Learn about free Ivy Tech programs in online info session Tuesday

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a virtual information session for area residents to learn more about tuition-free job training programs on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. Eligible Hoosiers have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free certification in select Ivy Tech programs that quickly lead to high-wage, high-demand jobs, and count toward associate degrees.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers multiple free, short-term certification programs in healthcare, robotics, welding, HVAC, business, cyber security, IT, automotive technology and more, all paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant through Next Level Jobs Indiana. Many programs can be completed fully online, as well as on campus.

Classes start again Aug. 24 and will be delivered online, virtually, and on campus as needed.

RSVP for Tuesday’s virtual Next Level Jobs info session at ivytech.edu/bloomington/NLJ. More NLJ info sessions will be held on the last Tuesday of every month through Oct.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow.

Ivy Tech presents statewide Founder’s Award to Bloomington campus instructor, Joshua Farrington

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Joshua Farrington, assistant professor of philosophy in the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education at the Bloomington campus as the recipient of the 2020 Glenn W. Sample Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award is the highest honor the College can bestow upon a faculty member.

“Josh was everywhere, always engaging with students on campus [pre-pandemic]. I would see him in the library, the commons, and in the classroom captivating his students in discussion,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “In higher education, we know that students who make connections are more likely to succeed, and by all accounts, Josh is an engine for student success.”

Farrington began teaching at Ivy Tech Bloomington just one year ago after teaching at another campus. He quickly became a favorite instructor of students. In his award nominations, students and staff indicated his ability to make genuine connections in a relatable and engaging way.

“As a student, Ivy Tech gave me a chance and changed my life,” said Farrington. “My ultimate goal has been to give back to the community college that helped me find my vocational calling in life.”

Farrington began his own education at Ivy Tech, taking classes after high school graduation. He completed all of his general education courses at the community college and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from Indiana University in 2006. He earned his master’s degree in philosophy with a graduate certificate in clinical bioethics from Indiana University in 2012.

Farrington’s specialization is teaching Plato’s “Republic” and Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics.” He co-authored an article titled “The Pursuit of Happiness: A Philosophical approach to Treatment Beyond an Eating Disorder.” He has delivered multiple talks on Plato, Aristotle, Academic Excellence, Ethics in Leadership, and Student Retention.

The winner of the statewide Ivy Tech Glenn W. Sample Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction is selected among the 18 President’s Award recipients from campuses across the state. It is presented annually to just one full-time faculty member who best typifies the teaching and learning mission of the College.

The recipient of the Founder’s Award receives a commemorative Ivy “Oscar” made from Indiana limestone, handmade by an Ivy Tech alum, plus a $1,000 grant for instructional supplies and materials as prize for winning the campus President’s Award.

Classes start again on Aug. 24 at Ivy Tech and students can apply for free and sign up for classes now. Visit ivytech.edu/bloomington for more information.

Associate of Fine Arts students exhibit work in online gallery

Bloomington – Unable to exhibit their work to the public in-person this year, the Ivy Tech Associate of Fine Arts students took a new approach to promoting their talents to a public on stay at home orders due the global pandemic. Amy Brier, Associate Professor and Chair of the Associate of Fine Arts program ensured students could display the pieces they had created.

“Our talented students rose to the challenge of COVID-19,” Brier said. “It is important to give them the opportunity to share their work and learn about professional practices in the art gallery world. Since we couldn’t physically achieve this, the logical step was to put it online.”

Adjunct Instructor Ben Pines put together the online gallery, and now, both students and the campus will have this online resource moving forward.

The work on display comes from 12 different arts classes including, drawing, color theory, design, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and painting. The online exhibition can be viewed here.

Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of study which transfers to a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at colleges, universities, and art schools. Ivy Tech Associate of Fine Arts students have transferred and been accepted at some of the best schools in the country. More information at ivytech.edu/fine-arts. Apply now for free at ivytech.edu/apply-now, classes begin Aug. 24. Ivy Tech offers in-person, online, and virtual options.

Sign up for fall classes at Virtual Enrollment Day on June 27

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College fall classes start on August 24 and will be delivered in-person, online, and virtually. In order to assist new and current students with next steps to becoming a college student or signing up for classes, Ivy Tech Bloomington is hosting a Virtual Enrollment Day on Wednesdays and on Saturday, June 27. Participants should RSVP for a time slot.

