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.


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Graduate Jess Troxel gives the commencement address Friday, during the Ivy Tech commencement ceremonies at the Indiana University Auditorium.


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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