Registering now for Ivy Tech summer youth camps

May 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is now registering for summer youth camps and options are available for ages 5-17. Sessions begin in June and July. Camps include Ivy Arts for Kids (ages 5-11), College for Kids (ages 11-14), Jewelry Biz and 3D Modeling (Ages 11-14), and Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education Theatre (ages 5-17).

Ivy Arts for Kids campers will use 2D and 3D media such as paint, pencil, and ceramics at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington. All sessions conclude in a student art show on the last day of camp. Sessions are June 9-20, June 23-July 3, July 7-July 18, and July 21-August 1. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, though some sessions may be full or nearing capacity, so inquire within for more information about space availability. Mornings cost $160 per two week session and afternoons cost $360 per two week session. A limited number of Ivy Arts for Kids scholarships are available for students who qualify for federal free & reduced lunch program. For more information on scholarship eligibility, see the youth camps registration form online at

College for Kids campers will enjoy fun college-style classes in the morning at Ivy Tech, and then be transported to Rhino’s Youth Center to meet Bloomington Parks and Recreation Kid City staff for an afternoon of games, field trips, or swimming. Some classes include Shazam Science, Cartooning, Digital Modeling Advanced, Great Graphics, Edit Audio Like a Pro, and Biotech Pioneers. Classes meet Monday through Friday at the Ivy Tech Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, in Bloomington, with the exception of two classes. Sessions are June 9-14, June 16-20, and June 23-27. Full day cost is $200 and half day cost is $100.

Jewelry Biz and 3D Modeling campers will start their own jewelry business in a week! This unique camp will teach youth to use CAD 3-D modeling software to translate their jewelry design ideas into a working prototype and then create a business plan to market and sell the jewelry they have produced. Campers will visit Ivy Tech’s design technology lab and use a 3-D printer to bring their jewelry designs to life. Fee includes all materials and mid-morning snack. Camp is June 9-13 and cost is $100. Full-day cost is $200 and includes afternoon programming at Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Kid City summer camp at Rhino’s Youth Center for games, field trips, or swimming.

Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education Theatre camps are held at the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) in downtown Bloomington and run 9 AM-4 PM. “Broadway Kids” campers ages 5-8  will explore theatre through music, movement, visual arts, and performance. Camp runs June 2-13 and cost is $260. “DramatiCATS – Comedy and Tragedy Stars” campers ages 8-12 will learn playwriting and acting skills, culminating in their own two-character plays that they’ll perform side-by-side with adult actors. Camp runs June 16-27 and cost is $260. “Girls Camp of Rock” campers ages 8-12 will participate in workshops on songwriting, rhythm and movement, and at the end of the week perform in a real music venue. Camp runs June 30 – July 4 and cost is $285. “Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble” campers ages 9-17 will write, produce and perform an original musical, culminating in a series of full performances for the general public. Camp runs July 7-August 1 and cost is $485.

For more information and to sign up for camps visit For questions, call 812-330-4400.

Summer classes in in art and cooking for adults are also available. Visit to sign up.


Ivy Tech providing free job training in advanced manufacturing

May 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College is providing free, scholarship-funded job training to a limited number of participants through the Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP). The training will result in a nationally recognized certification: Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Certified Production Technician – MSSC, CPT. The program begins next week, and scholarship funding is available to cover the cost for more than 60 individuals.

The program consists of WorkKeys assessment, eight weeks of training, essential job search skill workshops, and career fairs. AMP participants will learn skills in four advanced manufacturing areas: Safety, Quality, Processes, and Production. The AMP program offers various time frames to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Ivy Tech partnered with several organizations to make this scholarship-funded training possible. The Advanced Manufacturing Program is made up of several community leadership groups, and is tasked with providing job skills training to local residents in advanced manufacturing. Several employers have also partnered with the program. Scholarships for training have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Duke Energy, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.

In order to quality for scholarship-funded training in the Advanced Manufacturing Program, candidates must test at a silver level in the WorkKeys assessment, possess a high school diploma (or equivalent), and be able to pass a drug screening. They are expected to attend class sessions five days a week, for eight weeks. The program cost is valued at $2,600 but the cost will be covered by scholarships for more than 60 individuals who meet the qualification criteria.

For more information about the program, visit For questions, contact Katrina Jones, Program Manager, at (812) 330-6042 or

Ivy Tech Bloomington adds electrical engineering

The Herald-Times

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:48 am | Updated: 12:23 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.

