Ivy Tech offering EMT class in Greene County

Ivy Tech Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Greene County that begins Monday, August 20. 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 the Center Township Fire Department, 11216 E. St. Rd. 54, in Bloomfield, Ind. Course dates are Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, December 12.

Students must apply and enroll at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Apply online at ivytech.edu/apply-now 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 bl-info@ivytech.edu.



Mandela Washington Fellows to spend day at Ivy Tech Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, in collaboration with Indiana University, will host 25 Fellows from 19 Sub-Saharan African countries on Tuesday, July 17. The visitors are Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program that began in 2014 and has since empowered young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

During the organization’s third annual visit to Ivy Tech Bloomington, Fellows will explore topics related to their professional interests, including public health, journalism, human rights advocacy, community development, education, disability rights advocacy, conflict resolution, women’s rights, entrepreneurship, tourism, and new topic of interest this year is media and activism.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. Countries of representation include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), Ethiopia (2), Ghana (2), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria (3), São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus www.ivytech.edu/bloomington) is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech to hold enrollment event on main campus, area cities

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting Express Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bloomington, Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville locations. Staff will be available to help students apply, register, meet with an academic advisor, and get assistance with financial aid applications.

The Bloomington campus will offer several new associate degree programs in the 2018-19 academic year. Medical Assisting is a new program offered due to workforce demand. Ivy Tech Bloomington offers many associate degree programs in areas of local workforce need, including information technology, biotechnology, business programs, hospitality administration, and health sciences.

The Bloomington campus will also offer new transfer degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. These associate degrees are Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) programs, which transfer to all public four-year Indiana colleges, upon student admission. The Bloomington campus currently offers 12 TSAP programs. Visit ivytech.edu/tsap for a complete list.

Ivy Tech in Bedford (ivytech.edu/bedford) is located at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 405 I St.

Ivy Tech’s French Lick location (ivytech.edu/orangecounty) is the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley, 479 Larry Bird Blvd.

Ivy Tech’s Martinsville location is The Main Connection, 460 Main St.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way and regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are advised to use Vernal Pike or the 45/46 Bypass to head west to campus, avoiding second or third streets due to construction.

Students who plan to attend the Bloomington event are encouraged to RSVP at ivytech.edu/EEDay. To attend Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville events, RSVP to nblackwell6@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6012.

Ivy Tech seeks nominations for community arts awards

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission invites nominations for the fourth-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held on Thursday, November 15 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets will be on sale in September.

“Bloomington and our surrounding communities value art in such a special, tremendous way,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron. “It takes a community to create art, and the Arts Awards are a chance to recognize the people that have helped bring art to life, but may not have ever stood in the spotlight themselves.”

Award categories are Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Arts Advocacy, Arts in Business, and Arts in Education. This year, the Arts Advocacy Award has been renamed to the Patricia Murphy (Patty) Pizzo Arts Advocacy award, for her lifetime support of the arts in Bloomington. Patty retired from the Bloomington Arts Commission in 2013, after decades of extraordinary leadership and service.

The Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize any individual or organization deserving of recognition for their contribution to the arts. The Patricia Murphy Pizzo Arts Advocacy Award will recognize an individual who has provided service, leadership, and/or substantial support to the arts. The Arts in Business award will recognize a business for exemplary support of the arts. The Arts in Education Award will recognize an educator, school corporation, PTO or other entity directly influencing and engaging students through visual, literary or performing arts.

Nominations can be made online at ivytech.edu/waldron and the deadline is Friday, August 10. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or pdaily3@ivytech.edu.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2017 were: Arts Advocate, Audrey Heller; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Peter Jacobi; Arts in Business, The Vault at Gallery Mortgage; Arts in Education, Diane Davis-Deckard; and Regional Arts Service, Kathy Thompson.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016 were: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams; Arts in Business, Monroe Convention Center Bloomington Indiana; Arts in Education, Rhino’s Youth Center; and Regional Arts Service, Lawrence County Art Association/The Wiley Art Gallery.


Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2015 were: Arts Advocate, Jim Manion; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman.

Graduates ‘play very important roles’ in local IT industry

Clockwise from bottom: Adam Bradley, John Turpin, Justin Muniz

BLOOMINGTON – Justin Muniz, recent Ivy Tech software development graduate, found employment with Platformatics, a Bloomington-based technology company. Over the years, Platformatics has hired Ivy Tech computing graduates in the areas of software development and customer technology support.

“Ivy Tech graduates play very important roles at Platformatics,” said Matt Laherty, Platformatics CEO. “They’ve been involved in nearly all facets of customer deployments from quoting and design to installation. They built the lights at the West Baden hotel and they support that system through running our global network operations center.”

Muniz was hired as an associate software engineer in February after completing his internship at the company.

“I enrolled at Ivy Tech because I wanted to get a degree in software development, so I could get a job in a field that interested me,” said Muniz. “I enjoyed my time at Ivy Tech. The professors were wonderful and were always willing to work with me whenever I needed guidance or assistance.”

Ivy Tech graduate Adam Bradley started at Platformatics as an intern in technical support and worked his way into his current position. He is now lead system check in the engineering services department. He spearheaded design for the customer helpdesk operations at Platformatics, which included the helpdesk ticketing and customer phone support systems.

“Jack of all trades doesn’t even cover it sometimes,” said Bradley, describing his role.

Bradley is a U.S. Army veteran who served eight months in Iraq as an infantryman and paratrooper. After his military service, Bradley worked outdoors in a manual labor job, and then funeral services, but neither job fit his mechanically-inclined skillset. He enrolled at Ivy Tech to advance his education and start a skilled career in a technical or mechanical field.

