Ivy Tech Bloomington graduates first class of therapeutic massage students

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s campus conferred certificates to nine therapeutic massage graduates on Friday, July 28. A graduation ceremony was held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus.

Graduates are now eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and upon completion will be eligible for employment as massage therapists.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington began to offer the therapeutic massage certificate in Spring 2017 in response to workforce demand,” said Dr. Larry Swafford, dean of the school of health sciences. “Several local massage and spa businesses approached me during job fairs and open houses and asked if we thought about opening a program because there was such a need in the community.”

The therapeutic massage program is offered by five other Ivy Tech campuses: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Sellersburg, and Terre Haute.

Ivy Tech’s therapeutic massage certificate is financial-aid eligible and requires 26 credit hours in course work, which equates to 500 clock hours. Students participate in a student-run clinic that is open to the public by appointment. The certificate also counts toward the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. More information about the program can be found online at ivytech.edu/therapeutic-massage.

To enroll at Ivy Tech, visit 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 Bloomington appoints three vice chancellors under new organizational structure

BLOOMINGTON –Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington announced on Wednesday, July 19 that it has appointed three vice chancellors as part of the College’s statewide restructure project, which is ongoing throughout the fall. The three vice chancellors had previously served in other roles on campus.

Larry Swafford, Ph.D., has been appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs. In addition to serving as vice chancellor for academic affairs, Dr. Swafford will continue in his role as dean of the School of Health Sciences. He began his career at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in February of 2006. Dr. Swafford holds an associate degree from Southwestern Illinois College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and both a master’s degree in education and doctorate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sam DeWeese, Ph.D., has been appointed vice chancellor for student success. Dr. DeWeese began his career with the Bloomington campus in September of 2005 in the department now known as workforce alignment. He most recently served as the vice chancellor for student affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Ball State University, and a doctorate degree from Indiana State University.

Jessica Strunk has been appointed vice chancellor for enrollment services. Strunk began her career at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in 2004 as a work-study student. Strunk most recently served in dual roles as registrar and director of the express enrollment center. She holds an associate degree from Ivy Tech Bloomington, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, and a master’s degree from Capella University.

In June, Ivy Tech Community College’s systems office announced a new organizational structure focused on better serving students and the state’s workforce needs by aligning with communities at the campus level. Campuses are self-sustaining units with a chancellor as the executive. In the new structure, Ivy Tech has 19 campuses and 26 educational sites. Additionally, the College has reinstated its academic Schools model to align with Indiana’s key economic sectors and includes the Schools of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain; Public Affairs and Social Services; Information Technology; Arts, Sciences, and Education; Health Sciences; Nursing; and Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Technology.

Ivy Tech Bloomington now serving Brown County

BLOOMINGTON – Officials at Ivy Tech Community College announced on Thursday, July 13 that Ivy Tech Bloomington now formally serves Brown County, in addition to its previous service area of Lawrence, Greene, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen Counties. The Bloomington campus also acquired Orange County in the College’s statewide restructure project, which is ongoing through fall.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington has informally worked for the past year to bring classes to the Brown County Career Resource Center,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We’re pleased to officially serve Brown County and its residents and we look forward to working together with the director of the CRC, Dave Bartlett and the superintendent of schools, Laura Hammack, to further support the educational and workforce needs of the communities there.”

“This is a great day for our community,” said Dave Bartlett, director of the Brown County Career Resource Center. “We have been very pleased with the support we have already received and I want to thank Ivy Tech Bloomington for embracing our community in this important transition. Our adult and K-12 students will benefit greatly from this new partnership.”

In June, Ivy Tech Community College’s systems office announced a new organizational structure focused on better serving students and the state’s workforce needs by aligning with communities at the campus level. In the new structure, Ivy Tech has 19 campuses and 26 educational sites.

Duke Energy partners with Ivy Tech Bloomington to support rural biotechnology career education

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was awarded a Perkins Competitive Grant from the Indiana Department of Education in the fall of 2016 to increase rural career and technical education in biotechnology. The $85,000 grant was used to establish dual credit biotechnology classes at the high schools. Starting last spring, students at high schools in Bloomfield, Brown County, Eastern Greene, and Owen Valley, had the option to earn dual high school and college credit at no cost to their families.

The biotechnology courses were taught by an Ivy Tech Bloomington instructor and the grant also provided training this summer for high school science teachers to gain credentials to teach the coursework in the high schools beginning this fall.

Duke Energy provided an additional $15,000, supporting the purchase of textbooks, not covered by the grant funding.


“It is part of our mission at Ivy Tech Community College to be responsive to the communities we serve and one way we do that is through local partnerships,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Together with Duke Energy, we are working to establish a workforce pipeline into higher-paying careers for students while also fulfilling industry need.”

Ivy Tech to host 25 Mandela Fellows from 20 African countries

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host 25 Fellows from 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on July 11-12. The visitors are Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

“The Fellows are civic leaders with records of creating positive change in their organizations and communities,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We’re proud to host them at Ivy Tech Bloomington and hope after their visit with us that the Fellows take away practical knowledge in their areas of interest.”

Indiana University was selected as a partner university to host Mandela Fellows and provide a six-week academic and leadership institute. As part of the institute, Ivy Tech will provide two days of programming focused on the topics that the Fellows have expressed interest, including sustainability, journalism and media, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship, health and nutrition, community development, grassroots movements, women and disability rights advocacy, education, and governance and democracy.

Fellows will participate in open discussion round tables, panels, and networking while visiting the community college. Some of the local agencies they will meet with include Ivy Tech for its academic degree program and certification offerings, Hoosier Hills Career Center, The City of Bloomington Outreach, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Girls, Inc., Boys & Girls Club, WorkOne, and others.

Their home countries include Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire (2), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya (2), Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria (3), Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe (2).

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (ivytech.edu/bloomington) is located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.