Chapter EV P.E.O. supports Ivy Tech students

Nine Ivy Tech Community College students are the beneficiaries of financial support from Bloomington Chapter EV P.E.O. for the fall 2018 term. The funds—$21,000 total this semester—are leveraged through the P.E.O. national Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant, which supports women who have had their education interrupted for at least two years and are within two years of completing a degree. Ivy Tech’s recipients represent students in degree programs ranging from nursing and radiation therapy to business administration and respiratory therapy. Chapter EV has supported Ivy Tech Bloomington students for a number of years. In 2017 and 2018 combined, more than $29,000 was awarded to 13 students. Instructor Jennifer Richards also received financial support as she works toward her graduate degree. P.E.O. is a philanthropic, educational organization committed to supporting women as they pursue their education.

PEO 1Scholarship recipients pictured in front row: Rhema Johnson, Samantha Powers, Leslie Miller, Micaela Amis

PEO 2.jpgScholarship recipients pictured in front row: Samantha Mann, Tamara Killian, Mary Taflinger, Chelsen Plantz

Scholarship recipients not pictured: Leslie Miracle, Jennifer Richards


Ivy Tech to hold office hours in Bedford to help students enroll

BEDFORD – There is still time to enroll at Ivy Tech Community College for fall 8-week classes that begin October 15. Registration is also open for Spring Semester 2019. Ivy Tech staff will hold office hours in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, located at 405 I Street to answer questions and provide registration assistance. Some fall and spring classes will be offered in Bedford at StoneGate.

Starting Monday Oct. 1, Ivy Tech staff will be at StoneGate on a regular schedule Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, on Oct. 3, 18, and 26, and Dec. 11, staff will be available until 5 p.m. On Nov. 13, 29, and Dec. 6, staff will be available until 6 p.m. Ivy Tech will be closed Dec. 21 – Jan.1 and office hours will resume Jan. 2.

Information about courses offered in Bedford or online can be found at

New students should apply online at or stop by office hours at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center. Students can also schedule an appointment by calling 812-279-8126 ext. 3 or emailing Niki Blackwell at


Ivy Tech increases 8-week course offerings, classes start Oct. 15

BLOOMINGTON – Eight-week long classes at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington begin on Oct. 15. Short-term, eight-week classes offer the same material as traditional 16-week courses but have been reformatted so that students can complete courses in half the time.

“This shift to offering more short-term courses is driven by the College’s focus on student success. By offering eight-week courses, students can take fewer classes at a time, while still making progress toward completing their degrees and certifications,” said Larry Swafford, Ph.D., vice chancellor of academic affairs. “By Spring Semester 2019, Ivy Tech Bloomington plans to offer at least half of its courses in an eight-week format.”

On Oct. 15, students can begin eight-week classes both in-person and online in Accounting, Business Administration, General Studies, Four-year transfer programs, and many more. For a full list of course offerings, visit For online course options in Bloomington, select Internet Courses.

Prospective students can apply online for free at

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, call (812) 330-6013, or email For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).


Ivy Tech massage therapy center taking appointments

BLOOMINGTON – The Oasis Massage Therapy Center at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is offering 50 minute therapeutic massages during Fall Semester 2018 and is taking appointments online. The Oasis is open on Fridays with various appointment times starting at 8:50 a.m. It is run by students and faculty of the therapeutic massage program.

New this fall, there will be a $20 fee for massage appointments. The nominal fee has been added to cover the cost of laundering services. Clients are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointments to make payment and fill out patient paperwork. Cancelations should be made at least 24 hours in advance in the online registration system. Upon arrival for appointments, clients can check in at the main desk to be directed to the Oasis. Parking is free at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s therapeutic massage program began in 2017 as a response to local workforce needs. Since then 18 students have earned their massage certifications and have gone on to work for local employers, such as Spaah, That’s the Rub, Massage Envy, and French Lick Resort Spa, among others.

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Business graduate launches party planning business


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Maggie England has launched All Wrapped Up Btown, a party planning business, after she placed second in Ivy Tech’s Duke It Out Business Pitch competition in April 2018.

“Being a busy single mom of two children, I know how much it would help me if someone in town offered a party planning service,” said England. “All Wrapped Up Btown saves you the time and hassle of shopping for themed party decor and favors and delivers everything to your door. Additional services such as event setup, balloon delivery, activities, handmade decor and crafts, and photo collage boards are also available.”

