Ivy Tech summer and fall classes offered in Bedford

 BEDFORD – Summer and Fall Semester registration at Ivy Tech Community College is open. Summer classes begin June 5. Fall classes begin August 21 and students should be signed up by the deadline of Monday, August 14 in order to be prepared on the first day of classes.

Classes in Bedford are listed below and take place at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, located at 405 I Street.

Summer general education courses offered in Bedford are Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology. The three introduction course offerings are part of Indiana’s Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) and seamlessly transfer to all public four-year institutions in Indiana. In addition, the courses are either pre-requisites or degree requirements for Ivy Tech associate degrees.

Fall business classes in Financial Accounting, Introduction to Microcomputers, Managerial Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Personal Finance, and Principles of Management count toward an associate degree in Accounting or Business Administration and also allow students an opportunity to earn a Microsoft Excel professional certification.

Fall general education course offerings include Introduction to English Composition, Essentials of Algebra, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, Integrated Reading/Writing, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Student Success for University Transfer. Fall course offerings are also part of the STGEC and seamlessly transfer to all public four-year institutions in Indiana.

Fall healthcare courses include EMT Basic Training and Medical Terminology. The EMT course leads to professional certification. Medical Terminology is a required course for any Ivy Tech associate degree in the healthcare field.

The Fall Basic Electricity course is a requirement for associate degrees in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Industrial Technology, and Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology.

Current Ivy Tech students can register for classes online. New students should first apply online at ivytech.edu/applynow and then schedule an appointment to enroll at the Stone Gate Arts and Education Center by calling 812-279-8126 ext. 3 or emailing vreed16@ivytech.edu. Information about Bedford course offerings can be found online at ivytech.edu/bedford.

About Stone Gate Arts and Education Center
The Stone Gate Arts and Education Center is a collaborative partnership between the City of Bedford, educators, and industry partners to focus on education and workforce development. By partnering with the Center, Ivy Tech Community College offers classes close to home for residents of Lawrence County.

 

Ivy Tech Bloomington advising director earns national recognition

Bloomington— Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s director of advising, Eliza Erxleben, was selected for an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Certificate of Merit from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Erxleben will be presented with the award this fall in St. Louis, Mo. at the NACADA national conference.

“As an academic advisor, it is my mission to help students navigate the complex and sometimes arduous landscape of higher education,” said Erxleben. “While students are ultimately responsible for their goals, growth and experiences, advisors are in a position to support them throughout their journeys.”

The Outstanding Advising Administrator Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising administration.

“Advisors in our department feel they get many opportunities for growth, and it’s due to Eliza’s passion to raise others up,” said Melissa Stone, academic advisor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “She is very student-centered. It is important to her that advisors not only work with students to get them in classes and stay on track, but also that we involve the student in every step of the process.”

It’s through student stories that Erxleben finds her motivation and passion. “Students teach us as much, if not more, than we teach them,” she says.

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

About NACADA

NACADA’s membership has grown to over 13,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

 

For second year in a row, Ivy Tech Bloomington student makes national Cisco networking team in Las Vegas

Reece Montgomery_headshotBloomington— Reece Montgomery, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington network infrastructure graduate, was selected from more than 60 applicants across the United States and Canada to participate at Cisco Live, Cisco’s largest customer event, in Las Vegas from June 25-29. This is the second year in a row that an Ivy Tech Bloomington School of Computing and Informatics student has been chosen. Montgomery is one of only 11 people to make Cisco’s Dream Team.

“To give this some perspective, there are more than 160,000 students a year in the United States and Canada that take courses from Cisco Academies like Ivy Tech,” said Matthew Etchison, Vice President of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College. “Cisco picks just 11 people to be on their Dream Team. Ivy Tech Bloomington has delivered two years in a row.”

Montgomery obtained his Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and CompTIA A+ certifications, equipping him with the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructure. He plans to sit for another certification in the coming weeks, as well as at the event in Las Vegas.

“I am looking forward to meeting a lot different people out at Cisco Live, other NetAcad students, executives, and industry engineers,” said Reece Montgomery, Ivy Tech Bloomington networking alumnus. “It will be an incredibly exciting experience that I will learn a great deal from.”

He graduated with an associate of applied science in network infrastructure from Ivy Tech Bloomington on Friday, May 12 and started his internship with Tri-Star Engineering located in Bloomington on Monday, May 8.

“I first got involved with Cisco when I took a networking course at Ivy Tech Bloomington,” said Montgomery. “I distinctly remember the course because it was very challenging, but I found that I was loving it. Once I was fully immersed in the material, I knew I had found a passion in networking.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computing is among the occupations with above-average job growth. Employment in the field is projected to increase by 12.5 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in nearly half a million new jobs, with an additional one million new job openings resulting from workers (retirees) permanently leaving their positions.

Ivy Tech’s School of Computing and Informatics (ivytech.edu/computers) offers associate degrees and certifications, both online and in-person, in computer science, cyber security, database management, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development.

