Ivy Tech hosts Angie Hicks, co-founder and CMO of Angie’s List, at Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its seventh annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Angie Hicks, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Angie’s List, will speak at the annual entrepreneurship event, held at Ivy Tech. The event is hosted by Ivy Tech’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Part of the mission of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the region,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “Welcoming Angie Hicks to Bloomington for this event is yet another example of how the Cook Center engages the public, businesses, and others who could be looking to move their business ideas forward.”

Angie Hicks is the namesake and co-founder of Angie’s List. She has served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer since 2000 and served as the company’s President and as a director from 1995 until 1998, when she took a leave of absence to earn her Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Angie’s List has transformed from a small, private, newsletter-inspired enterprise into the leading e-commerce platform in the $400 billion home services marketplace. Ms. Hicks has received multiple accolades for her accomplishments, including being named Distinguished Alumni for Management and Entrepreneurship by DePauw University, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Individual tickets for the Cook Institute cost $75. A table of eight costs $600. Sponsorships are available at $1,500 for event sponsor and $2,500 for presenting sponsor. Proceeds support programs and scholarships for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Cook Institute, log on www.ivytech.edu/cookinstitute.

 

Ivy Tech Therapeutic Massage certificate now offered in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus announced today that a new Therapeutic Massage certificate is available and classes will begin in Spring 2017. The credential is being offered to meet area workforce needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapy has a projected growth rate of 22% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Bloomington joins five other Ivy Tech locations to offer the program, which was approved by the Commission for Higher Education in 2009 for Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Sellersburg, and Terre Haute.

“The Bloomington certificate program is designed to prepare the student for entry into the massage profession, with an emphasis on working within the wellness and health care communities,” said Larry Swafford, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the state Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and upon completion will be eligible for employment as massage therapists. The MBLEx is a licensing examination that provides a unified set of nationally-verified, entry-level standards for safe and competent practice of massage & bodywork.”

Ivy Tech Therapeutic Massage students will participate in a student run clinic that will be open to the public. Massage skills include assessment, relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, deep tissue, sports massage, hydrotherapies, and applications for special populations including pregnant women, children, geriatrics and the disabled. Psychological and emotional issues, legal and ethical aspects, and business development are also addressed.

The Therapeutic Massage certificate is financial-aid eligible and requires 26 credit hours in course work (500 clock hours). It is an open-enrollment program so there is no separate application required. However, the number of students that can be enrolled each semester is limited to 16. Current students who have completed Anatomy and Physiology 101 are eligible to enroll. Required courses include Anatomy and Physiology 101, Deep Tissue, Ethics and Massage, Holistic Approach to Massage, Pathology and Massage, and Therapeutic Massage Training.

Students who complete the Therapeutic Massage certificate will be eligible to continue their education in the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree program, for increased employment opportunities.

For more information about the Therapeutic Massage program visit https://www.ivytech.edu/therapeutic-massage/ or call (812) 330-6223. For more information about the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree program visit https://www.ivytech.edu/healthcare-specialist/ or call (812) 330-6115. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17 and spring enrollment is now open. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ivy Tech alumna, Alexandra Green, finds career, continues her education

 

BLOOMINGTON – Alexandra Green, graduate of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, graduated cum laude in summer 2016 with her Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education. Green began her career while still a student at Ivy Tech, at the Monroe County YMCA Center for Children and Families. There, she works with toddler-age children and has been employed for two years. Green plans to transfer her associate degree to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in spring 2017 to begin her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Transferring to IWU was part of Green’s plan when she enrolled at Ivy Tech. Green settled down in Indiana after living in Texas with her husband, who was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months and then Korea for a year. She decided to attend the Community College to earn a professional degree to gain upward mobility in the early childhood teaching field

“It is amazing watching children discover new things,” Green said. “I enjoy helping them learn things for themselves.”

Green enrolled at Ivy Tech because of its affordable classes and online options. She says her professional development course and professors Debra Anderson and Jennifer Smallwood helped her excel. In April of 2016, Green received the Early Childhood Excellent Educator Award from Monroe Smart Start. The award recognizes educators who are committed to addressing school readiness in Monroe County and improving the quality of early education throughout the community. Seventeen early childhood teachers in Monroe County received awards.

Green is glad she started her career before she finished her degree. “I encourage anyone considering education to try working in the field first,” she said. “It will make you more aware of what a career in education will be like.”

Green plans to use the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood scholarship to continue her education at IWU. The scholarship covers 80 percent of tuition and book fees and the remainder is covered by the student and their employer. Although Green did not utilize the scholarship to attend Ivy Tech, T.E.A.C.H. scholarship funds can be used at Ivy Tech to earn an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship is available to eligible teachers, directors or family child care home professionals working in licensed, registered, or exempt child care centers in Indiana. Child care workers interested in earning their degree at Ivy Tech through the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship should contact their employer and complete an application online. The scholarship is offered through the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply visit http://secure.iaeyc.org/programs-research/teach-early-childhood-indiana/.

Ivy Tech offers an associate degree in Early Childhood Education, which focuses on pre-kindergarten through grade 3 and also special needs education. For more information visit www.ivytech.edu/early-childhood. Ivy Tech also offers an associate degree in Education, which offers primary education for grades K-6. For more information visit www.ivytech.edu/education. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Ivy Tech Bloomington early childhood education program accreditation renewed

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Early Childhood Education earned renewed accreditation for seven years from the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Accreditation by the Commission demonstrates substantial compliance with national professional standards for early childhood education.

The report noted that one of the Early Childhood Education program strengths was providing diverse opportunities for learning.

“The program prepares students through practicum teaching experiences and allows them to interact with families,” said Marjie Risen, department chair of the School of Education. “It is important that students are comfortable in the classroom and have an idea of what it is like to teach before starting a career.”

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington offers associate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Education as well as the nationally-recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. The Early Childhood Education degree prepares teachers for pre-kindergarten through grade 3 and special needs instruction. The Education degree prepares teachers for instruction in primary education for grades K-6. Both degree programs transfer to Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Saint Mary of the Woods College. The CDA prepares students for a career in early childhood education and can be applied toward an associate degree. The CDA is also the required credential for starting an at-home child care business in Indiana.

Risen says local employers often contact her for assistance identifying prospective employees from Ivy Tech students. “We have helped place hundreds of students in local settings, including employer-sponsored child care programs, federal-government based entities such as Head Start, military-sponsored programs, and public school settings,” said Risen.

The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood scholarship is available to students who wish to earn the associate degree in Early Childhood Education. The scholarship covers 80 percent of tuition and book fees and the remainder is covered by the student and their employer. The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship is available to eligible teachers, directors or family child care home professionals working in licensed, registered, or exempt child care centers in Indiana. The scholarship is offered through the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information, visit http://secure.iaeyc.org/programs-research/teach-early-childhood-indiana/.

More information about Ivy Tech’s associate degree in Early Childhood Education can be found at www.ivytech.edu/early-childhood. Information about the associate degree in Education can be found at www.ivytech.edu/education. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17 and spring enrollment is now open. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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