College students in Bloomington will now be able to study electrical engineering thanks to a new program at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

The community college announced Wednesday that an associate of science in electrical engineering technology and a certified electronics technician certification will be offered in Bloomington starting this fall.

The electrical engineering program is an addition to the engineering technology program already offered at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Historically, students in this area had to leave Bloomington and go to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue or Indiana State University if they wanted to study engineering, said Kirk Barnes, dean of technology and applied sciences at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

“Now, they can stay in the area and work, or live at home and save money,” he said.

Barnes said the engineering technology program covers both electrical and mechanical engineering for more of a general degree, so the new program will be for students who want to focus on electronics.

Plus, the new degree differs from the current engineering technology degree in only three or four classes, so students can earn both or switch paths, said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of the Bloomington campus.

About 13 students have expressed interest in electrical engineering, a degree requires calculus, physics and chemistry, so far, Barnes said.

“It’s for a student that’s into that high level math and science,” he said.

The community college also has an agreement with IUPUI so Ivy Tech students can continue there for a bachelor’s degree in either computer engineering technology or electrical engineering technology, Barnes said. He said Ivy Tech Bloomington will base its electrical engineering technology curriculum on the IUPUI program to make transferring seamless.

However, he expects some students to be able to go into entry-level jobs once they earn their associate degree.

The Ivy Tech campuses in Fort Wayne, Anderson, Valparaiso and Terre Haute are also adding electrical engineering for the fall, and the degree was previously offered at Ivy Tech in South Bend and Indianapolis.

Vaughan said companies such as Battery Innovation Center near Crane were asking the Bloomington campus for electrical engineering to be offered, so the timing worked well.

She said the plan is to have the company’s employees can take classes online and do their labs where they work. But any student can earn the degree at the main Ivy Tech Bloomington campus as well.

“It’s a phenomenal program,” Vaughan said.

Commencement marks success, start of future for Ivy Tech graduates

The Herald-Times
Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:44 am | Updated: 12:09 am, Sun May 18, 2014.

By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 |

“Are you ready?”

Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder’s question was answered with cheers from the class of 2014.

On Friday evening at the Indiana University Auditorium, the newest class of Ivy Tech Bloomington graduates walked across the stage to receive nearly 1,200 associate degrees and certifications.

Among them were 181 students graduating with honors, 34 military veterans, 17 Ivy Tech employees and seven international students. Also honored were the first two graduates with an associate degree in fine arts and design. Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Emeritus John Whikehart and Indiana University Chancellor Emeritus Kenneth Gros Louis each received an honorary degree.

Here are the highlights:

From Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington chancellor

As the ceremony started, Vaughan, at her first commencement as chancellor, offered the graduates a chance to stand and thank their families and friends for their support. As the graduates stood and turned to wave, they were met with waves and cheers from the audience.

Vaughan urged the new graduates to move forward with confidence and motivation. And as she introduced the class, Vaughan acknowledged the impact Ivy Tech had on their lives.

“This is the workforce we developed; these are the lives we have changed,” she said.

From Tom Snyder, Ivy Tech president

“Replace yourself,” Snyder told the graduates, urging them to tell others about their success. “I did it; so can you.”

He said the class should be proud they balanced work, studying, family time and a home life to earn their degrees.

“You changed more than your life; you changed the world around you,” he said.

From Jess Troxel, commencement speaker

Taking the podium, Troxel paused to collect her emotions.

A single mother who struggled with addiction and lost her left arm in a car accident, Troxel said she learned from her challenges, and urged her classmates to learn from their challenges as well.

“We all have misfortunes,” she said. “So how can we use our misfortunes to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others?”

Troxel said what is most important is how a person moves forward.

“We are realizing it’s not how we fall, but how we get back up,” she said. “What Ivy Tech has given me is self-worth, opportunity and new aspirations.”

From the new graduates

For graduates Delton Roberson and Shay Morton, going to Ivy Tech Bloomington was about making a career change.

Roberson said he went to Ivy Tech for a change, and after trying out the medical field, he earned a degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology.

“I’ve worked in construction all my life, so it was familiar,” he said. And walking across the stage made his new achievement a reality.

“It feels great,” he said.

Morton agreed.

“I’m still in awe. … I’m nervous and excited, and I’m also looking forward to what’s ahead,” she said.

