Ivy Tech to host 25 Mandela Fellows from 20 African countries

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host 25 Fellows from 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on July 11-12. The visitors are Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

“The Fellows are civic leaders with records of creating positive change in their organizations and communities,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We’re proud to host them at Ivy Tech Bloomington and hope after their visit with us that the Fellows take away practical knowledge in their areas of interest.”

Indiana University was selected as a partner university to host Mandela Fellows and provide a six-week academic and leadership institute. As part of the institute, Ivy Tech will provide two days of programming focused on the topics that the Fellows have expressed interest, including sustainability, journalism and media, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship, health and nutrition, community development, grassroots movements, women and disability rights advocacy, education, and governance and democracy.

Fellows will participate in open discussion round tables, panels, and networking while visiting the community college. Some of the local agencies they will meet with include Ivy Tech for its academic degree program and certification offerings, Hoosier Hills Career Center, The City of Bloomington Outreach, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Girls, Inc., Boys & Girls Club, WorkOne, and others.

Their home countries include Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire (2), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya (2), Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria (3), Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe (2).

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (ivytech.edu/bloomington) is located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.

Ivy Tech Biotech Boot Camp offers teens a fun STEM experience

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is holding a Biotech Boot Camp for high school students June 26 to 30 at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. During the summer camp, teens spend a week in a real laboratory, manipulating molecules using high-tech equipment used in the biotechnology industry. The camp is intended to interest high school students in the field and build a workforce pipeline for STEM careers in the region.

“The local biotechnology industry has been rapidly growing with recent technological advancements, expanding beyond pharmaceuticals and basic medical devices into regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, combination devices, personalized medicine and more,” said Dr. Sengyong Lee, biotechnology program chair. “Educating young students about this field and career options is becoming more important as the need for a skilled workforce grows.”

In addition to summer camps, Ivy Tech is hosting a two-week workshop this summer to train high school teachers to teach dual credit biotechnology courses. Courses will enable high school students to earn college credits that count toward biotechnology certificates and associate degrees.

“This workshop will help us to establish an educational and workforce pipeline into higher-paying careers for students,” said Lee. “The development of our dual credit partnership with high schools has been encouraged by some of our local employers, such as Cook Pharmica and Duke Energy, both of whom financially supported the program.”

Lee says that he hopes Biotech Boot Camp and teacher workshops will help educators and the general public to understand that biotechnology careers do not include an intimidating level of math and science.

Biotech Boot Camp is one of many Ivy Tech youth summer camps in the STEM field, including Architecture & 3D Design, Model Rocketry, Minecraft In Real Life, and Camp Invention. Camps with spaces still available for kids and teens can be found online at ivytech.edu/youth.

Ivy Tech Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy seeks applicants

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy, 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 to participate.

Participants will engage in leadership development activities on Saturdays October 21, October 28, and November 11, 2017 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. These weekends will take place at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. From January through April 2018, 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. Meeting days will be determined by the group participants and mentor. In April 2018, students will make a final presentation of their project at a public event on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus.

The deadline to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, September 8. To apply, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified September 15. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at jdailymantha@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6006.

Ivy Tech summer and fall classes offered in Bedford

 BEDFORD – Summer and Fall Semester registration at Ivy Tech Community College is open. Summer classes begin June 5. Fall classes begin August 21 and students should be signed up by the deadline of Monday, August 14 in order to be prepared on the first day of classes.

Classes in Bedford are listed below and take place at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, located at 405 I Street.

Summer general education courses offered in Bedford are Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology. The three introduction course offerings are part of Indiana’s Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) and seamlessly transfer to all public four-year institutions in Indiana. In addition, the courses are either pre-requisites or degree requirements for Ivy Tech associate degrees.

Fall business classes in Financial Accounting, Introduction to Microcomputers, Managerial Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Personal Finance, and Principles of Management count toward an associate degree in Accounting or Business Administration and also allow students an opportunity to earn a Microsoft Excel professional certification.

Fall general education course offerings include Introduction to English Composition, Essentials of Algebra, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, Integrated Reading/Writing, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Student Success for University Transfer. Fall course offerings are also part of the STGEC and seamlessly transfer to all public four-year institutions in Indiana.

Fall healthcare courses include EMT Basic Training and Medical Terminology. The EMT course leads to professional certification. Medical Terminology is a required course for any Ivy Tech associate degree in the healthcare field.

The Fall Basic Electricity course is a requirement for associate degrees in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Industrial Technology, and Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology.

Current Ivy Tech students can register for classes online. New students should first apply online at ivytech.edu/applynow and then schedule an appointment to enroll at the Stone Gate Arts and Education Center by calling 812-279-8126 ext. 3 or emailing vreed16@ivytech.edu. Information about Bedford course offerings can be found online at ivytech.edu/bedford.

About Stone Gate Arts and Education Center
The Stone Gate Arts and Education Center is a collaborative partnership between the City of Bedford, educators, and industry partners to focus on education and workforce development. By partnering with the Center, Ivy Tech Community College offers classes close to home for residents of Lawrence County.


