Ivy Tech alumnus manages fleet maintenance for seven states

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumnus Bobby Jeanette graduated with an Associate of Science in Supply Chain Management/Logistics in December 2015, which allowed him to advance in his career at Estes Express Lines. Jeanette began his career at Estes as a shop manager, working between Greenwood, Ind. and Charlotte, NC while residing in Martinsville, Ind. for nearly 17 years. In August 2015, he was promoted to District Fleet Maintenance Manager for the Estes Southeast region when he was one semester away from completing his associate degree.

“In my role as a district manager I am responsible for maintaining the equipment for 21 terminals covering seven states in the Southeast,” said Jeanette. “Within my district I am also responsible for 9 shops and one parts distribution center.”

Jeanette accomplished his degree and promotion while managing his full-time job and balancing family life. He and his wife, Andrea, have been married since high school for 23 years and have two teenage children.

“I averaged 55 hours a week at work and maintained a full-time student status; some of the coursework was completed while sitting in an airport or hotel room,” he said. “This was possible because Ivy Tech provided some of the classes online.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Supply Chain Management program is offered completely online, while some face-to-face general education classes may be required.

Jeanette is now using his expertise to improve the areas he oversees.

“Being promoted to District Manager I see as an opportunity to teach others what I have learned over the years,” he said. “With much success, we have been applying the methods of scheduling and staffing that I learned while at Ivy Tech.”

“Ivy Tech’s Supply Chain Management program offers an in-depth look at the processes involved in the supply chain including transportation and inventory control,” he continued. “They cover everything from simple terminology to complex formulas. Ivy Tech provided the opportunity to learn new ways of structuring work processes and work flows to increase production with less effort. The Operation Management and Lean Production courses are very beneficial.”

In Bloomington, Supply Chain Management and Logistics is the fifth most in-demand job, according to Burning Glass Technologies job market data. The number of Supply Chain Management job postings for positions requiring a post-secondary credential follows closely behind nursing, practical nursing, industrial apprenticeship, and business operations.

After graduation, Jeanette continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from IUPUI.

“I found the program at Ivy Tech to be on a par with the education I received at IUPUI,” said Jeanette. “The faculty at Ivy Tech are very easy to work with, all the way from the department head, Nancy Frost, to the adjunct professor that taught finite math.”

In the fall of 2016, Jeanette and his family moved to Charlotte to be closer to the facilities he oversees. Jeanette has now been employed by Estes Express Lines for a total of 18 years.

For information about Ivy Tech degree and certificate options in supply chain management/logistics, visit ivytech.edu/supplychain. For information about how to apply to Ivy Tech, visit ivytech.edu/applynow.

O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner with Jon Meacham sold out, volunteer slots still open for Day of Service

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 14th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 26 through April 28. The Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, April 27 with Jon Meacham is sold out, but volunteer slots are still available for the Day of Service on Friday, April 28.

“We’re inviting the entire community out again to volunteer on our annual Day of Service to help us reach our goal of providing 1000 hours of community service at local non-profits,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “To-date, we have 226 volunteers and 24 local organizations and businesses that have committed to participate, putting us at nearly 700 service hours.”

There are 160 volunteer slots remaining for projects located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Ellettsville. Tasks include planting gardens and trees, straightening books, cleaning toys, landscaping, spring cleaning, painting, preparing food drive bags, and assisting kitchen staff, among others.

Participants can view a full listing of projects and sign up to volunteer at ivytech.edu/obannon and click on Day of Service.

Day of Service volunteers are invited to a kick-off event and continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28 at Ivy Tech, featuring remarks by former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon. Kick-off attendees will receive an O’Bannon Institute Day of Service T-shirt before they head out to volunteer. Participants are encouraged to share photographs of the Day of Service on social media using the hashtag #IvyTech1000Hours.

On Wednesday, April 26, Ivy Tech Bloomington will recognize faculty, staff, and student volunteers, as well as community partners at its annual Civic Engagement Awards reception.

Top sponsors of the 14th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Group, IU Credit Union, Ivy Tech Foundation, One World Catering, Smithville Fiber, and Tasus Corporation.

About the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (ivytech.edu/obannon) was launched 14 years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. Previous speakers at the Institute have included former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, and Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States.

Ivy Tech Bloomington students win scholarships at annual regional Phi Theta Kappa conference

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received recognition and several awards at its annual regional conference held March 3-5 in Lafayette, Ind.

“It was a successful weekend for the Bloomington chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Samantha Levy Arnold, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Ivy Tech Bloomington and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “Besides being recognized as a chapter four times, we had two award winners. I am really proud of our students and their hard work.”

Two Ivy Tech Bloomington students earned top awards. Brynn Parkinson, liberal arts, and Rob Parab, biotechnology, tied for first place for the Spiess Scholarship and were each awarded $600.

Additionally, Parkinson won one of three travel scholarships to the Phi Theta Kappa International Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. in April and Parab won one of three travel scholarships to the International Summer Conference held in Chicago, Ill for fall 2017.

The Bloomington chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earned an award of recognition for its College Project, an award of recognition for its Honors in Action project, a Five Star chapter certificate, and a Continued Excellence award.

Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for community colleges.

Ivy Tech design technology alumni turns blueprints into reality


Rosetta Smith
Rosetta Smith

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Rosetta Smith graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Design Technology in May 2015. She was offered a job before she completed her final semester and is now working at Indiana Quarries and Carvers in Stinesville, Ind. In her role as Draftsman, she creates CAD drawings from blueprints of architectural limestone features.

“In my position I feel like I am turning someone’s dream in to a reality,” said Smith. “I am one of the first people to have my hands on someone’s plans for their home, business or landscape. I enjoy being able to talk with my clients and make sure they are going to love the outcome of their project. We work with clients all over the USA and Canada and I get to follow the process from beginning to end.”

Smith said her training at Ivy Tech prepared her well for this technical field.

“Ivy Tech gave me the knowledge to be able to use AutoCad efficiently enough to be able to work with draftsmen with over 10 years of experience,” said Smith. “I have been able to solely work on projects using Solidworks, which has set me apart from my fellow draftsmen. With my knowledge of Solidworks, I was able to offer Indiana Quarries and Carvers the next cutting edge technology leap that they wanted. Without Ivy Tech I never would have been able to jump right into the career of making dreams come true and with just two years of experience in the job field I am depended on as a reliable asset to this company.”

Smith learned about Ivy Tech in high school, seeing her mother complete her Ivy Tech accounting degree while battling breast cancer and raising Smith and her brother. Smith attended the Hoosier Hills Career Center and earned nine Ivy Tech credits while still in high school, and enrolled at Ivy Tech after graduation. She also married and became pregnant so she juggled school and family life.

Smith worked closely with her advisors, Kirk Barnes and Vanessa Babcock, to create a schedule that fit her needs.

“Kirk and Vanessa were able to work my class schedule around my full-time job and parenting needs,” she said. “I was able to complete schooling quickly while raising an infant and working a solid full-time job while making the dean’s list every semester.”

When Smith became a single parent she could no longer continue her classes and had to put her college degree on hold. When her son started kindergarten, she saw an opportunity to re-enroll.

“When my son started kindergarten and I was able to provide care for him and live on my own, I went back to school and applied for scholarships that allowed me to go back and only pay book fees,” she said. “Because the curriculum had changed, it was tricky to know what classes would be accepted. However, Vanessa Babcock helped me go over the classes I had already taken, and they were all accepted. Just one year later I graduated and landed a job that is just eight minutes from my home. It’s truly amazing what Vanessa did for me.”

Smith said she keeps in contact with her former instructors and sometimes consults them if she has questions about a project.

Smith also said that Ivy Tech was financially the best college option for her.

