Ivy Tech Shows Off Renovations in Progress for Precision Ag and Diesel Labs

The words and phrases, “wow,” and “It’s so bright,” and “this is huge!” could be heard exclaimed on April 11 as members of the public, business leaders, local farmers, and current and prospective students to Ivy Tech Community College, had a chance to see the renovation work taking place on Ivy Tech’s newest laboratory space.

Nearly 100 individuals toured the new Precision Agriculture and Heavy Duty Diesel Equipment Technology Laboratory now being renovated in the rear of the former Doughmaker’s Building (now Ivy Tech’s TechLAB), located in the south Industrial Park in Terre Haute.

The facility, owned by Ivy Tech, has its nursing program located in the front half of the building – and the rear of the facility is a 26,000 square foot former warehouse, which by fall will be the new lab space for all of Ivy Tech’s Precision Ag and Diesel students.

“I was really quite impressed with what I saw,” said Mars Harlan local farmer and owner of Burch Harlan Farms in Prairietown. “All of this equipment is getting more and more complicated. We need people who are qualified and have the skills to work on them. I can’t wait to see the finished product.”

Construction began in the TechLAB on January 24, 2018.  C.H Garmong and Son Inc. is the general contractor.  Their goal is the complete the project by June 11, 2018, for Ivy Tech to move in and begin operating classes Fall 2018. The 26,000 s20180411_111909q. ft. facility will use the latest technology in exhaust, equipment, and facilities infrastructure.

Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor, said that conversations about these programs have been a point of discussion since about 2006. In 2014, talks and illustrations of the need arose again. “Because Precision Agriculture is an emerging field, there was not a lot of data available, so Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute Campus did research to discover where the needs exist,” Crooks said.

An industry survey was developed and sent to 362 implement dealers and contract service providers throughout Indiana and found large support for programs of this nature. Among the returns, 90% of the respondents currently employ 3 Precision Ag technicians per each of their sites; 87% expect to hire technicians over the next 3-5 years’ and 78% expressed interest in hosting Ivy Tech students as interns, said David Will, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science.

The Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology degree was approved in the spring of 2015. Will said the program is the first of its kind within the Ivy Tech system.  There are only 4-5 post-secondary universities throughout the country offering specific Precision Ag degrees.

 “The funding for the project is multi-faceted,” said Rachel Mullinnix, executive director for Resource Development at Ivy Tech.  Ivy Tech received a $1.2M grant from the Economic Development Administration in 2016 for the renovation that provides the facilities and equipment to provide the necessary education in Precision Agriculture.  “The EDA provided us with the funding to begin the renovation process but much is still needed to ensure that students will have the proper equipment,” she explained.

Anyone interested in seeing the facility and learning more about the programs should contact Mullinnix, at 812-298-2410 or email rmullinnix@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Shows Off Renovations in Progress for Precision Ag and Diesel Labs

Ivy Tech Plans Precision Ag Open House April 11

What is next regarding farming in the Wabash Valley, will be a point of discussion and illustration at an open house at Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute Campus on Wednesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The public is invited to this free Open House to explain the Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology and Heavy Duty Diesel Technology Programs and to showcase the renovation taking place at the Learning Achievement Building at 1650 E. Industrial Drive, Terre Haute.

“Ivy Tech gained approval to offer this program in 2015 from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education,” Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks said.  “Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology complements the agriculture, electronics, computer technology and diesel technology programs offered through Ivy Tech and we will be providing students with the skills needed to serve the needs of not only of the Wabash Valley, but also the emerging needs of this field throughout the nation.”

In April 2017, Ivy Tech received a $1.2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration to retrofit the building to be used for the program. And now, we are in the midst of a capital campaign to raise money for the equipment needs of the program, Crooks added.

The need for new agriculture training is great. Indiana has seen a large increase in the average age of its farm workers, and workforce forecasts show the need for an influx of workers to take over both traditional and emerging roles in the sector. Ivy Tech Terre Haute is committed to training this next generation of farm workers by teaching the skills necessary for a successful career.

Precision Agriculture is an approach to farm management that uses information technology to ensure that crops and soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health and productivity, ensuring profitability, sustainability and environmental protection.

