Ivy Tech Southwest Summer Semester Beginning Soon

Evansville, Ind.— Ivy Tech Southwest will begin its summer semester on Monday, June 5. The site offers courses in a wide variety of areas of study including English, Psychology, Communications, Public Speaking, Reading Strategies for College, Intro to College Writing, Art Appreciation, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Certified Nurse Assistant and Qualified Medical Assistant prep, Business Law, Medical Law and Ethics, Human Resource Management, and a variety of courses in the Technology Division including Welding, HVAC, Basic Electricity, and Program Controllers.

Ivy Tech offers a college education at an affordable cost close to home. Students can pursue an Ivy Tech degree to prepare for an in-demand, high-paying job in two years or less, or as a smart start to a bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech offers certificates, technical certificates, associate of applied science and associate degrees.

Summer is a great time to take classes as a guest student. Take a class at your hometown Ivy Tech campus, or through Ivy Tech Online, and you’ll be one step closer to graduation. Ivy Tech credits transfer to your college and our tuition is the most affordable in the state – less than half the cost of most other options. For more information on becoming a guest student, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/guest/ .

For a course schedule list of summer offerings at any of the Southwest campuses (Evansville, Princeton, Tell City), visit https://www.ivytech.edu/southwest/6633.html.

To apply visit https://www.ivytech.edu/apply-now/, or call 1-888-IVY-LINE.

 

Ivy Tech Southwest Summer Semester Beginning Soon

Express Enrollment Day April 19 at Ivy Tech Southwest

express-enrollment-dayEvansville, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will host Express Enrollment Day for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for summer or fall 2017, on April 19. The free event is  designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially, all in one day!

The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ivy Tech 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN.

At the event students will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete the FAFSA or have their financial aid questions answered.  Also, students can learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans.
  • Create their MyIvy account, complete their FYIvy and schedule a face-to-face orientation session.
  • Determine what assessments may be needed to enroll.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Here is what students should bring to Express Enrollment:

  • Government issued ID
  • Tax information for 2015 (if filing a FAFSA-Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • High School and/or College Transcripts – whichever applies
  • An idea of what he/she would like to study

For more information and to RSVP, visit ivytech.edu/EEStatewide.

Express Enrollment Day April 19 at Ivy Tech Southwest

“Leading by Example” Topic of Ivy Tech/Banterra Annual Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College

The 2017 Schools of Business and Computing and Informatics Speaker Series at Ivy Tech
Community College Southwest culminates April 19 with Guest Speaker Bo Drake, workforce alignment executive at Ivy Tech Southwest presenting the keynote address, “Leading by ExBo Drake2ample.” It is free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 344 at Ivy Tech, 3501 N. First Avenue. The event, which features three different events, is sponsored by Banterra Bank.

Drake came to Southwest Indiana in 2013 to serve as executive director of Corporate College, (now Workforce Alignment) for Ivy Tech. Charged with serving employers throughout the region, he and his team have brought about significant growth. He has helped the college secure more than $2 million in grants and donations and has begun several programs to serve the workforce development needs in the community.

Previously, Drake was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as a consultant in Mergers and Acquisitions. At Nationwide, he was responsible for training, coaching, and consulting with agency owners and sales managers in multiple states. He consulted on projects totaling more than $50 million and performed extensive financial analysis and forecasting.  Drake also worked with the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Agency in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of Insurance, serving the insurance needs of lawyers throughout the state.

He is a board member for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. He has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a committee member for cMOE’s fundraiser, Ignite It!

Drake is an Ivy Tech alumnus with an Associate of Arts degree in business administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in human services from Liberty University.

A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5 p.m. in the foyer area of Vectren Auditorium, on the first floor of Ivy Tech.

“Leading by Example” Topic of Ivy Tech/Banterra Annual Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates Barbara J. Hilton, RN School of Nursing

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Evansville, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Southwest honored the memory of Barbara J. Hilton, as the Ivy Tech Barbara J. Hilton School of Nursing was dedicated today (4/7/17).