Morton quit her job as a paraprofessional in an Indianapolis school to go to Ivy Tech Bloomington, because she wanted to advance her career.  But the idea of attending IU or even Ivy Tech Indianapolis was overwhelming — both campuses were so big, she said. In Bloomington, she could ease back into school at Ivy Tech, because the classes were smaller and the instructors were personable.

“I really needed that,” she said.

And now, with a degree in human services, she said she’s confident she can continue her studies at IU.

“If it wasn’t for Ivy Tech, I would still be at my fork in the road,” Morton said.

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Tiffany Hayes, right, director of first impressions, joined other staff members Friday in applauding the graduates as they entered the Indiana University Auditorium during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies.


Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Graduate Jess Troxel gives the commencement address Friday, during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.


Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Graduates line up for quick group shots Friday before the Ivy Tech Bloomington commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.



First year chancellor, Jennifer A. Vaughn, right, offers encouragement to graduate and commencement speaker, Jess Troxel, during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.


Friends and family members celebrate their graduates accomplishments Friday during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.



Graduates face the audience to look for their family and friends in attendance Friday during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.

Education far from over for many Ivy Tech students graduating today

The Herald-Times

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:03 am | Updated: 12:24 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 |

As Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington graduates receive their degrees at commencement today, they will be the last graduates for the Ivy Tech class of 2014 in the state.

They also will be part of the largest class of Ivy Tech graduates, with nearly 20,400 credentials awarded statewide across the state, the first time for Ivy Tech’s 51-year history that a graduating class has topped 20,000.

But for many Bloomington graduates, earning their Ivy Tech degree is just the first step in their education to their dream careers.

“At Ivy Tech, I got the encouragement I needed and developed my self-worth,” said Jess Troxel, who earned an associate of science in human services.

“The opportunities really opened doors for me, and I was able to broaden my horizons.”

Troxel will be the commencement speaker at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s graduation at 6 p.m. today at the Indiana University Auditorium. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Bloomington John Whikehart and University Chancellor Emeritus of IU Kenneth Gros Louis.

Troxel said she first thought about attending Ivy Tech in 2007 after her boss at the time urged her to get a GED and go to college.

“When I started at Ivy Tech, I would have never imagined that they would pick me,” Troxel said of being commencement speaker. “It’s a huge honor.”

She said she wants to honor all her classmates for graduating and talk about overcoming adversity in her speech. Troxel, herself, is a single mother of two boys who lost her home in a Martinsville flood and was in a car accident that led to the loss of her left arm.

She said she wants to earn a master’s degree and go into a career where she can help others. Troxel isn’t sure of the exact career she wants, but isn’t ruling out opportunities — such as international work.

“I’ve got a way to go,” she said.

For fellow soon-to-be graduate Dillon Reeder, his Ivy Tech associate of applied science in criminal justice is also the first step to a dream future career working for the federal government as a U.S. marshal or for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Reeder said he’ll start at the Indiana State Police academy in July, and plans to later earn a bachelor’s degree. He said his time at Ivy Tech learning about topics such as criminal research methods and the court system will give him an advantage when he gets to the state police academy.

Like Reeder, husband and wife U.S. Navy veterans Felixia and Arthur Banks also said they have an advantage because of opportunities at Ivy Tech as they officially begin their nursing careers. Both started working at IU Health Bloomington Hospital during school and have been offered jobs after graduation once they pass the board exam.

“Ivy Tech has a good reputation in the local health care community and is considered top of the line,” said Arthur Banks, who plans to continue his education to become a nurse practitioner.

His wife, who wants to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing, agreed. She said the training technology is top of the line with a manikin that simulates various illnesses and even moves and blinks to teach students to think on their toes.

After the various countdowns of classes and tests, it’s a great feeling to be done, except for the board exam in June, Felixia Banks said.

The words for how graduation feels are difficult to find, said these soon-to-be graduates.

“It’s pretty amazing to graduate,” Troxel said. “I was a high school dropout and didn’t always make the right choices for my life, so it’s pretty cool that I can be an example for my two sons,”

She said the small setting of Ivy Tech was just the place for her to start. “

A community college is a good place to discover who you are and who you want to be,” she said.

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington commencement

6 p.m. today, IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.

Commencement speaker is graduate Jess Troxel. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Bloomington John Whikehart and University Chancellor Emeritus of Indiana University Kenneth Gros Louis.


