College announces 2016 New Venture Competition finalists

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has announced the three finalists for its 2016 New Venture Competition. In its sixth year, the competition’s champion will receive $35,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for his or her small business.

The finalists and their plans are as follows:

  • Guadalupe Callejas, The Metro Striping and Stenciling Company—The Metro Striping and Stenciling Company is a line striping company that that also offers the Fort Wayne regional area with commercial and interior painting and stenciling, from handicap stenciling or stenciling a basketball court onto a cement slab. Callejas was a New Venture finalist in 2015, as well.
  • Jamal Robinson, DESIAR Eyewear—DESIAR designs, distributes, and manufacturers handcrafted sunglasses and optical eyewear. Its customers are individuals and boutique and international retailers.
  • Andrew Smittie, Green E-Waste Miracles, LLC—Green E-Waste Miracles, LLC is a materials recovery company that focuses on environmental waste material that is no longer accepted by trash collection companies or landfills, including all electronic waste, batteries, bulbs, and tires. The material is processed and separated back into its natural components, purified, and then sold as commodities.

The New Venture Competition awards dinner is Sept. 22 on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will present their business plans, and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

The competition has partnered with Fort Wayne SCORE, a group that grows successful small businesses across the country. The group, made of volunteer experienced business owners and managers, will be providing mentorship for the finalists.

The New Venture Competition is sponsored by JB Tool, Die & Engineering and owners Dave and Mary Bear; and the Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation. ProFed Credit Union is the event’s dinner sponsor.

The following community members served as judges in determining the finalists:

  • Doug Wood, president, PNC Bank
  • Mary Bell, president, Wells Fargo
  • Steve Piekarski, vice president of Lending, ProFed Federal Credit Union
  • Donald Schenkel, former CEO, Tower Bank
  • Remound Wright, executive coach, Brightpoint
  • Alan Short, adjunct faculty, Ivy Tech Northeast

Finding a place to belong with G.O.A.L.



Hi, my name is Laura Medina, and I was the summer marketing intern at Ivy Tech Northeast, trying to discover exactly what I want to study in college. As a Latina woman, I was excited to learn about a new program for Latino students at the College, G.O.A.L, y Amigos, or Graduating Outstanding Achieving Latinos and Friends.

The United States is such a diverse country, and its people represent an array of ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. Whether you were born in South America, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, it’s easy to feel isolated from those born in this country. I am from Colombia, and I think groups like G.O.A.L. are a great way to help minorities feel included. It’s just a small way more first-generation Americans like me are beginning to have our voices heard: academically, athletically, and in many other ways.

It’s super inspirational to see, not to mention extremely impressive. It gives hope to other first-generation kids who have immigrant parents, telling them that they, too, can someday be just as successful in the field of their choice. Organizations like G.O.A.L y amigos provides a support system for not only Latinos but for those of other backgrounds by encouraging them in their studies and personal lives.

Some aren’t so willing to open up and express their ethnic background, however, because they’re afraid of being discriminated. I find it extremely helpful to participate in organizations that advocate or promote diversity, like G.O.A.L.. It is so important that minorities are able to freely express ourselves without the fear of being criticized or judged based on our thoughts. JoAnne Alvarez, creator of G.O.A.L., was once a part of Hispanos Unidos at IPFW, a group with the same mission as G.O.A.L.

“It is important to feel comfortable so, although you are a minority, you won’t feel like one,” she says.

G.O.A.L. y Amigos, the Latino student organization at Ivy Tech Northeast, partnered with American Honors and the Associate Accelerated Program for a Painting with a Twist event back in January in the Blue Bamboo in the Student Life Center.

G.O.A.L. y Amigos, the Latino student organization at Ivy Tech Northeast, partnered with American Honors and the Associate Accelerated Program for a Painting with a Twist event back in January in the Blue Bamboo in the Student Life Center.

Brayan Castillo, a business administration major, is a member of G.O.A.L.

“G.O.A.L y amigos has helped in many ways in my performance in school, as well as in my personal life,” he says. “I have a better sense of purpose on why I am continuing my education with the help and support of our members.”

With the help and support from groups such as G.O.A.L., he is reminded how important the success of his education is which is why he’s so mission oriented and will not settle for anything less.

“We want to break down any stereotypes or barriers to ultimately bring ethnicities together,” Castillo says.

