Students to Receive Free Bicycles at Ivy Tech’s 13th Annual Public Safety Academy

EVANSVILLE – Many middle school and elementary school students in the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Academy will receive a new bicycle, helmet, and bicycle lock on Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus. The bicycles will be awarded to students who demonstrate good attendance, good behavior, and a good attitude while participating in the Public Safety Academy, and other summer activities in the community.


The Academy is a partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the City of Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation, the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville.

In addition to the standard bikes, two adaptive bicycles that are specifically designed for children who are physically unable to ride a standard bicycle, will be given away. “We look forward to this event every year and are grateful for the leadership of Ivy Tech Dean Chris Kiefer, and others at Ivy Tech, who have consistently raised funds and collected bicycles for these students, as a reward for positive behavior,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Bicycles will be presented to the students by donors, representatives from public safety agencies, EVSC, local dignitaries, and community leaders. Students will also be treated to an afternoon of fun, including activities, snacks, a tour of Ivy Tech, and a video on bicycle safety. The event is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses across the Tri-State.

The Evansville Bicycle Club and Gerling Law will assist with the event and will help adjust the bike seats and helmets to ensure a proper fit.

Sponsors include: Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Tech Foundation, EVSC, EVSC Foundation, Deaconess, Evansville Federal Credit Union, Tri-State Community Clinics, David Smith, Department of Parks and Recreation, Kiefer for School Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, City of Evansville, Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, Banterra Bank, 911 Gives Hope, Evansville Police Department, ONI Risk Partners, YMCA, Evansville Bicycle Club, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific Recycling, Anthem, Gerling Law, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Hahn Kiefer Real Estate Services, and ProMark.

Students to Receive Free Bicycles at Ivy Tech’s 13th Annual Public Safety Academy

Ivy Tech Foundation raises more money than any other community college nationally

INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Foundation has ranked as the top fundraiser among community college systems nationwide, according to a survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education.

At $16.4 million, the amount raised by Ivy Tech exceeds the second place community college fundraiser by 43 percent, according to the 2017 Voluntary Support for Education (VSE) survey. This is the ninth consecutive year that Ivy Tech has taken the number one spot on the list. Approximately 90 percent of the funds raised are used for scholarships, instructional equipment and technology, and educational programs, meaning that millions of dollars are invested each year to directly enhance student success.

“Our donors are so generous that we lead the country as the number one community college foundation,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “At the same time, we know there is still more we need to do for our students, and we will not stop our important work of engaging donors to give through the Foundation to remove the barriers preventing our students from reaching their educational goals.”

Ivy Tech Kokomo student Kayla Foor is on track to graduate this December with a degree in business administration and a certificate in human resources. Thanks to the generosity of donors during her time at Ivy Tech, she took advantage of scholarships to help her achieve her academic goals. She struggled her first semester after being out of school for five years. When she buckled down, she was able to earn straight A’s and make the Dean’s List. This summer she is interning as a human resources clerk at City Hall in Kokomo. Upon graduation, she plans to transfer to IU Kokomo to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“I am working towards my educational goals entirely on my own and Ivy Tech was not only affordable but also the best fit for me and how I learn,” said Foor. “Without scholarships and support from generous donors, I would not be able to make my dreams a reality and further my education as an adult student.”

According to VSE, giving to colleges increased by 6.3 percent in 2017. Colleges and universities raised $43.6 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. This is the highest fundraising total recorded in the survey’s 60-year history.

“Through its dedication to Indiana, its workforce, and its students, Ivy Tech is making a positive impact in the communities it serves statewide,” said Terry Anker, Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors chairman. “Ivy Tech has many supporters who believe in the mission of the College, and we will work to continue to grow that number in the years to come.”

The Voluntary Support for Education survey is the authoritative national source of information on private giving to higher education and private K-12 schools.

