Ivy Tech Medical Assisting program accepting more students for spring


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington’s medical assisting program is now offering a spring start to the program and is increasing the number of students who can enroll in the program. The program will now accept 15 students in spring and 15 in fall in order to meet local workforce demand. Individuals who wish to start the program must apply to Ivy Tech and must also apply to become accepted into the medical assisting program.

Medical assisting graduates can find employment as medical assistants in doctor’s offices and hospitals. Job duties include clerical work, patient check-in, vital sign measurement, medication administration, discharging patients, assisting with patient exams, and other duties. Medical assisting students will also learn phlebotomy procedures and electrocardiogram (EKG) training.

For medical assistants, the U.S. Department of Labor reports a much faster than average growth rate of 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. According to an Economic Modeling Specialist International (EMSI) June 2017 report, the median hourly earnings for medical assistants in Indiana is $14.05.

More information and the medical assisting program application can be found online at ivytech.edu/medical-assisting under the Bloomington dropdown. An Ivy Tech application is also required. Apply online at ivytech.edu/applynow.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way and is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions can be directed to (812) 330-6013 or bl-info@ivytech.edu.


Ivy Tech to host holiday fair to encourage local gift purchasing

Holiday Fair - Horiz Banner PromoBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a local holiday gift sale on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10am to 2pm, featuring items from local and regional artists and businesses. The event will be located in Shreve Hall at the main campus located on Bloomington’s west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech’s local holiday gift sale will feature fine art including pottery and painting, jewelry, farm-to-table foods, artisan chocolates, home décor and holiday items, soap and candles, textiles and clothing, items for kids and pets, and many other handmade items.

Ivy Tech alumna and entrepreneur Kelsie Risk will have various treats for sale including Fudge O’Bits®, from her business, Diamond K Sweets.

More than 40 local vendors will participate. Vendors include local businesses in addition to individuals and groups who are raising funds for local organizations.

International Education Week celebrated

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington observed International Education Week Nov. 12-16 with educational activities, a documentary, a poetry reading, and more.

On Nov. 13, students, faculty and staff read poetry in English and other languages. International students shared their experiences during a panel discussion moderated by Ben Grimwood, international student academic advisor.

On Nov. 14, the non-narrative documentary Samsara, which offers imagery from around the world, was screened in the afternoon. This activity was organized by the Phi Theta Kappa student honor society.

On Nov. 15, students learned about various international education resources available at Ivy Tech.

All week, students participated in an international library contest and interactive world map. In the library, students wrote about their favorite movies featuring global locations to be entered into a prize drawing. Students wrote and pinned photos and stories onto an interactive map of the world to show where they have traveled and where they would like to visit.

Staff co-presents at international educator conference


BLOOMINGTON – Ben Grimwood, assistant director of international admission at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, co-presented at the 2018 NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region VI conference Nov. 4-6 in Columbus, Oh. The presentation, Changes of Status: Institutional Hazards & Student Jeopardies, provided recommendations for colleges in either assisting or directing prospective international students to immigration attorneys for help applying a change to F-1 student status needed to enroll in college.

Grimwood co-presented with Ron Cushing, director of international services, University of Cincinnati, and Susan Snider Salmon, retired & part-time senior paralegal, Adams Immigration Law, LLC.

“It is a tricky scenario and complex legal process for students to apply for a change to F-1 student status,” said Grimwood. “I represented Ivy Tech’s institutional decision to direct students to expert immigration attorneys who can help international students with filing the necessary documents. This is also the recommendation of NAFSA.”

Grimwood explained that larger colleges, like the University of Cincinnati, sometimes have the resources to directly assist students through the change of status process. For this reason, the presentation also provided strategies to limit liabilities for students, academic advisers and institutions when helping students through this process.

In the Fall Semester 2018, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has 92 F-1 full-time international students enrolled from 16 countries.

For information about international student services at Ivy Tech, visit ivytech.edu/international.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come.

Software Development alumna earns Salesforce Certification


BLOOMINGTON – Stephanie Etheridge, Ivy Tech Community College software development alumna, earned the Salesforce Platform Developer I Certification in Oct. By achieving this credential, Etheridge is now certified to build custom applications on the Salesforce platform and is eligible for many Salesforce developer jobs.

Etheridge was selected to participate in the inaugural Salesforce Pathfinder program in June 2018, after she graduated magna cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Software Development in May 2017. This workforce training program is a partnership between Salesforce and colleges to provide graduates with custom software development training on the Salesforce platform.