Jessica Troxel

Ivy Tech expansion becoming a reality

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:14 am | Updated: 7:45 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

Despite drizzlng rain, leaders of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington wore hardhats and shoveled dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony. Around them, signs in the grass marked the rooms that will be part of the expansion to the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Visible construction of the roughly 85,000-square-foot expansion will start next week; the addition will save Ivy Tech Bloomington $400,000 a year in rent once it opens in January 2016, said Jennie Vaughan, the campus chancellor.

“Our spirits and the future of the Bloomington regional campus are brighter than ever,” she told the crowd that gathered inside the Student Commons area before the groundbreaking.

For the $24 million project, Ivy Tech received $20 million from the state and will start a fundraising campaign this summer to raise the last $4 million, Vaughan said.

Planning for the project began in 2006, said John Whikehart, Ivy Tech Bloomington chancellor emeritus. The current building opened in 2002, but campus leaders said the roughly 6,500 Ivy Tech students from six area counties have outgrown the space.

Currently, Ivy Tech rents two spaces on Liberty Drive, but with the added space to the academic building, Ivy Tech will only need to rent one of the spaces — part of a former MCL Cafeteria, because it has everything the culinary program needs, Vaughan said.

The education department and assorted classroom, laboratory and office space in the other Liberty Drive space will move to the main building, Vaughan said.

“It’s all about student success,” she said.

Vaughan said the expansion will provide a bigger tutoring center, an expanded library, a new writing center and more.

Plus, the student common area will be a space that is dedicated to just students, unlike the current space, which is often used for events, she said.

The focus is the students and increased opportunities for training, said Connie Ferguson, chairwoman of the Ivy Tech Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees.

“We’re going to make the state proud of the money they invested,” she said.


An artist’s rendering shows the new lecture hall included in expansion plans for the Steve and Connie Ferguson Academic Building at Ivy Tech Bloomington. The $24 million expansion will nearly double the number of classrooms in the building and add 13 new labs and 33 new offices, as well as the lecture hall and a dining facility.



Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech chancellor


Register now for Ivy Tech summer youth camps and college classes in Orange County

May 16, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is offering youth camps and college classes this summer in Orange County. Summer Science on the Farm youth camps at Burton Kimble Farms allow youth to have fun, learn about science, and explore the natural world around them. Ivy Tech college classes begin June 9 at the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley.

Summer Science on the Farm camps will be held July 8, 9, and 10 and will be held at Burton Kimble Farms, located at 2058 E. CR 800N in Orleans, two miles east of SR37. Two camp topics are available and snacks will be served in all classes. Cost of each three-day camp is $59.

The first camp, “Fossils, Fishing Worms, and Flying” is available for youth ages six through 12, and will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Youth will learn about fossils and the rocks they are found in, and learn about what kind of life was on the Earth long ago. Campers will learn about how worms help make the planet better, and will make models of worms, and a mini compost bin. They will also learn what makes things fly, and will build different objects to learn what flies and what crashes.

The second camp, “Metamorphosis” is available for youth ages 11 through 14 and will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Youth will use scientific methods to find out how things change. They will study different life forms, and the transformation of objects to discover how these changes make our world an exciting place to live.

Sign up for camps online at For questions, call 812-330-4400.

Ivy Tech college classes begin June 9 at the Orange County Learning Center. Sign up for English Composition (ENGL 111), Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMM 101), or New Student Seminar (IVYT 120). To register for classes, apply to Ivy Tech online at Current Ivy Tech students can register online through Campus Connect. Fall classes are also available. To the most recent list of classes available in Orange County, visit

Ivy Tech Bloomington Breaks Ground On Expansion

Indiana Public Media
By Kat Carlton
Posted May 15, 2014

Officials held a ceremony announcing how the campus on Daniels Way will meet growing demands for space.

Ivy Tech officials broke ground Thursday in Bloomington for an 85,000-square-foot expansion plan that began in 2006.

Chancellor Jennifer Vaughan says the expansion will add instructional spaces, labs and much-needed commons areas to the campus on Daniels Way. Vaughan says it took eight years to get funds appropriated from the state.

“But finally, with strong leadership, the legislators behind us one hundred percent, our president and his team behind us one hundred percent, we made the argument that this campus needed- we’ve grown so fast- we needed this expansion,” says Vaughan.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Board of Trustees Chair Connie Ferguson said the project will bring over 500 new parking spaces and save the school over $400,000 in rent per year.

“We’re going to make the state proud of the money they invested in Region 14,” Ferguson said during the ceremony.

Ferguson also said the expansion will improve Ivy Tech students’ ability to transfer credits, something that didn’t exist when the school started in 1981.

