Ivy Tech now offering live online classes

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus now offers live online (synchronous) classes. Live online courses make it possible for students to interact with instructors by logging on at the time the class is held.

“Live online classes allow students to attend a class that meets on campus from a remote location, ask questions, and engage with the instructor and their classmates in real-time,” said Martin Wolfger, dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education. “Students who wish to take classes offered in Bloomington but can’t make it to campus can log onto live online classes instead. Students who do not have an efficient internet connection at home can also visit their nearest Ivy Tech location in Brown, Lawrence, or Orange Counties to log onto their live online classes.”

Live online (synchronous) class offerings can be found by visiting ivytech.edu/online and selecting the “Bloomington” campus dropdown.

Students in Bloomington’s outlying service areas of Brown, Lawrence, and Orange Counties can also take in-person classes close to home. Available classes at each location and live online (synchronous) classes can be found by visiting ivytech.edu/bedford, ivytech.edu/orangecounty, and ivytech.edu/browncounty.

Ivy Tech’s Bedford location is at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 405 I Street. The French Lick location is at the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley, 479 Larry Bird Boulevard. In Martinsville, Ivy Tech staff can be available to assist at The Main Connection, 460 Main St.

In addition to live online (synchronous) classes, Ivy Tech also offers fully online classes that allow students to logon at any time for class. For more information, students can visit their nearest Ivy Tech location, call (812) 330-6013 or email bl-info@ivytech.edu. Regular hours at Ivy Tech Bloomington are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Ivy Tech enrollment event this Saturday

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold an Express Enrollment Day this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at main campus, located at 200 Daniels Way.

During Express Enrollment, students can apply, enroll, and get questions answered all in one stop. Financial aid information will be available. Admissions staff will guide students and answer general questions about the enrollment process. Accuplacer assessments will be available and students who will need to take the assessment must arrive before 1p.m. To learn more visit ivytech.edu/assessment/.

For more information, call (812) 330-6013 or email bl-info@ivytech.edu. Regular hours for Ivy Tech Bloomington are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can also call to make an appointment to enroll at locations in Bedford, Nashville, French Lick, and Martinsville. The Bedford location (ivytech.edu/bedford) at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 405 I St. can be reached at (812) 279-8126 ext. 3. The Nashville location at the Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St. can be reached at (812) 988-5880. The French Lick location (ivytech.edu/orangecounty) at the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley, 479 Larry Bird Blvd. can be reached at (812) 936-4100. The Martinsville location at The Main Connection, 460 Main St. can be reached at (812) 330-6385.

Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship partners with Bloomington SCORE

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and Bloomington SCORE have entered into a partnership agreement for Cook Center to provide space to SCORE for mentoring small business clients. The arrangement supplements Cook Center’s three-year partnership with the South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC). Centralization of area mentoring and educational services promotes access to a broad range of entrepreneurial resources.

“This agreement provides an opportunity for the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, ISBDC and SCORE to build on a partnership for providing small business counseling,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center and director for South Central ISBDC. “Beneficiaries include Ivy Tech Bloomington students and South Central Indiana residents needing assistance in starting, growing or improving businesses.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, the regional ISBDC office, and SCORE already collaborate in providing referrals to individuals needing counseling services or other programs offered. Operating from a common location will enhance overall efficiencies and service delivery effectiveness.

The SCISBDC is a regional program of the ISBDC network and part of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Bloomington SCORE is part of a national network of volunteers who provide free and confidential guidance to small business owners. Both ISBDC and SCORE are resource partners of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Gretchen Gutman appointed to Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office recently announced new appointments to the Ivy Tech Community College Board of Trustees, including Gretchen Gutman, vice president of public policy for Cook Group.

Gutman (Bloomington) joined the board on November 1 and will serve until June 30, 2020. She represents eastern Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, and Owen counties.

