Radiation therapy program earns maximum re-accreditation

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s radiation therapy degree program has been re-accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for a maximum of eight years.

Karlee Wyatt, program director of radiation therapy at Ivy Tech Bloomington, says that earning the maximum award of eight years by JRCERT is validation of the smart work and dedication that faculty has put into building a high-quality and well-respected program among radiation therapy professionals.

“As academic program faculty, we do our best to ensure graduates are provided the resources to become caring, competent cancer-care professionals,” she said. “With help from our clinical affiliates, graduates of our program are experienced and ready for work on day one of their new careers. Additionally, maintaining program accreditation further demonstrates to radiation therapy employers the value of a radiation therapist educated at Ivy Tech Bloomington.”

The program at Ivy Tech utilizes VERT, a state of the art virtual reality radiation therapy education tool. It simulates a radiotherapy treatment room. There are only 29 VERT installations across the United States, including Ivy Tech and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Ivy Tech’s radiation therapy degree program is the only accredited associate degree program offered in the state of Indiana, and holds a job placement rate of 100 percent according to JRCERT standards. For more information about radiation therapy at Ivy Tech, log on

JRCERT (, located in Chicago, IL, is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Specialized accreditation awarded by JRCERT offers institutions significant value by providing peer evaluation and by assuring the public of quality professional education in radiologic sciences.


Ivy Tech to host community Open House at StoneGate

BEDFORD – Ivy Tech Community College will host a community open house at the new StoneGate Arts & Education Center in downtown Bedford on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ivy Tech representatives will be available to provide information about class offerings, upcoming events, and to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. There is still time to enroll in spring classes that begin Jan. 14.

The new StoneGate facility allows Ivy Tech to offer more courses and certifications than before.

“For Spring Semester 2019, students can earn a certificate in bookkeeping entirely in Bedford,” said Jessica Strunk, vice chancellor of enrollment services. “StoneGate also has advanced technology, which allows Ivy Tech to offer live online classes. This gives students more class options in Bedford and allows them to virtually attend classes offered in Bloomington through synchronous video technology.”

Ivy Tech offers classes in Bedford that prepare students for jobs and that lead to associate degrees and certificates in business, healthcare, industrial technology, and HVAC. Ivy Tech also offers general education classes in Bedford that transfer to public colleges and universities in Indiana.

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit the StoneGate Arts & Education Center at 931 15th Street, call (812) 330-6013, or email For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).

Ivy Tech holds office hours at StoneGate on a regular schedule, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Ivy Tech staff member is available to provide assistance with general questions, applying to the College, applying for financial aid, academic advising, career guidance, and placement exam assessment.

Information and classes offered at Ivy Tech’s Bedford location can be found online at

Grant-funded healthcare career training available

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington offers short-term training that allows students to earn professional certification required for employment in healthcare fields. Individuals who have not completed a college degree may be eligible to complete the training and earn a free Ivy Tech certificate through Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant, regardless of income or financial aid eligibility. Information about the grant-funded training and eligibility requirements can be found online at

Short-term healthcare certificates count toward the healthcare specialist associate degree, required for careers and career advancement. Students who complete short-term certificates will be eligible for some healthcare employment duties, so students can gain entry-level work experience as they complete their degree.

Short-term training is offered to help meet workforce demand in the healthcare field. Statewide, there are 3,054 annual job openings projected in the healthcare specialist field through 2020, according to Indiana Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers short-term healthcare certification in:

Certified Nursing Assistant
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Dementia Care
Electrocardiography Technician
Home Health Aid
Home Healthcare Technician
Long-Term Care Specialist
Medical Office Administration
Nutrition and Wellness
Phlebotomy Technician
Pre-Nursing Studies
Qualified Medication Aide
Therapeutic Massage.

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).

Jessica Strunk named Ivy Tech Bloomington distinguished alumni

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus named Jessica Strunk the 2018 distinguished alumni award recipient. She was recognized at an event in Indianapolis, Ind. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Strunk is the current Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

During her studies at Ivy Tech, Strunk began working in the Registrar’s Office through the work-study program.

“My experience in the Registrar’s Office as a student opened my eyes to what is involved in higher education administration,” said Strunk. “At the time, I never imagined I’d become a Vice Chancellor, but my colleagues pushed me to earn both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”

Strunk is a member of Circle of Ivy women’s philanthropy group, where she involves her 9 year old daughter in raising funds to support Ivy Tech students. She also plays an active role in her home community of Lawrence County. She serves on the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, North Lawrence Career Center Advisory Board, and is a participant of the Lawrence County Leadership Program.