“I was able to complete my degree in the right amount of time for me and they offered many grant and loan options so that I am not going to be paying for this for the rest of my life,” she said. “I felt happy walking out of Ivy Tech knowing I was going to be working towards my other goals and not just working to pay it all off.”

For information about the Ivy Tech design technology degree, visit ivytech.edu/design-technology. For information about how to apply to Ivy Tech, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow.

Ivy Tech Bloomington to host open house on Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold an open house on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Shreve Hall. Prospective students and others will have the opportunity to ask questions about enrolling at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Attendees can learn about degree program offerings including transfer degrees, find out about careers that are available to graduates, and take tours of the newly-expanded campus. Financial aid experts will also be on hand during the open house to answer questions.

For more information about Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Open House event, call 812-330-6013 or email bl-info@ivytech.edu.


Singota Solutions, Inc. partners with Ivy Tech Bloomington on tuition reimbursement program

BLOOMINGTON – Singota Solutions and Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus have partnered together on the Achieve Your Degree program. Achieve Your Degree is a collaboration between Ivy Tech and companies that offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit to their employees, with minimal to no upfront cost to students.

“Ivy Tech Community College is responsive to the needs of our communities,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of Ivy Tech Bloomington. “We’re pleased to partner with yet another regional employer to educate a skilled workforce, for the benefit of graduates and local industry.”

Employees of Singota Solutions have the option to earn associate degrees in accounting, biotechnology, business administration, engineering technology, and supply chain management/logistics, using their tuition reimbursement benefits to advance their careers at Singota Solutions.

“We are excited to offer this program to our employees,” said Melanie Lewis, Human Resources Manager at Singota. “Investing in our employees and providing them with opportunities to grow personally and professionally is what we are striving to do.”

Singota Solutions is Bloomington-based and has over 50 employees.

Ivy Tech Bloomington also has Achieve Your Degree partnerships with Cook Inc. and Old National Bank.

For more information about Achieve Your Degree, employers can contact Jessica Duncan at (812) 330-6349 or jduncan71@ivytech.edu.

Cook Pharmica partners with Ivy Tech Bloomington to further rural biotechnology education

Bloomington, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington was awarded a Perkins Competitive Grant from the Indiana Department of Education in the fall of 2016 to increase rural career and technical education pathways in biotechnology. The $85,000 grant is being used to establish dual credit biotechnology courses through Ivy Tech. Starting in the spring 2017 semester at Brown County, Owen Valley, Eastern Greene and Bloomfield high schools, students have the opportunity to earn dual high school and college credit at no cost to them.

The biotechnology courses are currently taught by an Ivy Tech instructor and the grant will also provide training for high school science teachers to gain credentials to teach the coursework beginning in the 2017-18 school year. An additional $15,000 was provided to Ivy Tech Bloomington by Cook Pharmica to help launch and sustain the program for years to come by providing funding for textbooks that can be reused by the participating high schools.

“We have a mission at Ivy Tech Bloomington to help fill the local industry skills gap, and one way we do that is through partnerships like this with Cook Pharmica,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “With the help of this grant, high school students can take dual credit classes in biotechnology, developing a clear pathway toward employment in the life sciences, an industry that’s thriving in our region.”

“We appreciate the work Ivy Tech does to help students in the local community develop the skills they need to enter the workforce upon graduating high school,” said Tedd Green, president of Cook Pharmica. “This program is a true community partnership that supports the education of our local youth and the workforce development needs of the growing life sciences industry in South Central Indiana.  We are pleased to be a partner in this program.”

Since it was founded in 2004, Cook Pharmica has grown to 715 employees today. Cook also introduced its new My Cook Pathway education assistance program in 2016 to provide employees the opportunity to continue their education at no cost to them from day one with the company.

About Cook Pharmica
Cook Pharmica is a privately held contract development and manufacturing organization that provides services to the global pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Centrally located in Bloomington, Indiana, Cook Pharmica is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cook Group Incorporated. Find out more at www.cookpharmica.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.  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.