At Virtual Enrollment Day, new and current students have the opportunity to get their questions answered about next steps, including completing an application, signing up for classes, learning about ways to pay for college, and speaking to an academic advisor about choosing the right classes.

If eligible, Ivy Tech students can earn a tuition-free job certification from home, through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. Some job training programs that can be completed online include cyber security, software development, and informatics, plus business administration, accounting, supply chain management and logistics, and manufacturing production.

RSVP for Virtual Enrollment Day on Wednesday at ivytech.edu/bloomington/ContactUs or call 812-330-6013 to sign up for Saturday, June 27.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow.

Fall classes start Aug 24, to be offered in-person, virtual, and online

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College buildings will reopen on Aug. 24 for the start of the fall semester. The college will offer classes and services in-person, as well as virtually and online in order to provide students with options for completing courses.

What is a Virtual Course?

  • Scheduled, face-to-face via Zoom
  • Real-time and recorded activities
  • No additional technology fees
  • Continue real class experiences like lectures, small group work, etc. online
  • Majority of classes will NOT have an on-campus component, but some may require in-person coursework/labs. Varies by class. Information provided by instructors.

What is an Online Course?

  • Assignment deadlines, but no scheduled class time
  • Learning activities and assignments by due dates
  • Distance technology fees apply
  • All course work completed and submitted online

If eligible, Ivy Tech students can earn a tuition-free job certification from home, through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. Some job training programs that can be completed fully online include Information Technology programs like cyber security, software development, and IT support, plus business administration, accounting, supply chain management and logistics, and manufacturing production.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow or for more information, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/ContactUs.

Ivy Tech Community College Offering 10,000 Participants Free Classes and Trainings

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is offering free classes and trainings for 10,000 participants. The College is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers who are experiencing unemployment, reduced hours, and/or furloughs across the state due to the global pandemic. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of high-demand areas in order to train for new employment.

Hoosiers can get detailed information about the classes and trainings, and sign up for free, by visiting ivytech.edu/10kclasses.

Many of the classes and trainings will be offered so that the participant can start and finish on their own timeline, with no regular course meeting times. A few offerings are time limited. The College plans to increase the types of offerings and trainings throughout the summer. 

“Nearly 650,000 Hoosiers are faced with unemployment, reduced hours or furloughs. While we hope many will return to their jobs, this is an outstanding opportunity for Hoosiers to skill up and become more marketable to their current and future employers,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann shared. “Ivy Tech and our partners have come together to provide free relevant training for what we hope will be many more than 10,000 Hoosiers.”

Classes and trainings that are currently being offered as part of the initiative include:

Advanced Manufacturing: Industry 4.0 Silver Level Multi-Skill Maintenance and Operations Technician Certifications (Associate, Electrical Systems, Electric Motor Control Systems, Motor Control Troubleshooting, Pneumatic Systems)
Tools of the Industry with Autodesk: Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining, Fusion 360 Introduction to CAD and CAM, Simulation Analysis for Mechanical Engineers, 3-Axis Machining with Fusion 360, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Modeling and Design for Mechanical Engineers. Autodesk Inc. is the software provider for people who make things
Information Technology: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials, AWS Educate Cloud Practitioner
Business and Cross-Sector: LinkedIn Learning

Hannah Walls, first Bloomfield HS student to earn full associate degree before graduation

Bloomington — Hannah Walls is the first student from Bloomfield Jr-Sr High School to earn a full associate degree upon high school graduation. Walls earned her Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree from Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington and completed her Statewide General Educational Core (STGEC) certification with honors. She also earned an agribusiness animal technical certificate.

“I feel very proud and accomplished that I was able to set this goal for myself and that I was able to obtain an associate degree before my actual high school graduation,” Walls said.

At the end of her junior year, Walls realized that she would only be a few credits short of obtaining a full ASG degree by the end of her senior year, so she made it a goal to reach that milestone. This required Walls to take more summer courses than she had planned and to enroll in more complicated classes. At the time, she was not aware that she would be the first student from the school to earn a full associate degree, but once she was notified by her principal, she was “more determined than ever” to reach her goal.

