Ivy Tech gets $1 million grant to expand medical device manufacturing training

Ivy Tech gets $1 million grant to expand medical device manufacturing training

By Mike Leonard331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
September 26, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington has a $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help lead national efforts in developing and expanding workforce training in medical device manufacturing over the next four years.

It’s a natural fit for Bloomington, said Sengyong Lee, a co-author of the grant and professor of biotechnology at Ivy Tech. “Bloomington has the most populated medical device industry in the nation and Cook is the world’s largest privately owned medical device company,” he said. “It just makes sense that Ivy Tech should be a part of developing curriculum for this industry.”

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is one of 12 colleges to receive grant funding through its membership in the national Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials. The 12 community colleges received a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant through the labor department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., is the lead member of the consortium. “The funny thing is that Cook is there, too, with Cook Endoscopy, so we’ll be two consortium partners sharing the same company,” Lee said.

Locally, companies that provide jobs in the biomedical manufacturing industry include Cook Medical, Cook Urology and other components of the Cook Medical Group. Boston Scientific is another company with local facilities that will work with Ivy Tech in developing biomedical manufacturing curriculum.

Lee said consortium members will be looking into developing courses in such areas as engineering, regulatory expertise, quality control and other aspects of high-technology, medical device manufacturing. He said Ivy Tech will work in close concert with the consortium partners “so we don’t spend our time reinventing the wheel.”

The consortium members will share information to develop curricula that all members can implement to create national standards in the field.

Lee said he envisions several training certificates being created out of the 12-college effort. He said he hopes that a two-year associate degree will be formed as well.

“This DOL grant award further enables the college to provide vital support for community workforce and economic development needs, and it solidifies Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s national leadership in biotechnology workforce development and skills training,” Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart said in a prepared statement.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington awarded U.S. Dept of Labor Grant

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September 26, 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop national medical device manufacturing curriculum

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to lead national efforts in developing and expanding workforce training in medical device manufacturing over the next four years.

“This DOL grant award further enables the college to provide vital support for community workforce and economic development needs, and it solidifies Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s national leadership in biotechnology workforce development and skills training,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is one of 12 colleges to receive grant funding through its membership in the national Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials, which received a $15 million dollar U.S. Department of Labor grant through the DOLs Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. (See addendum for complete listing of consortium members).

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s portion of the grant, $1 million, is dedicated to developing new courses specifically tailored for medical device manufacturing.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s goal is to harmonize the national curriculum on medical device manufacturing education,” said Dr. Sengyong Lee, Professor of Biotechnology at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Currently, there is no well-defined medical device curriculum that is endorsed by the industry nationwide, so Ivy Tech-Bloomington is responsible for developing the pathways for a two-year degree and specific certificates by closely working with our industry partners.”

Additionally, Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus will purchase machines for the manufacturing training suite at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences – a plastic thermoforming machine, blown film extrusion equipment, and a compression molding press.

In total, 297 schools received grants as individual applicants or as members of a consortium. The grants include 27 awards to community college and university consortia totaling $359,237,048 and 27 awards to individual institutions totaling $78,262,952. All education materials developed through the grants will be available for use by the public and other education providers through a Creative Commons license.

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.

Addendum

The 12 community colleges in the Consortium include:

  • Alamance Community College in Graham, NC
  • Austin Community College in Austin, TX
  • Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA
  • City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
  • Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC (Consortium Leader)
  • Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, IN
  • Los Angeles Valley College in Los Angeles, CA
  • Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
  • Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA
  • Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC
  • St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT

 

Vera Bradley Co-founder to speak at Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech

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September 24, 2012

Vera Bradley Co-founder to speak at Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) is hosting its third annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington on Wednesday, October 3. The luncheon will be held in the Hoosier Times Student Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at 200 Daniels Way. The keynote speaker will be Patricia R. Miller, Co-founder of Vera Bradley.

“Part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “The Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects with community through its programs.”

A workshop, “How to raise money for your startup or growing business,” will be held following the luncheon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Lamkin Hall, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building. Guests of the Cook Institute are invited to stay and participate in the workshop presented by Kevin Cameron, CEO of Ionetix Corporation in San Francisco.

Individual tickets for the third annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon are $50, and tables of 8 can be purchased for $500.

To purchase tickets contact Meghan Turner at (812) 330- 6261, mturner129@ivytech.edu, or visit www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Event sponsors include Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Medical, German American, and Nature’s Way.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College 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.

 

Free Mellencamp exhibit on display

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Free Mellencamp exhibit on display

By Kate Thacker | IDS Reports | September 17, 2012

The life works of Marilyn Mellencamp, including portraits and still-life paintings, are now on display at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Mellencamp, mother of musician John Mellencamp, passed away in January.

The Marilyn Mellencamp Memorial Art Exhibit was organized with the Mellencamp family and Connie and Steve Ferguson. Her family wanted to pay tribute to her artistic accomplishments and raise awareness about the new Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts, according to the press release.

Forms and envelopes for donations to the scholarship fund are on a table in the Waldron auditorium, where the exhibit is displayed.

