuition-free college certification programs through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs. To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now at, call 812-330-6013, or email Classes start August 18.

Ivy Tech public safety program receives $3k fire hydrant donation from American AVK Co.

On July 15, 2021, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus received a fire hydrant donation valued at $3,000 from American AVK Co. for its Public Safety program. American AVK Co has 70 companies globally and is the leading supplier of fire hydrants, gate valves, and fire protection equipment. The donated hydrant will be used in Ivy Tech classrooms for fire science training and education.

The Public Safety program at Ivy Tech Bloomington prepares graduates for in-demand careers in emergency preparedness and response, and environmental health and safety. The median salary for Ivy Tech graduates that work in the industry is nearly $40,000 per year, according to U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics state wage data, May 2019.

Students can complete Ivy Tech fire science training in as little as two to four semesters and earn anywhere from a certificate to a full associate degree, qualifying them for employment in the field.  

Volunteer firefighters have the opportunity to earn a free associate degree in any eligible field of study at Ivy Tech, not exclusive to fire sciences. For more information, visit the Volunteer Firefighter Scholarship webpage.

To get started at Ivy Tech or ask questions, contact us at or (812) 330-6013. Classes start August 18 and October 20.