Walls has been accepted to Purdue University Honors College and the College of Agriculture in Animal Science. She will begin studies to become a veterinarian in fall 2020. Since all of her Ivy Tech classes that she would have taken during freshman year transferred, she will start taking classes that count toward her pre-veterinary program right away.

Walls says that earning an STGEC and full AGS degree in high school, made it possible for her to apply for scholarships to Purdue. “By taking advantage of early college opportunities and earning Ivy Tech credentials, plus my honors, I was able to earn scholarships to assist with the 8 years of veterinary medical schooling I have ahead of me,” she said.

During high school Walls was a participant in cross country, track, basketball, and tennis. She served on student council, 4-H, and as a volunteer, among other activities.

“I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my family and coaches who all believed in me when I just wanted to give up,” she said. “I struggled with injuries and depression—and then COVID-19 quarantine and e-learning—but with their support, I was able to rely on that encouragement and my own determination to succeed.”

Once Walls earns her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she plans to come back to her home community to work as a veterinarian. 

Ivy Tech Bloomington virtual graduation, drive-thru procession took place June 6

Campus conferred 1,272 credentials

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted a virtual ceremony and vehicle processional for the Class of 2020, and invited all graduates to participate in the Class of 2021 in-person ceremony. In a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6, Ivy Tech Bloomington conferred approximately 1,272 associate degrees and certifications, which is up 107 credentials over last year. The virtual ceremony debuted on Ivy Tech Bloomington’s YouTube channel at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, graduates “processed” in their vehicles through the campus parking lot to pick up their graduation items, including commemorative cords, yard signs, and diploma covers.

Pam Thompson, dean of the School of Nursing, gave the graduation address. Thompson plans to retire this year after 30 years of service at Ivy Tech.

Two honorary degree recipients were recognized, including Pam Thompson, Ivy Tech Bloomington dean of the school of nursing, and Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy district manager.

“Pam and Bruce have made significant contributions to higher education for the benefit of families in our local communities,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Between Pam’s 30 years of service in nursing education and Bruce’s unwavering philanthropic support for Ivy Tech students through Duke Energy, their honorary degrees are well-earned and it’s a privilege to recognize their positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington is graduating 155 Early College high school graduates that have earned credentials through dual enrollment opportunities. Early College graduates have earned either a certificate or statewide transfer general education core (STGEC) technical certificate, which enables high school graduates to go on to a state university with the entire 30 credit hour STGEC completed. Early College graduates are from Paoli, Loogootee, Bloomfield, Eastern Greene, Springs Valley, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Edgewood, Martinsville, West Washington, and the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship.

Ivy Tech Bloomington is also conferring 87 Achieve Your Degree™ (AYD) associate degrees and certifications to 63 graduates, up from 47 last year. AYD is a tuition-deferral program in which Ivy Tech and employers collaborate to offer working adults the opportunity to earn college credentials with no upfront cost to students. Locally, Ivy Tech has agreements with 19 employers, and the college works with more than 160 companies statewide. Employers represent a variety of industries, including technology, medical, financial, and manufacturing.

Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) graduates have earned 49 associate degrees and certifications, out of 28 graduates. ASAP is a program that offers students, ages 21 and under, the opportunity to earn an associate degree in as little as 11 months. Ivy Tech Bloomington offers ASAP degrees in liberal arts, education, business administration, informatics, and psychology.

The number of students graduating with honors is 295, with 71 graduating summa cum laude for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Ivy Tech Bloomington conferred credentials to 33 military veterans, and is graduating 9 international students representing the countries of China, India, Thailand, and Jamaica.

Approximately 80 Associate of Science in Nursing and 44 Practical Nursing degrees were awarded.

Honorary Degree Recipient Full Biographies

Pam Thompson

As Dean of the Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing, Pam Thompson has grown the college’s capacity to train nurses both on campus and at clinical sites. She led the nursing program through the acquisition and preparation of the Marchant School building that opened to students in the summer of 2014. The School is equipped with state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation labs that prepare nurses for work in the field.