Tony Heath, project manager with the Skillman Corporation, said during the presentation this is the second phase of expansion Ivy Tech hired Skillman to develop. He also said they hopes it wouldn’t be the last, as the campus continues to grow.


Photo: Kat Carlton




Photo: Kat Carlton


Ground-breaking, commencement part of big week for Ivy Tech

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:30 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

The Herald-Times

The recent growth of Ivy Tech Community College, both physically and in importance to the state of Indiana and its citizens, has taken the spotlight in Bloomington this week.

A story in The Herald-Times Tuesday centered on the growth of the Hoosier Link program, which began in 2006 to help students who weren’t quite ready for Indiana University to meet needed requirements at Ivy Tech-Bloomington before transferring to IU.

The students live in IU residence halls but take Ivy Tech classes, which tend to be smaller and have easy access to tutors and mentors who can help them get started at the college before moving seamlessly on to the four-year university.

The program will add 41 slots for the next academic year, enlarging to 144 students.

Today at 2 p.m., ground will be broken for an 85,000-square-foot expansion to the main Ivy Tech campus on Daniels Way.

Rapid growth has pushed the need to expand the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, which opened in 2002.

Expansion talk began in 2007, but Ivy Tech didn’t receive the $20 million in needed funds from the state Legislature until last July.

Another $4 million is being raised to complete the $24 million project, which will nearly double the number of classrooms in the building to 57 and add 13 new labs, 33 new offices and a lecture hall and dining facility with a capacity of 400 people.

Then on Friday, Ivy Tech-Bloomington will confer 1,123 associate degrees and certifications.

Those graduates represent a wide range of ages, circumstances and backgrounds, including military veterans; previously laid-off workers who returned to Ivy Tech to be able to get back into the workforce; international students; and more traditional students for whom the community college fits their educational needs better than a four-year school.

Many of the students who will be recognized will continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree; many will take their new skills into a new or better job. Still others will graduate with more confidence than they’ve had in years after learning that, yes, they can return to school after an absence and learn new information and obtain new skills. And all have been exposed to Ivy Tech’s emphasis on civic engagement and community service .

It’s fitting that Ivy Tech will bestow honorary degrees on Chancellor Emeritus John Whikehart, Ivy Tech-Bloomington, and University Chancellor Emeritus, Kenneth Gros Louis, Indiana University. They were instrumental in creating the collaborative, cooperative educational opportunities now available to Ivy Tech students.

Those students and the whole community are better for their efforts.


Groundbreaking ceremony for Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building set for tomorrow

May 14, 2014

WHO: Jennie Vaughan, Chancellor
John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus and Deputy Mayor, City of Bloomington
Connie Ferguson, Regional Board Chair
Tom Snyder, President
Peg Nelson, Professor
Tony Heath, Project Manager, The Skillman Corporation

WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for 85,000 sq. ft. phase II expansion, which will provide new and enhanced instructional spaces, labs, and centers to support student learning and success.


WHERE: Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, 200 Daniels Way, North Parking Lot

About Ivy Tech Community College
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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Hoosier Link connecting Ivy Tech, IU is expanding

The Herald-Times

Program allows students to live at IU, attend Ivy Tech , then transfer

By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 |

It could be struggling with math. Or difficulty taking exams like the SAT and ACT. Or a year of poor grades because of a rough patch.

Whatever it is, students in the Hoosier Link program have an average GPA between 3.3 and 3.4, but just missed admission to Indiana University, said Emily Arth, coordinator of the program.

Hoosier Link — an opportunity for students to attend Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington while living at IU and then transfer — is a popular one.

So while other Ivy Tech sites are starting an honors program, that won’t come to Bloomington, campus officials said. However, there are 41 more spots in Hoosier Link for 2014-15, expanding the program by almost 40 percent.

American Honors began at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Lafayette about a year ago and has expanded to South Bend and East Chicago, said Kelly Hauflaire, Ivy Tech’s executive director of marketing and media relations.

The honors program prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities after earning an Ivy Tech associate degree.

Hoosier Link started in 2006 for Indiana high school graduates to meet needed requirements at Ivy Tech Bloomington and then transfer to IU. An average of 80 percent of Hoosier Link students are eligible to transfer and 74 percent do, according to data from Ivy Tech.

“The difference between Hoosier Link students and other transfer students is that they are living in the residence halls with only IU students,” Arth said. She said the Hoosier Link students can join IU organizations and go to campus events.

