Ivy Tech Community College Honors Faculty Member

Terre Haute, Ind. – Scott Michael Powell, associate professor of sociology and global studies leader, has been recognized with the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction for Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute, said Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks. A video about Powell can be seen on Ivy Tech’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/IvyTechCommCollege/videos

Powell is an active and engaging educator who works consistently to bring diversity and inclusion to the campus through his Global Studies classes, as well as through extracurricular events offered throughout the year, Crooks said.

Powell participates with the regional diversity council, volunteers for speaking engagements on these topics, and plans and executes a multicultural event for the campus’ annual Matter & Motion event. He has traveled to England for the Study Abroad program, and is planning another trip in May 2018. Powell created a Global Studies Council, and annually organizes events and presentations on campus which also help to promote the new Global Studies Certificate. He has served as president of Faculty Senate for several years, is on the scholarship committee and also six employee achievement award committees.

Crooks said that on the statewide level, Powell is heavily involved in the statewide Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, working to improve the quality of Ivy Tech’s educational offerings to its students. He was also chosen to chair the subcommittee to develop a statewide assessment for SOCI 111, which will first be implemented this fall.

He has similarly worked to expand students’ horizons by internationalizing the curriculum of record for Multicultural Studies with an initiative called Global Learning Across Indiana, and has developed lesson plans and modules for use by all faculty teaching the course.

“Scott’s investment in Ivy Tech and dedication to its students is phenomenal,” Crooks said. In addition to all of the above, he has served in the statewide Professional Development Committee for three years, helped with the Sociology curriculum, and created Global content for the new Global Studies Certificate.

“Powell is highly aware of educational trends and is on top of his field, both pedagogically and technically,” Crooks added. In addition to teaching at Ivy Tech, he also is an educator for Indiana State University and St. Mary of the Woods College. His work at other institutions allows him to learn from many faculty and engage in professional development to help him grow. By teaching upper division courses at the private St. Mary’s, and acting as lead instructor and course developer for the advanced undergraduate sociology courses, he is required to keep up with current trends and new knowledge that can in turn, be passed on to his Ivy Tech students. He is a regular presenter in the field – and his knowledge has been shared at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conferences in 2012, 2015, and 2017. He also has chaired panel discussions at national conferences. His quest to share his knowledge is evident, and a criminology textbook he has co-authored is expected to be released in 2017.

Ivy Tech Community College selected 14 full-time faculty members across the state to receive these awards. In a tradition that began in 1983, one full-time faculty member –Shelly Eisert, professor of nursing at the Southeast campus — was recently announced as the recipient of the Founder’s Award, the College’s highest honor for faculty.

Ivy Tech Community College Honors Faculty Member

Ivy Tech Community College announces Lea Anne Crooks as Chancellor of Terre Haute as part of the new organizational structure

Terre Haute, IN — Ivy Tech Community College has named Lea Anne Crooks to serve as Chancellor of its Terre Haute campus as a part of the College’s organizational structure announcement. The new structure will better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.

Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to regional leadership, including the college’s Wabash Valley region reporting to a single chancellor, a role held by Jonathan Weinzapfel. Terre Haute will now be a self-sustaining campus with Crooks serving as the Chancellor. Prior to this role, Crooks served as the Campus President for Terre Haute since 2014.

“I am honored to serve our students and community as Chancellor. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the great team at Ivy Tech who are dedicated to the important role we play in our community and in the lives of students in the Wabash Valley. It is a privilege to continue to serve with them in this new role.” Crooks said. “I have enjoyed many community friendships and partnerships during my tenure at Ivy Tech and look forward to expanding Ivy Tech’s impact on our community.”

Much of Crooks career at Ivy Tech has been spent working with Workforce Alignment, including as executive director. Crooks has also served as Executive Director of Human Resources, Assistant Administrator to the Vice President and Chancellor, and as an adjunct instructor. On two occasions Crooks also led the Terre Haute campus on an interim basis.