Ohro Zlatanovic, who is studying Criminal Justice, immigrated to the United States from Germany when he was 5, and he says groups like G.O.A.L. are especially valuable.

“I realized how much they help unite and encourage people of all ethnic groups to succeed in all they do, whether it comes to the academic life or even the social life,” he says.

Learn more about G.O.A.L. on its Ivy Life page, where you can join.


Take care of yourself during finals week

Matt Shady, the College’s interim dean for the School of Health Sciences, agreed to put together some helpful suggestions for finals week. Of course it’s important to study, but these are some all-about-YOU tips to assure you do your best next week. Good luck!

  1. Do not change your normal routine.



If your body has a normal routine, finals week is not the time to make major changes. Stick with your normal daily activities as much as possible to avoid upsetting your normal balance.

  1. Eat healthy foods.

Proper nutrition may not be a high priority for everyone, but it can certainly help with maintaining your energy levels. Quick fixes like candy bars or energy drinks will give you a sudden burst of energy, but those effects tend to wear off quickly and leave you in a slump that is even worse than you were in before. Instead try healthier alternatives like fresh fruit, nuts, granola, or even cheese and crackers.

  1. Get up and move.

Many instructors believe that some type of brief interruption needs to occur every 40 to 50 minutes of study time. This could be a bathroom break, taking a short walk, or maybe even playing a single game of Candy Crush. Just find what five- to 10-minute task works best for you to give your mind a short break.

  1. Sleep is a necessity.

Most experts agree that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. In our busy lives, that may not always be a possibility. Pulling an all-night study session may get the work done, but it can takes days before you fully recover from the sleep deprivation. It is best to follow tip No. 1 and not change your normal routine.


Don’t change your normal routine during finals week, even if you really want to pull that all-nighter to study more. Get those zzz’s!

  1. Don’t let your stress build up.

Finals can be very stressful to many students. Finding ways to deal with your own stress can have lifelong benefits. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. For others, stress reduction may come from playing with their pet, reading a good book, or just going for a drive. If you find your stress level building, sit back and ask: In five or 10 years, is it really going to matter what grade I got on this final exam?

College to host Ford, Mustang show Saturday

Car owners and enthusiasts travel from across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington to attend the Old Fort Mustangers’ Mustang and Ford Show. The show includes any Ford-powered vehicle, ranging from the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustangs to today’s new models, plus Thunderbirds, trucks, and vintage and modified Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns.

The Old Fort Mustangers have partnered with Ivy Tech Northeast for years, awarding an Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship at the show to an automotive technology student. The College has hosted the show since 1989.

Coliseum Campus, parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions

July 16
8 a.m.: Registration opens
3 p.m.: Awards ceremony

Learn more and receive a show flier at

Ivy Tech Northeast to offer practical nursing classes at Wabash Campus

Beginning in the 2017 spring semester, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer practical nursing classes at its Wabash Campus. Interested individuals are invited to schedule a meeting with Jewel Diller, the College’s nursing dean, before the Sept. 1 application deadline.

To meet with Diller, prospective practical nursing and pre-nursing students can visit the Wabash Campus (277 N. Thorne St. in Wabash) from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19. They can contact her at or 260-480-4275. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Students who study Practical Nursing at Ivy Tech Northeast study to become a licensed practical nurse. They can earn a technical certificate in practical nursing on their way to receiving their associate of applied science degree. Practical nursing graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN, or the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses. Practical Nursing is a selective program, and students are accepted based on the number of students who apply each year and a separate application process. Visit to learn more about the program.


2016 marks the seventh annual South Side Fest, which includes a dance competition. The festival is a partnership with local leaders and companies to celebrate the south side of Fort Wayne.

Seventh annual South Side Fest celebrates living, working, playing in city’s south side

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is partnering with local leaders and companies to host the seventh annual South Side Fest, designed to bring the commuunity together and show that the south side of Fort Wayne is the place to live, work, and play.

The fest includes a 5-on-5 basketball tournament; a dance competition; a community resource and job fair; children’s activities including animals, face-painting, and more; music; and food.

