Ivy Tech Community College instructors receive Siemens training

COLUMBUS  – Twelve Ivy Tech Community College instructors from across the state graduated from a two-week training program provided by Siemens International, one of the largest high-tech manufacturing corporations in the world. Instructors who attended the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program certified as Siemens Level I instructors, and they were recognized at a graduation ceremony on October 23.

Ivy Tech Columbus/Southeast Chancellor Chris R. Lowery and Provost Dr. Mary Ostrye attended the ceremony, along with representatives from Siemens. Siemens sent Certified Mechatronics Instructors from Germany to conduct the training session.

The Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is an international comprehensive skills certification in mechatronics systems which equips workers with the specialized skills needed in precision engineering, mechatronics, medical technology and electronics-related industry sectors.

Students who are certified at Level I demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge needed for systematic troubleshooting in an automation system and troubleshooting complex systems found in manufacturing environments. Emphasis is placed on efficiently operating complex mechatronic systems, troubleshooting and foreseeing problems.  All students enrolled in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology at Ivy Tech across the state will now have the opportunity to earn the Mechatronics/Siemens Certification. Students who secure Level 1 certification will further equip themselves with the industry-standard system skills that will make them even more competitive in today’s job market.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our faculty and students. Certifications are essential to ensuring our students are successful in their careers, and this training will provide our students with the opportunity to show future employers that they have the knowledge needed in the high-demand field of mechatronics, advanced automation and robotics,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Ivy Tech Community College Provost.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Ivy Tech. The Ivy Tech statewide Community College System will become the largest Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) educational partnership worldwide, with 17 SMSCP centers throughout the State of Indiana. We look forward to a fruitful partnership,” said Martin Stoeckmann, Director of Education and Training for Siemens Professional Education Region North/East.

Six Ivy Tech instructors will travel to Germany in the spring to certify as Siemens Level II instructors, which will allow Ivy Tech to offer Level II certifications in future semesters.

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification training is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations. This grant was awarded to support the expansion of Ivy Tech’s Mechatronics and Advanced Automation and Robotics programs.

About Siemens Professional Education Berlin Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturing corporations, is a leader in complex technologies, particularly in complex systems integrating electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. The marriage of these three engineering fields is better known as mechatronic systems. With the increasing prevalence in which integrated mechatronic systems are being used globally, the expertise of Siemens AG is now available through the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) which is developed by the Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin, Siemens’s own elite international technical college. Its aim is to offer graduates from overseas colleges or universities an industrial certificate which guarantees a world-class training standard.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Sandra Howarth selected as Executive Director of Ivy Tech Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Sandra Howarth to serve as Executive Director of the Ivy Tech Foundation under the leadership of Ivy Tech Foundation President John Murphy.  She will begin her position on November 3.

Howarth most recently served as Director of Advancement for Purdue University Libraries and Press where she was responsible for the development and execution of the Libraries and Press advancement plan, as well as bringing donors/prospects to the unit and the University through use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.  Howarth consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $2 million fundraising goal and raised more than $8.3 million in fiscal year 2014.

Before assuming her position as Director of Advancement, Howarth served as Director of Development for Purdue University’s College of Science where she was responsible for securing major gifts that served to meet the various funding needs as established by each department’s strategic goals.  She consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $1 million fundraising goal, raising nearly $6 million in the 3 years she held the position.

Prior to her career at Purdue, Howarth served as Executive Director of the Perry Township Education Foundation where she was responsible for the distribution of more than $100,000 in grants to more than 900 Perry Township teachers and administrators which impacted 14,000 students annually.  She also managed several successful fundraising activities, and developed and maintained more than 900 individual and corporate relationships for the Foundation.

Howarth also spent seven years at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis and served six years as Director of Development where she built and sustained relationships with Presidents, CEOs and Community Relations Directors of more than 55 Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 Indiana-based companies.  In this capacity, she raised $2.3 million in financial support to cover operating expenses and built 24 Habitat homes for low-income Indianapolis families in 2006.  She also implemented the Terry Axelrod “Raising More Money” fund raising/cultivation program, generated $132,000 and $167,000 from one-time and multiple year donations, and reinstituted the Habitat’s Golf Classic.

She also spent several years as an Independent Training Consultant at SHH, Inc. and Nina S. Miller Associates.  Howarth has also held positions as Manager of Accounts Payable at Stokes-Ellis Corporation and Vice President of Human Services at Mountain States Transportation, Inc., both located in Denver, Colorado.  She has also served as Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Loan Processing for Indiana Mortgage Corporation and Internal Consultant for Indiana National Bank.

