Fine arts instructor opens new exhibition of work

Cookout at Lake Monroe
oil on linen, 79-1/2″x114-1/2″
On loan to Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech instructor and local artist Ben Pines is currently exhibiting water-themed artwork at the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Service Center. The opening reception was held on Monday, October 29.

The paintings at CBU emphasize the human element within Bloomington’s water supply and maintenance system, and include work made specifically for this exhibition. Pines said, “This installation is intended as a meditative affirmation of the value of public institutions, as well as a more specific celebration of informed water management and its importance to our life in Bloomington.”

Pines holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and teaches non-credit art classes through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Pines also works at Pygmalion’s Art Supplies and teaches private drawing and painting lessons. His paintings have been exhibited in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Ivy Tech is currently exhibiting two of his paintings on the main campus through its Art On Long-Term Loan program.

Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning ( offers many non-credit classes in the visual arts including drawing, painting, ceramics, fiber arts, metal & glass, photography, and more. Ivy Tech also offers an associate of fine arts program and information can be found at

For more information about Ben Pines artwork, visit

Ivy Tech offering EMT class in Greene County


BLOOMFIELD – Ivy Tech Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Training course in Greene County that begins Monday, January 14. This course is being offered to meet a local workforce need for EMTs.

After completing the EMT course, students will become eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam for Basic EMTs, required for EMT employment. Students can also apply their credits toward the paramedic science associate degree, for further career and educational advancement.

The EMT course will meet twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bloomfield High School, 501 W Spring St, Bloomfield, Ind. Course dates are Monday, January 14 to Wednesday, May 8.

Students must apply and enroll at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Apply online at and visit campus to enroll at 200 Daniels Way, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (812) 330-6013 or email

Ivy Tech to host new campus visit options for 2018-19

New options include career exploration and college student shadowing

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has announced fall and spring campus visit dates for the 2018-19 academic year, including some new ways to visit campus and explore career options. Prospective students, including high school age students, are invited to sign up for campus visits.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers three types of campus visits, and many dates are available.

College 101 events are held 6-8 p.m. and offer general college information. Tour campus, learn about the admissions process, discover degree programs, meet faculty and current students, learn about college transfer options, financial aid, and more! College 101 events are also offered at Ivy Tech’s Bedford location at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center, located at 405 I St.

Go Ivy Fridays are held 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and allow individuals to explore specific careers and degree programs. Meet faculty, learn about careers, experience hands-on activities in your field of interest, and learn about the admissions process. Individuals who attend Bloomington Go Ivy Fridays will be entered into a drawing to win a free class.

Prospective students can also sign up to spend a “Day in the Life” of a college student to shadow current students in a field they are interested in. This program is a good way to explore careers and Ivy Tech associate degree options. Sign up to attend a college class in your field of interest, including biotechnology, nursing, education, fine arts, legal studies, and many other options.

Individuals can sign up for campus visits at (Click the “Bloomington” dropdown.) To sign up for the “Day in the Life” program, visit

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, call (812) 330-6013, or email For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).

Spend a ‘day in the life’ of a college student

Sign up to shadow college students for career exploration


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering prospective students the opportunity to spend a ‘day in the life’ of a college student to explore areas of interest. Prospective students can sign up to shadow current students for a day and attend a college class to observe hands-on activities and simulations.

Shadowing opportunities are currently offered in biology, biotechnology, criminal justice, design technology, early childhood education, education, fine arts, hospitality administration (culinary and baking & pastry arts), kinesiology/exercise science, legal studies, medical assisting, nursing, optometric technology, paralegal studies, paramedic science, and respiratory therapy. Ivy Tech will continue to add additional program opportunities.

Students may sign up for more than one shadowing experience to explore different areas of interest.

To sign up, visit or contact Ivy Tech Bloomington at or (812) 330-6013.

Business graduate launches custom car shop


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumnus, Ben Crandall, is now CEO and working full-time at his automotive customization company, Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC. Crandall graduated in 2017 with an Associate of Science in Business Administration. His degree is an Ivy Tech “Transfer as a Junior” degree program that is transferable to all public Indiana four-year universities, upon student admission.

Crandall enrolled at Ivy Tech immediately after high school.

“I wanted to get my basic courses completed at a smaller school,” said Crandall. “It made it easier adjusting coming straight from high school rather than going to a big university right after graduation. I was able to stay close to home and schedule my classes around my working hours.”

Crandall worked part-time at Auto Body Specialists of Bloomington while enrolled full-time at Ivy Tech. He always wanted to start his own business, and found resources at Ivy Tech that helped him launch Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC.

Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship helped Crandall with his business plan and connected him with other small business resources.

“My business is a custom automotive shop specializing in custom paint and off-road accessories,” said Crandall. “The Cook Center helped me in all my business endeavors. They helped me start all my LLC paperwork and form my business with the state of Indiana.”

The Center also helped Crandall prepare a business pitch to participate in the 2016 Duke It Out Business Pitch Competition. Although Crandall did not win the competition, he was able to launch his business while he was still a student at Ivy Tech.

“Trying to be a full-time student, work part-time, and build a business from the ground up was challenging at times,” said Crandall. “The late nights of writing estimates, sending countless e-mails, filing out dealer applications, or even in the garage doing the work, all after working on assignments after coming home from work each evening can push you to your limits. Sleep was optional.”

After graduating from Ivy Tech, Crandall continued to grow his business.

“Since graduation, I have transitioned into running my shop full time,” said Crandall. “The work was here and I ran with it, and have now been full time at my shop for over a year. My goal is to be the most reputable custom shop in the Midwest, at the least.”

For program information about business administration, visit A complete list of “Transfer as a Junior” degree programs can be found at

For Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC, visit


TASUS named Benefactor of the Year at annual Ivy Tech event


BLOOMINGTON – TASUS has been named Benefactor of the Year for 2018 by Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. TASUS was recognized and received its award on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual reception and dinner held in French Lick, Ind.

“TASUS has been a consistent and generous financial supporter of Ivy Tech Bloomington for more than 26 years,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Their long-term commitment to Ivy Tech lends credence to our mission and the role we play in our communities.”

Contributing both to capital projects and event sponsorships, the Japanese-owned company, TASUS, is also committed to serving the college through volunteer leadership, advocacy, and promoting the unique role Ivy Tech plays in growing and sustaining the local workforce.

Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech students and the communities in which they live by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership.

For more information, visit

Ivy Tech to host info session on Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant

The Workforce Ready Grant provides tuition assistance for in-demand certifications

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College will host an information session Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. to provide details about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant. The grant helps eligible individuals earn a free certificate in select programs that are in high-demand by Indiana employers. The event will be held at Ivy Tech Bloomington, on the west side at 200 Daniels Way, and in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center, 405 I St.

During the event, attendees will learn about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant program options, financial aid, individual eligibility including not having previously earned a college degree, and meet with an advisor to ask questions. Students can also apply and enroll in classes.

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, contact (812) 330-6013 or For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).