Ivy Tech alumna earns state award for entrepreneurial success

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Left to right: Troy Phelps, State Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center; Kelsie Risk; Kristi Risk; Elaine Bedel, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President

Diamond K. Sweets receives E.D.G.E. Award from Indiana Small Business Development Center

Bloomington — Diamond K Sweets, co-owned by Ivy Tech alumna Kelsie Risk, received an Economic Development and Growth Through Entrepreneurship (E.D.G.E.) award in the emerging business category from the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) South Central region in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Dallara IndyCar factory in Speedway, Ind. Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“It is a huge honor for our business to be selected as a recipient for this award,” said Risk. “I am proud to be a part of Indiana’s entrepreneurial spirit and am appreciative of what Ivy Tech, the SBDC, and the Cook Center have done for us.”

Risk graduated with honors from Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2016 with an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Risk and her mother, Kristi Risk, established Diamond K Sweets and the popular Fudge O’Bits product line in 2013 and began manufacturing in 2015. They secured financing for the company, developed new products, and expanded its distribution channels. Risk is a recipient of the OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc./Bill C. Brown Honorary Scholarship, from the Ivy Tech Foundation.

When Diamond K Sweets was in its early stages, Risk sought consultation from the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the South Central ISBDC, both hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington. Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center and director of the South Central ISBDC, advised Risk and her mother.

“The Cook Center has been very influential in getting us the right connections,” said Kelsie. “Steve Bryant’s connection to the community and introducing us to people at Ivy Tech events and connecting us to the SBDC gave us a support system, and the Cook Center helped us with the ins and outs of business.”

“As an emerging business, it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things,” said Kristi. “Receiving this award helped us know we were on the right path. When we came to the Cook Center we only had a three-page business plan but the Cook Center helped us turn things around. Mentorship was a huge part of it. Because Kelsie has a business degree, she would hear things at the Cook Center and say ‘Oh yeah, I learned that in class!’”

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an associate degree in Business Administration and an Entrepreneurship technical certificate. Ivy Tech students also have access to services from the ISBDC South Central region and the Cook Center, located at 501 N Profile Parkway. Information about entrepreneurship consulting, classes, and resources can be found online at ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

About ISBDC

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state. The ISBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the ISBDC creates a positive and measureable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses

The ISBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the ISBDC, visit http://www.isbdc.org/.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (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.

 

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Ivy Tech confers degrees and certifications to 56 Lawrence County residents

BEDFORD —Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington will confer degrees and credentials to 56 Lawrence County residents at the college’s annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium. Lawrence County graduates earned associate degrees and certifications in business administration, criminal justice, design technology, education, fine arts, general studies, human services, liberal arts, nursing, paramedic science, paralegal studies, and manufacturing production and operations.

Holly Cazzell, 42, graduates with an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be promoted to a Registered Nurse (RN) at IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Family & Internal Medicine, where she currently works as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)/Clinical Coordinator. Cazzell was a stay-at-home mom and enrolled at Ivy Tech in 2002. After graduating with her practical nursing technical certificate, she began work as an LPN and shortly after, gave birth to her youngest of seven children. Over the next 10 years, she took classes periodically to prepare for the PN to RN transition program and was accepted into the program last spring. In May 2017 she will fulfill her dream of becoming an RN. She plans to transfer her degree to Indiana Wesleyan University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will start classes in September.

Jennifer Johnson, 33, graduates with a Technical Certificate in Regulatory Affairs which enabled her to transition from a Process Validation Engineer to a Quality Assurance position at Cook Phramica. Johnson is enrolled in Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program (ivytech.edu/achieveyourdegree) and will continue her education at Ivy Tech toward an Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology. After she completes her Biotechnology associate degree she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Johnson said, “Going to college while raising children and a full time job is an accomplishment in itself. I continued on to be a good example for my step daughters and to achieve my own dreams of success. This journey could not be wholly possible without the support of my family and friends. If I could tell others one thing: Don’t let others tell you that you can’t achieve your goals.”

Sophia Hobson, 19, graduates from Ivy Tech’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) program (ivytech.edu/asap) which allowed her to earn her Associate of General Studies in one year, saving time and money. Hobson will continue her education at Ivy Tech and plans to apply to the nursing program. Hobson is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a recipient of the Hutton Scholarship and the Jeannie Heuer Liberal Arts/General Studies Completion Scholarship.

Pace Siedl, 19, graduates with honors from Ivy Tech’s ASAP program which allowed him to earn his Associate of Science in Business Administration in one year, saving time and money. Siedl chose Ivy Tech because it was cost-effective, close to home, and specifically because of the ASAP program. As a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, he received the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and was also a member of the Kappa Beta Delta business honor society, and was named to the Dean’s List both semesters. Siedl is transferring to either Ball State or the University of Evansville to study accounting. Siedl said, “I started this program one week after my high school graduation, and I have been going to school all day, every day since that time. Although it was tough, ASAP was a very rewarding program to be a part of.”

