Ivy Tech Northeast construction program receives $2,250 service engagement grant

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is receiving a $2,250 Service Engagement Grant from the Indiana Campus Compact for the College’s Safety Village application. It will use the grant to make repairs to Safety Village.

Safety Village is a space that teaches children about fire-safety education. Located directly behind the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus, Safety Village consists of 30 small buildings and a downtown area with 16 structures. It is the largest public-education site of its kind in the country, and an on-site classroom combines Ivy Tech Northeast’s police- and fire-safety education programs. The project is an on-going one for Ivy Tech Northeast construction students and allows the College to continue to support an educational resource for children in the community.

Many of the aging structures at Safety Village require restoration, and construction technology students are working to update many of the buildings. The grant specifically will help fund materials needed to reroof two miniature houses, re-side one skyscraper replica, and replace aging doors on another structure.

“Construction students will have a chance to put the skills that they learn in the classroom into action,” said Ryan Voorhees, construction technology program chair. “The Safety Village is a perfect match for our classes, as the buildings provide just the right amount of work to fill out our regular laboratory times. Even better, students appreciate the fact that their labor is helping a good cause.”

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Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen, wins 2014 New Venture Competition at Ivy Tech Northeast

Scholer

Scholer

Beth Scholer has been named the fourth champion of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s New Venture Competition, which took place Thursday evening on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus.

Scholer has been working on her business, Caregivers Kitchen, for more than five years. She works with companies to teach cooking classes to at-home caregivers. Often, caregivers lack even basic cooking skills—she shared anecdotes of one woman trying to brew coffee beans whole and another who didn’t realize an egg would explode if cooked in the microwave. Through testing caregivers before and after her classes, she has seen test scores increase an average of 30 percent.

“I had butterflies in my stomach,” she said after she learned she’d won. “I was thrilled. I felt like the work I put into it up until that point, it was paying off.”

Scholer and two other finalists—Heather Overmyer of Events from Above, and Maggie Kitch of Pure Power Nutrition—gave 15-minute presentations to the room of judges, made up of 40-plus local business people and entrepreneurs. After the women’s presentations, judges were allowed an additional 15 minutes for a question-and-answer session. The judges had been provided the contestants’ business plans prior to the event.

Watch a short video for Scholer’s business—and for Overmyer’s and Kitch’s—at YouTube.com/user/ivytechnortheast. Choose the “New Venture Competition” playlist.

In its fourth year, the New Venture Competition is sponsored by Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.

 From left: James Tolbert, business administration assistant professor; Dave and Mary Bear of event sponsor JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.; Scholer; and Ivy Tech Northeast chancellor Jerrilee Mosier.

From left: James Tolbert, business administration assistant professor; Dave and Mary Bear of event sponsor JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.; Scholer; and Ivy Tech Northeast chancellor Jerrilee Mosier.

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Student-run Kelty’s Kafé commences new semester this month at Ivy Tech Northeast

Kelty’s Kafé, a student-run deli at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, will kick off Sept. 10 with a student-crafted menu around the theme “Sandwich Shop.”

Kelty’s Kafé, which welcomes both students and the community, is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays through Dec. 3 in Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. The café is closed Nov. 26.

Each week, a different student in the Bakery Merchandising class chooses a theme and creates a menu for the lunch spot. Classmates run the entire operation, from cash register to cooking.

Here is the full schedule of menu themes:

Sept. 10:                                Sandwich Shop
Sept. 17:                                Caribbean
Sept. 24:                                BBQ
Oct. 1:                                    Junk Food Alley
Oct. 8:                                    Pub Food
Oct. 15:                                  Italian
Oct. 22:                                  Southern Comfort
Oct. 29:                                  Halloween Week
Nov. 5:                                   Greek Feast
Nov. 12:                                 Surprise
Nov. 19:                                 Giving Thanks
Dec. 3:                                   British Isles

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Accelerated classes at Ivy Tech Northeast provide three additional start dates for Fall 2014 semester

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is offering numerous accelerated classes this semester in addition to the traditional 16-week semester, which started last week. Twelve- and four-week classes begin Sept. 22. Eight- and four-week classes begin Oct. 20. The final set of four-week classes begin Nov. 17.