Ivy Tech Bloomington advising director earns national recognition

Bloomington— Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s director of advising, Eliza Erxleben, was selected for an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Certificate of Merit from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Erxleben will be presented with the award this fall in St. Louis, Mo. at the NACADA national conference.

“As an academic advisor, it is my mission to help students navigate the complex and sometimes arduous landscape of higher education,” said Erxleben. “While students are ultimately responsible for their goals, growth and experiences, advisors are in a position to support them throughout their journeys.”

The Outstanding Advising Administrator Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising administration.

“Advisors in our department feel they get many opportunities for growth, and it’s due to Eliza’s passion to raise others up,” said Melissa Stone, academic advisor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “She is very student-centered. It is important to her that advisors not only work with students to get them in classes and stay on track, but also that we involve the student in every step of the process.”

It’s through student stories that Erxleben finds her motivation and passion. “Students teach us as much, if not more, than we teach them,” she says.

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.


NACADA’s membership has grown to over 13,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.


For second year in a row, Ivy Tech Bloomington student makes national Cisco networking team in Las Vegas

Reece Montgomery_headshotBloomington— Reece Montgomery, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington network infrastructure graduate, was selected from more than 60 applicants across the United States and Canada to participate at Cisco Live, Cisco’s largest customer event, in Las Vegas from June 25-29. This is the second year in a row that an Ivy Tech Bloomington School of Computing and Informatics student has been chosen. Montgomery is one of only 11 people to make Cisco’s Dream Team.

“To give this some perspective, there are more than 160,000 students a year in the United States and Canada that take courses from Cisco Academies like Ivy Tech,” said Matthew Etchison, Vice President of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College. “Cisco picks just 11 people to be on their Dream Team. Ivy Tech Bloomington has delivered two years in a row.”

Montgomery obtained his Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and CompTIA A+ certifications, equipping him with the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructure. He plans to sit for another certification in the coming weeks, as well as at the event in Las Vegas.

“I am looking forward to meeting a lot different people out at Cisco Live, other NetAcad students, executives, and industry engineers,” said Reece Montgomery, Ivy Tech Bloomington networking alumnus. “It will be an incredibly exciting experience that I will learn a great deal from.”

He graduated with an associate of applied science in network infrastructure from Ivy Tech Bloomington on Friday, May 12 and started his internship with Tri-Star Engineering located in Bloomington on Monday, May 8.

“I first got involved with Cisco when I took a networking course at Ivy Tech Bloomington,” said Montgomery. “I distinctly remember the course because it was very challenging, but I found that I was loving it. Once I was fully immersed in the material, I knew I had found a passion in networking.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computing is among the occupations with above-average job growth. Employment in the field is projected to increase by 12.5 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in nearly half a million new jobs, with an additional one million new job openings resulting from workers (retirees) permanently leaving their positions.

Ivy Tech’s School of Computing and Informatics (ivytech.edu/computers) offers associate degrees and certifications, both online and in-person, in computer science, cyber security, database management, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development.

Ivy Tech alumna earns state award for entrepreneurial success

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Left to right: Troy Phelps, State Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center; Kelsie Risk; Kristi Risk; Elaine Bedel, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President

Diamond K. Sweets receives E.D.G.E. Award from Indiana Small Business Development Center

Bloomington — Diamond K Sweets, co-owned by Ivy Tech alumna Kelsie Risk, received an Economic Development and Growth Through Entrepreneurship (E.D.G.E.) award in the emerging business category from the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) South Central region in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Dallara IndyCar factory in Speedway, Ind. Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“It is a huge honor for our business to be selected as a recipient for this award,” said Risk. “I am proud to be a part of Indiana’s entrepreneurial spirit and am appreciative of what Ivy Tech, the SBDC, and the Cook Center have done for us.”

Risk graduated with honors from Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2016 with an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Risk and her mother, Kristi Risk, established Diamond K Sweets and the popular Fudge O’Bits product line in 2013 and began manufacturing in 2015. They secured financing for the company, developed new products, and expanded its distribution channels. Risk is a recipient of the OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc./Bill C. Brown Honorary Scholarship, from the Ivy Tech Foundation.

When Diamond K Sweets was in its early stages, Risk sought consultation from the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the South Central ISBDC, both hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington. Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center and director of the South Central ISBDC, advised Risk and her mother.

“The Cook Center has been very influential in getting us the right connections,” said Kelsie. “Steve Bryant’s connection to the community and introducing us to people at Ivy Tech events and connecting us to the SBDC gave us a support system, and the Cook Center helped us with the ins and outs of business.”

“As an emerging business, it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things,” said Kristi. “Receiving this award helped us know we were on the right path. When we came to the Cook Center we only had a three-page business plan but the Cook Center helped us turn things around. Mentorship was a huge part of it. Because Kelsie has a business degree, she would hear things at the Cook Center and say ‘Oh yeah, I learned that in class!’”

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an associate degree in Business Administration and an Entrepreneurship technical certificate. Ivy Tech students also have access to services from the ISBDC South Central region and the Cook Center, located at 501 N Profile Parkway. Information about entrepreneurship consulting, classes, and resources can be found online at ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.


The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state. The ISBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the ISBDC creates a positive and measureable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses

The ISBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the ISBDC, visit http://www.isbdc.org/.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.