Brittany Chastain, 28, graduates with honors, with an Associate of Science in Education. She decided to start a new career and enroll at Ivy Tech 10 years after graduating high school, after observing technology progressively taking over her career as a transcriptionist. She chose Ivy Tech for its online courses, which allowed her to complete her degree while caring for two young daughters, ages five and two. She achieved her goal of transferring her degree to Western Governor’s University to complete her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8 grades). Chastain was awarded the Patricia B. Brown Scholarship from the Ivy Tech Foundation. Chastain said, “This whole experience of going back to school almost 10 years after high school has been so different.  I am not sure if I am more determined to accomplish something for my children to see and have them be proud of me or if it is more because I feel like I have found a career that I cannot wait to begin. I am thankful for a family that supports me in going to back to school.”

Micheal Terry, 22, graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Terry researched many Indiana colleges after high school and after going on a campus tour, chose Ivy Tech for its low tuition cost and flexible scheduling options. Terry completed his degree while working a full-time job and helping his family through a period of homelessness at the beginning of his college career. In addition, he volunteered at Bliss Place, an assisted living facility in Bedford, where he organized activities for residents. Terry said, “At times, I wondered why I was dealt this hand of cards and not an easier path to handle. But in a sense I am glad, because my past had shown me why I wanted to become an officer of the law. I want to protect others and hopefully change someone’s life along the way.”

Michelle Pokorny, 20, graduates with an Associate of Fine Arts. She enrolled at Ivy Tech right after high school to save money on a college education. Pokorny was an active member of the Art Club and also volunteered at Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning. She plans to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in glass. Pokorny said, “Once I have learned the craft of glass blowing I hope to work with other artists and create public works projects for the community and local businesses as well as traveling to learn more about this wonderful thing we call art.”

Richard Wilson, 78, graduates with an Associate of Fine Arts. Wilson is a Master Sergeant, U. S. Army (Retired) and holds a Ph.D. (ABD) in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from Indiana University, an MS in Speech Communication from Murray State University in Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Theology in New Testament from Ozark Christian College. Wilson has taught communications at Ivy Tech as an adjunct faculty member for 15 years, and decided to enroll in fine arts courses for personal enrichment.

Ivy Tech Bloomington nursing graduate to give commencement address

Bloomington— Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer approximately 1,052 associate degrees and certifications to graduates.

Bridget Badder, Associate of Science in Nursing graduate, will give the commencement address. Badder earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in 2012 and enrolled at Ivy Tech in 2015. She worked in public relations for a nonprofit organization in Chicago for several years before she discovered her true desire was to pursue work in the medical field. She is currently employed by IU Health Bloomington Hospital as a patient care assistant in obstetrics and will start work in a new role in labor and delivery after graduation.

She received an Indiana Career and Technical Education Award from the Indiana Department of Education in February 2017.

“During her time at Ivy Tech Community College, Bridget excelled academically, served in many student organizations, and held multiple leadership positions,” said Jennie Vaughan, Chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “We’re really proud of Bridget and congratulate her on her educational success, as she moves into a high-demand career that she was called to do.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington is conferring degrees to 33 ASAP (Associate Accelerated Program) graduates. ASAP was designed to provide students (21 and under) with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in as little as 11 months. Ivy Tech Bloomington offers ASAP degrees in Liberal Arts, Education, and Business Administration. A new ASAP offering in Informatics will begin this summer.

The number of students graduating with honors is 183, with 23 graduating Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Ivy Tech Bloomington is graduating 8 international students representing the countries of Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and India, and will confer degrees to 10 military veterans.

Approximately 68 Associate of Science in Nursing and 25 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded.

Steve Bryant named regional director of South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center

Bloomington— Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus announced this week that Steve Bryant, executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, has also been named regional director of the South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC).

“Troy Phelps left the regional ISBDC director position late last year and has gone on to direct the ISBDC network for the state, which is great for us as a region to have someone in that role with experience at our local office,” said Jennie Vaughan, Chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Through the Cook Center, Steve worked closely with the ISBDC and so taking on the director position after his interim work is a natural fit.”

“It is an honor to work with our community partners across the 10-county south central region to help people realize their dreams of owning a small business,” said Steve Bryant, regional director of the South Central ISBDC. “We’ll help existing businesses as well, to grow and employ Hoosiers from the region.”

The South Central ISBDC was named the Highest Performing Center for 2016 by the ISBDC in March at its annual statewide network meeting. The South Central office surpassed its goals for 2016 by a higher margin overall than any other Center in the State.

The South Central ISBDC, hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington, is located at the Indiana Center for Life Sciences (ICLS), along with the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

ICLS is located at 501 N. Profile Parkway on the west side of Bloomington.

About the ISBDC: The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state. The ISBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the ISBDC creates a positive and measureable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses. The ISBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org.

 

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (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.