Ivy Tech Foundation raises more money than any other community college nationally

Ivy Tech Community College Tell City Career & Technology Center Dedicates New Certified Nursing Assistant Lab Space

treelogoTell City, IN – Community members and Ivy Tech officials gathered today to celebrate the completion of a new laboratory space dedicated to instruction of Tell City’s newest offering – Certified Nursing Assistant program.

Funding for the Perry County Memorial Hospital Health Sciences Center and equipment was provided by Ivy Tech, Perry County Memorial Hospital, and the Perry County Development Corporation.

“The Certified Nursing Assistant certificate is a great entry into several healthcare fields,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “This is a high-demand career path in the region. Many CNAs go on to become Qualified Medical Assistants, Nurses, and Surgical Technologists.” Weinzapfel added that the lab is a wonderful addition to the Anatomy Laboratory, and will allow Ivy Tech to increase the number of healthcare offerings at the Tell City site.

Ivy Tech Community College Tell City Career & Technology Center Dedicates New Certified Nursing Assistant Lab Space

Ivy Tech to Partner with St. Vincent StatFlight to Offer New Ride-Along Program

Evansville, IN — Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus today announced a partnership with St. Vincent’s StatFlight, the largest air medical provider in Indiana, to provide clinical opportunities for Ivy Tech students in the Paramedic Science Program through its new ride-along program.

Second-year students in the program interested in pursuing emergency or intensive care-type opportunities will have the chance to ride along, and see a roadmap of what an individual would need to do in order to be a member of an emergency flight team is their goal.

“We are pleased the Evansville campus has been selected to offer a clinical opportunity of this magnitude for our students,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “This state-of-the-art, larger helicopter that can hold more individuals than previous versions, will offer even more career pathways for Ivy Tech students to pursue. We thank St. Vincent StatFlight for this opportunity.”

Ivy Tech’s Paramedic Science Program prepares its students to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in pre-hospital and clinical settings. Instruction includes advanced cardiac life support, medical triage, rescue operations, patient stabilization, monitoring and care, drug administration, identification and preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries, as well as professional standards and regulations.

Chuck Dietrick, program chair and assistant professor, in Ivy Tech’s Frank L. Hilton MD School of Health Sciences at the Evansville Campus, said students in the program benefit from 360 hours of clinical experience, and 400 hours of an internship using hands-on experiences in actual patient care settings. “The curriculum is a mix of lecture, demonstration, in-class skill practice, and clinical rotations,” Dietrick said.

“This partnership is the key for preparing students for their healthcare careers,” said Pat Rausher, Director of EMS, St. Vincent Evansville.

Ivy Tech to Partner with St. Vincent StatFlight to Offer New Ride-Along Program

Ivy Tech Announces Partnership to Skill Up Workforce for Local Chemical Employers

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20180430_111433.jpgEvansville, IN – Ivy Tech Community College and five local companies – SABIC, Valero, Green Plains, and CountryMark of Mount Vernon, IN, and Mead Johnson Nutrition, of Evansville – announced today a partnership designed to identify, train, and employ new workers for the companies, anchored by a $147,000 donation by SABIC, $20,000 from CountryMark, and $15,000  from Valero to the Ivy Tech Foundation. This partnership and funding will be used to purchase lab equipment for Ivy Tech’s newest offering in the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science, as well as Advisory Board membership, and internship and scholarship opportunities.

On April 16, Ivy Tech’s Evansville Campus was approved to offer a Process Operations technical certificate. The credential will provide students the training to achieve initial qualifications and fundamental knowledge of the process industry that can lead to employment as process operators in a variety of fields like chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum refining industries.

“This partnership is providing a creative solution to address what is being called a ‘silver tsunami’ as many in the workforce are at, or nearing, retirement,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, Evansville Campus Chancellor. “Students in this program will be prepared to enter the workforce in one year, and benefit from scholarships provided by the companies, as well as internship opportunities.