The classes—which are shorter than those during the traditional 16-week semester—provide a number of benefits for students:

  • Those who missed registration have the opportunity to sign up for the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Currently registered students can add a class or two, allowing them to finish with their coursework sooner.
  • Because accelerated classes meet less often than 16-week classes, students save on gas and time.
  • Many students find it easier to stay focused on their coursework during the quicker pace of these classes.

Classes are available in areas including English, math, business, computer information, aviation, and more. Students can enroll in classes offered on any of the three main campuses or on a number of community campuses throughout Ivy Tech Northeast’s nine regions.

For more information, students can visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/latestart, visit the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive), or call Admissions at 260-480-4268.

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North Anthony Corridor block party to bring neighborhood’s businesses, schools, churches together

The North Anthony Corridor Group will host a block party from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 along North Anthony Boulevard between Coliseum Boulevard and Crescent Avenue.

The family event—which is a collaboration of the neighborhood’s businesses, schools, and churches—will celebrate all the area has to offer. It will feature food, bands, games, a bounce house, face painting, vendors, an art show, a car show and more. Hospitality administration students from Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will be selling food at the event.

More than 30 businesses are gathering to make the block party a success, including Creative Framing, green DogGoods, Firefly Coffee House, Health Food Shoppe, and Wooden Nickel. The Old Fort Mustangers’ Club will host a car show, and the Allen County SPCA will have pets for adoption.

A portion of North Anthony Boulevard will be closed for the block party.

It is the mission of the North Anthony Corridor Group (NACG) to see the North Anthony Corridor become an attractive, neighborhood friendly destination and marketplace for the community, as well as a thriving, vibrant area welcoming the population of the nearby academic campuses.

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Ivy Tech Northeast to receive portion of $200,000 NASA grant split among four Ivy Tech campuses

Ivy Tech Community College has received one of 35 awards from NASA’s Office of Education, through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in STEM-related programs (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at community colleges and technical schools in the United States.

Six community college campus sites will participate in the Indiana portion of the partnership—four from Ivy Tech, including Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, and two from Vincennes University. Ivy Tech’s portion of the grant is $200,000, which will be divided among the four campuses involved. Regionally, the College will use its $50,000 to support completion scholarships and internship opportunities for students studying aviation maintenance technology and engineering.

For example, a number of students at Anthis Career Center take classes in aviation maintenance technology. When they graduate from Anthis, they have often completed their aviation coursework but are missing their general education requirements. Those students can earn these completion scholarships, enroll at the College, and take the classes they need to graduate. Upon graduation, they can find better-paying, associate degree-required positions. They can also take their associate degrees to a four-year institution to complete the final two years of their bachelor’s degrees.

“This is our first opportunity to work with the Indiana Space Science Consortium and to support NASA programs and missions,” says Karen Jones, Ivy Tech Northeast’s mathematics chair and the project’s writer. “This partnership is a rare opportunity, and we are humbled by it. We are thrilled at the potential this project has to connect Indiana’s citizenry to STEM fields.”

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Ivy Tech Northeast’s auto tech program receives equipment, technology valued at $96,000 from Morgan Distribution

Morgan Distribution, Inc. has gifted two bundles to the Automotive Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast through the Ivy Tech Foundation. The bundles consist of hundreds of pieces of automotive equipment, from paint and masking materials to collision repair equipment.

“It’s a generous donation,” says Jaron Grayless, the Automotive Technology instructor who helped secure the donation. “It allows students access to equipment and materials they wouldn’t otherwise see, and it frees up some money for me to buy equipment that I normally can’t—items I can’t afford because our budget’s so tight.”

For example, students wouldn’t otherwise have access to House of Kolor products, which largely make up the second donated bundle. House of Kolor makes high-caliber custom refinish products.

The first bundle is valued at $50,734.53, and the second is valued at $45,255.66, for a total worth of nearly $96,000.

Morgan Distribution is a wholesale collision repair distribution company based in Fort Wayne.

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