Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Steven Combs as Columbus campus president

COLUMBUS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Steven Combs, Ph.D., as Columbus campus president. Combs most recently served as interim chancellor and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for the community college’s Columbus region.

Combs will report to the regional chancellor, Chris R. Lowery. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents will manage the day-to-day operations 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 honored to have been asked to serve in this leadership role,” Combs said. “I have come to appreciate the collaborative spirit in which Columbus and surrounding communities work. I am excited to continue our efforts in helping students achieve their educational goals.”

In 1993, Combs began his Ivy Tech career in 1993 as a professor at the Evansville campus. In 2010, he was hired as dean and professor in the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. He then came to Columbus in 2012 to serve as the region’s vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.

Combs holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in industrial education and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership. His field of expertise is technology, including advanced manufacturing, industrial technology, mechanical design technology, robotics, web programming, computer-aided design, and technical graphics.

From 1987 until 2011, he served with the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Major in the Adjutant General Corps. He served as Chief of Command and Control for the United States Transportation Command and Chief of Policy and Plans for Joint Task Force Alaska.

During his academic career, he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, given by Ivy Tech Community College.  He is an honorary inductee of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education serving two-year colleges offering associate degree programs, and an inductee into Epsilon Pi Tau National Honorary for Science and Technology.

Dr. Combs has written 14 textbooks and workbooks and has given numerous presentations for international associations, conferences, and college and university symposia.

“Steven has the skills necessary to lead our operations in Columbus and the surrounding communities of Greensburg, Seymour, Nashville, North Vernon, and Scottsburg.” Lowery said. “He is a proven leader and has a strong track record of pulling people together to move organizations forward.”

A graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Combs is a member of Columbus Sunrise Rotary, Columbus Economic Development Board, Columbus Education Coalition, Reserve Officer’s Association, and Association of the Century.

Combs resides in Columbus with his wife Nikki A. Combs, who is an adjunct psychology faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC.

About Ivy Tech Community 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Madison receives $20,000 award from GENEX Services, Inc.

Funds to be used for nursing student scholarships

MADISON – Ivy Tech Community College Madison will receive $20,000 from GENEX Services, Inc. for the college’s nursing program. The company’s gift will be given during a luncheon on Sept. 29 at Ivy Tech’s  Lawrenceburg campus.

GENEX Services, Inc. is the leading provider of case management services to the workers’ compensation, disability, and auto markets. The GENEX Scholarship Program allows case managers an opportunity to nominate their alma mater (or local college/university) for a monetary donation from GENEX to be used to support the educational endeavors of their student population via scholarships.

Angela Houston, a GENEX case manager and graduate of the practical nursing and associate of science in nursing programs at Ivy Tech Madison, nominated the campus for the scholarship award. Houston was among those in the first graduating class of the LPN to ASN program.

“[Ivy Tech] deserves this award because of their flexibility and commitment to non-traditional students,” Houston wrote in her nomination. “The opportunity given to me to transfer from a certificate, hospital-based RN program into Ivy Tech’s LPN program and then continuing immediately (while working) into the LPN to ASN program set my career on the path that I desired. I could not have finished RN school as easily without their willingness to pursue this option with me.”

“We are sincerely grateful for this generous gift that will help countless nursing students fulfill their dream of having a career in the nursing field,” said Laurie Peters, Associate Vice President for Nursing Education. “We are also thankful to Angela for her nomination. It is wonderful witnessing how an Ivy Tech education has helped changed the lives of our graduates.”

About Ivy Tech Community 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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech students and administrators will participate in Washington DC gathering to discuss interfaith community service and civic engagement.

LAFAYETTE – (September 17, 2014) Representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette have been invited to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington DC on September 22 and 23. The event will be held at George Washington University. The event offers an opportunity students, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component.

The invitation comes on the heels of being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Ivy Tech Lafayette was recognized for its role in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Conference participants from Ivy Tech Lafayette are: Chancellor Dr. David Bathe; Executive Director of Diversity, Engagement, and International Programs Andrew Antonio; Director of Student Life and Leadership Kat Stremiecki; and Ivy Tech students John Bullock and Jake Retherford.

Dr. Bathe will join college presidents and chancellors from participating institutions in a White House Forum on September 22. The forum will include presentations from foundations and other organizations that support interfaith/community service on college campuses. College leaders will have the opportunity to engage funders and program supporters.

“It is a privilege to be invited to the White House Forum as a representative for the region,” Dr. Bathe said. “However, it is the work of the students, college staff and Greater Lafayette community that is being recognized. It is significant that the administration recognizes the tie between faith and the desire and responsibility to serve that is deeply rooted in American history and culture.”

