Ivy Tech massage therapy center taking appointments

BLOOMINGTON – The Oasis Massage Therapy Center at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is offering 50 minute therapeutic massages during Fall Semester 2018 and is taking appointments online. The Oasis is open on Fridays with various appointment times starting at 8:50 a.m. It is run by students and faculty of the therapeutic massage program.

New this fall, there will be a $20 fee for massage appointments. The nominal fee has been added to cover the cost of laundering services. Clients are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointments to make payment and fill out patient paperwork. Cancelations should be made at least 24 hours in advance in the online registration system. Upon arrival for appointments, clients can check in at the main desk to be directed to the Oasis. Parking is free at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s therapeutic massage program began in 2017 as a response to local workforce needs. Since then 18 students have earned their massage certifications and have gone on to work for local employers, such as Spaah, That’s the Rub, Massage Envy, and French Lick Resort Spa, among others.

To book an appointment, log on massagebook.com/biz/oasisivytech.

Business graduate launches party planning business


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Maggie England has launched All Wrapped Up Btown, a party planning business, after she placed second in Ivy Tech’s Duke It Out Business Pitch competition in April 2018.

“Being a busy single mom of two children, I know how much it would help me if someone in town offered a party planning service,” said England. “All Wrapped Up Btown saves you the time and hassle of shopping for themed party decor and favors and delivers everything to your door. Additional services such as event setup, balloon delivery, activities, handmade decor and crafts, and photo collage boards are also available.”

England earned her associate of Applied Science and Technical Certificate in Business Administration from Ivy Tech in 2015. She made the decision to enroll at Ivy Tech after her daughter was born. She completed her courses online while expecting and caring for her infant son.

“Ivy Tech has been a wonderful support for me over the last five years,” said England. “I really found my niche with the online classes that Ivy Tech offered. This allowed me to move forward with school while staying at home taking care of a newborn and the complications that came from an accident that caused an injury for him. Every professor and adviser that I had during that time helped me stay on track for graduation.”

After graduation, England utilized Ivy Tech’s career services and found employment as an office manager for several companies, and frequently traveled. She also started a small event planning business that focused primarily on weddings. Planning her daughter’s seventh birthday gave England the idea to focus on smaller-scale party planning. England participated in Ivy Tech’s Duke It Out Business Pitch competition in 2018 and won second place.

“Because of the competition, I was able to kick-start my marketing plans and really start building my business,” said England. “Ivy Tech helped me realize a new-found love of event planning and hospitality. Speaking with the advisers and program chairs really helped me square up that I really want to own my own event planning business and continue my education in hospitality.”

England recently started a new full-time position as Department Secretary for Indiana University’s Eppley Institute of Parks and Public Lands to allow her to work closer to home, so she can spend more time growing her business. She is also working toward her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship offers business consulting for entrepreneurs, and England says she plans to take advantage of those resources.

“I truly attribute Ivy Tech with the success I have had after graduating, not only because of the career services but because of the foundation in success they build with their students,” said England. “I continue to believe that All Wrapped Up Btown will be successful enough for me to focus on it full time one day and I continue to make strides working in business administration professionally in the meantime.”

Contact All Wrapped Up Btown at www.facebook.com/allwrappedupbtown or www.allwrappedupbtown.com.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers associate degrees in business administration, hospitality administration, business operations, and a technical certificate in entrepreneurship. For more information visit ivytech.edu/bloomington. For information about resources for entrepreneurs through the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, visit ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Peer Mentoring Helps Students Succeed

Ivy Tech Bloomington launched a peer-mentoring program for students during Fall Semester 2018 called College Career Connections. Student mentors in the program earn $500 scholarships each semester by helping other students succeed in college academically and socially. The program benefits all involved students.

Involved students have opportunities to attend events throughout the semester to develop skills in leadership and professional demeanor. For example, students will soon have the opportunity to attend an etiquette luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in The Yellowwood restaurant, located at Ivy Tech.

In addition, mentors attend trainings and events to develop skills in coaching, mentoring and communication. After training, student mentors work eight hours per week in Ivy Tech’s student success department, where they create a welcoming campus environment and help connect students with campus and community resources. Mentors must apply and be accepted into the program and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and part-time student status.

Students can apply to become a mentor or get connected with a mentor by visiting the Office of Student Life in room C139.




High school students can start college early at Ivy Tech


BLOOMINGTON – Enrollment is open for Ivy Tech Community College early college programs that allow high school age students to earn college credits. Ivy Tech offers two early college programs: dual enrollment and dual credit. Dual enrollment 8-week classes start Oct. 15.

“Students can save money and time by completing college classes early,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “After earning college credits in high school, students can complete their associate degree at Ivy Tech to start their career or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program and save on college costs.”

Ivy Tech’s dual enrollment program enables high school students to take classes online or on Ivy Tech’s campus for the full college experience and immersive, hands-on learning. Students can choose from all Ivy Tech course offerings. The dual enrollment program is also available to high-school age homeschool students. Regular tuition and fees apply for dual enrollment courses and Ivy Tech offers the lowest college tuition in the state. Students must demonstrate a readiness for college-level work, through the ACT, PSAT, SAT tests or through Ivy Tech’s assessment tool.

High School students in the dual enrollment program can get an early start on statewide transfer programs to save on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. The Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) transfer certificate is a block of 30 credit hours that transfers toward the general education core requirements of any public Indiana college or university, upon student admission. “Transfer as a Junior” associate degrees allow students to transfer to any public Indiana four-year institution, upon admission, with automatic junior status.

To enroll or request information about early college options, contact Ivy Tech Bloomington at bl-info@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6013.

9/11 remembrance ceremony held at Ivy Tech


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted a 9/11 remembrance event on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9 a.m., in coordination with Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586 and the City of Bloomington.

Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display on Ivy Tech’s campus, in front of the Cook Pavilion.

Vice President of the Fire Fighters Union Local 586, Robert Loviscek, who traveled to New York City to pick up Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center made opening remarks. Mayor John Hamilton also made remarks, as well as Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana President, Tom Hanify, and Bloomington Fire Department Chaplain, Harold Godsey.

The rifle salute was carried out by Monroe County Law Enforcement Honor Guard. The playing of TAPS was performed by Jeff Parker of the Bloomington High School North Band and Captain Danny Gillespie played Amazing Grace.

The 9/11 remembrance event took place in front of Ivy Tech’s Cook Pavilion entrance on the northwest side of the building, located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.