Ivy Tech Bloomington to host 20th Anniversary Open House in Sept.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a 20th building anniversary Open House on Sept. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend to explore campus grounds, discover the more than 70 academic programs offered, and learn about employer and scholarship partners. Guided tours will be available at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Ivy Tech Bloomington opened its doors to students in August 2002 with 2,600 students. Today, the campus serves 10,000 students annually. Ivy Tech Bloomington has an eight-county service area, including Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Monroe, and Orange Counties. While the campus has an eight-county service area, it serves students from nearly all 92 counties in the state.

Academic programs and services unique to Ivy Tech Bloomington include the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, the Biology Outdoor Learning Lab, the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Optician & Eye Care, and Radiation Therapy.

Optician & Eye Care and Radiation Therapy are the only 2-year training programs in the state of Indiana, creating a high demand for graduates. Optician & Eye Care offers a certification that can be completed in just 33 credit hours and is tuition-free for eligible students, funded by the state’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

Also, in a unique partnership with the Monroe County Airport, Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Automotive Technology program was established there and dedicated in October 2020. Airplane hangars were converted by Ivy Tech into automotive training garages. Automotive Technology offers tuition-free certifications for eligible students, funded by the state’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

RSVP to attend Open House and learn more at link.ivytech.edu/openhouse2022. Refreshments will be provided by Ivy Tech’s Hospitality/Culinary Arts program.

Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 70 career and four-year transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. To get started, fill out a free application at ivytech.edu, call 812-330-6013, or email askBloomington@ivytech.edu. For more information about tuition-free programs, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/NLJ.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Ivy Tech Bloomington names new Dean of Nursing, Kimberly Roach

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Kimberly Roach, RN, MSN, the new Dean of the Marchant School of Nursing effective Aug. 1. Roach most recently served as Department Chair and Interim Dean. She replaces former Dean Montra Rienhardt who retired March 2022.

Roach has worked at Ivy Tech for 12 years and was employed as an oncology nurse in the 22 years prior. She began teaching at Ivy Tech as adjunct faculty in Health Sciences and Nursing before joining the Marchant School of Nursing full time in 2014.

“I look forward to leading Ivy Tech Bloomington’s growing nursing program and working collaboratively with college and community partners,” she said. “In the coming year, the program is anticipated to grow nearly 19% in order to fulfill the state’s need for qualified, career-ready nurses.”

In 2021-2022, Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Marchant School of Nursing accepted 160 students and is anticipated to increase to 190 students in 2022-2023.

Roach holds a master’s degree in Nursing from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Indianapolis.

Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 70 career and transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. To get started, apply now at www.ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Ivy Tech offering grant-funded Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training course

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is offering a 12-week Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) training course at no cost for eligible students that starts Aug. 23. Grant funding with the state’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant covers costs for qualified participants.  

The CCMA course is a short-term, non-credit workforce training opportunity that quickly prepares graduates to qualify for local, high-demand jobs in the field. Classes are held in the evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Aug. 23 to Nov. 10, with a one-week break.

For individuals who may not qualify for funding, the cost of the course is $2,599 and includes course materials, instruction, and the certification exam to qualify for employment.

For questions or to get registered, contact Ivy Tech Bloomington’s workforce training office at 812-330-6042 or bloomington-workforcetraining@ivytech.edu. For more information about short-term, non-credit training opportunities, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/ccec.


Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 70 career and four-year transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Kayla Dusseau, Ivy Tech Director of Career Coaching, wins Chamber 10 Under 40 Award

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Director of Career Coaching, Kayla Dusseau, has been named a 10 Under 40 Award recipient by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Dusseau accepted her award Friday, July 22 in a ceremony hosted by the Chamber. Winners also received a $500 scholarship to participate in Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County.

In her role as a career counselor, Dusseau interacts with stakeholders both on campus and throughout the community. She connects Ivy Tech students with career workshops, jobs, internships and more, supporting local economic advancement.

She has been instrumental in the establishment of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Career Coaching office and has secured community development grants for teens.

Dusseau holds a Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State University. She is a verified Gallup Strengths Coach, Skillful Indiana Governors Coaching Corps, trained in Dare to Lead, and holds credentials in Career Advisors Essentials and Microsoft Office Specialist. In 2020, she was the recipient of Ivy Tech’s statewide Advisor Champion award.

Dusseau has held leadership roles at WorkONE, Indiana Division of Workforce Development, and Community Outreach. She is an active volunteer for a variety of local organizations including Ivy Tech Adopt-a-Road and Days of Service, Ellettsville Boys & Girls Club, and United Way.

Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 70 career and transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. For more information about career coaching and employer connections at Ivy Tech, visit www.ivytech.edu/ccec.

Ivy Tech Bloomington to host one-day hiring event for adjunct instructors

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting an Adjunct Job Fair on Tuesday, June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This one-day hiring event will take place on the Bloomington campus at 200 Daniels Way. Areas of need for instructors include accounting, business, education, health sciences, information technology, liberal arts and languages, manufacturing, nursing, and more. Starting pay is $45 per contact hour.

Individuals should come prepared for an on-site interview and to complete new hire paperwork if selected for a vacancy. In advance of the event, please submit a resume/curriculum vitae and five minute teaching demonstration.

To RSVP and for more details on preparation for the hiring event, visit https://link.ivytech.edu/teamivy.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers certificates and associate degrees in more than 40 programs of study that can be completed in two years or less. Locations include the main campus in Bloomington, a site in Mooresville, and classes in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center. Ivy Tech Bloomington serves Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen Counties.

About Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Ivy Tech Bloomington to confer 1,500 credentials to graduates on Friday

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host its annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer approximately 1,500 associate degrees and certifications to graduates. The number of credentials awarded is expected to increase as graduation applications continue to be submitted through the end of the academic year.

Carrie Biddle, Associate of Science in Nursing/RN, graduate and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society president will give the Commencement address.

“I chose Ivy Tech because it is both well-respected for nursing and costs less than other programs,” she said. “I will now have the ability to gain valuable experience and an income while returning to get my BSN.”

Biddle has accepted a full-time nursing position at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit, upon graduation and licensure. She plans to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at IU in the fall.  

An Honorary Associate degree in College and Community Service will be awarded to Tina Peterson, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County and Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI), for her work in advancing education and economic prosperity in the region.

The 2022 Distinguished Alumni recipient, Steve Headdy, RN, will also be recognized. Headdy is a 2010 Associate of Science in Nursing graduate. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees. Headdy currently serves as Clinical Operations Manager at IU Health Bloomington Hospital and works collaboratively with the Ivy Tech Bloomington School of Nursing. He was awarded the IU Health Foundation Award for nursing excellence in 2014 and the DAISY Nurse Leader Award in 2019.

Ivy Tech Bloomington is graduating 144 Early College graduates that have earned credentials through dual college credit opportunities at their high schools. Early College graduates earn a certificate, Associate of General Studies, or an Indiana College Core technical certificate before high school graduation, which enables them to begin college with the entire core of 30 credit hours completed. Early College high school graduates are from Bloomfield, Bloomington North, Eastern Greene, Edgewood, Hoosier Hills Career Center, Loogootee, Lost River Career Center, North Lawrence Career Center, Paoli, Springs Valley, Martinsville, Owen Valley, and West Washington.

The campus is conferring 162, zero-cost credentials to graduates, paid for by the state’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant. Tuition-free programs at Ivy Tech Bloomington prepare residents for in-demand jobs in Indiana.

Ivy Tech Bloomington is also conferring 68 associate degrees and certificates to 32 Achieve Your Degree™ (AYD) graduates. AYD is an employer-paid tuition assistance program that offers the opportunity to earn college credentials with no upfront cost to students. New this year, an agreement with Monroe County Community School Corporation for the Pathway to Licensure Program. Locally, Ivy Tech has agreements with 17 employers, and the college works with more than 200 companies statewide.

The total number of college transfer credentials awarded is 402, or 27% of all credentials earned. Ivy Tech offers more than 100 transfer programs that transfer to in- and out-of-state schools, including guaranteed admissions programs.

Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) students will earn 39 associate degrees and certificates among 19 graduates. ASAP enables students ages 21 and under to earn an associate degree in as little as 11 months.

In 2020, Ivy Tech Bloomington launched IvyAccelerate, an accelerated associate degree track, and will award 4 credentials to 3 graduates. IvyAccelerate was launched to help busy adults graduate on time. Classes are held two nights per week with the flexibility to attend in-person or virtually.

The number of students graduating with honors is 369—up 43 graduates over last year—with 99 graduating summa cum laude for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Ivy Tech Bloomington will confer credentials to 15 military veterans, and is graduating 15 international students representing the countries of China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Approximately 72 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 42 Practical Nursing certificates will be awarded.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Stonegate Arts Camps for kids coming to downtown Bedford

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is partnering with Stonegate Arts & Education Center, Bedford Public Library, The City of Bedford, and United Way of South Central Indiana to offer one-week arts camps for kids ages 7-16 in downtown Bedford starting June 27.

