Handmade product vendors wanted for ‘Shop Local Holiday Fair’

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a locally-sourced holiday sale on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accepting vendor applications. Ivy Tech’s “Shop Local Holiday Fair” will feature area artisans with handmade goods for sale, including kid and pet items, home décor, soaps and candles, textiles and clothing, and other handmade products.

“Some vendors plan to sell goods as a fundraiser to support community organizations such as Edgewood High School Theater and Bloomington High School North Boosters,” said Melissa Rowe, Shop Local Holiday Fair co-organizer and Ivy Tech business office director.

For $25, vendors can reserve a 7×7-foot space in Shreve Hall to display and sell their handmade items on Ivy Tech’s main campus. Funds collected will go directly toward scholarships for Ivy Tech youth summer camps and art classes. Donations for youth camps and art classes can also be made by writing a check to the Ivy Tech Foundation.

In order to provide a diverse array of goods for sale, the number of each type of vendor will be limited to three and there are 19 spaces left. Space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Vendors be advised that lunch and display tables are not provided. Vendors must bring their own display tables, chairs, and other needed materials. Bloomingfoods Ivy Tech café is located on campus where lunch and snacks can be purchased.

The “Shop Local Holiday Fair” is organized and hosted by Ivy Tech’s sustainability committee, as part of the college’s commitment to support entrepreneurship and the growth of the creative economy in the greater Bloomington area, and to encourage shopping locally.

The “Shop Local Holiday Fair” is free to attend and is open to the public. 

Interested vendors should fill out this reservation form and submit it with a check made out to the Ivy Tech Foundation before the Nov. 22 deadline. If the maximum medium type has already been reserved, vendors will receive a return payment and a letter. Contact Melissa Rowe for more information at mrowe21@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6074.

Area high school students spend Manufacturing Day at Ivy Tech

Students making ” Elephant’s toothpaste” for Life Sciences.

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus opened its doors to nearly 300 area high school students and more than 150 elementary students on Friday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Manufacturing Day. Ivy Tech, Hoosier Hills Career Center, and various industry partners hosted an interactive day that focuses on health, biomedical, IT, and manufacturing careers.

In the afternoon, high school students took hands-on tours to experience a day in the life of a community college student in various academic programs, including design technology, healthcare, and life sciences, which is a leading industry in the area.

High school students also learned about how Ivy Tech dual credit classes prepare them to earn community college credentials, including certifications and technical certifications that lead to employment in high-demand jobs and that transfer to Indiana public colleges.

Some interactive demonstrations were performed by IU Health, Platformatics, Tasus, HFI, and Cook Medical, among others.

To get started at Ivy Tech, apply now for free and attend Express Enrollment Thursday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP at ivytech.edu/eeday. For tuition-free program options for eligible Hoosiers that lead to high-demand jobs, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/nextleveljobs.

Spring classes at Ivy Tech start on Jan. 13. Sign up during Express Enrollment on Dec. 5 or another day during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For other questions, email bl-info@ivytech.edu.

About Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day (mfgday.com) is held annually on the first Friday of October and helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. It is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute.