Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Nursing Program Ranked 2nd in the State

2019 PN Ranking BadgeEvansville, IN — Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus was recently notified that its Licensed Practical Nurse Program in the Barbara J. Hilton R.N. School of Nursing, was ranked 2nd in Indiana as a best nursing program by practicalnursing.org. 100% of the LPN graduates from the Evansville campus passed the NCLEX-PN test for the years 2014-2018. This exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure, according to practicalnursing.org.

“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The 100% pass rates here in Evansville of the LPN program indicate the high quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates, and the high demand for these graduates in area hospitals and other health-related facilities proves the success of the preparation our students receive.”

The 2nd place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-PN licensing pass rates. According to practicalnursing.org’s website, NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for all PN programs were collected for five years, if available. If schools had the same pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including the 1) Looking at the number of students taking the exam — the higher the number, greater the ranking position and 2) the number of years of test data available – those with more years of data, the greater the ranking position.

At Ivy Tech, the Practical Nurse (LPN) Technical Certificate can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and can be earned in about one year, after completing general education requirements. The program provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program.

Dean of Ivy Tech Evansville School of Nursing Gail Lindsay, said the faculty at Ivy Tech Evansville is unmatched in their dedication to the students. “Every day I see students and faculty who are working together to help the student be successful. Many of our students come to us with life challenges they are overcoming and still, they bring everything they have to the table and obviously, as the pass rates show, work to reach their end goal.”

In Indiana, 20 schools were analyzed for five years, with 5 being ranked.

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Nursing Program Ranked 2nd in the State

“Second Chance” Law to be Discussed at Ivy Tech Community College on April 17

Expungement flyerEvansville, IN — Individuals who would like to learn more about expunging their legal records are invited to a presentation by the Vanderburgh County Courts, on April 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium on the Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus.

Sponsored by Ivy Tech’s Human Services, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies programs, the event is free and open to the public. Expungement is a legal process where an arrest or conviction may be erased from a person’s criminal record. This could be beneficial when a person’s past history may be interfering with future goals such as employment, education, or housing.

Speakers at the event will be the Honorable Les Shively, presiding judge in all expungement cases in Vanderburgh County; attorneys Katherine Ryback and Shaunda Lynch; and Deputy Prosecutor Doug Brown. The panel will address the “second chance” law and answer questions to provide guidance to those wanting to clean up their record.

“Second Chance” Law to be Discussed at Ivy Tech Community College on April 17

Early College/Ivy Tech to Celebrate Earth Day with Lecture on Global Warming

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Evansville, IN –This month’s Early College@Ivy Tech Lecture Series will feature an Earth Day presentation by Jon Schrage, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School math and science teacher. The lecture, “Climate Change: What We Know and How We Know It” will be Tuesday, April 23, at 5:15 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Schrage, who holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, said to have a constructive conversation about any controversial topic, all parties need to have a shared set of facts.

“In the context of climate change, a lack of shared facts has historically made meaningful debate difficult. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the methods of

modern climatology are highly advanced and technical,” Schrage said, and “members of the public erroneously form opinions about “climate” based on personal experiences of ‘weather.”

In this presentation one day after the official celebration of Earth Day takes place, the nature of our modern state of understanding of climate and climate change will be examined, as well as some of the techniques used to predict future climate trends under different public policy scenarios.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School is located at Ivy Tech Community College, and its students attend Ivy Tech classes, along with regular high school coursework – many completing an Associate Degree while still in high school, or their General Education Core — 30 credits transferrable to any college in Indiana.

To learn more about Early College High School, go to https://earlycollege.evscschools.com/. To learn more about Ivy Tech and its transfer programs, go to www.ivytech.edu/transfer.

Early College/Ivy Tech to Celebrate Earth Day with Lecture on Global Warming

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 Night to answer high school students’ questions about college

c101-header3-1EVANSVILLE, IN – Ivy Tech Community College will host College 101 Night on Thursday, April 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at its Evansville campus, 3501 N. First Avenue.

During this event, high school students, parents, and adults interested in learning more about going to college at Ivy Tech will have the opportunity to speak to representatives about topics including financial aid, picking a major, enrollment steps, and much more. College 101 Night also gives individuals the opportunity to tour the building, and see what Ivy Tech has to offer, including certificate programs, affordable tuition, and transfer options.

This event is free and open to all, including Ivy Tech dual credit students and 21st Century Scholars. Participants are encouraged to RSVP prior to attending the event. All details, including the list of participating locations, can be found at IvyTech.edu/College101.

Ivy Tech Community College offers College 101 Night to answer high school students’ questions about college

Students Win Scholarships at Ivy Tech Community College Day of Cyber

Evansville, Ind.— Forty students from Ivy Tech Evansville and Ivy Tech Columbus competed in the School’s first ever Day of Cyber last week. The four top scorers were awarded Ivy Tech Scholarships.