New this year, Stonegate Arts Camps will bring opportunities to Lawrence County for youth to get creative, perform on stage, and explore the arts this summer in downtown Bedford.

Stonegate Performing Arts Camp for ages 12-16 will explore the dramatic arts through performance, while also exploring other facets of creating theater productions, including auditions, the rehearsal process, technical theater, costuming, makeup, and stagecraft. The week will culminate in a live stage performance for everyone at Stonegate’s black box theater, Brinegar Hall.

For younger artists ages 7-11, Stonegate Visual Arts Camp will bring the Ivy Arts for Kids model of exploratory arts to Bedford with “Celebrate Our Community” themes and hands-on art projects in both 2D and 3D. The week culminates with an art show at the Stonegate Arts & Education Center, where family and friends will get to see their young artist’s creations on display.

Located at the Stonegate Arts & Education Center, youth arts camps will feature operational support from Bedford Public Library, transportation assistance from The City of Bedford for campers located within city limits, and scholarship opportunities that cover the cost of camp, with the support of United Way of South Central Indiana.

Both camps will be held June 27 through July 1, with Visual Arts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Performing Arts from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. For more information and to register online, visit www.ivytech.edu/youth and scroll down to Stonegate Arts Camps.

Free immersive STEM program at Ivy Tech for students in Grades 6-8

Empowering young students with STEM and entrepreneurship skills to help build future success

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer a free, project-based STEM learning program, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers, for middle school students starting June 6 and July 5.

The Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program was launched to empower middle school students in under-resourced communities to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills, and gain exposure to careers in technology fields. Participants will receive mentorship, access to next-gen technology and hands-on training. Students will learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

This program begins with two 3-week, in-person sessions this summer from June 6-24 and July 5-22, with a full-day workshop at Ivy Tech Bloomington in the fall and spring. Food and transportation for participants will be provided.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/STEMachievers and select camp preference (June or July) here.

To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/verizon-innovative-learning.

Ivy Tech to award honorary degree to Tina Peterson at Commencement

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s 2022 Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at Indiana University Auditorium. An honorary associate degree in College and Community Service will be awarded to Tina Peterson, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County and Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI).

“Tina is an integral member of the Bloomington community, with a passion for making life better for Hoosiers. I can think of no other more deserving recipient,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “For the past decade, Tina has worked to address our community’s most pressing problems by generating opportunities for residents and employers, in direct alignment with the College’s mission to advance economic prosperity and provide pathways to a better tomorrow.”

Peterson has served as President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the past ten years and has held the title President and CEO of ROI since the organization was founded in 2015. In her role with ROI, Peterson collaborates with organizations throughout the Indiana Uplands, an 11-county region in southwest central Indiana. ROI focuses on industry strategy, education, workforce, and quality of place. She co-leads the Uplands READI grant initiative, which pursued and received a $30 million grant for population and economic growth in the Indiana Uplands.

She served as Executive Director of the Foundation of Monroe County Schools during a period of great change in public education funding, and the not-for-profit grew significantly in both impact and size.

Peterson holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She serves as an advisor and member on numerous boards, including Radius Indiana, CDFI Friendly Bloomington, the Institute for Workforce Excellence Advisory Council, Bloomington Dimension Mill, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and more.

To learn more about becoming an Ivy Tech graduate, visit www.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech assistant professor, Daniel O’Neill, wins campus instructional award

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Daniel O’Neill, assistant professor of anatomy & physiology, the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. He was selected among 40 full-time faculty nominees.

“It is such a tremendous honor to have my teaching recognized with this campus President’s award,” O’Neill said. “I’m both humbled and privileged to be part of such an amazing faculty team at Ivy Tech, whose support for students and for each other makes us all better at what we do.”

O’Neill’s student nominations revealed that his methods have positively impacted learning outcomes for college-level anatomy & physiology (A&P) students at Ivy Tech.

In one nomination, a student shared that they experienced personal and academic growth by taking his course. “While this course is hard, I have learned a lot about the subject matter, as well as myself as a student,” as written in the nomination. “Dan O’Neill is an excellent instructor and I am a better student after attending his course.”

Another nomination highlighted his innovative instructional methods. “Professor O’Neill takes learning beyond the textbooks and makes you question the how and why the human body works the way it does,” the student wrote. “He is transforming the way that A&P is taught and learned, and having gone through different styles of teaching on this subject, I can confidently say that I learned more and better with his newly developed methods.”