Gutman is a 20-year veteran of legislative and government policy, having served as the chief advisor to the Senate Finance Committee of the Indiana General Assembly and a partner at the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Before joining Cook Group, Gretchen served as the associate vice-president for governmental relations at Ball State University. Gutman holds a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. She earned her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.

Other trustee appointments include Harold Hunt (Madison), owner of SuperATV and Kerry Stemler (Sellersburg), president and CEO of KM Stemler Co. Inc. and KM Stemler Trucking Inc.


Ivy Tech sets its sights on offering free eye care

By Michael Reschke 812-331-4370 | mreschke@heraldt.com

Ivy Tech leaders hope Giving Tuesday will help them expand a free eye care event.

The Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus plans to offer free eye exams and glasses to people in need next spring. Circle of Ivy, a women’s philanthropic organization, has already committed enough money to serve 25 people. Leaders at Ivy Tech want to increase that number to 50 with a campaign that will begin Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday plays off the widely recognized shopping events that follow the Thanksgiving holiday, such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The idea is for people to give their time or a donation to a cause they care about.

Circle of Ivy picked seven projects to fund this year out of 21 submitted from the Bloomington campus. From those seven, Optometric Week of Sight 2018 was chosen as a way for the campus to try out the Giving Tuesday platform.

“Whatever we put out there has to resonate with the community,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech. “I think this probably met that criterion the best.”

Leanne Short, program chairwoman for optometric technology at Ivy Tech, submitted the proposal as a way to both help the community and give students firsthand experience.

The optometric technology program at Ivy Tech is new, with the regional board of trustees approving it in March 2016. The program’s first cohort of students started taking classes this semester.

“It’s the only optometric technology program in the state, and we feel a responsibility to the community in making those resources available to them,” Graham said.

During Optometric Week of Sight, students in the program will make new lenses under the supervision of a certified optician.

Ivy Tech plans to work with United Way agencies to identify people in need. Dates for the event have not been selected yet, but Graham said they will be sometime in mid- to late spring 2018.

Donations to the program can be made online at impact.ivytech.edu. That site can also be accessed using the search function on givingtuesday.org after 8 a.m. today. The goal is to raise $2,970 by Dec. 31, matching the commitment from Circle of Ivy.

Student Government Association donates supplies to new mothers

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Student Government Association recently delivered supplies for new and expecting mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. SGA donated gift packages including knitted newborn hats, baby suits, diapers, baby wipes, mini blankets, travel sets of baby products, shirts, and a card for each mother.

Joshua Johnson, SGA president, organized the donation.

“As the winter months approach, we wanted to supply new mothers with materials so that would limit how much they would have to travel during the first few weeks of winter so they maximize how much time they spend with their newborns,” said Johnson.

Ivy Tech Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the democratic voice on campus and advocates on behalf of the student body to the administration. The group hosts weekly meetings open to all students, provides a regular newsletter of student resources, and organizes community outreach projects. SGA officers are Zoe Conrad (secretary), Tejas Bhatt (outreach and publicity), Jax Elliot (vice president), and Joshua Johnson (president).

International Education Week celebrated

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington observed International Education Week November 13-17 with educational activities, a movie, a poetry reading, a student panel, and more.

On November 13, students explored opportunities to be a global citizen. Students learned about ways to be involved in the international student club, learned about language courses available at Ivy Tech and about fair trade, tasting coffee from around the world. Bill Mankins, former US Army senior civilian counterinsurgency advisor, presented the lecture, “Problems of US Intelligence & Strategy in Post 9/11 Afghanistan.” The lecture was sponsored by the Indiana University Inner-Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

On Wednesday, November 15, students, faculty and staff read poetry in English and other languages. International students also shared their experiences during a panel discussion moderated by Ben Grimwood, international student academic advisor. The documentary China Blue, focused on sweatshop factory conditions, was screened in the evening.

All week, students participated in an international photo contest and interactive world map. An exhibit of Hats from Inner-Asia was also on display, provided by the Indiana University Inner-Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  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.