Central City Café: Summer Food Series

This is the fifth and final post in Green Light’s Summer Food Series, featuring area eateries with an Ivy Tech Northeast connection. Last time, we featured Glenda Hinton at teds market.

Ivy Tech Northeast grad Michelle Aschliman and her fresh-out-of-the-oven baklava.

Ivy Tech Northeast grad Michelle Aschliman and her fresh-out-of-the-oven baklava.

Who: Michelle Aschliman, Central City Café’s manager and pastry chef, graduated from Ivy Tech Northeast’s Hospitality Administration program in spring 2012 with a concentration in pastry arts.

What: Central City Cafe (620 S. Calhoun St.) is a trendy and industrial-style café located in the growing heart of downtown Fort Wayne. It has a wide range of sandwiches, soups, and made-to-order flatbread pizzas. It also has a 14-foot salad bar accompanied by a variety of house-made desserts. The restaurant’s specialty is baklava and pecan pie, which are offered daily. There is a rotating dessert menu that includes a gluten-free option as well as surprises like German chocolate cake and strawberry mousse.

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How: The café opened last July with desserts made by the chefs instead of pastry cooks. The chefs quickly realized deserts weren’t their specialty, so they hired Aschliman in August for 10 to 15 hours a week doing pastries. Since then, Aschliman continued to delight customers with her offerings and was eventually promoted to full-time manager and pastry chef. Her favorite thing about working at the café is the freedom to create whatever desserts she wants, she says. The dessert menu changes so often that her possibilities and creativity are endless.

Try this: Aschliman says she loves working at Central City Café, and her favorite sandwich is the Southwest Turkey, which has sliced turkey, provolone cheese, chipotle aioli, spinach, and black bean corn relish on sourdough bread. She also had never been a fan of Reubens until she tried Central City’s sandwich. The corned beef brisket is slow roasted in-house and is the best in Fort Wayne, she says. The pecan pie, which is Aschliman’s recipe, is a must-have: The Journal Gazette’s food critic chose it as the Best Pecan Pie of 2014.

Don’t miss: The café stays open until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays for live music with musicians from around the city. Central City serves beer and wine and also has a selection of carry-out brews if you need a six-pack for the road.

Central City Café on the web | Facebook

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TRIO program receives 5-year $1M grant

The TRIO program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has received a $1,155,515 grant over a five-year period, which equates to $231,103 a year.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, is part of the Student Support Services Program, whose purpose is “to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Annually, TRIO at Ivy Tech Northeast serves 160 students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or have a disability; and the funds will be used to provide academic support services to those students. Those services include tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and course selection assistance.

Receiving this grant opens the future to TRIO, according to Ivy Tech Northeast’s TRIO. Without this renewal, the department would close. This continued funding means the program can continue to offer the personalized, relational services those students rely on.

“We look forward to continuing the relationships we have with our students and seeing them get to graduation,” says Beth Clemens, Ivy Tech Northeast TRIO director. “We welcome the new TRIO students this grant gives us the chance to serve.”

During this 2015-20 grant cycle, TRIO plans to expand its service to students, planning avenues to help students build and maintain the academic mindset that leads to success, according to Ivy Tech Northeast’s TRIO. The program also plans to upgrade its financial literacy component for students.

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/northeast/trio.

3M Hire Our Heroes tool grants awarded to Ivy Tech Northeast automotive technology student, graduate

Ivy Tech Northeast automotive technology student Gabriel Davis (left) and graduate Paul Hyde (right) display $3,000 in tools and equipment that each individual selected as a recipient of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 3M Hire Our Heroes tool grant for 2015. Both men are joined by Randy Minobe, senior account representative with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. Davis served in the Indiana Army National Guard for nearly eight years, and Hyde served in the U.S. Army for five years. From among the 35 tool grants awarded nationwide this year, Ivy Tech Northeast was one of only two colleges to have more than one recipient.