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Frank L. Hilton, the School of Nursing this spring has approximately 140 nursing majors in its Associate of Science in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing Programs; and another 300 students taking coursework in hope of being accepted into the programs. The School of Nursing was recently ranked 2nd in the state for its students’ high pass rates on the NCLEX exam.

This gift from the Hilton family will allow for new and evolving equipment to be purchased and used in the years to come, keeping Ivy Tech’s nursing students on the cutting edge of the industry. The funding will help to provide scholarships for students in the programs, as well.

“Donors like Dr. Hilton are the lifeblood of our college, providing funding that help our college and its programs – but most importantly — help our students to realize their dreams and become contributing members of this community,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Dr. Hilton is providing this gift – in honor of his late wife, Barbara J. Hilton. Barbara was a dedicated mother, wife, friend and nurse. According to Dr. Hilton, his wife empathized with many Ivy Tech students because her education path toward nursing was a journey not without hurdles. She attended a large university for one year, but then moved back home and got married. After marriage, and then having two children, Barbara realized the value of a college education and the impact it had on a profession, Dr. Hilton said. She enrolled in a two-year institution, where she earned her nursing degree and graduated at the top of her class. Barbara was a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center for nine and a half years, and later worked at Bristol-Myers as a registered nurse. She was the owner of Home Health Care Agency (OBI), from which she retired.

John Murphy, president of the Ivy Tech Foundation, said “We are honored to dedicate the Barbara J. Hilton School of Nursing in recognition of a transformational gift from Dr. Frank Hilton.  This gift will enable us to continue providing stellar nursing education opportunities in southwest Indiana and help students reach their career goals.”

Barbara and Dr. Hilton were married for 20 years. Together, they had four children: Jennifer Riley, Ryan Hilton, Doug Eisele, and Nathan Eisele. In 2008, at the age of 53, Barbara passed away after experiencing a traumatic fall.

Dr. Hilton said, “An anonymous person once wrote three simple rules of life. 1. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.  3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place,” he said. “Barbara probably never read these simple rules but they certainly pertained to her. She went after what she wanted, applied and asked for a scholarship, and stepped forward more than once.”

In recognition of Barbara’s achievements in nursing and Frank’s work with the nurses of the Women’s Hospital, many of whom were Ivy Tech graduates, the Barbara J. Hilton Nursing Scholarship has been established to provide support to students in Ivy Tech’s Nursing Program.

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates Barbara J. Hilton, RN School of Nursing

Ivy Tech Student Recognized for Book Cover Design

Jonathan BarerraLittle did nine-year-old Jonathan Barrera realize when his family moved to Evansville from El Salvador, that one day he would be set to graduate from college with a degree in Graphic Design, and be recognized for his design work for a noted author.

Barrera, a visual communication major who will graduate this May, was in Joie Fuller’s Graphic Design 2 class last year when author Mike Whicker approached the class about helping him with a re-design of his most popular book, “Invitation to Valhalla,” a historical work of fiction about the daughter of Hitler’s comrade, who is the Nazi’s top spy; and an FBI agent who is sent out to investigate a garbled shortwave transmission coming from southern Indiana that is intercepted by a HAM radio operator.

My “Invitation to Valhalla” cover was 15 years old and outdated,” Whicker said. “I had done the cover myself, and it was simplistic and I knew I need a new cover. The book is the bestselling of my six books and I wanted a more professional cover.”

Barrera said he researched the book and Whicker’s previous books. “I looked at the original cover and tried to keep some of the colors and design elements,” Barrera said. “Mr. Whicker gave us a basic template of where the image and text should be.” Whicker said he encouraged the students to be creative. “I told the class the basics of what I was looking for, but encouraged the students to interpret the cover as they saw fit. About eight or nine students submitted potential covers,” Whicker said.

Fuller, a professor of graphic design at Ivy Tech, said that unique challenge that students had on this project was they were required to work with a photograph that was recently shot for this project. “The image appeared very clean, crisp and modern. But, they needed to make it feel as though it was from WWII era to fit the storyline.”