Created as a fund with the Community Foundation of Jackson County, the scholarship will provide a high school senior in Seymour, Ind., with tuition support to study fine arts, theater or music in college.

Mellencamp began to pursue painting as a career in 1959 after studying with Brown County impressionist painter John Rigley.

She attended the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and studied painting in New York, France and Spain, according to the press release.

Mellencamp’s portraits are in the gallery with the rest of her paintings.

“Young Girl in Hat” is a portrait of a young girl against a hunter green background. The rich color is juxtaposed with orange streaks in her hair and a small orange flower on her lapel.

The rich black color of the girl’s dress in hat is mirrored in “Young Self,” a similar 16-by-20 inch portrait on the opposite side of the gallery.

Presumably a self-portrait of Mellencamp as a young woman, the figure wears a quizzical stare and a vibrant red shirt against a dark backdrop.

A few of Mellencamp’s still-life paintings feature a variety of jars and fruit.

“Jug and Grapes,” a small still life measuring only 9-by-12 inches, features rich shades of purple and brown. A white jug with Chinese symbols stands out from its dark background.

The exhibit is free and open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will remain on display through Saturday.

“By making their scholarship available to theater performance and music students, as well as fine arts students, the Mellencamp family is supporting the full range of artistic expression and affirming their faith in the next generation,” Julie Roberts, gallery director, said in the press release.

Copyright © 2012 Indiana Daily Student

 

Ivy Tech-Bloomington, American Legion to host Flag disposal ceremony

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September 18, 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington, American Legion to host Flag disposal ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and American Legion Post 18 are hosting a Ceremony for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building located at 200 Daniels Way. The ceremony is in observance of proper respect for the U.S. Flag and the education of U.S. citizens in proper public Flag disposal by a burning ceremony.

The public is invited to bring their unserviceable Flags (Flags that are ripped, torn, faded or worn) to the ceremony for proper disposal. Flags should be brought no later than 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24 to the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building located at 200 Daniels Way.

“American Legion Post 18 has done the proper Ceremony for the disposal of Unserviceable Flags for the Monroe County residents for over 30 years,” said James B. May, American Legion Post 18 Adjutan and State of Indiana Americanism Program Chairman. “It was started by all the calls of citizens who wanted to respect the American Flag by proper disposal.”

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington hosts military-related events on campus throughout the year, for both our community and for our military veteran students to have the most positive college experience possible,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Additionally, Ivy Tech-Bloomington introduced three classes this fall that are reserved for veterans only, so veteran students can take some of their classes together.”

Ivy Tech-Bloomington has a dedicated Veteran Services Coordinator, an active Student Veteran Organization, and military-friendly workshops and events throughout the year.

For the second consecutive year, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. For a full list of G.I. Job’s military schools, visit at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

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 G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and also annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers” and “Military Friendly Franchises.”

Bloomington art exhibit features rocker’s mother

Bloomington art exhibit features rocker’s mother

Posted: Sep 16, 2012 6:17 PM EDT Updated: Sep 16, 2012 6:17 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON – An art exhibit featuring the work of the late mother of rocker John Mellencamp will open Monday in Bloomington.

The display runs through Saturday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

The 40 pieces by the Seymour native include still-life images, copies of masterpieces and family portraits.

Marilyn Mellencamp began painting seriously in 1959, when she studied with Nashville artist John Rigley. She attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. She was instrumental in establishing the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour. She was 83 when she died in January.

John Mellencamp also is a painter.

Information from: The Herald Times

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Marilyn Mellencamp exhibit to support student scholarship fund

Marilyn Mellencamp exhibit to support student scholarship fund

By Jessica Williams 331-4352 | jwilliams@heraldt.com
September 16, 2012

BLOOMINGTON — Sometimes art runs in the family.

The work of Marilyn Mellencamp, the late mother of rocker John Mellencamp, will be featured in an art exhibit at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

The exhibit opens Monday and aims to raise awareness for the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts. The display runs less than a week, through Saturday..

Forty pieces are in the exhibit. There are still-life images, copies of masterpieces and family portraits.

“She really did just tackle everything,” said Julie Roberts, Waldron gallery director, of the Seymour native.

“It’s a fascinating body of work by somebody who loved to paint,” Roberts said, adding that it shows the passion Mellencamp put into her hobby, a hobby that inspired her famous son to also create visual art.

To honor Marilyn Mellencamp, who died in late January at age 83, the family established the scholarship at the Community Foundation of Jackson County to award tuition support for a high school senior in the Seymour area who plans to study fine arts, music or theater in college.

Marilyn Mellencamp was also instrumental in establishing the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, noted an Ivy Tech news release.

She began painting seriously in 1959, when she studied with Nashville artist John Rigley. She attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.

Her musician son is also a painter.

For more on the scholarship fund, contact the Community Foundation of Jackson County in Seymour at 812-523-4483.

For more on the Waldron, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron.


The late Marilyn Mellencamp’s self-portrait is part of her exhibit, opening Monday, at the Waldron in Bloomington. Courtesy image

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