“Because of these retirements, these companies have a great need for trained process technicians to operate equipment in the production process,” he added. Weinzapfel lauded the foresight of SABIC, as they developed a plan of action to train individuals for the many open positions they will have in the coming months and years as long-time skilled employees retire. “This groundbreaking concept, will be a model many will follow to grow our employment base.”

Weinzapfel added that funding through NextLevel Jobs, an initiative through the Governor’s Office, may provide these courses free to qualifying students. Students must work with Ivy Tech’s Enrollment Center and Financial aid office to verify eligibility.

According to leaders in these companies, graduates will be readily employed at competitive starting salaries of $20 per hour or more. The program will provide a practical education in the various aspects of plant operations including environmental, health, and safety, equipment operation, process monitoring, troubleshooting procedures, regulatory compliance, and basic preventive maintenance.

SABIC, Valero, and CountryMark’s donations will provide the funding for Ivy Tech to upgrade their laboratory facilities to include new equipment, modern instrument trainers, and computer process simulators when classes begin this summer. Students studying for the Process Operations Technical Certificate will learn how to:

  1. Maintain safety, health, and environmental standards in a chemical plant.
  2. Handle, store, and transport chemical materials according to all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  3. Describe chemical process systems and operations.
  4. Operate, monitor, and control batch and continuous chemical processes.
  5. Apply mathematical and statistical concepts and principles to chemical process operations.
  6. Use computers and computerized equipment for communications and chemical process control.

Joe Castrale, general manager of SABIC’s Mt. Vernon facility said it was important to his company to be proactive and develop a plan to address the employment needs of his company before it hits and to reach out to similar companies to be a part of the process.

“SABIC’s Mount Vernon production employees possess a unique set of technical and critical thinking skills that take years to develop,” Castrale said. “With increasing retirements on the horizon, it is important now more than ever to address the workforce gaps in the petrochemical industry head on.

“The technical certificate program allows us to transfer that deep knowledge and train employees faster in order to continue operating our facility safely while competing in a global marketplace.”

To enroll, go to or call Joseph Binkley, assistant director of admission for additional information at 812-492-0337.

Ivy Tech Announces Partnership to Skill Up Workforce for Local Chemical Employers

Southridge, Heritage Hills, and Tell City come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Evansville, Ind.— Three area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 3rd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.

Winners were:

  • Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High School
  • Logan Klueh, second place, Tell City High School
  • Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School

Prizes included one, $1,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech; two, $500 scholarships and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, and AutoZone.

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, AutoZone, and Technician Academy. Lunch was sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota.

Southridge, Heritage Hills, and Tell City come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Free Mining Training at Ivy Tech Community College

Evansville, Ind.- Ivy Tech Community College will offer free mining training at the Princeton Career and Technology Center beginning in April.

The training, MSHA Part 48 is being offered May 7-10 and May 21-24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must register in person at Ivy Tech’s Princeton Career & Technology Center, 2431 South Crabtree Drive, Princeton.

Proceeds from Indiana Coal Mining Institute license plate sales are making this opportunity available at no cost to participants who meet the general hiring requirements. Participants will be trained and ready for hire on the last day of class.

More than 125 immediate job openings in Gibson County require MSHA Part 48 training. MSHA training is required for all employees, maintenance, and vendors on any mine site. Training is valid for 36 months, so participants can train now and work later.  Ivy Tech hopes to continue to offer this training this summer, for Class of 2018 high school graduates that have an interest in a career in coal mining or mining support industries, such as diesel maintenance, engineering, industrial technology, logistics, management, and welding.

John Snowden, mining program director, will coordinate the free mining training classes at Ivy Tech. Snowden boasts nearly 30 years of mining experience and workforce training instruction throughout Southern Indiana.

For more information about free mining training classes, call the Princeton Career and Technology Center at 812-385-8495 option 0. Learn more about Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment at ivytech/edu.TrainedAndReady.

Free Mining Training at Ivy Tech Community College