Ivy Tech Northeast automotive technology student Gabriel Davis (left) and graduate Paul Hyde (right) display $3,000 in tools and equipment that each individual selected as a recipient of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 3M Hire Our Heroes tool grant for 2015. Both men are joined by Randy Minobe, senior account representative with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. Davis served in the Indiana Army National Guard for nearly eight years, and Hyde served in the U.S. Army for five years. From among the 35 tool grants awarded nationwide this year, Ivy Tech Northeast was one of only two colleges to have more than one recipient.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast automotive technology student Gabriel Davis and graduate Paul Hyde recently selected more than $3,000 each in tools and equipment, as recipients of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) 3M Hire Our Heroes tool grant for 2015. Thirty-five winners from across the country had the opportunity to select $3,000 worth of tools and equipment to help in their education and for employment after graduation.

Since 2013, 3M has partnered with CREF in support of the collision repair industry and American veterans. During this time, 3M has donated $500,000 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for individuals who served or are currently serving in the military and their family members.

“Our nation’s military veterans deserve every opportunity to get a great start in our industry,” says Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We are happy to continue to give back to those who have served in our military through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, and we wish them all great success in their future careers.”

Davis served in the Indiana Army National Guard for nearly eight years before enrolling at Ivy Tech Northeast. “This grant means that there are companies out there that recognize vets are just as hard-working and dedicated to what we do as our civilian counterparts,” Davis says.

Hyde, a spring graduate, served in the U.S. Army for five years. “My passion for the automotive field is screaming, and the tools that have been put into my hands by this grant will ensure that all of the hard work in getting to this point will be worthwhile,” Hyde says.

Ivy Tech Northeast was one of only two colleges in 2015 to have more than one 3M Hire Our Heroes tool grant recipient.

“When you have more than one individual win, that says a lot about your program,” says Darrel Kesler, dean of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Technology Division.

College announces 1-year campusLink extension

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and Citilink have reached an agreement to extend campusLink shuttle service for the 2015-16 school year. The free service is available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public beginning Aug. 24.

In campusLink’s six years of service, it has provided 321,730 trips for riders, averaging 53,622 each academic year.

“We are pleased to be able to continue this free service for our students,” says Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This is just one of many ways Ivy Tech works to form partnerships in order to benefit our students.”

Times and route services have changed, so it’s important for riders to be aware in advance and schedule trips accordingly. Service will be during Ivy Tech Northeast’s fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no shuttle service on Saturdays, Sundays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, or Summer Break.   Bus riders are able to plan their trip and track the real-time location of their bus using Citilink’s RouteShout app or RouteWatch; available for download from the Citilink website at fwcitilink.com/RouteShout.

The altered route for the campusLink shuttle will include four scheduled stops with service every 20 minutes:

  • In the roundabout on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, in front of door 3.
  • Along Anthony Boulevard at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus west entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the corner of St. Joe Road and Dean Drive at Ivy Tech’s North Campus main entrance, which is also a transfer point for standard Citilink service (Route 3).
  • At the south entrance of Harshman Hall on Ivy Tech Northeast’s North Campus. There is a transfer point for standard Citilink service at the west entrance of Harshman Hall (Route 4).

As in the past, discount bus passes for Citilink’s standard public transit service across Fort Wayne will be made available for purchase to Ivy Tech Northeast students and employees at the Ivy Tech Bursar’s Office on the Coliseum Campus. The 31-day, unlimited trip pass runs $36, down from the regularly priced $45 pass.

“Citilink will continue to offer our discount on monthly Citilink bus passes for college students, faculty, and staff and to operate the free campusLink service starting Aug. 24,” says Betsy Kachmar, Citilink’s assistant general manager.

Funding for the campusLink service is made possible through the joint agreement between Citilink and Ivy Tech Northeast.

For more detail on the service and route, visit fwcitilink.com/campuslink or call 260-432-4546.

teds market: Summer food series

This is the fourth post in Green Light’s Summer Food Series, featuring area eateries with an Ivy Tech Northeast connection. Last time, we featured Melody Wang at Fortezza and Trionfale Espresso.

