New Tech Graduates Enroll at Ivy Tech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012

New Tech Graduates Enroll at Ivy Tech
More than half of New Tech High School seniors intend to enroll at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s four year collaboration with New Tech High School has resulted in more than half of New Tech’s first graduating class to express intent to enroll at Ivy Tech. Ivy Tech offers “dual credit” classes on New Tech’s campus, which allow high school students to earn both high school and college credits. Additionally, New Tech students are offered the chance to take two dual credit classes at Ivy Tech’s campus tuition-free.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington was the first Ivy Tech region to offer New Tech students two free dual credit classes,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart, who serves on the New Tech board of advisors. “This practice is now standard college policy at all Ivy Tech campuses statewide. Additionally, Ivy Tech-Bloomington has extended the offer of two free dual credit classes to students at Bloomington Graduation School, Harmony School, Lighthouse Christian Academy and Tabernacle Christian Academy in Martinsville.”

Dual credit classes offered at New Tech High School are New Student Seminar (IVYT 120) and Fundamentals of Imaging (VISC 102). A couple of years ago, an art class taught by Ivy Tech instructor Amy Brier was also offered at New Tech’s campus.

New Student Seminar enhances success in college by assisting students in obtaining skills necessary to their educational, career, and life objectives. Students create and apply critical thinking strategies in areas of time management, media literacy, learning styles, study skills, career planning, money management, and resource utilization.

Fundamentals of Imaging introduces students to a full range of image input technology and manipulation including conventional photography, digital imaging, and computer scanners. Students learn to communicate concepts and ideas through various imaging devices.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington course registration for fall 2012 is open, and classes begin on August 20. “Ivy Tech 101 Night,” an information session for prospective students, will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, 200 Daniels Way. To attend, contact Alexa Lopez, Assistant Director of Admissions at alopez69@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6385.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Faculty Promoted to Highest Levels

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May 29, 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Faculty Promoted to Highest Levels

Ivy Tech-Bloomington has promoted School of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members Martin Wolfger and Christine Brandel to Ivy Tech’s highest faculty classification levels. Wolfger, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor in Psychology, was promoted to Professor of Psychology. Brandel, Assistant Professor of English, was promoted to Associate Professor of English.

“Both promotions are evidence of Wolfger’s and Brandel’s commitment to the success of individual students,” said Chancellor John Whikehart. “Both of their promotions required a peer-review process. Promotions were awarded based upon service to the college outside teaching and administrative assignments, evidence of professional and community service, evidence of contributions at the statewide level, and scholarly activities. Wolfger’s promotion to Professor also included a review by two Vice Chancellors of Academic Affairs from Ivy Tech campuses outside of Bloomington.”

Wolfger started teaching at Ivy Tech in 2004 as adjunct faculty for Psychology. He was named program chair of the Psychology department in 2005. In 2009, Wolfger became chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and in 2010 became Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a licensed mental health counselor and holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Karl-Franzens University in Austria where he graduated with distinction. Wolfger also holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University where he received the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence for achieving a 4.0 GPA.

At Ivy Tech-Bloomington Wolfger serves on numerous committees for advancing education and for ensuring student success, including the Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington, a cooperative of Indiana University and Ivy Tech Bloomington and Achieving the Dream, a national initiative of Lumina Foundation. He served as chair of the statewide Ivy Tech Social and Behavioral Sciences Curriculum Development committee where he took a leadership role in discussions related to Ivy Tech’s Liberal Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology. In 2011, Ivy Tech-Bloomington selected Wolfger for the 2010 Ivy Tech President’s Award.

Brandel began teaching at Ivy Tech in 2008 and became full time faculty in the English Department the following year. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and successfully completed the Graduate Teacher Programme at the University of Derby in England.  She writes on higher education for The Huffington Post and is a columnist for Pop Matters, an international magazine of cultural criticism. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in literary journals throughout the U.S. and U.K.

At Ivy Tech-Bloomington, Brandel serves on the Global Studies Committee and has developed an internationalization curriculum faculty resource. She is a Fellow of the Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington and presented on globalization at community colleges, with Dean Wolfger, at the national Innovations 2012 conference in Philadelphia. Brandel is a member of the English Advisory Board, co-advises the Creative Writing Club, and supports the campus literary magazine. This April, one of her poems was featured in the National Council of Teachers of English 2012 National Poetry Month Celebration. Brandel was a finalist for the 2010 Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s President’s Award.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

 

 

 

Business management, on to Step II

Herald-Times

It’s Your Business

Business management, on to Step II

By Steve Bryant
A Bloomington voice
May 25, 2012

Small businesses that are growing often look to other business owners for advice on how to deal with problems. Companies at this growth stage are no longer as concerned about getting their first customer or keeping the lights on, but are more interested in company strategy, culture, hiring employees, benefits, raising money and purchasing or building a facility. These “second stage” companies need help from experienced leaders to succeed.

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship have recently licensed and implemented a peer learning program called the PeerSpectives Roundtable System from the Edward Lowe Foundation (http://edwardlowe.org/tools-programs/roundtables). It was designed for leaders of companies who cannot go to their spouses, employees or business partners for advice on handling tough issues as their business grows and challenges pile up. Leaders engage in a facilitated roundtable discussion once a month to learn from each other, share experiences and hold each other accountable to actions needed to grow their business.

