Ivy Tech’s Cook Institute to feature HGTV stars Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome HGTV stars Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak, from the hit-show “Good Bones,” as speakers for the 10th annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Wednesday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Shreve Hall.

“Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship has a mission to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students and to engage the community to foster entrepreneurship in the region. This annual event supports those efforts,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center. “Obviously, Karen and Mina have run small businesses and have garnered media success because of it. They have plenty of experience to share with the community and with Ivy Tech students.”

Midwestern, mother-daughter duo Laine and Starsiak rehabilitated their first house in Indianapolis, Ind. in the late 2000s as “Two Chicks and a Hammer” and eventually attracted the attention of HGTV. Laine and Starsiak are now stars of HGTVs hit home-renovation show, “Good Bones.” Now in its fourth season, “Good Bones,” garners 13 million viewers making it one of the network’s breakout hits. In “Good Bones,” the pair hunt down battered homes in bleaker Indianapolis neighborhoods, transforming them with an average budget of $180,000. Laine and Starsiak are currently working on a few other shows for the network including the Brady Bunch House renovation series due to air later in 2019. The pair are working on their first book.

Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorship spots are available at $1,000 for table, $2,000 for presenting, and $3,500 for signature. Proceeds support programming at Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship for the benefit of students and the community. Portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible. To purchase seats and sponsorships, log on For questions, contact Jack Dreesen at or (812) 330-6261.


Nationally-recognized, youth STEM camp held on campus

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College hosted Camp Invention for the fourth summer in a row. Camp Invention is a nationally-organized, locally-run, STEM program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The goal of the weeklong summer camp is to turn curious youth into innovative thinkers through a series of interactive activities and challenges. Each day, the program’s 92 K-6 students developed their inventive skills with a series of courses designed to build off each other and form a comprehensive week of learning and fun.

“One of the things that I really like about Camp Invention is that it teaches the campers critical thinking skills,” said Sarah Cote, the program’s director and professor of biology at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Campers are presented with a problem and are given time to brainstorm a solution—making plans in their inventor’s logbooks. It’s amazing to see the creativity of the campers and I love their concentration and determination when working to get their project ‘just right’!”

To create their projects, campers used supplies from the recycle room, tested their inventions to see how they worked, and then had the opportunity to rework or modify them based on test outcomes.

With Farm Techthe students engaged in projects such as programming crop-planting robots, exploring groundwater clean-up technology, devising pollination machines, testing cow DNA, building pig corrals, and designing lawn mowers.

In Innovation Force® the children created their own super hero personas, crafted costumes, heard from a series of real life inventors, and used their powers to combat plagiarism and learn about the importance of patent protections.

For Deep Sea Mysterythe kids extracted fossils, learned to navigate the open seas, constructed prototype sailboats, and invented ways to search the depths of the oceans for coelacanth fossils.

Finally, in DIY Orboteach of the participants received their very own remote-controlled machines, which they modified to tackle a series of obstacles, took apart to learn about their inner workings, built bridges, destroyed towers, choreographed dances, and competed in a final challenge arena. On the last day, campers got to take home their very own Orbot.

To learn more about Camp Invention or to register for next summer, visit

9/11 remembrance ceremony to take place at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 9/11 remembrance event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586. The event is public and the community is invited to attend.

Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display on Ivy Tech’s campus, in front of the Cook Pavilion.

Fire Fighters Union Local 586 Member and Honor Guard Coordinator Robert Loviscek, who personally brought Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center back from New York City, will make opening remarks. Mayor John Hamilton will also make remarks, along with Retired Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson and Bloomington Fire Department Chaplain, Harold Godsey.

“September 11th is the day that we pay respect and honor the memories of those who were killed that day,” said Loviscek. “We shall never forget them or the sacrifices that were made that day.”

The rifle salute will be carried out by Monroe County Law Enforcement Honor Guard. “Taps” will be performed by Jeff Parker, former Bloomington HS Band Member who now attends Indiana University and “Amazing Grace” by Captain Danny Gillespie.

The 9/11 remembrance event will take place in front of Ivy Tech’s Cook Pavilion entrance on the northwest side of the building, located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington. 

Trudy Weddle promoted to vice chancellor of enrollment services

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomes new leadership in enrollment services, Trudy Weddle. Weddle previously served as the campus director for K-12 initiatives and she officially began working as the vice chancellor of enrollment services on June 17, 2019.

“Trudy has years of experience serving students in higher education with a demonstrated success in connecting Indiana residents to early college opportunities at Ivy Tech,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “In her new role as vice chancellor, Trudy’s focus is on Ivy Tech’s mission to increase educational and job attainment in our service area by forming strategic partnerships that connect Ivy Tech, industry, and area Hoosier residents together. I am confident she is up for the challenge.”

Weddle began her career in higher education at Ivy Tech in May 2008 as the director of veteran’s affairs at the Indianapolis campus and has more than eleven years of progressive leadership experience, including a vast array of experience in financial aid, K-12, and overall enrollment management.

In her previous position as director of K-12 initiatives, Weddle led early college efforts in which dual enrollment at Ivy Tech Bloomington grew from 61 high school students to 141 in just one year. Those efforts also led to increased high school college credential completions from 31 to 113 in that same year.

Weddle says she started as a community college student and relates to the opportunities that higher education can provide.