Howarth earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Dedicates Hilton School of Health Sciences

EVANSVILLE — Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will hold a dedication ceremony for the Frank L. Hilton M.D. School of Health Sciences on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Frank Hilton, the School of Health Sciences serves over 500 students annually in over 15 majors, including Health Care Support, Medical Assisting, Paramedic Science, Phlebotomy, and Surgical Technology. After the dedication, there will be a reception, tours of classroom and lab spaces, and opportunities to meet with current Health Science students.

Frank L. Hilton M.D. School of Health Sciences
Dedication Ceremony
Wednesday, October 22 at 4 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College
3501 N. First Ave. Evansville, IN

“We are very grateful for Dr. Hilton’s generous contributions to Ivy Tech,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “We are honored to have our School of Health Sciences bear the name of a man who committed his entire career to our community, and who helped initiate many positive changes in local health care.”

Dr. Hilton, a retired OB/GYN, is one of the founding doctors of the Women’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Deaconess Health System. Throughout his medical career, he was impressed with the quality of the nurses, surgical technicians, and other medical and office staff who were graduates of Ivy Tech Community College. This interaction inspired him to make an investment of support to the College.

According to Dr. Hilton, “The cost of education is a challenge for many students. Ivy Tech represents a very affordable option for many students to obtain the credentials they need to begin a successful career in health care, and I am proud to be a part of making that happen. I want to encourage others, from similar humble beginnings, to define their goals in life and then achieve them through perseverance, hard work, dedication, and education.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College students transferring at a greater rate

New data provided by the National Clearinghouse confirms more than 30,000 students transfer 

INDIANAPOLIS – New data provided by the National Student Clearinghouse determined that a greater number of Ivy Tech Community College students are utilizing transfer agreements to further their education not only at in-state public colleges, but numerous private and out-of-state colleges.

A total of 180,226 students were enrolled in Ivy Tech courses during the 2012-13 school year, of which 26,752 students transferred just courses, while 3,882 students transferred a credential or degree – a total of 30,584 students for 2012-13.

The new data from the National Student Clearinghouse allows Ivy Tech to measure its reach beyond in-state, public institutions.

“In previous years, we only had data on students transferring to in-state, public colleges and universities. This new data from the National Student Clearinghouse confirms Ivy Tech has a greater number of students utilizing the transfer option with a far greater reach across the country,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Not only are these students furthering their education, but they are saving thousands of dollars on the cost of their education by starting their educational career at Ivy Tech.”

In addition, Ivy Tech estimates that for every 1,000 students that complete an associate degree before transferring the state of Indiana and taxpayers save nearly $14 million.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder receives Award from NAACP

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has been granted an Outstanding Achievement Award by The Greater Indianapolis Branch NAACP 3053.

The award was presented at the organization’s 45th Annual Freedom Fund banquet held October 17 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.  This year’s theme was “All in for Justice and Equality.”

Snyder has served as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system, since 2007.  He leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana’s largest and fastest growing college, serving more than 200,000 students annually at 32 campuses and 100 learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce training and professional certification.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech.  The college has a minority student enrollment of over 25,000 students.

Snyder has been committed to fostering diversity at Ivy Tech.  He hired the college’s first Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and commissioned a study that resulted in a proposal to create a statewide diversity program.  Snyder has committed to partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in order to hire full-time faculty members, as well as increased the number of African-Americans on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors.  He has also fostered greater engagement with the state and branch NAACP officers.

The college has also increased the level of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) purchases by 93 percent since 2007.  To drive continued success, the college has recently created a Supplier Diversity Playbook which requires the identification and solicitation of at least 2 MBE’s and 2 WBE’s when seeking proposals, quotes or bids above $25,000.

Snyder has been nationally recognized for efforts and achievements, including a feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of seven community college Presidents making a difference and as the 2009 Freedom Award recipient by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission for providing major, positive, societal influence in the community.

President Barack Obama selected Snyder to serve on a Roundtable on Affordability and Productivity in Higher Education at the White House. Snyder also attended the first White House Summit on Community Colleges. Ivy Tech then hosted the largest U.S. Department of Education summit on community colleges as a follow up to the White House event.

Under Snyder’s leadership, Ivy Tech became a founding member of a coalition of community college systems and districts, Rebuilding America’s Middle Class. Ivy Tech has also doubled in enrollments and increased completion rates by record numbers since Snyder became president. He has recently written a book on higher education called The Community College Career Track – A Guide for High-Schoolers, Career-Changers, Parents and Advisors.