Winners were:

  • First place: Irene Sizemore, Ivy Tech Columbus, $750 Scholarship
  • Second place: shared by Luis J. Diaz-Sanchez and James Gill, both from Ivy Tech Columbus, split a $500 scholarship
  • Third place: Jason Reese, Evansville Campus, $250 Circle of Ivy Scholarship

The competition consisted of a two-hour game in which participants validated their skills finding and exploiting web applications vulnerabilities, correlating security events from log entries, and uncovering secret messages transmitted over network.”  These are the types of projects they will work on upon graduating, and working in the Cyber Security field.

Scholarships were provided by the Ivy Tech Evansville and Columbus Foundations.

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Irene Sizemore – 1st Place
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Luis J. Diaz-Sanchez – 2nd Place
James Gill-2nd place
James Gill – 2nd Place
Jason Reese -3rd
Jason Reese – 3rd Place
Students Win Scholarships at Ivy Tech Community College Day of Cyber

Area High School Students Come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Evansville, Ind.— Four area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the Fourth Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.

Winners were:

  • Corey Wanninger, first place, Tell City High School
  • Mason Sandage, second place, Heritage Hills High School
  • Luke Harris, third place, Southridge High School
  • Jacob Moog, fourth place, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center and North High School

Prizes included a $2,000 Ivy Tech scholarship from Larry’s Automotive, a $1,500 Ivy Tech scholarship from Duells Evansville Kia and Hyundai, a $1,000 Ivy Tech scholarship Raben Tire, and a $500 Ivy Tech scholarship from Expressway Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram.

The competition among selected students from area high schools with automotive programs consisted of testing through a variety of scenarios one would find in an automotive repair setting such as:  alignment issues, no start, looking up service information, confirming customer complaint and diagnostic process, investigating check engine light and live data, multi-point inspection, and a 50-question ASE style test.

Training sessions for students not participating in the skills challenge were provided by Snap-On, NAPA, and FCA Mopar Cap Fiat Chrysler Corp. Lunch was sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota.

Left to Right: Moog, Wanninger, Sandage, Harris
Area High School Students Come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

United Way Recognizes Ivy Tech Student Zach Maes

In the latest Newsletter from the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Ivy Tech Evansville Student Zach Maes was recognized for his service and philanthropy to the organization.

Zach stated, “for me volunteering and giving back is about much more than just making a resume look good its about the people your gift (monetary or otherwise) impacts. When you get to see those results it’s amazing. Everyone can give whether it be monetary, time, or even items that a nonprofit needs. Nothing is ever about the recognition. If you get a job well done and a pat on the back its a good day.”

Way to go, Zach- Ivy Tech is proud of you!UWphotoZM

United Way Recognizes Ivy Tech Student Zach Maes

Ivy Tech Community College Speaker Series to Feature Chamber CEO Tara Barney

Tara Barney Picture2Evansville, IN — President and CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber Tara Barney, will be the culminating speaker in the 2019 School of Business Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, April 10. This presentation in the annual series sponsored by Banterra Bank, will be at 6 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium.  It is free and open to the public.

Barney will present the keynote address, “Intentional Collisions.”  She said the topic will address how to apply the science of “thinking outside the box” by seeking out spontaneous opportunities to build a stronger community in the workplace. “As you put yourself out there with diverse thinkers, you will find your superpower, your unique leadership skill,” Barney said. She will address how to pick up some ideas on how to identify it, harness it, and hone it to build your personal career brand.

A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium.

Barney serves as the President & CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber and works with 18 other staff members to serve over 1,500 chamber members. Prior to joining the Southwest Indiana Chamber in March 2018, she served in a similar position with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce for seven years. The Quad Cities Chamber is a business and economic development organization serving a bi-state metropolitan area of 400,000 west of Chicago along the Illinois and Iowa border and worked effectively with more than 30,000 businesses, including several Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to her role at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, she was the President and CEO of the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as DavenportOne). The latter organization merged with the Illinois Quad City Chamber in 2010, thus achieving a long-standing interest of the business and civic community to have a single, regional business organization overseeing economic and community advancement.

Through Quad Cities Chamber predecessor organizations, she has nearly 20 years of extensive chamber experience and in working on economic and community development initiatives.  When residing in Ohio, Barney held various roles in economic development with the Cities of Columbus and Toledo in both the public and private sector.  Prior to her tenure in the Quad Cities, Barney resided in Southwest Florida and served on the business attraction staff of the Lee County/Fort Myers Florida Economic Development Office.

Barney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Miami University and a M.P.A. from the John Glenn College of Public Policy at The Ohio State University where she was the recipient of the Pacesetter Award.

For additional information, contact Jamie Purcell, instructor of Business Administration, at  jpurcell26@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College Speaker Series to Feature Chamber CEO Tara Barney