Antonio, Stremiecki and Bullock will present Intersection Connection Helps Define the “C” in YMCA during the conference. Their presentation will highlight Intersection Connection, a collaboration among the College, the Lafayette Family YMCA and Junior Achievement. They will illustrate how a state college, a Christian organization, and a non-profit can create space and programming to enliven and enrich lives in the community.

“As a community college, it’s important for us to not only have quality academic programs, but also for students and college staff to volunteer in faith-based initiatives,” Antonio said. “Giving our students avenues of success in the classroom and the community, and providing ways that our staff and faculty can give back to the community, is a goal that we all can share.”

The group will arrive in Washington DC on Sunday, September 21, to participate in the 9/11 Unity Walk. The walk is a display of unity among all houses of worship on Embassy Row that open their doors to each other in a striking display of hospitality. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, other faiths, and those of no faith tradition, come together to learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships. The walk includes moving speeches, thought provoking dialogue, and service projects.

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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College names Mark Graver as Lawrenceburg and Batesville campus president

LAWRENCEBURG – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Mark Graver as campus president of its Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses. Graver most recently served as interim chancellor for the community college’s Southeast region.

Reporting to Chancellor Chris R. Lowery, Graver will focus on local community outreach. He will manage daily campus operations, while fostering a campus climate consistent with the college’s core values. He will consult 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.

Graver will direct the assessment, development and delivery of degree programs, certifications and training consistent with the needs of the community; develop, update and communicate short- and long-term goals for the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses; and provide direction for campus managers and directors.

“I am sincerely honored to be selected to serve the college in this new role,” Graver said. “Ivy Tech Community College is critical to the success of the communities in Southeastern Indiana. I am eager to help promote positive economic development in Southeastern Indiana by focusing on student success.

Graver joined Ivy Tech in 1992 as a computer faculty member at the Madison campus. He moved to the Batesville campus in 2000, assuming the responsibilities of program chair for the Business and Computer programs. In 2003, he was named associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.

In 2003, Graver received the regional President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction and has maintained a 16-year membership with the American Technical Education Association. He was recognized in 1998 as the Outstanding Technical Teacher of the organization’s Great Lakes Region.

“Mark is deeply connected to communities throughout southeastern Indiana,” Lowery said. “His professional relationships and commitment to our vision will be invaluable as he leads Ivy Tech’s efforts to meet the needs of our communities and increase the levels of educational attainment in the region.”

Graver has served on numerous Ivy Tech’s statewide committees, including the President’s Executive Council, Regional Academic Officers’ Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Green Team Committee, Strategy subcommittee of the College’s Accelerating Greatness 2013 strategic plan, and Engagement and Service Committee in preparation for a 2009 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.

Graver serves as a member the Region 9 Adult Education Consortium and is a member of the Dearborn County EcO15 Advisory Task Force. He is a member of the Dearborn Community Foundation Board, having served as a chairperson, vice president, and president. He is a member of the Dearborn County Community Mental Health Center Board, the Lawrenceburg Main Street Program, and the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club.

Graver, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University, has worked as an adjunct faculty member for Northwood University and Indiana University/Purdue University. He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of captain while serving in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a navigator, radar navigator, and offensive systems officer on B-52 and B1B Bombers.

He is a member of Northcutt-Laaker Post 292 of the American Legion and Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro, where he resides with his wife Debra. The couple has two children.

About Ivy Tech Community College

About Ivy Tech Community 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder to testify at U.S. House of Representatives field hearing on health care challenges facing schools and workplaces

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder will present testimony today, September 4, at 10 a.m. in Greenfield, Indiana, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions. Snyder is representing Ivy Tech during the field hearing titled “The Effects of the President’s Health Care Law on Indiana’s Classrooms and Workplaces.”

Snyder will provide testimony regarding the influence the health care laws are having on higher education systems. One of the keys to the success of community colleges and their students is the adjunct faculty who bring real-world knowledge and experiences into the classroom. Snyder will share how the health care law is impacting adjunct faculty teaching hours and what effect this has on faculty and students in community colleges.

Testimonies from other school leaders pointed to increased health care costs and cuts being made to faculty and staff hours. The field hearing will afford members of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions the opportunity to learn how the health care law is affecting Indiana’s schools and workplaces.

Snyder has provided commentary and testimony several times during his tenure as President of Ivy Tech Community College. He spoke to the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the Affordable Care Act in Washington D.C. in January of this year.

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 Joins Forces with Schneider to Offer Contract Truck Driver Training Program

Program provides free tuition and job with one of the nation’s largest trucking carriers

INDIANAPOLIS and GREEN BAY, Wis. – (Sept. 3, 2014) – To help encourage and promote careers in truck driving, Schneider, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is offering a Contract Training program with Ivy Tech Community College. Schneider’s Contract Training program is available at Ivy Tech’s campus in Indianapolis.