Snyder is a 1967 graduate of Kettering University with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. He is the former chairperson and CEO/president of Flagship Systems Center and Delco Remy International, Inc.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College names Michelle Simmons Kokomo Campus president

Veteran Kokomo Region administrator to serve as campus lead, community liaison

KOKOMO — Ivy Tech Community College has selected Michelle Simmons to serve as president of the College’s Kokomo Campus. Simmons most recently served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

Simmons will report to David Bathe, regional chancellor for the Kokomo and Lafayette regions. The focus of the campus president is outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents manage the day-to-day operations of the campus while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the community.

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve in this new role,” Simmons said. “I am blessed to be surrounded by outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to excellence, both in and outside of the classroom.

“I extend my gratitude to Chancellor Steve Daily for his commitment to improving the quality of life of our students and our community throughout the Kokomo region over the past 20 years,” she continued. “I eagerly anticipate working with Chancellor Bathe, community and industry leaders, service providers, and educators to continue realizing the college’s vision – changing lives, making Kokomo and its surrounding communities great!”

Simmons joined Ivy Tech in August 1993 as business office supervisor responsible for the operations and personnel of the College’s Kokomo Region business office. From 1999 to 2006, she served as executive director of Ivy Tech’s Workforce & Economic Development initiatives for Kokomo Region. As executive director of Finance from 2006 to 2010, Simmons assisted in the long-range planning of the region, provided direction and support for the business office and bookstore operations and personnel, and prepared, implemented and monitored the region’s then $16 million annual operating budget.

Since July 2010, Simmons has served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs, providing vision, leadership, and motivation to all Student Affairs employees for the delivery of quality student service to the8,000 students in the region. This includes admissions and student recruitment, financial aid, student records and registration, career services, disability support services, veterans’ affairs, judicial affairs, retention, student life, and academic advising.

Chancellor Daily, who is retiring in January 2015, said, “I’ve worked with Michelle for almost 20 years. She is a proven leader with a broad understanding of higher education and Ivy Tech who is committed to workforce and community development. The Kokomo Region will be well served by Michelle Simmons in this role.”

Chancellor Bathe echoed those comments. “It been my pleasure to know Michelle for several years,” he said. “Her reputation, leadership qualities, integrity, abilities, and knowledge of the greater Kokomo area make her the perfect choice for the significant role. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

Active in Ivy Tech activities and committees regionally and statewide, Simmons has been honored with the Kokomo Region Leadership Award, the Kokomo Region Outstanding Administrator Award and the Kokomo Region Excellent Employee Award.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Simmons served in accounting positions at Lox Equipment Company, Delphi, Ind.; Taylor-Wharton in Indianapolis; Continental Steel Corporation in Kokomo; and Briggs Industries in Flora, Ind.

Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting major from Indiana University and will complete a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education next spring. She has completed training through Leadership Kokomo, the Ivy Tech Leadership Academy, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Institute for New Senior Student Affairs Officers.

Simmons resides near Bringhurst in Carroll County, Ind., with her husband, Jeff.  They are the parents of Jarvis Simmons and Desiray Tuinstra (husband Jared). She has served as a member and secretary of the Carroll Consolidated School Corporation’s board and as a member of the Carroll Education Foundation Board. Other memberships and volunteer service has involved the Carroll Cougaretz Dance Team as coach, United Way of Howard County, Leadership Kokomo Advisory Council, Howard County College and Career Success Coalition, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Faith Church of Christ and Cooperative Extension Services.

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Ivy Tech’s Calvin Thomas IV to serve on Indiana Health Industry Forum Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS – Calvin Thomas IV, Vice President for the Health Division at Ivy Tech Community College, has been named to the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) Board of Directors in Indianapolis and will serve as an officer. IHIF is the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry. The Board of Directors is comprised of 22 members.

Thomas began his career with Ivy Tech in February. He currently leads the college’s Health Division, which encompasses all academic programming that prepares students for recognized health science and nursing license or certifications. Most programs are selective admission with limited enrollment, and many programs transfer to a baccalaureate program once license or certification is achieved.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas has been a successful senior executive at hospitals in four states, including California, Florida, Georgia and Missouri.  His past leadership experience has been in for-profit hospitals and academic medical center settings.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Thomas was the Campus Administrator of Arlington High School, a 7th – 12th grade college preparatory high school in Indianapolis where he was tasked to be the turnaround school operator.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Harris-Stowe State University and earned his Master’s degree in Health Care Leadership from Dartmouth College. He has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2000. In 2003, Thomas joined the National Association of Health Services Executives where he has been a member and a past Southern California Chapter President.

The diverse corporate members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry. A not-for-profit trade association, the Forum connects key stakeholders to enhance members’ business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision and leadership in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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