We have two such CEO Roundtables operating here in Bloomington with members from Monroe County and our surrounding counties participating each month.

It has been a valuable program for the participants, and these sessions lead to simple and practical solutions that are exactly what the participants have been looking for as well as unabashed feedback that the business owners often need to hear. Often the participants think they are the only ones in the world dealing with these kinds of issues and pressures, while it quickly becomes clear that it is what most all business leaders face as their business grows.

If your business is interested in participating in the program, please feel free to contact us at 330-6261 or www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship.

Steve Bryant is director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. Next week’s column will be from Danise Alano-Martin with the city of Bloomington.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

 

 

 

Ivy Tech Offers Information Session June 14 to help Veterans Claim VRAP Benefits

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May 25, 2012

Ivy Tech Offers Information Session June 14 to help Veterans Claim VRAP Benefits

Ivy Tech-Bloomington is offering an information session on June 14, 2012 from 11am-1pm in Room B123, to help veterans claim benefits from the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The VRAP program is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans between the ages of 35-60. Eligible veterans are encouraged to visit Ivy Tech on June 14 to receive information on the eligibility requirements of the VRAP program, talk with an academic advisor about the type of degree and career they want to pursue, and receive assistance applying for VRAP benefits.

“The VRAP program is exciting for unemployed veterans because it is an opportunity to train for a new career,” said Kim Bloodgood, Veteran Services Coordinator at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, who is also an Air Force veteran. “After learning about this program we were able to identify at least three possible recipients who are current Ivy Tech students. My hope is that veterans within the Bloomington community and surrounding counties also take advantage of this program.”

With the large number of military veteran students at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, Kim Bloodgood serves as campus liaison for this growing population. Kim serves approximately 300 students at Ivy Tech-Bloomington who receive benefits from the G.I. bill. “I am here for all veteran students regardless of the kinds of questions they might ask,” said Kim.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was named a military-friendly school in Sept. 2011 by G.I. Jobs, a premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

Disney Institute Coming to Bloomington

Disney Institute Coming to Bloomington

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

May 21, 2012

The Disney Institute’s professional development program is scheduled to come to Bloomington next month. The event is being sponsored by Ivy Tech Corporate College.

News Release

Bloomington, Ind. – Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence, to Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington on June 13. Sponsored by Ivy Tech Corporate College, the full-day event will allow area professionals to learn how a leader’s behaviors are instrumental in conveying values, guiding strategy and inspiring passion and interest among employees.

“This is a great opportunity for area business professionals to participate in a Disney Institute experience in Bloomington,” said Jeff James, vice president for Disney Institute. “It’s a day of Disney training that will offer dozens of easy-to-implement, proven ideas that can help transform an organization. The program is as appropriate for project managers and intact work teams as it is for leaders and senior executives.”

Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence gives participants the chance to explore proven Disney leadership philosophies that encourage values that produce results and are fundamental for organizations to grow and succeed.

“In an era where everyone is competing for business and market share, strong leadership is essential for any organization to thrive,” James said. “This program is made for businesses in any industry looking to build a passionate workforce dedicated to delivering products and services that exceed customer expectations.”

“The Disney Institute training is applicable to any industry. More than ever, strong leadership training is necessary to succeed no matter what industry or area of business you specialize in,” said Dennis Maloy, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Corporate College-Bloomington. “The Disney Institute is not just corporate training; it can be especially valuable to entrepreneurs and individuals looking to gain leadership skills necessary to expand their businesses or rise to a position of leadership in their organizations. The Disney Institute is the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the strongest leaders in business.”

Program registration is $399 per person and includes all course materials. Corporate groups of five or more may register for $339 per person. Six CEU credits are available from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American College of Healthcare Executives. For more information or to register, visit www.ivytech.edu/disneyinstitute or call Ivy Tech Corporate College at (812) 330-6004.

About Ivy Tech Corporate College

Ivy Tech Corporate College was launched in fall 2011 to provide expanded business solutions for companies looking to provide training for their employees. Corporate College at Ivy Tech is focused on developing, introducing and delivering training, certifications, and skills-improvement courses that business leaders have survey-highlighted as essential to their sustainability and profitability. For the past 30 years, the College provided training services to local employers through its previously-known office of Workforce and Economic Development, and its predecessor Business and Industry Training.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

About Disney Institute

Disney Institute is the global professional training arm of The Walt Disney Company. One of the most recognized names in professional development, Disney Institute travels the world offering engaging seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as fully customized programming. Immersive learning experiences are also offered at Disney destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, enabling participants to go behind the scenes and see firsthand how business theory drives operational excellence. The Disney Institute client roster includes Fortune 500 companies as well as a wide range of small businesses, non-profits and government agencies. To learn more, please visit www.disneyinstitute.com, www.facebook.com/disneyinstitute, www.twitter.com/disneyinstitute, or call 321-939-4600.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech launches Ivy Biz for Kids for Teen Entrepreneurs

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May 22, 2012

Ivy Tech launches Ivy Biz for Kids for Teen Entrepreneurs
Young entrepreneurs can learn business skills through jewelry design camp or music recording camp

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington is holding one-week summer camps to help young entrepreneurs translate their business ideas from concepts to reality through project-based activities. Space is still available in two camps: a jewelry design camp called “SUCCESSorize” for students in grades 6-8, and a music recording camp called “Entrepalooza!” for students in grades 9-11.