Students have the dorm experience at IU, but also have the Ivy Tech smaller class size, tutors and mentors they need to get their foot in the door, said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

“They’re almost there,” she said.

Started with 94 students in 2006, the program has always had 108 or fewer students. For the 2013-14 school year, there were 103 students, but for 2014-15, there will be 144.

“It was much more competitive; we were going to have to deny students we would have never denied in the past,” said Arth, who is also associate director of the Office of First Year Experience Programs at IU.

Program size is based on the number of beds available to it, so Arth said when IU projected it might have more space for next year, Hoosier Link asked to expand. The program doesn’t advertise because of its small size, so students are typically referred by high school guidance counselors and IU admissions staff, she said.

To transfer after first semester, students need 15 transferable academic credit hours, a 3.0 GPA with no grade lower than a C and no discipline referrals on either campus, and must pass a class called transfer success seminar .

Most transfer then, Arth said, but for those who transfer later, the credit hours change to 26 hours and the GPA to a 2.5. The seminar class helps students prepare to transfer to IU as well as exposes them to various IU buildings and resources on both campuses, Arth said.

She said these students know it is a stepping stone, and the students have to be mature enough to leave the residence hall to go to Ivy Tech for class on time, instead of walking to class 10 minutes before, Arth said.

Hoosier Link helps them work on what they need to get into IU.

“These are the students who their whole life they wanted to go to IU,” Arth said. “IU is their dream school.”


Ivy Tech-Bloomington to award more than 1000 degrees and certifications to graduates

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer 1,123 Associate degrees and certifications to graduates.


“This is my first commencement ceremony as Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, and I could not be more proud of our students for accomplishing their academic goals,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and I look forward to celebrating with them.”


The commencement address will be given by graduate, Jessica Troxel, Associate of Science in Human Services. Troxel is the single mother of two boys and has overcome enormous obstacles to achieving her educational goals, including losing her home in a Martinsville flood and then losing her left arm in a tragic car accident. Troxel has earned numerous scholarships and awards during her time at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, including being named a 2014 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, selected from more than 1,700 entries nationwide. She volunteers her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Troxel received the outstanding student award in her program of study and is graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors.


Honorary degree awards will be presented to Chancellor Emeritus, John R. Whikehart, Ivy Tech-Bloomington and to University Chancellor Emeritus, Kenneth Gros Louis, Ph.D., Indiana University, for their leadership in creating seamless educational opportunities for students.


Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at commencement are a husband and wife, honors students, international students, military veterans, transfer students, and those who have found employment because of their education and training at Ivy Tech.


The number of students graduating with honors is 181, with 15 graduating Magna Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.


The campus will confer degrees to 34 military veterans this year, and is graduating seven international students representing the countries of China, England, India, Venezuela, South Korea, and New Guinea.


This May, Ivy Tech-Bloomington is graduating its first two students from the newly established Associate of Fine Arts and Design program.

Approximately 71 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 9 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded.

There are 78 graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship through leadership and academic excellence among two-year college students.

Each year, Ivy Tech-Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs have chosen 32 students to receive this award. Outstanding Student award recipients include:

Accounting – Allyson Smerud

General Studies – Victoria Neely

Liberal Arts – Mark Huffman

Business – Stacey Zike

Kinesiology – Dujuan Webster

Industrial Technology – Billy Long

Energy Technology – Mark Harp

Radiation Therapy – Christopher Alley

Health Care Support – Colin England

Public Safety – Lucas Hughes

Paralegal – Jamie Smith-Bonham

Respiratory Care – Allyson Evans

Paramedic Science – James Richardson

Licensed Practical Nursing – Sara Waggner

Registered Nursing – Bridgett Pemberton (traditional)

Registered Nursing – Tonya Fish (transitional)

Computer Information Systems – Robert Russell

Computer Information Technology – Steven Harshbarger

Office Administration – Sarah Bennington

Early Childhood Education – Jennifer Stinson

Education – Melissa Mullis

Biotechnology – Matthew Hicks (AAS)

Biotechnology – Gwen Weathers (AS)

Criminal Justice – Aleisha Cain

Hospitality – William Cunningham

Design Technology – Jason Fish

Fine Arts – Robert Soper

Human Services – Jessica Troxel

Engineering Technology – Robert Krebbs

Electronics and Computer Technology – Troy Mullis

Heating and Cooling – Lucas Epley

Information Security – Samantha Lake


About Ivy Tech Community College
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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.