“We appreciate Lea Anne’s dedication to Ivy Tech and the significant role she will play leading our Terre Haute campus,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “She has held various leadership roles at Ivy Tech and this is the perfect next step for her. She has done a wonderful job leading the campus and in this new structure, Lea Anne will intentionally focus on community needs and successfully serve our students.”

Crooks is currently working on a PhD in Higher Education Leadership. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.

She is active in the community and is a leader or board member of many organizations including: Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, United Way of the Wabash Valley, Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, and many others.

Ivy Tech Community College announces Lea Anne Crooks as Chancellor of Terre Haute as part of the new organizational structure

Express Enrollment Day June 24 at Ivy Tech Terre Haute

Terre Haute, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute will host Express Enrollment Day, on Saturday, June 24, for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for fall 2017. 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 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech’s main campus, 8000 S. Education Drive, in Terre Haute.

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 June 24 at Ivy Tech Terre Haute

Ivy Tech Announces EDA Grant to Renovate Space for Precision Ag Program

Terre Haute, IN – Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley announced today that it has received a $1.2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration to retrofit a building to be used for its Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology Center of Excellence.

The renovation will take place in an Ivy Tech warehouse area in the rear of the former Doughmaker’s Building at the southern Vigo County Industrial Park. “When the building was acquired in 2012 a portion of the building was identified for potential growth for the right programs to align with workforce needs,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Both Precision Ag and Diesel Heavy Truck Technology, will be housed in this area and will fill a workforce gap in Indiana.

“This EDA grant moves us one step closer to making this dedicated space a reality for a successful regionally-focused Precision Ag and Diesel workforce training initiative,” Weinzapfel added.

Ivy Tech gained approval in 2015 from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education to begin offering new degree programs to complement current offerings in agriculture, electronics, computer technology and diesel technology programs.

The EDA grant will help fund renovations to provide training in geospatial technology related to crop planting, fertilization, harvesting, and other farming operations.  “With these skills, the project will strengthen Indiana’s position as a global leader in workforce development, job creation and workplace advancement for the agriculture industry,” Weinzapfel said.

The need for new agriculture training is great. Indiana is seeing an increase in the average age of its farm workers from 49 in 1950 to now approaching the age of 60. U.S. Department of Agriculture data indicates that farm output over roughly that same period of time increased 2.7 times, Weinzapfel said. The aging workforce forecasts the need for an influx of workers to take over both traditional and emerging roles in the sector.

“One area in agriculture that this is occurring is in geospatial technology to drive efficiencies in crop planting, fertilizing and harvesting. It is estimated that 95 percent of current farm implement equipment sold today comes with GPS/GIS pre-loaded from the manufacturer,” said David Will, dean of the School of Technology. “But, all members of the agriculture sector are not equipped to utilize this new technology.”

The value of GPS/GIS equipment allows for more efficient operation, optimal planting, harvesting and improved productivity, Will added. “For example, under traditional land management practices, a farmer would apply fertilizer to the soil at a pre-determined volume suitable for the entire field,” he said. “With GPS/GIS data and technology, precision application decisions can be made, acre by acre, resulting in less fertilizer being applied, and reducing the potential for fertilizer run-off into local streams and rivers.”

While Precision Ag is a new enough field to not have codes tied to annual salary earned, the field is tied to several different employment categories in agriculture including farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse (median salary of $22,430); agricultural equipment operators ($33,520); and farm equipment mechanics and service technicians, which is most closely related to the job training of precision agriculture ($36,310).

Diesel Technology career opportunities, also are plentiful in the Wabash Valley. According to Ivy Tech’s EMSI data, there are 499 projected annual job openings in the field of Automotive Technology in Indiana, which includes the specialized field of Diesel Technology.

Darin Kohlmeyer, chair of the Precision Ag program explained that the degree program has three pathways – each leading to a specific field in Precision Agriculture “Students will have the opportunity to earn three different 34 credit hour technical certificates – Agriculture Equipment Service Technician, Precision Agriculture Specialist, and Precision Agriculture Technician – all with proven job opportunities in the region. Each will also lead directly to an Associate of Applied Science degree,” he said.

