Ivy Tech expands cyber security training, opens new lab at StoneGate in Bedford

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College has expanded its cyber security program and is now offering certification training at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center in Bedford, Ind., located downtown on the square.

Bedford Mayor Sam Craig says that even Southern Indiana is vulnerable to cyber threats, cybercrime, and information security risks.

“In an effort to promote a data security culture, Ivy Tech Bloomington has partnered with the City of Bedford, StoneGate, and Radius Indiana to bring this new cyber security training lab to StoneGate downtown. Classes held there will train individuals in safeguarding area business operations and critical information,” said Craig. “The City of Bedford is happy to have a state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the needs of the local workforce and to serve local citizens.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan is pleased that the college is able to offer cyber security training that is close to home for residents of Lawrence Co. and surrounding areas.

“We are appreciative of the partnership with the City of Bedford, StoneGate, and Radius,” said Vaughan. “This partnership makes it possible for Ivy Tech to offer affordable cyber security training for residents and local employers.”

Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana, says that cyber security employment is increasing significantly in the region.

“We are pleased that Ivy Tech and Bedford are such reliable and effective partners in this initiative to meet the labor needs of local businesses and governments,” said Quyle. “Crane and its many contractors have a focus on the field of cyber security, and regional employment in this field will continue to grow. Ivy Tech’s cyber security lab is a big part of the pipeline that will supply the labor force our region needs.”

Executive Director of StoneGate and president of the Lawrence Co. Commissioners Gene McCracken says that StoneGate is thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this needed program in the building that will help students learn new skills in cyber security.

“Through our partnership with Ivy Tech, we can be part of the solution to address critical cyber issues facing our community and region,” said McCracken. “Also, we would like to thank Radius Indiana for its generous contribution of new computers that will help equip our classroom.”

Starting in March, Ivy Tech cyber security training will be offered at StoneGate in multiple formats, including 8-week courses during the day, 8-week evening courses, and one-week bootcamps.

From March 8-12, Ivy Tech is offering its first week-long Cyber Security Bootcamp to prepare participants to earn their CompTIA Security+ certification. Bootcamp classes will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at StoneGate in Bedford.

Individuals who complete the Bootcamp will be eligible to sit for the current CompTIA Security+ certification, which is an entry-level workforce credential for some cyber security positions. Additionally, participants who successfully pass CompTIA Security+ can earn four Ivy Tech college credits to apply toward earning a credential.

“Because we have a new cyber security training lab at StoneGate, Ivy Tech can now offer other cyber security training courses that lead to a college certification or associate degree,” said Vaughan. “With enough demand, students will be able to complete a full associate degree in cyber security at StoneGate, downtown Bedford.” 

Students who have not already earned a college degree, could be eligible to earn a tuition-free Ivy Tech certification in cyber security, paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant through Next Level Jobs Indiana.

For more information about the CompTIA Security+ Bootcamp from March 8-12 in Bedford, call Adam Gross at 812-330-6004 or email

For more information about earning a tuition-free, cyber security credential at Ivy Tech and to apply for free, visit

Debra Morrow of Middle Way House named Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus named Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House, the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She was recognized at a ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4, along with other award recipients from Ivy Tech campuses statewide.

“As the executive director of Middle Way House, Debra has dedicated her life to supporting and empowering others,” said Angela Maitland, nominator and assistant professor of criminal justice at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Her journey from once being a client of Middle Way House, and now the executive director of this important non-profit support organization, exemplifies the power of her spirit to overcome and to serve.”

Morrow earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech in 2006. Morrow went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana State University, where she was named Criminal Justice Student of the Year and graduated with honors.

“To see the evolution and personal growth of Debra from student to role model, mentor, and now community advocate serves as a testament to the positive role Ivy Tech plays in the lives of our students and the communities we serve, together,” said Maitland.

The Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.

Community Arts Awards winners to be recognized at Ivy Tech Waldron

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) will host the 2019 Community Arts Awards on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held downtown at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

Award categories and recipients include:

  • Arts Advocate: Danielle Urschel, artist and owner of Obsolete Press, LLC
  • Arts in Education: Amy Brier and Frank Young, master stone sculptors and founders of the Indiana Limestone Symposium
    – Brier is program chair of Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Bloomington and director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium
    – Young is a nurse practitioner in private practice, retired from Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians Group
  • Arts in Business: Oliver Winery, whose corporate giving is focused in just two areas—the arts and healthcare
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter LoPilato, owner, “The Ryder” magazine and film series, supporting local writers and filmmakers for 40 years
  • Regional Arts Service: Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour, in which T.C. Steele State Historic Site and handfuls of working artists welcome self-guided tourists to their studios throughout the month of October, showcasing arts and crafts created in the present day “Art Colony of the Midwest”

Winners were juried by an independent community group, including artists, administrators, and long-time residents and supporters of the arts.

