Ivy Tech seeks Youth Leadership Academy applicants

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks area seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), a program designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. There is no fee for participation.

YLA students will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, including Oct. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. Beginning in January 2020, students will meet twice a month with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. Students will complete their projects and make a presentation at a public event in the spring of 2020. 

To apply, visit ivytech.edu/obannon and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified of acceptance on Oct. 1.  The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at jdailymantha@ivytech.edu or 812-330-4402.

Students ‘catch’ a free breakfast on first day of Welcome Week

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College welcomed students back for Fall Semester 2019 with flipped pancakes and coffee from Chris Cakes.* Students were able to “catch” a free breakfast along with helpful information from employees who volunteered to help them become acquainted to the new semester. Student Life hosted a number of events and services during Welcome Week including a mental health support station where students made self-care kits, a student resource and involvement fair, and a game day. *Chris Cakes has flipped over 34 million pancakes and has appeared on Food Network!

Ivy Tech launches Shakespeare + Vets group, open to all veterans

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College introduces Shakespeare + Vets, a new conversation group for military veterans, focused on the work of Shakespeare. The program begins Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. on Ivy Tech’s main campus and is free and open to all veterans.

Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and producer of the Ivy Tech Shakespeare + Vets program says that language, the arts, and shared experiences empower people in their communities.

“Shakespeare’s plays contain some of the best war dialogue in all of theater, and are, unfortunately, still relevant today,” he said. “With so much of his work involving the military, Shakespeare’s words strongly resonate with veterans and provide a basis for conversation.”

Shakespeare + Vets is based on a program started in Louisville, Ky, by an unlikely pairing of a producing artistic director at Kentucky Shakespeare and a retired Army Colonel who had served in Iraq. The program brings together vets with the goal of helping them gain confidence through their discussions and shared experiences.

Ivy Tech Community College is located on the west side of Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way. The group will meet bi-weekly in room C236. No experience necessary. All veterans are welcome.

For more information, contact 812-330-4400.

Honors graduate, Olivia Thurmond, gets full scholarship to university

BLOOMINGTON – Recent elementary education and honors graduate, Olivia Thurmond, has earned a full scholarship to Indiana State University starting this fall. Having earned her associate degree first, Thurmond transferred into ISU with junior status, and is now beginning work toward earning her bachelor’s degree.

While in high school, Thurmond took dual credit classes through Ivy Tech Community College that enabled her to start college early by earning college credits before she even graduated high school.

During her time at Ivy Tech, she became involved and benefitted from the services that community college offers to its students. Thurmond served as chapter officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and traveled to leadership conferences in Orlando, Fla. and San Diego, Calif. A project she spearheaded, was selected as a Top 50 Project (out of 1300) in the organization.

Thurmond says that Ivy Tech was one of the best educational experiences she’s ever had and that she had the chance to get to know and work with so many different people from her classes and from clubs she joined.

“In the two years that I attended Ivy Tech Community College, I was able to grow both personally and professionally,” she said. “If it wasn’t for Ivy Tech, I wouldn’t have been able to be part of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and I wouldn’t have been able to earn this incredible opportunity [scholarship].”

By the time she finished her associate degree at Ivy Tech in May 2019, Thurmond earned the Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team for Phi Theta Kappa, a spot on the All-Indiana Academic Team 2019, the Phi Theta Kappa Sue Jackson Award, Student Leader of the Year, and finally, her full-ride Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship to ISU.

Thurmond plans to graduate from ISU with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education, and then plans to become a teacher in the state of Indiana.

Ivy Tech offering tuition-free job training to eligible Hoosiers through Next Level Jobs Indiana

Select certifications can be earned in as little as one semester

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College classes began Aug. 26, though students can still sign up or apply now for certificate programs that lead to high-demand jobs and that count toward associate degrees. Classes start again this fall, on Oct. 28.

Ivy Tech is offering the Workforce Ready Grant (WRG) through Next Level Jobs Indiana, a program that offers qualified applicants the opportunity to earn job certifications in high-demand fields for only the cost of books and supplies. High-demand fields include, Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Life Sciences, IT and Business Services, and Transportation and Logistics. Some workforce ready grant-eligible programs offered at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus include, automotive, LPN, welding, HVAC, cyber security, business administration, accounting, and IT support.

Ivy Tech is also offering Next Level Jobs certificate training in healthcare specialist fields. Students can earn certifications in as little as one semester in EMT, Dementia Care, and Nutrition and Wellness. A newer program offering at Ivy Tech Bloomington is Medical Assisting and is a WRG-eligible program. All Ivy Tech job certifications count toward associate degrees.

For questions about applying for free and signing up for classes that start in Oct., call (812) 330-6013 or email bl-info@ivytech.edu.

Cook Group and Ivy Tech boost efforts to offer educational perks to more Cook employees

BLOOMINGTON – Cook Group has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus to provide a continuing education program, called Achieve Your Degree, for its employees through My Cook Pathway. Cook and Ivy Tech are seeking to recruit more Cook employees into the program and to financially assist them with completing post-secondary credentials.

Achieve Your Degree (AYD), established by Ivy Tech, is a tuition-deferral program, which enables Cook’s employees to take classes at Ivy Tech in-person or online. Through financial aid and Cook Tuition Assistance these educational opportunities are available with no upfront or out-of-pocket costs to the student. Cook Group students begin in classes designed to earn them a specialized certification that leads to an associate degree in one of the programs below:

  • Accounting
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Cyber Security/Information Assurance
  • Engineering Technology
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Information Technology Support
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Software Development
  • Supply Chain Management

Since initiating the program, more than 1,000 employees have advanced their education and career skills with Cook Group.

In addition to the seven Cook Group companies, other Ivy Tech Bloomington Achieve Your Degree partnerships include, Bell Trace, Boston Scientific, Circle Prosco, Inc., Clipper & Soul, German American Bank, IU Credit Union, Old National Bank, Paoli Health & Living Community, Singota Solutions, Stonecroft Health Campus, and Hearthstone Health Campus.

For more information about taking part in Cook Group’s educational perks program contact your local Cook HR team.

For information about offering tuition-deferred educational perks to your own employees at low or no-cost through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program, contact Jessica Duncan, director, at jduncan71@ivytech.edu or call (812) 330-6349.

Ivy Tech’s Cook Institute to feature HGTV stars Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome HGTV stars Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak, from the hit-show “Good Bones,” as speakers for the 10th annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Wednesday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Shreve Hall.

“Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship has a mission to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students and to engage the community to foster entrepreneurship in the region. This annual event supports those efforts,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center. “Obviously, Karen and Mina have run small businesses and have garnered media success because of it. They have plenty of experience to share with the community and with Ivy Tech students.”

Midwestern, mother-daughter duo Laine and Starsiak rehabilitated their first house in Indianapolis, Ind. in the late 2000s as “Two Chicks and a Hammer” and eventually attracted the attention of HGTV. Laine and Starsiak are now stars of HGTVs hit home-renovation show, “Good Bones.” Now in its fourth season, “Good Bones,” garners 13 million viewers making it one of the network’s breakout hits. In “Good Bones,” the pair hunt down battered homes in bleaker Indianapolis neighborhoods, transforming them with an average budget of $180,000. Laine and Starsiak are currently working on a few other shows for the network including the Brady Bunch House renovation series due to air later in 2019. The pair are working on their first book.

Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorship spots are available at $1,000 for table, $2,000 for presenting, and $3,500 for signature. Proceeds support programming at Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship for the benefit of students and the community. Portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible. To purchase seats and sponsorships, log on ivytech.edu/cookinstitute. For questions, contact Jack Dreesen at jdreesen@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6261.