“As a first-generation college student and 21st Century Scholar that began my educational journey at Ivy Tech Community College, I learned first-hand the benefits students gain by starting at community college,” she said. “With Ivy Tech’s free application, affordable tuition, varied scheduling, classes taught by credentialed industry leaders, and free tutoring services, students are provided a supportive learning environment that enables them to reach their educational goals to either secure a job with more earning potential or transfer to university to earn a bachelor’s degree.” 

Weddle earned her associate degree in business administration from Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus, her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, her master’s in leadership development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana State University working toward her PhD in educational administration with a higher education leadership focus.

Ivy Tech classes begin at multiple start dates throughout the year including Aug., Oct., Jan,. March, and June. Courses are offered in an 8-week format, in-person, online, and some at night to accommodate working adults.

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Attend Go Ivy Day at Ivy Tech, be entered to win a free class

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a Go Ivy Day event on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and prospective students are invited to attend. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free class.

At Go Ivy Day, attendees will tour Ivy Tech Bloomington and explore program-specific labs, talk one-on-one with faculty and current students, learn about short-term certificates that lead to careers and associate degrees, hear about ways to pay for college, and learn about degree program options that are in high-demand by area employers.

High-demand degree programs that will be covered include, biotechnology, education, electrical engineering, healthcare specialist (healthcare professional), hospitality administration/culinary arts, medical assisting, and optometric technology.

Ivy Tech also offers transfer degrees that will be presented at Go Ivy Day and those include fine arts, human services/social work, electrical engineering technology and others.

Ivy Tech is located on the west of Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way.

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For more information, call (812) 330-6013 or after business hours at 888IVYLINE (1-888-489-5463).

Clipper & Soul partners with Ivy Tech to offer education perks to employees

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus and Clipper & Soul, Haircuts, Beards, & Goods, has entered into partnership through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree™ (AYD) program to support community college completion for Clipper & Soul employees.

“In contrast with a tuition reimbursement program, Achieve Your Degree™ is a tuition deferral program that enables working adults to earn a community college education with no upfront costs,” said Jessica Duncan, director of Achieve Your Degree™ at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “We know that the initial costs associated with earning a credential are a barrier for some students, so we’re partnering with Clipper & Soul to offer Achieve Your Degree™, for the benefit of employees and the employer.”

Bryce Bow, owner of Clipper & Soul, says that they love Ivy Tech’s AYD program. “Ivy Tech has removed a lot of the pain points for us and our team members to pursue further learning and training,” he said. “One of our team members actually just finished her nursing degree as part of the [AYD] program! We believe that if we invest in our team and their personal goals, they not only improve their skills (critical thinking, communication, etc.), but also reciprocate with loyalty, engagement, and, in turn, an overall better experience for our customers. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

The program will give Clipper & Soul employees the option to earn associate degrees and certifications in any degree program of their choice in order to advance themselves personally and professionally.

Clipper & Soul is committed to improving quality of life in the community by offering educational perks to its employees, and through its free haircuts every three weeks at the Wheeler Mission for men in the recovery program, among other haircut outreach partnerships. Clipper & Soul has completed hundreds of free haircuts in the community since 2018.

Other local employers have also partnered with Ivy Tech Bloomington to offer Achieve Your Degree™ to their employees, including Artisan Electronics, Bell Trace Health and Living, Boston Scientific, Circle Prosco, Inc., Cook Group, German American Bank, IU Credit Union, Old National Bank, Paoli Health & Living Community, Singota Solutions, Stonecroft Health Campus, and Hearthstone Health Campus.

Employers can learn more about offering Achieve Your Degree™ by attending Ivy Tech’s information session and luncheon on Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m., held on campus at 200 Daniels Way.

To RSVP for the AYD Lunch and Learn or for more information, contact Jessica Duncan, director, at or (812) 330-6349.

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Ivy Tech invites employers to learn about low-cost options to skill-up current personnel, reduce turnover

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting an Achieve Your DegreeTM (AYD) Lunch and Learn information session on Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m., and all area employers and talent managers are invited to attend. The session will be held at Ivy Tech Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way and will provide low-cost program options that can help employers obtain a more skilled and loyal workforce.

AYD, specifically, is a collaboration between Ivy Tech and employers to offer working adults the opportunity to earn a community college education and advance their careers within their companies, with no upfront costs.

“Many employers become concerned that once they hear ‘tuition-reimbursement or tuition-deferral,’ that they will not be able to afford to offer such perks to their employees, but there are funding options that can reduce the overall cost to offer educational advancement opportunities to their current workforces,” said Jessica Duncan, director of Achieve Your Degree at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “AYD can also provide employers with the ability to promote from within.”

Academic programs that will be covered during the information session, include biotechnology, electrical engineering, electronics technology, engineering technology, hospitality administration and culinary arts, kinesiology & exercise science, medical assisting, and optometric technology.

Some local employers that have partnered with Ivy Tech Bloomington to offer Achieve Your Degree™, include Artisan Electronics, Bell Trace Health and Living, Boston Scientific, Circle Prosco, Inc., Clipper & Soul, Cook Group, German American Bank, IU Credit Union, Old National Bank, Paoli Health & Living Community, Singota Solutions, Stonecroft Health Campus, and Hearthstone Health Campus.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Jessica Duncan, director of Achieve Your Degree, or (812) 330-6349.

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