“The opportunity to apply for this program came to me thanks to Dr. Diana Nixon,” said Etheridge. “This is just another example of Ivy Tech’s staff seeking opportunities for their students to excel.”

Etheridge enrolled at Ivy Tech in Jan. 2016 because she wanted to change her career path.

“After using my Accounting degree for 15 years, my place of employment decided to restructure and I lost my job,” said Etheridge. “I viewed the loss of my job as an opportunity to seek a new career path. I needed a new skill set at an affordable cost, in a reasonable time frame, and I knew that Ivy Tech could offer this.”

Etheridge chose to pursue a degree in the software development field after speaking with faculty members Dr. Diana Nixon and Chris Carroll, dean of the school of information technology.

“The staff in the School of Information Technology work tirelessly to give their students the education and skills needed in order to be ready to enter the workforce,” said Etheridge. “Most importantly, the staff actively seeks opportunities for their students to gain real-world work experience. They do this by working with local agencies and employers to design curriculum that will give students skills sought by local employers, and by partnering with the local employers to make internship opportunities available.”

While still a student, Etheridge landed two software development internships. She worked at Cook, Inc. in Spencer and at Artisan Electronics, WestGate at Crane.

She also participated in many professional development opportunities. Etheridge competed and won first place in the computer science category and second place in the software development category at the statewide IT challenge in Indianapolis. She also volunteered for two years with the IT club to teach coding workshops to Clear Creek Elementary School students, as part of the “Hour of Code” coding outreach program. After she graduated, she continued her volunteerism and helped teach area girls to code as part of the “Girls Who Code” coding outreach program at Ivy Tech.

“My experience at Ivy Tech helped me to gain confidence in my new skills by allowing me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things,” said Etheridge. “Ivy Tech Bloomington staff had confidence in me when I did not.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers eight associate degree programs in the IT field: computer science, cyber security-information assurance, database management and administration, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development. For information about Ivy Tech information technology associate degree programs, visit ivytech.edu/computers.

Ivy Tech massage therapy center expands appointment options

BLOOMINGTON – The Oasis Massage Therapy Center at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus now offers 50 minute therapeutic massage appointments on Thursdays in addition to Fridays. The Oasis has various appointment times starting at 8:50 a.m. and reservations can be made online. It is run by students and faculty of the therapeutic massage program.

There is 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.

To book an appointment, log on massagebook.com/biz/oasisivytech.

Ivy Tech provided career connection for radiation therapy graduate


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Stacy Hall is now a staff radiation therapist at IU Health Bloomington and Bedford Hospitals. As a radiation therapist, she provides treatment to cancer patients through traditional photon radiation therapy. Hall graduated magna cum laude with an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy in 2013. She was also the 2013 radiation therapy outstanding student award recipient.

“Working in radiation therapy is very rewarding,” said Hall. “One of the best aspects is that we get to know our patients and their families. Our patients come in for treatment usually Monday through Friday and usually over several weeks at a time.”

Hall decided to enroll at Ivy Tech specifically to become a radiation therapist. After Hall applied and was accepted into the radiation therapy program, she was able to start her clinical training.

“I could never say enough good things about my experience at Ivy Tech,” said Hall. “Ivy Tech has a great relationship with the community throughout the state of Indiana. Part of that relationship in Bloomington is its connection to the local cancer centers. As part of the radiation therapy program at Ivy Tech you get to experience real life work training at the local cancer centers throughout the two year program.”

Hall described how Ivy Tech prepared her for employment and connected her with her future employer.

“I am extremely happy with how things turned out for me after graduation,” said Hall. “I got a full time position at one of our clinical sites through Ivy Tech. The relationships built by being in the clinics is invaluable for employment opportunities and Ivy Tech provides the path for these connections.”

Hall said the personalized instruction and small class sizes at Ivy Tech helped her succeed.

“The small classes allow for a more personal feel,” said Hall. “The instructors can take time with each student to ensure they are making their way to the best of their ability. The courses are of the highest quality and fast track you into a profession.”

For information about Ivy Tech Bloomington’s radiation therapy program, the only accredited associate degree program in the state of Indiana, visit ivytech.edu/radiation-therapy.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers many associate degrees and short-term certificates in the healthcare field. Other associate degrees offered include Healthcare Specialist, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Medical Assisting, Nursing and Practical Nursing, Optometric Technology, Paramedic Science, and Respiratory Therapy. For a full list of degrees offered in Bloomington, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/academics.