I first learned of teds market at a pop-up shop on West Wayne Street this spring. The market’s owner and kitchen manager were telling patrons about the neighborhood market, passing out free samples. I became a believer because of that bread–chunks of nuts and fruit made a slice better than any detailed appetizer.

Who: Glenda Hinton, teds kitchen manager and executive chef, graduated from Ivy Tech Northeast’s Hospitality Administration program in spring 2015 with a concentration in both baking and pastry arts and culinary arts. She wanted both specialties so she could run a kitchen and a bakery–perfect for a set-up like teds.

Hinton with loaves of bread and some sourdough bread pretzel tests.

Hinton with loaves of bread and some sourdough bread pretzel tests.

What: The market offers a bakery and deli with prepared salads and a made-to-order sandwich station and salad bar. The meat counter will feature full loins, cut-to-order. The bakery has treats including brownies, cookies, and the aforementioned Fabulous Bread (my title, not theirs). The wine bar downstairs is scheduled to open two to three weeks after the market’s grand opening (which is 10 a.m. TODAY, July 17).

How: Hinton was looking for a job and saw a teds market posting on campus. Hinton’s former hospitality administration professor, Cheryl Hitzemann, advised Hinton to apply. She had taught Brian Hench, the market’s owner, and told Hinton she’d enjoy working for him.

About that building …: It used to be a church. Hench contacted the former pastor to see about getting some land the church wasn’t using. The pastor offered one better: the entire church. Hench and his crew, including Hinton, remodeled the building, including adding wood floors. Hinton used some of the extra wood to make tables for deli patrons. There’s also a house out back, a tree house, and a grave yard. I smell a Halloween party three months from now.

Hinton's office used to belong to a children's minister. She opted to keep the sign. The back of the door is a purple-y magenta.

Hinton’s office used to belong to a children’s minister. She opted to keep the sign. The back of the door is a purpley magenta.

So that’s “teds market,” not “Ted’s Market”?: That’s right. Hench wants the market to be a casual, friendly, neighborly place, and he wanted to extend that casual feel to his market’s moniker, Hinton says.

All about Ivy Tech: Hinton is not the only teds employee with a connection to the College: Sarah Fox and Leola Renfrow are baking and pastry grads; Tyler Hogston has his culinary degree and is supplementing with some agriculture classes; Justin Rhodes is a new hospitality student; DeEndre Robinson needs one class to graduate and will work on her internship at teds with Hinton; Colin O’Day is about halfway through his degree.

teds market on the web | Facebook

Fortezza and Trionfale Espresso: Summer food series

This is the third post in Green Light’s Summer Food Series, featuring area eateries with an Ivy Tech Northeast connection. Last time, we featured Krystal Hernandez at Zinnia’s Bakehouse.

Who: Melody Wang, co-owner at Fortezza (819 S. Calhoun St.) and Trionfale Espresso (2910 E. Dupont Road) and 2013 Ivy Tech Northeast hospitality administration graduate

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How: Originally, Wang planned to go into foreign affairs. After graduating high school–she was homeschooled in Columbia City–she didn’t go to college; she moved to Japan, where she grew up. Her grandfather owned a bakery in Japan. “While I was over there, I would go to this cafe and bakery, and I said, ‘You know what? I enjoy eating. I’m going to move back to the States to study baking and pastry arts.'” Ivy Tech Northeast was the only school in the area that offered the concentration, she says, so the choice was simple.

Her then-boyfriend, Sean Wang, now her husband, was in the process of starting up Trionfale Espresso, which opened in December 2011. The two decided to collaborate, putting Melody in charge of the baked goods. After graduating, she interned at Duo, a bakery in Okinawa, Japan.

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What: When she started at Trionfale, Melody was still an Ivy Tech Northeast student and focused on basics like muffins and cookies. Now, the selection of baked goods is more advanced. Melody says her personal favorite treat at Fortezza is the strawberry roll cake, a fluffy sponge cake rolled with whipped cream and strawberry jam. Macaroons include flavors like Earl Grey & honey and salted caramel.