Since Pam began leading the program in 2010, the School of Nursing has grown from accepting and training 120 nurses each academic year to 160. Under Pam’s leadership, the program has graduated hundreds of nurses, many of which secure full-time employment before graduation. This is a significant achievement because Ivy Tech graduates choose to live and work in our communities.

With Pam at the helm, the nursing program has maintained its distinguished reputation of graduating students on time and with above average National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) pass rates. In fact, Ivy Tech Bloomington’s LPN program was ranked number one in the state in 2019 by PracticalNursing.org.

Prior to her role as Dean, she served as program chair for the Associate of Science in Nursing program and as faculty for the School of Nursing. Pam has served students for 30 years at Ivy Tech Community College.

She is currently an active member of Kappa Kappa Kappa, a local philanthropic organization. She serves on the board of directors for the local Council of Women and the Ellettsville Counsel for Youth.

Pam earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Morningside College and her master’s in nursing at the University of Southern Indiana.

Bruce Calloway

Bruce Calloway has a passion for education. Both on a personal level and as the south-central Indiana district manager for Duke Energy, he has been able to positively impact students, faculty and schools in the communities he serves for over 15 years. At the forefront of this support is his advocacy for Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus.

Bruce is known for leading by example. As a vocal advocate for Ivy Tech, he has inspired others throughout the community to lend their voice, and often their treasure, to benefit of the college. Under his leadership, Duke Energy has likewise become a mainstay in its support of the Bloomington campus.

This 41-year veteran of the electric utility industry also shares his volunteer time and talents with multiple nonprofit groups, including economic development organizations, community foundations and social service agencies. He is an avid golfer and a fan of all Indiana University sports, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers.

Ivy Tech ties run deep with Bruce and his family: His son Nash graduated from the college in 2013, and his daughter Abby is graduating this spring with her associate degree in radiation therapy. He and his wife Joey have been married for 39 years and enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren, Taytum, Tadleigh and Traycen.

Graduate Profiles

Hannah Walls
Associate of General Studies
Early College Graduate, Bloomfield High School

Hannah is graduating from Bloomfield High School this spring as one of the first students at her school to earn a full associate degree from Ivy Tech Bloomington upon graduation. She says that she worked hard throughout high school to take as many college classes as possible and to graduate at the top of her class. Graduating with a full associate degree with honors has enabled Hannah to apply for scholarships and awards that will help her pay for eight years of college to become a veterinarian.

Growing up, Hannah always had a place in her heart for animals. She spent ten years in 4H Poultry Club where she learned that a career in caring for birds was her calling. She has already started her own business in breeding and selling eggs for hatching. Her focus in vet school is going to be exotic animals which includes all species of birds and poultry.

Hannah has been accepted into Purdue University this fall and will begin her studies in the College of Agriculture in Animal Science, eventually graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Hannah plans to work as a veterinarian in her home community.

Turner Royal, 19
Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC)
Early College Graduate, Bloomfield High School

Turner is graduating from Bloomfield High School with his STGEC technical certification from Ivy Tech Bloomington, enabling him to save time and money on his college education. He looks forward to already having completed 30 credit hours of basic level courses when he enters college in the fall.

He was able to develop time management skills that enabled Turner to do well in both high school and college classes at the same time. He earned numerous basketball accolades including 1,078 career points, which is fourth in history at Bloomfield High School, was a three-time sectional champion, and one-time regional champion. He also participated in tennis and golf, was a Christian Service Club member, served on student council for four years as treasurer, and served 10 years in 4-H where he earned Grand Champion in the Market Lamb category. He also volunteered his time in his community.

Turner has been accepted to Wabash College in the fall where he will major in pre-medicine or economics, and play basketball.

Robert Asmus
Associate of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering Technology

Robert began taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College through his employer’s tuition assistance program. He had wanted to become an electrical engineer since his sophomore year of high school and finally, 34 years later, he is realizing his dream.

One of the toughest challenges Robert overcame was during his final semester when courses went virtual mid-semester due the global pandemic. He worked full-time while completing his education and thanks his wife Margaret for her encouragement in the pursuit of his associate degree.

