Grant-funded healthcare career training available

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington offers short-term training that allows students to earn professional certification required for employment in healthcare fields. Individuals who have not completed a college degree may be eligible to complete the training and earn a free Ivy Tech certificate through Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant, regardless of income or financial aid eligibility. Information about the grant-funded training and eligibility requirements can be found online at

Short-term healthcare certificates count toward the healthcare specialist associate degree, required for careers and career advancement. Students who complete short-term certificates will be eligible for some healthcare employment duties, so students can gain entry-level work experience as they complete their degree.

Short-term training is offered to help meet workforce demand in the healthcare field. Statewide, there are 3,054 annual job openings projected in the healthcare specialist field through 2020, according to Indiana Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers short-term healthcare certification in:

Certified Nursing Assistant
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Dementia Care
Electrocardiography Technician
Home Health Aid
Home Healthcare Technician
Long-Term Care Specialist
Medical Office Administration
Nutrition and Wellness
Phlebotomy Technician
Pre-Nursing Studies
Qualified Medication Aide
Therapeutic Massage.

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).

Jessica Strunk named Ivy Tech Bloomington distinguished alumni

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus named Jessica Strunk the 2018 distinguished alumni award recipient. She was recognized at an event in Indianapolis, Ind. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Strunk is the current Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

During her studies at Ivy Tech, Strunk began working in the Registrar’s Office through the work-study program.

“My experience in the Registrar’s Office as a student opened my eyes to what is involved in higher education administration,” said Strunk. “At the time, I never imagined I’d become a Vice Chancellor, but my colleagues pushed me to earn both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”

Strunk is a member of Circle of Ivy women’s philanthropy group, where she involves her 9 year old daughter in raising funds to support Ivy Tech students. She also plays an active role in her home community of Lawrence County. She serves on the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, North Lawrence Career Center Advisory Board, and is a participant of the Lawrence County Leadership Program.

“As Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services, my mission is to show students the capability of education and how it can be accessed,” she said. “Helping students understand what education can do for them and to break through the barriers that hold them back are my priorities.”

Strunk earned her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in Enrollment Management from Capella University.

Ivy Tech now offering more American Sign Language courses, no wait list

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering more American Sign Language courses, the full sequence from levels 1-4. Students can sign up to take ASL courses that begin on Jan. 14 and there is no wait list to begin.

“Many Ivy Tech students sign up to take ASL courses to be able to communicate with friends or family members, and even babies and toddlers,” said Amber Celestin, associate professor of English and chair of student success and foreign languages. “We also have deaf students who take the course to further their own vocabulary and knowledge.”

ASL can also be useful for public services, including medical professionals, teachers, law enforcement officials, child care workers, Peace Corps, servers, and various other career fields. Students can take ASL courses at Ivy Tech in order to pursue careers in ASL related fields, such as Deaf Education and ASL interpreting.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, ASL is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Students can sign up for ASL courses by contacting their academic advisors. Others can call (812) 330-6013, email, or visit campus on the west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Two Ivy Tech students earn national recognition for literary contributions

BLOOMINGTON – Two Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington students have earned national recognition from the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) for their contributions to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s literary magazine, “Root and Branch.” The students earned awards in the 2018 Literary Magazine Competition, in the large colleges division.

  • Rachel Batka won 2nd Place for her photo “Equilibrium” (Photography, Central Region)
  • Salem Naylor won 3rd Place for her cover art “Silent Duel” (Artwork, Central Region)

“Root and Branch” (originally named [sic]) was started more than a decade ago by Emily Bobo, Ph.D., department chair of fine arts and humanities and English professor, who wanted to provide students with a creative outlet to share their text and art. “Root and Branch” has a new advisor, Christine Brandel, associate professor of English, who has advised the literary magazine for the past two years.

“Stepping into the advisor role after founder Dr. Emily Bobo’s tenure with the magazine was a little intimidating, so it means a lot that the first ‘Root and Branch’ continued her legacy of winning prizes,” said Brandel. “The students are looking forward to 2019 and taking on our next challenge!”

“Root and Branch” is currently a required text for select English courses and is for sale in the Ivy Tech bookstore for $8 plus tax. A portion of each sale is used to support future publications, editor scholarships, and writing and art contests for students.