In addition to his role as assistant professor at the Bloomington campus, he is leading college efforts statewide to update and improve the anatomy and physiology curriculum at Ivy Tech. His leadership and excellence in instruction in this area will impact the education of hundreds of future nurses, healthcare specialists, and physicians to achieve their goals, improve lives, and make significant contributions in the communities they serve, across Indiana and the United States.

Outside of the classroom, O’Neill coached the Science Olympiad Team at his high school alma mater, Bloomington High School North, for seven years, leading the program to six state championships. He brings two decades of experience in strategic planning and economic development consulting related to economy and healthcare needs assessments for several communities in Indiana.

O’Neill began teaching at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2010 as an adjunct instructor. In 2019, he joined as full-time faculty and became chair of anatomy and physiology in 2020. He has also just been awarded the statewide Ivy Tech 2022 Faculty Advisor of the Year award for his work mentoring pre-medical students.  

He holds an M.S. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and an M.S., Ed. in Learning and Developmental Science from Indiana University. He is nearing completion of his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with minors in Mathematics and Physiology from Indiana University. In 2015, he won the prestigious Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award as the best instructor among all graduate students at Indiana University.

The President’s Award is presented annually to one full-time faculty member from each Ivy Tech campus statewide. As recipient of this award, O’Neill becomes a nominee for the statewide Ivy Tech Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, to be presented by the College in June. The Founder’s Award is presented annually to one full-time faculty member statewide who best typifies the teaching and learning mission of the College.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round and offers multiple course start dates for quicker entry and graduation. Funding options are also available, from the state’s Next Level Jobs grant that aligns certification training with high-demand jobs, to federal grants such as the Pell. To get started and ask questions, email bl-info@ivytech.edu or call 812-330-6013.

Ivy Tech math instructor, Suzy McMahon, wins campus adjunct instructional award

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has selected Suzy McMahon, adjunct faculty in mathematics, the recipient of the 2022 Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. She received the most nominations among 20 adjunct faculty nominees across campus.

McMahon says that earning this award means so much. “I am honored and humbled by the recognition,” she said. “I hold the mission of Ivy Tech close, and I can say this is the best job that I’ve ever had. I love to teach and pass on my knowledge.”

McMahon’s nominations spoke to her ability to teach math in multiple, engaging ways that accommodate the various learning styles of her students.

In one nomination a student expressed that McMahon takes extra time out of her schedule to assist her students in learning. “If you are one of Suzy’s students who struggle with math, you know she takes time out of her schedule, even on weekends, to hold a zoom session to go over the material we’re struggling with,” the student wrote. “Her communication, listening, adaptability, empathy, and patience are all reasons she deserves this nomination. Not to mention, she is rather hilarious, which makes math as fun as it can be.”

McMahon has worked at Ivy Tech since 2008 and teaches developmental mathematics courses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Indiana University.

The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction is presented annually to one adjunct faculty member from each Ivy Tech campus statewide. As a recipient of this award, McMahon, becomes the nominee for Ivy Tech’s statewide Gerald. I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction. The Award is named for a former Ivy Tech president and recognizes an adjunct faculty member who exhibits excellence in instruction and represents the mission of the college.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round, and offers multiple course start dates for quicker entry and completion. Funding options are also available, from the state’s Next Level Jobs grant that aligns certification training with high-demand jobs, to federal grants such as the Pell. To get started and ask questions, email bl-info@ivytech.edu or call 812-330-6013.

Bill Oliver to speak at Ivy Tech Cook Institute in April

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome Bill Oliver, co-founder of Oliver Winery, as the keynote speaker for its 11th annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on April 19 at 11:30 a.m. in Shreve Hall. Prior year’s events were postponed due to pandemic-related closures and gathering requirements.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is so glad to be hosting this event again. The Cook Institute is a direct expression of the Cook Center’s mission to engage our local community and foster entrepreneurship in the communities we serve,” said executive director of the Ivy Tech Cook Center, Steve Bryant. “Bill has an inspirational story to share about starting and running a successful business, especially over the past couple of years.”

Bill Oliver, winemaker and businessman, focuses on new product development and strategic planning at Oliver Winery, which grew to become one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States under he and his wife Kathleen’s direction. In 2006, it became a 100% employee-owned company and in 2021, was purchased by NexPhase Capital, a New York-based private equity firm specializing in buying and scaling up small to medium sized businesses. Oliver holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where he met his wife.

Sponsorships are available at $3,500 for signature, $2,000 for presenting, $1,000 for table. Individual tickets are $100 each. Proceeds support programming at Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship for the benefit of Ivy Tech students and the community in which they work and live. Portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible.

To purchase sponsorships, tables, and individual seats, visit www.ivytech.edu/cookinstitute.