Whicker said “all of the samples were excellent. But, his (Barrera’s) designs were the most impressive. The great things I had heard about Ivy Tech’s graphic design department were confirmed.”

“Jonathan successfully used subtle Photoshop techniques to give the modern photo a vintage feel,” Fuller added. “His design integrated the required photo of the story’s spy and effectively portrayed the era and two countries involved in the storyline, while having the book title beautifully pop off the cover art.”

Fuller said that while designing a book cover is not a typical semester activity, working on a real-world project with a client is something she hopes to have at least once during Graphic Design 2 or 3 classes. “Working with a real-world client affords the student the opportunity to design for someone other than themselves or the instructor. Students can sometimes feel that it’s the instructor just being harsh or critical as we move along on a project with tight deadlines and many changes. It also opens their eyes to the world of demands and deadlines that our profession requires.”

Barrera’s design was unveiled at a private reception on March 17 and again, at a fundraiser for Germania Maennerchor the following day. He said he plans to transfer to the University of Southern Indiana this coming fall and also would like to get a job in graphic design to help pay the way. His dream is to start his own company after having worked with a design firm for a few years.

“I decided to come to Ivy Tech after I graduated from Harrison High School in 2013, because my classmates told me it was a good school and I could get my initial degree in two years,” Barrera said. “I thought I wanted to do web design, but decided later that graphic design was a better fit.

Ivy Tech Student Recognized for Book Cover Design

Heritage Hills, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center Come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Four area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 2nd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.

Winners were:

  • Gavin Fella, first place, Heritage Hills High School
  • Alex Benton, second place, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center and Central High School
  • Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School
  • John DeVillez, honorable mention, Heritage Hills High School

Prizes included two, $1,000 scholarships to Ivy Tech; one, $500 scholarship and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, O’Reilly’s, and Advance Auto.

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.

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First place winner Gavin Fella (center), of Heritage Hills receives his trophy, $1,000 scholarship, and tools. Pictured L-R:  Instructor Tim Roberts; Heritage Hills Teacher Carl Hall; Student Gavin Fella; Asst. Professor and Program Chair Chris Kaufman, and Instructor Dave Wagner.

Heritage Hills, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center Come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Sixth Annual Speaker Series Planned at Ivy Tech Community College

The 2017 Schools of Business and Computing and Informatics Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College will kick off on Wednesday, February 15, at 6 p.m.  This annual series is sponsored by Banterra Bank.

On Feb. 15, a panel discussion is planned to help students and others in the public prepare for interviews and job searches. “Assembling Your Personal Brand” will take place in Room 344 at Ivy Tech, at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Banterra Bank officials Kyle Dodd, assistant senior community banker, and commercial loan officers Chad Wingert, Brian Woods, Geoff Gentil, and Kevin Canterbury will discuss resumes, cover letters, references, interviewing, career research, and social networking.

The sixth annual Schools of Business, Computing and Informatics Speaker Series will be April 19 with Bo Drake, executive director of Workforce Alignment at Ivy Tech Southwest presenting the keynote address, “Leading by Example.” It is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 344 at Ivy Tech at 6 p.m.

Drake came to Southwest Indiana in 2013 to serve as executive director of Corporate College for Ivy Tech. Charged with serving employers throughout the region, he and his team have experienced significant growth. He has helped the college secure more than $2 million in grants and donations and has begun several programs to serve the workforce development needs in the community.

Previously, Drake was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as a consultant in Mergers and Acquisitions. At Nationwide, he was responsible for training, coaching, and consulting with agency owners and sales managers in multiple states. He consulted on projects totaling more than $50 million and performed extensive financial analysis and forecasting.  Drake also worked with the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Agency in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of Insurance, serving the insurance needs of lawyers throughout the state.

He is a board member for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. He has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a committee member for cMOE’s fundraiser, Ignite It!

Drake is an Ivy Tech alumnus with an Associate of Arts degree in business administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in human services from Liberty University.

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

Sixth Annual Speaker Series Planned at Ivy Tech Community College