Ivy Tech Professor Receives Torchbearer Award


Evansville, Ind.— Donna Zimmerman, assistant professor and program chair of Advanced Automation and Robotics at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus, was one of 12 women honored on Wednesday, Sept. 26, with the annual Torchbearer Award.

“I am humbled to be included with these ground-breaking women, Zimmerman said. “It is a pleasure for me to be able to work on projects that help the community and are of such interest to area women.” First Lady Janet Holcomb, Torchbearer Awards Honorary Chair, and the Board of Commissioners of the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) presented the awards.

According to the ICW, this prestigious award recognizes women from around the state who have broken down barriers, overcome obstacles to women’s full participation, and have made Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family. As an engineer, Zimmerman is a visible example of what young women might become. She spends every day in her lab and/or within the community teaching women of all ages the skills needed to successfully compete within the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Zimmerman has presented to national audiences about interactive lab software and has presented frequently on teaching techniques. Zimmerman will be presenting at an international conference in October 2018 on a prosthetic device design using 3D printers.

She is active in the community, having taught and led many educational efforts including robotic camps, workshops and competitions, and is partnered with the YMCA to bring STEM activities to underserved areas of the community.

Zimmerman’s passion is service to the disabled though service learning in her classes. Projects include modifying a wheelchair to enable a student’s ability to stand in automotive classes and using robotic skills to modify devices used in teaching disabled students. She has received the Ivy Tech President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction (2017), the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award (2017), the 21st Annual Celebration of Leadership Award (2017), and the Ivy Tech Community Engagement Award (2016).

Ivy Tech Professor Receives Torchbearer Award

Ivy Tech Evansville Celebrates CDL Program During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) cohort will begin on September 10 at Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville Campus just in time for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 9-15. The program contributes to the industry’s demand for 400,000 new drivers each year.

Started by the American Trucking Association, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week features the work of those in the industry and showcases the pivotal role they play.

At the Ivy Tech Evansville campus, students can earn their CDL in as little as four weeks. The College offers day and night classes continuously throughout the year. The comprehensive training includes classroom instruction, drive time, learning materials, drug screen, Department of Transportation physical, and CDL Class A License testing.  CDL training is Veteran Affairs approved and full funding is available through WorkOne for those who qualify.

“CDL is a high-wage, high-demand certification in Southwest Indiana,” said Kyla Krieg, Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment Consultant. “The CDL program at Ivy Tech Evansville is making an impact in key sectors that drive the Hoosier economy, such as logistics, manufacturing, agriculture, and energy delivery. The first-year earnings and flexibility for over-the-road drivers are attractive. Many carriers recruit new drivers directly from our program or sponsor existing employees to earn their CDL. Additionally, some students will find that CDL can add value to a degree or academic credential from Ivy Tech, as is the case with many of our diesel technology graduates.”

Learn more through Ivy Tech’s www.ivytech.edu/TrainedandReady or call 812-429-9868.


Ivy Tech Evansville Celebrates CDL Program During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Ivy Spark at Tell City Career and Technology Center Focuses on High School Students

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EVANSVILLE, IN – High School seniors from Tell City, Perry Central, and Heritage Hills High Schools are on their way to earning a technical certificate and certifications through a new program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Tell City Career and Technology Center.

Ivy Spark, designed for high school juniors and seniors, brings students from their schools to the Tell City site from 8 to 9:30 a.m. every week day. This semester, all seniors are taking basic electricity and fluid power dynamics. Next semester they will take motors and motor controls – and because this is the first year and they started as seniors – they will complete with a final class during the summer. They also will earn an industry standard MSSC certification. Future students will be able to complete their credential earned by the time they graduate from high school.

“Things are going pretty well,” said Gary Hannan, instructor for the course and retired educator from Cannelton and Perry Central High Schools. “They are making the adjustment between high school level courses and the work entailed in college level – but this is a safe place to have this experience and I’m here to help.”

Hannan said programs like this are good for the community. “I moved to Perry County from Illinois years ago and the industry in this area really struggled for years.” Hannan said that now companies have been recruited to the area and “we have lots of opportunities and good jobs for our youth.” With skills like these high school students are earning, they will be a good fit for local industry.

To learn more about this program, contact Kyla Krieg, workforce alignment consultant, at 812-385-8565.

Ivy Spark at Tell City Career and Technology Center Focuses on High School Students