The “SUCCESSorize!” jewelry design camp runs June 11-15. Teens in grades 6-8 will learn how to design and produce their original jewelry designs. Using CAD 3-D modeling software, students will translate their designs to working prototypes and create a business plan to market and sell what they have produced. Fee of $75 includes all class materials and mid-morning snack. Fee of $165 includes an optional, full-day camp experience in partnership with City of Bloomington’s Kid City summer camp. The full-day camp includes programming at Ivy Tech and Kid City, transportation in-between, and both morning and afternoon snacks. Students who attend the entire day should bring a sack lunch. Camper pickup at Kid City is from 4 to 5:30 PM.

The “Entrepalooza!” music recording camp runs June 18-22. Teens in grades 9-11 will learn from an industry pro what it takes to record music in a professional studio. Students will learn about recording, album cover design, proper microphone placement, analog/digital conversion, multi-track mixdown, and final recording. $125 course fee includes all materials and mid-morning snack. Class meets at Renegade Studio at 6511 E. SR 46 in Bloomington (Kid City afternoon session not available).

“Hosting these summer camps for youth fulfills part of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship’s mission to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the Bloomington area,” said Steve Bryant, Executive Director of the Cook Center. “Our summer camp programming also includes collaboration with local businesses, so students can learn first-hand from local entrepreneurs. Last year with support from Monroe County Government, the Cook Center launched the jewelry design camp, and students were able to learn from Gold Casters Fine Jewelry. This year, our music recording camp will be held in partnership with local recording business, Renegade Studio.”

Class spaces are still available. For more information, contact Noel Niehaus at nniehaus@ivytech.edu, or (812) 330-6261. To register, contact Kariana Wolfe at kwolfe1@ivytech.edu, or (812 ) 330-6041. A registration form is also located online at: www.ivytech.edu/cll/youth/.

About The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

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

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

Ivy Tech Community College welcomes Disney Institute to Bloomington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College welcomes Disney Institute to Bloomington
Full-day program explores secrets to leadership excellence

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence, to Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington on June 13.  Sponsored by Ivy Tech Corporate College, the full-day event will allow area professionals to learn how a leader’s behaviors are instrumental in conveying values, guiding strategy and inspiring passion and interest among employees.

“This is a great opportunity for area business professionals to participate in a Disney Institute experience in Bloomington,” said Jeff James, vice president for Disney Institute.  “It’s a day of Disney training that will offer dozens of easy-to-implement, proven ideas that can help transform an organization.  The program is as appropriate for project managers and intact work teams as it is for leaders and senior executives.”

Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence gives participants the chance to explore proven Disney leadership philosophies that encourage values that produce results and are fundamental for organizations to grow and succeed.

“In an era where everyone is competing for business and market share, strong leadership is essential for any organization to thrive,” James said.  “This program is made for businesses in any industry looking to build a passionate workforce dedicated to delivering products and services that exceed customer expectations.”

“The Disney Institute training is applicable to any industry. More than ever, strong leadership training is necessary to succeed no matter what industry or area of business you specialize in,” said Dennis Maloy, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Corporate College-Bloomington. “The Disney Institute is not just corporate training; it can be especially valuable to entrepreneurs and individuals looking to gain leadership skills necessary to expand their businesses or rise to a position of leadership in their organizations. The Disney Institute is the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the strongest leaders in business.”

Program registration is $399 per person and includes all course materials. Corporate groups of five or more may register for $339 per person. Six CEU credits are available from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American College of Healthcare Executives.  For more information or to register, visit www.ivytech.edu/disneyinstitute or call Ivy Tech Corporate College at (812) 330-6004.

About Ivy Tech Corporate College
Ivy Tech Corporate College was launched in fall 2011 to provide expanded business solutions for companies looking to provide training for their employees. Corporate College at Ivy Tech is focused on developing, introducing and delivering training, certifications, and skills-improvement courses that business leaders have survey-highlighted as essential to their sustainability and profitability. For the past 30 years, the College provided training services to local employers through its previously-known office of Workforce and Economic Development, and its predecessor Business and Industry Training.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.

About Disney Institute
Disney Institute is the global professional training arm of The Walt Disney Company. One of the most recognized names in professional development, Disney Institute travels the world offering engaging seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as fully customized programming. Immersive learning experiences are also offered at Disney destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, enabling participants to go behind the scenes and see firsthand how business theory drives operational excellence. The Disney Institute client roster includes Fortune 500 companies as well as a wide range of small businesses, non-profits and government agencies. To learn more, please visit www.disneyinstitute.com, www.facebook.com/disneyinstitute, www.twitter.com/disneyinstitute, or call 321-939-4600.