Say what? That’s Tree-ON-fuh-lay Espresso, Italian for “triumphant,” and For-TEZZ-uh, Italian for “fortress.”

Respiratory Care program reports 100 percent credential pass rate

The 2015 Report of Current Status for an Education Program report completed last month concerning Ivy Tech Northeast’s Respiratory Care program has found a number of successes.

Based on three-year averages,

  • Students have a 100 percent success rate in passing the Certified Respiratory Therapist Credential exams
  • Students have an 82 percent success in job placement immediately after graduation
  • Students’ employers are100 percent satisfied with Ivy Tech Northeast graduates
  • Graduates are 100 percent satisfied with the program
  • Students see a 98 percent on-time graduation rate, which is defined as three years for the two-year associate degree
  • Students see just a 10 percent attrition rate, or percent of students who leave the program before completion
Karrah Hughes, a respiratory care graduate, received the 2015 Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence at Ivy Tech Northeast’s spring 2015 commencement. She is pictured with Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier at the ceremony. Hughes names the program’s instructors as one of the best things about Respiratory Care at Ivy Tech Northeast. A recent report has found that graduates have a 100 percent satisfaction rate with the program.

Hughes, a respiratory care graduate, received the 2015 Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence at the College’s spring 2015 commencement. She is pictured with Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier at the ceremony.

Karrah Hughes, a recent respiratory care graduate, is currently employed at Parkview Regional Medical Center. When she graduated in spring 2015, she was interviewing for the respiratory therapist position, which she accepted two weeks later. She names Ivy Tech faculty as one of the best things about the program.

“The instructors are phenomenal,” Hughes says. “All of them were respiratory therapists themselves with many years’ experience. They know the ins and outs of the hospitals, as well as textbooks and policies.”

Hughes, currently of New Haven, commuted to her Ivy Tech Northeast classes from Mendon, Ohio.

“I am so in love with what I’m doing,” she says. “I tell everybody, it’s crazy that I have fun at work. You don’t hear about that. People say, ‘I have to go to work.’ I say, ‘I get to go to work.’”

College hosting July 17 enrollment day for fall 2015 classes

WHAT:
Express Enrollment Day at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast allows prospective students, applicants, and current students to complete the steps necessary to enroll for summer and fall classes. Fall semester begins Aug. 24.

Those attending Express Enrollment Day can apply to the College, learn about financial aid options, meet with an advisor, undergo assessment, enroll for classes, and more.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17

DETAILS:
Students and prospects can pre-register for quick check-in at IvyTech.edu/enrollmentday under the “Fort Wayne” drop down menu located under “More information by campus.”

WHERE:
Student Life Center, North Campus
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

Construction program receives Service Engagement Grant for Safety Village near south campus

The Construction Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has received a Service Engagement Grant from the Indiana Campus Compact last month. The $2,250 grant, provided by the Lilly Endowment, will be used to reroof and reside two buildings in Safety Village.

Safety Village is a small-scale model city where children can visit and learn about traffic and fire safety. Construction technology students are responsible for the village’s upkeep.

Fall 2014 construction technology students reshingle a roof for a Safety Village structure.

Fall 2014 construction technology students reshingle a roof for a Safety Village structure.

“Student service projects at the Safety Village make for excellent hands-on learning activities that benefit both students and future generations,” says Ryan Voorhees, construction technology program chair.

Safety Village was originally constructed in 1991 and is located next to the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus.

The Indiana Campus Compact was formed in 1993 as a formal compact between Indiana college and university presidents to commit themselves to their communities through service.

College to host Ford and Mustang show July 18

WHAT:
Old Fort Mustangers’33rd Annual Ford and Mustang Show

WHEN:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18

DETAILS:
The show is $2 for the public. Children younger than 10 receive free admission. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ivy Tech Foundation for a scholarship for an automotive student.

More than 500 car enthusiasts are expected from across the country.

WHERE:
Coliseum Campus, south parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805