“I took my first class in networking and said ‘I was born to do this. I understand this work,’” said Bradley.

Bradley earned associate degrees from Ivy Tech in network infrastructure and information technology support, and he is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cloud administration from Western Governor’s University.

John Turpin, a system support technician at Platformatics, also graduated from Ivy Tech’s School of Information Technology. Turpin and Bradley work together, providing support for software engineers, office staff, and customers. They also perform beta testing on new software.

“I enrolled at Ivy Tech because I wanted to improve my life,” said Turpin. “My goals were to become employable in a skilled job market. My training at Ivy Tech has been instrumental for my job. Although Platformatics is a brand new technology in the IT industry, I frequently work with Cisco network equipment, which Ivy Tech gave me actual hands-on training in.”

Turpin earned an associate degree in computer information systems in 2015 and computer information technology in 2016. He recently re-enrolled at Ivy Tech and is now working toward a degree in cyber security/information assurance.

“I am very proud to be an Ivy Tech alumnus,” continued Turpin. “Many of the teachers went above and beyond for my success, and many are still in touch with me. One semester, my wife became very ill and I was going to withdraw, but Chris Carroll, Bill Worden, and Lee Carlson worked with me to help me succeed. They really do care about the success of their students.”

“The Ivy Tech graduates that have joined our staff come with a high degree of technical training in networking and computer science,” said Laherty. “These employees come to us with more than the tech training—they bring their drive and curiosity. All of them have been great self-starters and very willing to learn new technologies.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus offers eight associate degrees in the information technology field, to meet workforce demand. Degree offerings include computer science, cyber security/information assurance, database management and administration, network infrastructure, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development. More information can be found online at ivytech.edu/computers.

About Platformatics

Platformatics is a Bloomington, Indiana-based tech company founded by several experienced Silicon Valley innovators. Our mission is to transform commercial lighting through innovative hardware and software applications that improve productivity and comfort, beautify environments, and conserve energy for building owners, operators, and tenants.


Instructor carves, teaches at Limestone Symposium

Amy Brier, associate professor of fine arts at Ivy Tech Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Amy Brier, associate professor of fine arts at Ivy Tech Bloomington, spent three weeks in June carving and instructing at the 22nd annual Limestone Symposium in Ellettsville, Ind. Brier is co-founder of the Symposium with Frank Young.

This summer, Brier is carving two new works of art. One is a personal work and one is a collaborative piece with Sharon Fullingim, director of the Symposium.

Sharon Fullingim, director of the Limestone Symposium

The collaborative work is a limestone slab roughly four feet long with surface carving and large areas of leaf shapes cut through to the other side. Brier explained that the piece could be filled with glass, and backlit.

“We’re experimenting with glass on this piece,” said Brier. “We plan to use it as an example of what we could do for public commissioned work.”

“Having an example will help people visualize what is possible with limestone,” said Fullingim. “For this piece, we were inspired by layers of fall leaves on the ground and how they create pockets of water and puddles throughout.”

A facility in New Mexico used a process called water jet cutting to cut the leaf shapes from the limestone.

“When people hear that technology can be used in carving, people sometimes ask if that is really art, and we say yes,” said Fullingim.

Brier’s most recent public commissioned sculpture is also a collaboration with Fullingim, Millersville Marker, for the Fall Creek Greenway in Indianapolis, Ind. Brier’s sculptures in Bloomington include Impression, at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, and The Human Brain, a collaboration with carver Micheal Donham, on the Indiana University campus.

Brier teaches limestone-carving classes at Ivy Tech Community College, in the associate of fine arts program. Classes will resume in fall 2018. To sign up or for more information about Ivy Tech’s fine arts degree program, visit ivytech.edu/fine-arts.

Ivy Tech coaches young entrepreneurs at NSWC Crane STEM camp

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington participated in Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division’s STEM summer camp on June 11-15 at WestGate Academy. Ivy Tech staff from the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship helped 30 middle and high school aged campers develop products and business ideas stemming from patented Crane technologies, and also hosted a business pitch competition. Ivy Tech staff helped campers develop their pitches and served with Crane staff as judges for the competition. This is the second year that Ivy Tech has been involved in Crane’s STEM camp.

“This camp is an invaluable experience for the students,” said Tina Closser, NSWC Crane STEM coordinator. “It shows them technologies developed at NSWC Crane and how these technologies can be used to benefit their community. Ivy Tech was able to help the students hone their pitches and direct the students in areas to research about their invention. Their participation was an invaluable asset.”

STEM campers won awards in three categories. The “Painters, Inc.” team won the award for best prototype. The team’s product adapted the Crane technology, “Adjustable Ergonomic Grip for a Weapon,” to be used in a paint brush handle. The “Maxed Out Pro” team won the award for best presentation of their idea to use the Crane hand crank technology, “System and Method for Charging a Weapon,” to power a generator. The “Handle Helpers” team won the award for best idea, which would reduce the amount of effort required for a person to move a wheelchair, using the Crane “Cable Reel” technology.

Camp participants were from the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Bloomfield, and Washington.

“Pitch events are a fun and easy way to introduce young people to entrepreneurial skills that are valuable beyond a competition,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech. “If other organizations would like to investigate a pitch competition, Ivy Tech has a process and materials we can share, and will partner with you to host one in your community.”

For more information and to contact the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, visit ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship or call (812) 330-6261.