He says that completing his education at Ivy Tech helped him gain employment in his current job and that he expects his degree to continue to provide promotional opportunities at his current company.

Robert is transferring to IUPUI in the fall to pursue his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Sherilee Rochelle Vitacco, 33
Associate of Science, Psychology 2019
Associate of Science, Human Services 2020

Rochelle chose Ivy Tech Community College because it offered the flexibility she needed to keep working while also going back to school.  Her goal was to train for a better career in order to provide opportunities and set an example for her twin children.

During her studies, she served as a supplemental instructor for human services and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Rochelle also worked full-time at IU Health Bloomington hospital as a switchboard operator while completing her associate degree, and throughout the current pandemic.

She credits her husband for his support of her educational and career goals. Rochelle’s family is moving to Ariz. to pursue her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Arizona. In the future, she plans to attain her Ph.D. in psychology and open a ranch for trauma survivors.

Samuel Ndjambe Edimo, 30
Associate of Science, Engineering Technology
Magna Cum Laude

Samuel chose Ivy Tech Community College because it was accessible, had smaller class sizes, and enabled him to have that one-on-one educational support he was seeking. He is grateful to have had support from getting through the enrollment process all the way to graduation. Samuel says that faculty and staff at Ivy Tech did everything to be sure he was successful.

He currently works at Cook Medical, where he was promoted from Validation Tech to Engineering Project Specialist upon completion of his associate degree. Cook Medical also provided full tuition assistance for his education.

Samuel is continuing on to earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering this fall at Indiana State University. He intends to become an engineer.

Briana Trisler, 19
Associate of Science, Elementary Education
ASAP Program

Briana chose to attend Ivy Tech Community College so that she could enter the ASAP program and complete an associate degree in just 11 months. Though the program is rigorous and students are in classes M-F from 9-5, Briana still found time to volunteer at Edgewood Reality Store and served as a Hoosier Girls State Counselor.

She made the Dean’s list and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She says that without the support of her advisors, professors, family and peers in her cohort, she would not have been able to complete her degree in just 11 months. She is grateful for their support.

Briana plans to transfer her associate degree to Indiana University in the fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Jessica French, 46
Associate of Applied Science, Business Administration
Achieve Your Degree Program

Jessica decided that once her three boys were grown, she would go back to school to further her skills. She chose Ivy Tech Community College to pursue her associate degree in order to better understand her role within her department at Cook Medical and to earn more responsibilities.

She says she had to overcome her fear of technology from being out of school for more than 20 years and that she gained confidence with each course completed. Eventually, Jessica was working full-time and taking a full-time course load. She says that 8-week classes were a huge factor in her success because they enabled her to take just two classes at a time and learn quite well! With 8-week classes, she was able to still complete four classes per semester and make good progress toward graduation.

Jessica benefitted from Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree tuition deferral partnership with Cook (My Cook Pathway) and has received full tuition coverage. She plans to continue on this fall to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University.

Ivy Tech Plans to Return Waldron Arts Center to City of Bloomington

Bloomington, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Bloomington announce that ownership of the building known as the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center will revert to the City of Bloomington over the next several months.  Ivy Tech has owned and operated the building at 122 South Walnut Street as a community art center since 2010, when it purchased the building from the City of Bloomington.  Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning classes offered at the Waldron will be relocated to the main Ivy Tech Bloomington campus.  The City of Bloomington has not determined the future use of the facility at this time.

“The City appreciates Ivy Tech’s successful stewardship of this important downtown asset over the last decade,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “As the City considers the building’s future uses, we will consider the important role it has played in our City’s history and ways it might further activate our dynamic downtown.”

“First, I would like to acknowledge how fortunate Ivy Tech Bloomington has been over the past decade as stewards of the Waldron Arts Center, a true downtown treasure. Our staff there forged community partnerships that provided opportunities for Ivy Tech students they otherwise would not have had,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “However, this transfer of ownership back to the City will allow us—especially in these uncertain times—to conserve and deploy our resources toward Ivy Tech’s mission of increasing the educational attainment of residents in the communities we serve.”

Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees will approve the transfer during their June 4 meeting, and the Bloomington Board of Public Works will review the agreement June 9.  The City will work with Ivy Tech to determine the specifics of the agreement and any outstanding agreements for the galleries and performing arts spaces.

Built in 1915, the building served as Bloomington’s City Hall and subsequently housed the City’s police and fire departments until the City deeded the property in 1990 to the Bloomington Area Arts Council.  Since then, the building has provided gallery space, classroom space for art classes, two performance spaces, meeting rooms and offices, and since 1994 has been the home of WFHB Community Radio.  

Bloomington’s Old City Hall building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Courthouse Square Historic District. The Waldron name dates to 1990 and recognizes Cecile Waldron, a major donor to the building renovation project, and John Waldron, her husband’s great-grandfather, a prominent 19th-century Bloomington politician.  

For more information, please contact: Yaël Ksander, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, ksandery@bloomington.in.gov; or Amanda Billings, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, abillings7@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6222.

Ivy Tech to host Virtual Enrollment Day on May 27

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College summer classes start on June 8 and will be delivered online for the term. In order to assist new and current students with next steps to becoming a college student or signing up for summer and fall classes, Ivy Tech Bloomington is hosting a Virtual Enrollment Day on Wednesday, May 27. Participants should RSVP for a time slot.

At Virtual Enrollment Day, new and current students have the opportunity to get their questions answered about next steps, including completing an application, signing up for classes, learning about ways to pay for college, and speaking to an academic advisor.

If eligible, Ivy Tech students can earn a tuition-free job certification from home, through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. Some job training programs that can be completed online include cyber security, software development, and informatics, plus business administration, accounting, supply chain management and logistics, and manufacturing production.

RSVP for Virtual Enrollment Day on May 27 at ivytech.edu/bloomington/ChatWithUs.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow.

Ivy Tech Bloomington nursing program ranked #3 in state

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus nursing program is ranked among the best nursing programs in the state for 2020 by Nursing Schools Almanac. Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was ranked third on the list of 20 best Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs and eight on the list of 20 best practical nursing (LPN) programs.

“That Ivy Tech Bloomington’s ASN program was ranked third in the state can be attributed to excellence in instruction among nursing faculty and the support of nursing leadership,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Thanks to the high-standard of excellence in instruction and dedication to student success at Ivy Tech Bloomington, our nurses are well-prepared to serve. We know that Ivy Tech nurses and other healthcare alumni are among those working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to thank them for their essential service to our communities.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington nursing student average pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam among first-time test-takers for 2011-2018 is 92%, which is above the national average for two-year colleges (85%) and four-year colleges and universities (91%). During the same timeframe, Ivy Tech Bloomington graduated an average of 71 ASN students annually. Ivy Tech Bloomington practical nursing average pass rates on the NCLEX-PN exam among first-time test-takers for 2011-2018 is 99%, and the campus graduates an average of 25 LPNs annually.

On Friday, Ivy Tech Bloomington is set to graduate 80 ASN and 44 LPN students who will enter the workforce.

If eligible, Ivy Tech LPN students can earn a tuition-free job certification, through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow or for more information, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/ContactUs.

Ivy Tech Trustee pledges $20,000 matching gift to Bloomington campus COVID-19 relief fund

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus launched a month-long crowdfunding effort that started on April 1 for Ivy Tech’s newly-established COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist students. Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees member, Marianne Glick and her spouse Mike Woods, committed $500,000 total in matching funds across the state, with the Bloomington campus receiving up to $20,000 in matching funds as part of the effort.

While Ivy Tech closed its facilities on March 20, academic courses and related student services continue to be delivered virtually through fall semester start on Aug. 24.

“Many Ivy Tech Bloomington students live in rural areas with limited internet connectivity and few resources for purchasing the necessary technologies to complete their classes successfully,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Our students rely on using physical campus resources such as access to computer labs, the library, and the student success center where students receive personal tutoring services. It is nearly impossible for our students to engage with their instructors and peers without the ability to connect virtually.”

In addition to academic challenges, Chancellor Vaughan says that students are now also coping with job loss and thus loss of income to buy food, clothing, and medicine. “We want to ease the burden on our students and help them complete their education, in order to obtain new and gainful employment in the future,” she said.