Ivy Tech Bloomington now offering Medical Scribe Professional certificate

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering a Medical Scribe Professional certification in Medical Assisting. The certificate can be earned in just two semesters and credits count toward earning a full associate degree in medical assisting. Introductory classes begin as soon as March 23 and are offered in convenient online and evening formats.

Medical scribes are in-demand professionals who work directly with providers to document patient encounters, medical histories, and presenting problems. Day-to-day duties and flexibility of work environment are based on employer needs.

“Graduates of the Medical Scribe Professional certificate program work in hospitals, medical offices, and long-term care facilities in and around Bloomington, with pay ranges up to $20 per hour,” Karlee Wyatt, Ivy Tech Bloomington Dean of Health Sciences said. “This certificate offers graduates more flexibility in working remote from home or in the office, and working hours.”

The new Medical Scribe Professional certificate program is accepting a cohort of 8 students, with the opportunity to cross-walk credits toward a nursing credential starting in 2023.

“Because this career field is in high-demand in our communities, eligible students can earn a tuition-free certificate with the state’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant that quickly prepares them for work,” Wyatt said.

The Medical Assisting program at Ivy Tech Bloomington offers certificate training in medical scribe, medical assisting and outpatient insurance coding, and an associate degree in medical assisting.

Ivy Tech accepts free applications year-round and has classes that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. Classes start as soon as March 23. To get started at Ivy Tech Bloomington, apply now at www.ivytech.edu and contact bl-info@ivytech.edu or call 812-330-6013.

Ivy Tech establishes School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, equips students with startup skills

Ivy Tech Community College established a new School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in fall 2021 aimed at assisting Indiana entrepreneurs. The School was launched in partnership with Regional Innovation and Startup Education (RISE) to offer an Entrepreneurship Certificate (CT) program that can be completed in as little as two semesters (16 credit hours).

“Even before the pandemic, small businesses were struggling to find success, often because owners had a passion and a skill for developing a great product or service, but they lacked the tools needed to effectively run the business,” said Dr. Ronda Taylor, Dean of the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Ivy Tech. “Our program is set up to provide practical skills students can put into action immediately around topics such as marketing, financials, human resources, and legal considerations.”

According to the Small Business Administration, about half of all small businesses fail within the first five years. Common reasons include poor planning, management missteps, and inadequate funding. There are more than half a million small businesses in Indiana and they employ more than 1.2 million people.

Ivy Tech’s Entrepreneurship Certificate program provides courses and resources for coaching, mentorship, and an “Ivy Shark Tank” experience where students pitch their ideas to investors for funding. It is offered at campuses in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and South Bend, with plans to extend the certificate program in fall 2022 to Columbus, Lake County and Evansville campuses. Currently, 75 students are part of the first four cohorts that began in fall 2021, and at least 120 more are expected to enroll in a new set of cohorts this spring.

Ivy Tech Bloomington enrolled 19 students in its inaugural cohort and is currently accepting applications for Fall Semester 2022.

For students interesting in starting the Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Ivy Tech Bloomington, contact Dr. Sydney Mmadi, department chair, at smmadi1@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6312.

To learn more, visit www.ivytech.edu/study-entrepreneurship.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. 

Ivy Tech continues to offer free textbooks in 2022-23, extending Ivy+ tuition benefits

Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College, announced at the Feb. 9 State Board of Trustees meeting an extension of the Ivy+ tuition benefits program. Ivy+ will continue to cover the cost of required textbooks for all eligible students in the 2022-23 academic year. This is the second year textbooks will be provided at no cost to students.

“Continuing to find innovative ways to lower costs for our students is an important part of the overall value we are providing to students and to our community,” said Dr. Ellspermann. “We know that the cost of textbooks are often a limiting factor for our students, and we are pleased to be able to provide free textbooks for another year.”

In fall 2021, more than 55,000 students received free textbooks for a savings to students of over $14 million. In spring 2022, more than 47,000 students have already enrolled and will receive similar savings.

Ivy Tech’s Ivy+ tuition program (www.ivytech.edu/tuition) also continues in 2022-23, providing a new tuition model for full-time students. When students take at least 12 credit hours a semester, they pay a flat rate and can add additional credit hours for no additional cost. As part of the Ivy+ tuition program, part-time students will see their tuition frozen in 2022-23 at the same rate as the previous academic year and will pay the lowest per-credit-hour fee in the state.

Ivy Tech accepts applications year-round at www.ivytech.edu/apply, and has classes that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech Bloomington, contact bl-info@ivytech.edu or call 812-330-6013.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and training that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.