Learn more at

1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus
7602 Patriot Crossing
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

College to host upcoming enrollment days for fall semester

Express Enrollment Day gives current and prospective students at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast the opportunity to complete the steps for registration in one day. They can apply to the College, sign up for financial aid, complete an assessment process, meet with an advisor, register for classes, and more.

Students who have more steps to complete should come earlier in the day to assure they can finish all enrollment steps. Students applying for financial aid should bring their 2015 tax information.

The deadline for new students to register for 16-week fall 2016 classes is Aug. 12. New students who register after the 12th will be able to sign up 12-, eight-, or four-week classes.

Attendees can RSVP at

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26

Sixteen-week classes begin Aug. 22; 12-week classes begin Sept. 19; second eight-week classes begin Oct. 17; fourth four-week classes begin Nov. 14.

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

7 habits of highly effective people

Last week, Shelley Parson, an academic advisor, hosted a workshop about author Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” You can view all seven habits on Covey’s website, though Parson focused on just the first three habits.

1. Be proactive

TIP: Use proactive language instead of reactive language. Instead of “She made me do that,” say “I chose to do that.” It’s human nature to want to blame other people, Parson pointed out, but it’s not effective in the long run. Say a student isn’t doing well in a class, so she says, “That teacher’s terrible and that is why I’m not going to pass the class.” By doing so, she gives all the power to the teacher instead of working toward her own success.

2. Begin with the end in mind

“The reason most people fail instead of succeed is that they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.” ~ Napoléon Bonaparte



TIP: Stay focused on your goals, Parson said.

  • “I want to be a size 10, but I want the candy bar.”
  • “I want to take care of my finances, but I want to gamble.”
  • “I want an A on the test, but I want to go to this party at the moment.”

It’s all about resisting immediate gratification that could deter you from your end game. This helps us learn to trust ourselves, and it helps others know we are reliable and trustworthy, too.

3. Put first things first

This is all about time management and learning to prioritize. The most effective people spend most of their time on important items that aren’t a crisis; by planning ahead and focusing on the important things on your to-do list, versus those that aren’t important or that only seem important, fewer items reach crisis-situation.

Throughout the year, Ivy Tech Northeast hosts free Career Development, advising, and student success workshops. All students are welcome, and topics vary from Anxiety and Reading for Success in College to Healthy Self Advocacy. If you’re interested in attending a future workshop, find the summer’s workshop list online.

Wabash Campus receives $34k Industrial Technology grant

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Wabash Campus has again received a grant from the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust. The $34,488 grant will fund training for local workers who aim to improve their technical skills for career advancement. This is the fourth year this grant has been used to promote industrial skills training.

The grant-funded Industrial Technology classes will be offered during the upcoming academic year, and the grant will cover tuition, books, and some transportation costs for students.

“Most of these students are already working at local industries, and their new skills will benefit both them and their employers, leading to a more skilled workforce in Wabash County,” says Pamella Guthrie, Wabash Campus site director.

Over the last three years, 36 students received training through this grant in industrial electricity, machine tool, and welding. Eleven of those students received a Certificate of Technology in Industrial Electricity.

“Each year that we have focused on industrial skills training, we have increased the number of skilled workers in Wabash County,” according to the grant proposal.

There will be a check presentation at 3:30 p.m. June 24 at the Wabash Campus, 277 N. Thorne St., Wabash.

Since 2003, the trust has provided more than half a million dollars toward helping Wabash County adults attain the education and skills needed to succeed in the workplace. As the manager of the Wabash’s Rock City Café for many years, Barker saw the need for adult education in the community. Her decision to form a trust for adult students helps the region reach its Big Goal, which aims to increase the percent of northeast Indiana residents with a degree or certificate by 2025.


College to host area middle school students at week-long STEM camps

Elementary and middle school students ages 8 to 14 are invited to participate in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Adventure and Imagination Summer STEM Camp, which offers two one-week sessions. The camp provides a range of science, technology, engineering, and math activities, including

  • Defending computers from hackers and security threats
  • Programming robots
  • Studying the chemistry of food
  • Exploring area nature preserves

The cost is $149 for one week. This covers T-shirt, lunch, snacks, supplies, and field trips. Need-based scholarships are available for students. Those interested can contact Provi Mayo at 260-480-2070 or for further details.

For more information or to register, visit

Week 1, for 8- to 10-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11 to 15

Week 2, for 11- to 14-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 to 22

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835