A 34-credit hour technical certificate in Diesel Technology can also be earned on the way to acquiring an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

“The time is right for Ivy Tech Community College to lead this effort,” said Ivy Tech Wabash Valley Regional Board Chair Lori Danielson. “This federal funding will accelerate Ivy Tech’s innovative educational programs and create opportunities for the agriculture industry throughout the region and state.  We are thankful to the EDA for this funding.”

For information about the Precision Agriculture Program at Ivy Tech Wabash Valley go to https://www.ivytech.edu/precision-agriculture. Diesel Technology can be found at: www.ivytech.edu/automotive-technology.

 

Ivy Tech Announces EDA Grant to Renovate Space for Precision Ag Program

Express Enrollment Day April 19 at Ivy Tech Wabash Valley

Terre Haute, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley will host Express Enrollment Day, on Wednesday, April 19, for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for summer or fall 2017. 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’s main campus, 8000 S. Education Drive, in Terre Haute.

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 Wabash Valley

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley Nursing Program Ranked 4th in the State

Terre Haute – Ivy Tech Community College’s Terre Haute campus was recently ranked fourth as a best nursing program in Indiana by registerednursing.org. The Associate in Nursing graduates from this campus over 2011-2014 scored an average of 95.83 when taking the RN licensing exam. 100 percent of practical nursing students have passed the test since 2009 and in 2016, 100 percent of the Associate of Science in Nursing students passed, as well.

“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The pass rates indicate the high quality of our programs 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 4th place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-RN licensing pass rates. According to registerednursing.org’s website, NCLEX-RN exam pass rates for all RN programs were collected for five years, 2011-2014, if available.

  • Once non-qualifying programs were filtered out, pass rates were analyzed and were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam.
  • If a school’s overall pass rate was the same as another school, additional characteristics were considered like the number of students taking the exam, and the number of years of exam data available.

At Ivy Tech, the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program. Individualized tutoring and mentoring is provided by Ivy Tech faculty, and graduates are consistently in high demand throughout the state. After completing their ASN, graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, home health care, physician offices, schools and health departments. Or, graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN, may also continue their education by transferring to a four year university where they can enter RN or MSN programs to earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in nursing. Ivy Tech has over 20 transfer partner colleges and universities for its graduates to choose from.

Kim Cooper, dean of the Ivy Tech School of Nursing and the 2017 Indiana State Board of Nursing president, said the faculty at Ivy Tech Terre Haute do amazing work and are dedicated to the students they serve. “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, 55 schools were analyzed for all five years, with 20 being ranked. Only 8 other states in the nation had more schools ranked than in Indiana.

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley Nursing Program Ranked 4th in the State

Advocate for the Disabled to Speak at Ivy Tech

Terre Haute — Terre Haute native Kristin Fleschner, will be a guest speaker on March 7 for Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley’s celebration of Disability Awareness Month. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 2 p.m. in Oakley Auditorium on Ivy Tech’s main campus, 8000 S. Education Drive.

Fleschner has worked on gender, peace, and security issues for the federal government since 2008. She is also an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and she herself first began experiencing vision loss in 2008 and is now legally blind. Fleschner recently joined the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor as a foreign affairs officer covering human rights issues.

She is a 2014 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2004 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in anthropology and human and organization development. She was the 2004 Vanderbilt University Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow, which enabled her to travel to Southern and Eastern Africa to study sexual violence against women and children. Those experiences deepened her interest in international relations and gender issues.

She has served on U.S. Government interagency working groups on disability issues since 2010 and in 2014 she was awarded one of Harvard Law School’s Leadership Awards for her work on disability issues. She was the 2013 National Federation of the Blind’s National Scholarship winner, which recognized her scholarship and advocacy work. In 2013 she directed a documentary, “Blind Ambition,” (https://vimeo.com/69119995) about her experiences and those of other Harvard Law students who are blind or visually impaired.

In conjunction with the guest speaker, the Disability Resource Fair is planned from noon-2 p.m. in the lobby of Oakley Auditorium. The event is also open to the public.

Advocate for the Disabled to Speak at Ivy Tech