England earned her associate of Applied Science and Technical Certificate in Business Administration from Ivy Tech in 2015. She made the decision to enroll at Ivy Tech after her daughter was born. She completed her courses online while expecting and caring for her infant son.

“Ivy Tech has been a wonderful support for me over the last five years,” said England. “I really found my niche with the online classes that Ivy Tech offered. This allowed me to move forward with school while staying at home taking care of a newborn and the complications that came from an accident that caused an injury for him. Every professor and adviser that I had during that time helped me stay on track for graduation.”

After graduation, England utilized Ivy Tech’s career services and found employment as an office manager for several companies, and frequently traveled. She also started a small event planning business that focused primarily on weddings. Planning her daughter’s seventh birthday gave England the idea to focus on smaller-scale party planning. England participated in Ivy Tech’s Duke It Out Business Pitch competition in 2018 and won second place.

“Because of the competition, I was able to kick-start my marketing plans and really start building my business,” said England. “Ivy Tech helped me realize a new-found love of event planning and hospitality. Speaking with the advisers and program chairs really helped me square up that I really want to own my own event planning business and continue my education in hospitality.”

England recently started a new full-time position as Department Secretary for Indiana University’s Eppley Institute of Parks and Public Lands to allow her to work closer to home, so she can spend more time growing her business. She is also working toward her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship offers business consulting for entrepreneurs, and England says she plans to take advantage of those resources.

“I truly attribute Ivy Tech with the success I have had after graduating, not only because of the career services but because of the foundation in success they build with their students,” said England. “I continue to believe that All Wrapped Up Btown will be successful enough for me to focus on it full time one day and I continue to make strides working in business administration professionally in the meantime.”

Contact All Wrapped Up Btown at or

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers associate degrees in business administration, hospitality administration, business operations, and a technical certificate in entrepreneurship. For more information visit For information about resources for entrepreneurs through the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, visit

Peer Mentoring Helps Students Succeed

Ivy Tech Bloomington launched a peer-mentoring program for students during Fall Semester 2018 called College Career Connections. Student mentors in the program earn $500 scholarships each semester by helping other students succeed in college academically and socially. The program benefits all involved students.

Involved students have opportunities to attend events throughout the semester to develop skills in leadership and professional demeanor. For example, students will soon have the opportunity to attend an etiquette luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in The Yellowwood restaurant, located at Ivy Tech.

In addition, mentors attend trainings and events to develop skills in coaching, mentoring and communication. After training, student mentors work eight hours per week in Ivy Tech’s student success department, where they create a welcoming campus environment and help connect students with campus and community resources. Mentors must apply and be accepted into the program and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and part-time student status.

Students can apply to become a mentor or get connected with a mentor by visiting the Office of Student Life in room C139.




High school students can start college early at Ivy Tech


BLOOMINGTON – Enrollment is open for Ivy Tech Community College early college programs that allow high school age students to earn college credits. Ivy Tech offers two early college programs: dual enrollment and dual credit. Dual enrollment 8-week classes start Oct. 15.

“Students can save money and time by completing college classes early,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “After earning college credits in high school, students can complete their associate degree at Ivy Tech to start their career or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program and save on college costs.”

Ivy Tech’s dual enrollment program enables high school students to take classes online or on Ivy Tech’s campus for the full college experience and immersive, hands-on learning. Students can choose from all Ivy Tech course offerings. The dual enrollment program is also available to high-school age homeschool students. Regular tuition and fees apply for dual enrollment courses and Ivy Tech offers the lowest college tuition in the state. Students must demonstrate a readiness for college-level work, through the ACT, PSAT, SAT tests or through Ivy Tech’s assessment tool.

High School students in the dual enrollment program can get an early start on statewide transfer programs to save on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. The Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) transfer certificate is a block of 30 credit hours that transfers toward the general education core requirements of any public Indiana college or university, upon student admission. “Transfer as a Junior” associate degrees allow students to transfer to any public Indiana four-year institution, upon admission, with automatic junior status.

To enroll or request information about early college options, contact Ivy Tech Bloomington at or (812) 330-6013.