Ivy Tech’s COVID-19 Relief Fund provides increased flexibility to assist in meeting unplanned challenges head-on in the coming days. The funds are entirely supported by unrestricted charitable donations and gifts at any level to help meet Ivy Tech Bloomington’s time-sensitive needs.

“We wanted to do something to help Ivy Tech students at this challenging time,” said Glick and Woods in a statement on the crowdfunding site. “We hope this gift will inspire others to open their hearts to enable our students to have access to the resources they need to stay in school and stay healthy.”

Make a gift to Ivy Tech’s COVID-19 Relief Fund at impact.ivytech.edu/COVID.Relief.Fund.

Ivy Tech to offer auto repair training at Monroe County Airport in fall

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is relocating its automotive technology training program from Hoosier Hills Career Center to the Monroe County Airport, with classes starting in late August. The move is taking place in order to provide space for Ivy Tech to accept more students into the growing job training program.

“The relocation of Ivy Tech’s automotive program to the Monroe County Airport provides much-needed space and functional capabilities, as the program already trains 41 students and is set to expand quite quickly once we make this move,” said Jon Hineman, Ivy Tech Bloomington dean of the school of advanced manufacturing, engineering, and applied science.

“The Monroe County Airport is excited to partner with Ivy Tech Community College by offering an excellent location and upgraded facility for their automotive program,” said Carlos Laverty, director of the Monroe County Airport.  “We happily welcome Ivy Tech students to the Airport and we look forward to working with the College long into the future.” 

Hineman says the move will also enable Ivy Tech to offer additional automotive training credentials and to run a flexible schedule of courses that take place in the morning, afternoon, and evening hours in order to accommodate student schedules.

“A few local auto dealerships have expressed interest in working with Ivy Tech to expand the auto program because they are in need of skilled technicians,” said Hineman. “Cars and trucks are becoming digitally sophisticated and skilled techs are in high-demand to service and maintain them.”

If eligible, students can earn a tuition-free Ivy Tech automotive technology certification through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round and offers multiple course start dates. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow or email BL-info@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech cancels day of service, celebrates volunteer award winners

BLOOMINGTON – While Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has canceled its annual O’Bannon Day of Service event on Friday, April 24 due to COVID-19-related closures, the campus is still recognizing its award winners for excellence in volunteerism.

“During this time of uncertainty, I wanted to be sure that our award winners still received recognition for their volunteer contributions,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “If anything is certain, it is that we have the very best community of volunteers and partners, all working together for the benefit of others. Let’s celebrate them.”

Civic Engagement Awards

Excellence in Service Learning: April Bledsoe, Program Chair, Design Technology

Bledsoe was nominated by one of her students as “an amazing woman in STEM who dedicates her efforts, energy, and time to sharing the power of design and technology with her community.” Most recently, Bledsoe has volunteered her time to address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals on the front lines of COVID-19, by creating face shields with Ivy Tech’s 3D printing technology. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, where she mentors youth of all ages.

Student Excellence in Volunteerism: Tammy Wright, EMT

Wright is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT). Wright completed her tuition-free EMT training at Ivy Tech in Bedford through Next Level Jobs Indiana’s workforce ready grant program. She volunteers as a firefighter and EMT at the Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department in Lawrence County. She also serves as treasurer for the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Association District 17B and as treasurer for Lawrence County search and rescue.

Excellence in Volunteerism: Lucas Hatcher, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications

Hatcher dedicated his time to the Bloomington Community Orchard as their go-to volunteer designer, creating posters and T-shirts, among other items. Hatcher also served twice per week at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard stocking shelves and cleaning, and once per week at Monroe County Public Library working as a VITAL (Volunteers in Teaching Adult Learners) program volunteer.

Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award: Amy Tomey, Business Administration student

Tomey was nominated for this award because she “has a true servant’s heart.” She has served as president of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society since fall 2019 and was an active member since fall 2018. As part of PTK, Tomey assisted with planning an event for more than 100 of her peers who all wrote letters for Operation Gratitude, which were then sent to military veterans, deployed troops, and emergency responders. She also organized a food drive for the Community Kitchen Backpack Buddies program. Tomey volunteers for Night to Shine through the Tim Tebow Foundation as well as the Cocoa Culture Fashion Show to benefit the Down Syndrome Family Connection.