“As Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services, my mission is to show students the capability of education and how it can be accessed,” she said. “Helping students understand what education can do for them and to break through the barriers that hold them back are my priorities.”

Strunk earned her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in Enrollment Management from Capella University.

Ivy Tech now offering more American Sign Language courses, no wait list

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering more American Sign Language courses, the full sequence from levels 1-4. Students can sign up to take ASL courses that begin on Jan. 14 and there is no wait list to begin.

“Many Ivy Tech students sign up to take ASL courses to be able to communicate with friends or family members, and even babies and toddlers,” said Amber Celestin, associate professor of English and chair of student success and foreign languages. “We also have deaf students who take the course to further their own vocabulary and knowledge.”

ASL can also be useful for public services, including medical professionals, teachers, law enforcement officials, child care workers, Peace Corps, servers, and various other career fields. Students can take ASL courses at Ivy Tech in order to pursue careers in ASL related fields, such as Deaf Education and ASL interpreting.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, ASL is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Students can sign up for ASL courses by contacting their academic advisors. Others can call (812) 330-6013, email, or visit campus on the west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Two Ivy Tech students earn national recognition for literary contributions

BLOOMINGTON – Two Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington students have earned national recognition from the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) for their contributions to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s literary magazine, “Root and Branch.” The students earned awards in the 2018 Literary Magazine Competition, in the large colleges division.

  • Rachel Batka won 2nd Place for her photo “Equilibrium” (Photography, Central Region)
  • Salem Naylor won 3rd Place for her cover art “Silent Duel” (Artwork, Central Region)

“Root and Branch” (originally named [sic]) was started more than a decade ago by Emily Bobo, Ph.D., department chair of fine arts and humanities and English professor, who wanted to provide students with a creative outlet to share their text and art. “Root and Branch” has a new advisor, Christine Brandel, associate professor of English, who has advised the literary magazine for the past two years.

“Stepping into the advisor role after founder Dr. Emily Bobo’s tenure with the magazine was a little intimidating, so it means a lot that the first ‘Root and Branch’ continued her legacy of winning prizes,” said Brandel. “The students are looking forward to 2019 and taking on our next challenge!”

“Root and Branch” is currently a required text for select English courses and is for sale in the Ivy Tech bookstore for $8 plus tax. A portion of each sale is used to support future publications, editor scholarships, and writing and art contests for students.

Ivy Tech Student Productions to perform Evil Dead The Musical

Ivy Tech fine arts student to design stage makeup

Hannah Decker (right) on the set of All in the Timing

BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech Student Productions will perform Evil Dead the Musical December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 and tickets are on sale. Ivy Tech students are involved in the production alongside actors from the community and Indiana University students. Ivy Tech fine arts student Hannah Decker is the gore/makeup/hair designer for the production.

“I got involved in Ivy Tech Student Productions because I was taking a theatre production class and told my teacher I was eager to do costumes and makeup,” said Decker. “Lucky for me, the show we were working on was Sweeney Todd! The opportunity was a chance for me to get my foot in the door in the theatre community.”

Decker will be able to use her experience in gory special effects makeup in this production of Evil Dead the Musical. She has been involved in many Ivy Tech Student Productions as costume designer, including All in the Timing, War of the Worlds, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening.

“I love costumes!” said Decker. “I’m a fan of cosplay and trying to mimic movie costumes and makeup in real life. I have enjoyed finding personality in characters, like in cosplay, and dressing them to how I would presume these characters see themselves.”

Decker plans to complete her associate of fine arts degree at Ivy Tech, and possibly work in the theatre field or transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in theatre.

“I hope to work with makeup and costumes but am still deciding,” said Decker. “It’s becoming more common that anything you can do with makeup you can do with CGI. I’m still figuring a lot of things out with school right now and I am thinking about a couple of different options for my formal education. There is a world of options out there!”

Evil Dead the Musical book and lyrics by George Reinblatt; Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt; Music supervision by Frank Cipolla; Additional lyrics by Christopher Bond; Additional music by Rob Daleman.

Audience advisory: It is very likely that audience members will be splashed with stage blood during the performance and it is not guaranteed to wash out of all fabrics. The performance also contains explicit language and content.

Ivy Tech Student Productions take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at