In addition to recognizing award winners for keeping the arts alive in the greater Bloomington community, the event will include opportunities to create mosaics and paint with watercolors. Featured entertainment from Ivy Tech’s production of Don Freund’s “Star Cross’d Lovers” will be provided, as well as refreshments.

The 2019 Community Arts Awards event is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested. Submit RSVPs with the number of guests and names at

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree program and is transferrable to IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design upon admission. Graduates of the program have found employment upon graduation, transferred to the Herron School, and have gone on to renowned art and design colleges in other states. Apply now for free and start classes on Jan. 13, 2020. For more information about becoming a student at Ivy Tech, email or call (888) IVY-LINE.

‘Arts in Concert’ music series kicks off in Ivy Tech Waldron art gallery

BLOOMINGTON – The 2019-20 “Arts in Concert” music series kicked off on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Miller Gallery with a performance from the award-winning IU Kuttner Quartet-in-residence, the “Dior String Quartet.”

Presented by Ivy Tech Waldron, IU Jacobs School of Music, and Bloomington Connect, the “Arts in Concert” music series joins art and music in unique collaborative performances.

“The Arts in Concert music series provides an intimate space for some of the finest musicians from the IU Jacobs School of Music to perform for audiences who might not otherwise be able to experience a live performance or art gallery exhibit,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron.

The November performance will be followed by a special holiday chamber music performance by the Bloomington Connect ensemble on Dec. 2. Details for the spring concerts will be announced at a later date. All concerts will be followed by a brief discussion with the musicians.

“Arts in Concert” at Ivy Tech Waldron is free and open to the public.

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is located in downtown Bloomington. The Center provides space for coursework, art galleries, and theatrical and musical performances.

Students ‘Duke it Out’ at annual business pitch competition

BLOOMINGTON –The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted its fourth annual Duke It Out Business Pitch Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 12, powered by Duke Energy.

Six Ivy Tech students had three minutes each to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winners with the top three pitches earned cash prizes up to $500 and free business consulting from the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

Haddie Katz, associate of science in nursing (RN) student, won first place. She was awarded a $500 prize for her business idea – a Bloomington-based midwifery birthing center. Colin Baugh, human services and social work student, won second place. She was awarded $300 for her business idea – Mrs. Bs Micro-Catering (weeknight meal delivery for families). Bree Page, human services student, won third place. She was awarded $200 for her business idea, B.R.I.T.E. (Building Résumés & Information Technology Experience). It is a non-profit business designed to assist the transient population in Bloomington, Ind. become skilled in developing IT and related job skills.

Ivy Tech students from all academic areas were invited to apply for a spot to Duke It Out. The competitors attended workshops at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and were coached by Cook Center staff and area entrepreneurs.

Competitors are studying in a variety of academic programs from software development to supply chain management. Business ideas included a small-scale catering company, a medical storage product, a nonprofit for IT education, a midwifery birthing center, a production company, and for-profit college dormitories.

Duke it Out judges are Jim Silberstein, entrepreneurship program chair emeritus; Dr. Sydney Mmadi, entrepreneurship program chair and associate professor of business; Allan Buhr, adjunct professor for entrepreneurship; and Christy Page, adjunct professor for entrepreneurship.

For more information about the event, contact Jack Dreesen at or visit

Area K-12 students spend Manufacturing Day exploring career options at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus opened its doors to approximately 450 elementary and high school students on Friday, Oct. 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.

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.

They 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 upon admission.

Some interactive demonstrations were performed by Hoosier Hills Career Center students, 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 For tuition-free program options for eligible Hoosiers that lead to high-demand jobs and count toward associate degrees, visit

Classes at Ivy Tech start on Jan. 13, 2020. 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

About Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day ( 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.

Sociology professor starts American Minority Mentoring program for students

BLOOMINGTON – Robert Soto, professor of sociology at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, has proposed and began his voluntary position as American Minority Mentor on campus. This effort comes on the heels of Ivy Tech’s new Diversity, Equity, and Belonging goal as part of the College’s strategic plan.

“Over the years at Ivy Tech Bloomington, the focus of inclusion and belonging efforts has been placed on groups more recently added to the diversity spectrum, particularly LGBTQIA+,” said Soto. “Even when the focus of such efforts was based on cultural diversity, our institution has largely addressed international cultural diversity. The purpose of this position is to offer American Minority students an ear that is more attuned to their voice.”

Functions of the American Minority Mentor position include listening to the concerns of students of color with a long United States experience (American-born or DACA), explaining the functionality of Ivy Tech, directing students to the proper resources for addressing their concerns, and showing students a presence on campus more equivalent to their own. It is not an advisor or counselor position, but a serves as a base for minority students.

The position may rotate between American Minority members of the Ivy Tech Bloomington faculty strictly on a voluntary basis with no stipend or offload. At the end of the spring 2020 semester, the feasibility of the position will be evaluated based on student response data.