This award was established to recognize a student whose attitude and way of life demonstrate concern for the well-being of others. Rae was an instructor at Ivy Tech, chaplain, counselor, and women’s right advocate.

Community Partner Award: Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation

The Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), tax exempt, charitable foundation which generates scholarships and supports educational activities. They are being recognized for their partnership with Ivy Tech and involvement in the community. The BNL Scholarship Foundation has consistently been one of Ivy Tech’s largest scholarship providers for students.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner Award: Bloomington Parks & Recreation Kid City

Bloomington Parks & Recreation Kid City has worked with Ivy Tech youth summer camps for nine years, assisting in providing daylong programming split between educational and physical activities for children in the summer. Kid City is accredited by the American Camp Association, which focuses on program quality and health and safety.

John R. Whikehart Award: Sarah Cote, Program Chair and Professor, Biology

Cote has provided an engaging classroom and developed robust relationships with community partners over the years. Chancellor Jennie Vaughan says that Cote’s commitment to student learning, job placement, serving community, and bringing resources to campus for life sciences initiatives truly represents the mission of the college. Cote has hosted Super Science Saturday events, bringing in hundreds of participants to Ivy Tech’s Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. More than 80% of her Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology graduates are working in their field or have decided to continue higher education in biosciences. Cote’s interns and graduates are employed at Cook Pharmica, BioConvergence, Baxter, Bradford Soap Works, AB Biotechnologies, and Upland Brewery, as well as Eli Lilly and Dow Agrosciences. Cote has recently been awarded a grant from Ivy Tech’s Circle of Ivy to develop an outdoor learning lab for students, in which Cote will work with community partners such as Master Gardeners, Hoosier Hills Career Center, Boy Scouts, and the Bee Town Beekeeping Club to develop a plan for creating and sustaining the outdoor lab.

The John R. Whikehart Civic Engagement Award traditionally celebrates a person with a longstanding commitment to service to both the College and community; someone who feels called to serve Ivy Tech Bloomington and their local community in many capacities, using every talent they have available to them.

“Our campus had planned for this year’s 17th Annual O’Bannon Day of Service to be the final event for Ivy Tech Bloomington, so unfortunately we won’t be back with it in 2021,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our many community partners and sponsors over the years, so thank you! Without the support of our O’Bannon event sponsors and partners, we could not have donated the countless hours of service to non-profits in our communities. And of course, a warm appreciation for Judy O’Bannon, who always supported the volunteer efforts of Ivy Tech Bloomington.”

What would have been reported at the kick-off event on the morning of Friday, April 24, is that Ivy Tech Bloomington was slated to serve more than 24 organizations with more than 450 community volunteers signed up to contribute at least 1,000 hours of service in one day.

Event sponsors included Cook Group, Duke Energy, French Lick Resort, Old National Bank, Smithville, James McLay, Sterling Real Estate, Triple RRR Marketing, IU Credit Union, P.A. Mack & the late Joan Olcott, and United Way of Monroe County.

While Ivy Tech facilities remain closed, students can still continue their plans for job training and earning transfer credits. Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round and online classes start June 8. For more information and to apply, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington.

Ivy Tech goes online for summer, offers free job training programs

BLOOMINGTON – While Ivy Tech Community College buildings are closed, the college is still enrolling for summer courses that start on June 8. All courses will be delivered online for the summer term.

“With uncertainty upon us all, we want Hoosiers to know that Ivy Tech Community College is still offering the opportunity to begin taking classes this summer toward training for a new job or earning transfer credits to take to a four-year university,” said Trudy Weddle, vice chancellor of enrollment services. “There is no need to put plans on hold, students can stay on track and take an online summer class.”

If eligible, Ivy Tech students can earn a tuition-free job certification from home, through Next Level Jobs Indiana, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. Some job training programs that can be completed fully online include Information Technology programs like cyber security, software development, and IT support, plus business administration, accounting, supply chain management and logistics, and manufacturing production.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications and offers multiple course start dates throughout the year. Apply online at ivytech.edu/ApplyNow or for more information, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/ChatWithUs.