Schneider will cover the program’s cost for students seeking a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). The program covers instruction, behind-the-wheel driver training with instructors, licensing and all endorsements. Candidates will go through a preapproval process, and Schneider will cover the tuition upon successful completion of the program. In total, the program takes 160 hours to complete in a standard Monday–Friday, four-week schedule.

“Schneider is proud of our long-standing relationship with Ivy Tech Community College, and we’ve hired many of their graduates,” said Rob Reich, senior vice president at Schneider. “Their training meets the highest standards and prepares graduates for the industry.”

Reich continued, “We are committed to investing in the residents of Indiana and providing new careers. Schneider’s business is growing, especially in Indianapolis – we are putting our money where our mouth is to develop and hire new drivers to meet our customers’ needs.”

Schneider employs and leases over 414 drivers and owner-operators throughout the state of Indiana and is currently hiring statewide.

Successful graduates will find many different career opportunities at Schneider to meet any new driver’s work–lifestyle balance needs. Graduates can choose from opportunities in Schneider’s Van, Dedicated, Team Expedited, Tanker and Intermodal divisions. Over 90 percent of Schneider’s Regional drivers get home weekly, and 70 percent of the entire fleet gets home weekly or more. Graduates are offered a complete benefits package and can earn up to $61,000 in their first year with Schneider and over $78,000 per year within three years.

“We have a comprehensive truck driving academy, and the opportunity to team up with Schneider will make it one of the best driver training programs in the nation,” said Sherman Johnson, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Corporate College. “Offering these incentives up-front puts students on the fast track to a long and successful career,” noted Johnson.

In addition to the Contract Training program Schneider offers to Ivy Tech and select other community college graduates, it also offers a Tuition Reimbursement program for graduates at truck driving schools.

Interested candidates can contact Schneider at 877-872-1766 or apply online at http://www.schneiderjobs.com – select “Driving School Programs” and complete the preapproval form to get started. Candidates can also contact Ivy Tech Community College at 317-968-1546.

About Schneider
One of the largest truckload carriers in North America, Schneider has been the top choice of safety-minded drivers for nearly 80 years. With over 75 percent of its drivers getting home weekly or better, Schneider provides professional opportunities that meet the work–life balance needs of today’s drivers and owner-operators.

Schneider is a $3.6 billion company and is ranked a top-paying carrier by the National Transportation Institute while being nationally recognized for its support of current and former military personnel. For more information about Schneider career opportunities, visit http://www.schneiderjobs.com. You can also connect with Schneider on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jobsatschneider or follow on Twitter @schneiderjobs.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post -secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions 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.

Ivy Tech Corporate Colleges offer skills assessments, the latest Microsoft Office refreshers, compliance certifications, C.E. courses, basic safety, OSHA and hundreds more. Customized, product or process-specific solutions are available for online, on-campus and on-site training. With 32 campuses and more than 100 learning facilities statewide, Ivy Tech is close by and has a proven track record for value-based solutions and a proven track record with more than 2,000 employers and 20,000 participants annually.

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Ivy Tech campuses receive $200,000 grant from NASA to increase engagement in STEM programs

INDIANAPOLIS –Four Ivy Tech Community College regions will receive a $200,000 grant from NASA as part of the Indiana Community College Partnership with Vincennes University and The Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC). The grant is one of 35 awards through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program, aimed at increasing engagement in STEM-related programs (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at community colleges and technical schools in the country.

Six Indiana college campuses will participate in the INSGC Community College Partnership, including four Ivy Tech campuses and two Vincennes University campuses. The partnership was created based on gaps identified by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education in Indiana’s STEM workforce preparation and its higher education programs. Ivy Tech will divide its $200,000 share of the grant among campuses in its Central Indiana, Lafayette, Northeast and Wabash Valley regions.

The grant will focus on student recruitment, retention, and mentoring, leading to the completion of an associate degree in a STEM field. The grant will fund scholarships for 10 students per region per year; students in the program will work with success coordinators in their region who will assist these students in career planning and making industry connections. Additionally, students who receive the scholarship will also obtain local, industry-based summer internships that will help them determine their career path.

“Ivy Tech is thrilled to support our STEM students through this partnership with NASA and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium,” Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder said. “This program aims to better prepare our students for high-demand jobs and support our communities across the state by drawing on Indiana’s strengths as a center of industry and STEM careers.”

Part of this partnership specifically involves targeting students in Indianapolis, home of Eli Lilly and Company, for biotechnology careers. It also emphasizes the pre-engineering opportunities in Lafayette and advanced automation and industrial maintenance careers in Wabash Valley. The Northeast region of Indiana is the world’s leading concentration of orthopedic implant companies, so the scholarships in that region will aid in pre-engineering training as well as aviation maintenance technology.

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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