Ivy Tech is offering three different Technical Certificates, as well as an Associate of Applied Science Degree. They include: Agriculture Equipment Service Technician (TC); Precision Agriculture Specialist (TC); Precision Agriculture Technician (TC); and an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Those attending the event on April 11 will get a sneak peek at the new lab space being developed for the Precision Ag and Heavy Truck Diesel Technology Programs, as well as see the program in action, tour classes, and hear about the new direction of the field.

RSVPs go to Kathy Cooper at 812-298-2450 or kcooper125@ivytech.edu


Ivy Tech Plans Precision Ag Open House April 11

5-Year Strategic Plan Launches

Ivy Tech Community College has kicked off its new five-year strategic plan: “Our Communities. Your College. Pathways for Student Success and a Stronger Indiana.” The plan’s vision is for Ivy Tech students to earn 50,000 high-quality certifications, certificates, and degrees per year aligned with workforce needs.

The plan aligns with Indiana’s goal to equip 60 percent of the workforce with a high-value, post-secondary degree or credential by 2025. Through achievement of this goal, the College will help increase Hoosier per capita income and support the transformation of the state’s advanced industries economy.

“Indiana is home to some of the world’s largest, most innovative corporations—not to mention countless ambitious smaller companies and start-ups,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “And all of them share a common need: well-trained, skilled workers.”

The plan development covered 18 months, including a restructure of the College, comprehensive fact finding conducted internally and externally, including thousands of faculty, staff, students and statewide stakeholders.

“Our plan compliments the work of those with whom we collaborate including the Commission for Higher Education, Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Chamber and industry groups, Strada Education Network, Lilly Endowment, and Lumina, to name a few,” Ellspermann said. “We are committed to aligning with those who have similar goals and are dedicated to Hoosier prosperity of employers, individuals, and the state.

The plan is comprised of seven goals, with detailed strategies and tactics accompanying each goal, and metrics to ensure success:

  • Goal 1 – Student Success: Ensure every student persists towards their educational objective.
  • Goal 2 – Recruitment and Enrollment: Recruit and enroll Hoosiers from every demographic into high-demand/high-wage career pathways.
  • Goal 3 – Completion: Students earn 50,000 high quality certificates, certifications, and degrees annually.
  • Goal 4 – Workforce: Students are placed into and succeed in high-demand, high-wage jobs.
  • Goal 5 – Employee: Become known as a great place to work.
  • Goal 6 – Financial: Ensure the institution has sufficient financial resources to achieve our mission.
  • Goal 7 – Community: Effectively engage with and serve our unique communities.

Strategies focused on student success include initiatives through improved technology, structured scheduling, eight week classes, and improved academic advising. Recruitment strategies include targeted outreach to adult workers, as well as high school students with no post-secondary plans. Completion strategies include reverse transfer, expanding the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP), and more short-term, industry-focused certificates. Completion strategies are centered on “right-program, right-place, right-size” in each community and focused career development into high-demand, high-wage jobs.

“We are committed to putting more ‘community’ in community college,” Ellspermann continues. “To quote one of our own employees, ‘community’ is our middle name, and I look forward to seeing Ivy Tech become the workforce development and higher education engine our communities need to ensure long-term Hoosier prosperity.”

5-Year Strategic Plan Launches

Express Enrollment Day Dec 7 and Dec 9 at Ivy Tech Terre Haute

Terre Haute, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute will host Express Enrollment Days, on Thursday, December 7, and Saturday, December 9, for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for spring 2018. The free event is designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially, all in one day!

The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 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.
  • Complete their FYIvy
  • Determine what assessments may be needed to enroll.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.
  • Find out about orientation.

Here is what students should bring to Express Enrollment:

  • Government issued ID
  • Tax information for 2015 (if filing a 2017-18 FAFSA-Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • Tax information for 2016 (if filing a 2018-19 FAFSA-Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • SAT/ACT/PSAT scores or High School and/or College Transcripts – whichever applies, to meet assessment requirement
  • An idea of what he/she would like to study

If a student doesn’t have any of the above materials to meet the assessment requirement, he/she should arrive before 11 a.m., bring photo ID, and plan to take ACCUPLACER. Learn more about assessment at IvyTech.edu/assessment.

For more information and to RSVP, visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay.

Express Enrollment Day Dec 7 and Dec 9 at Ivy Tech Terre Haute

Ivy Tech Terre Haute to offer ServSafe Course

Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute will begin its next ServSafe certification class on December 7, 2017. The ServSafe class takes place over two, four-hour sessions and will be offered at the Parke County Learning Center in Rockville.

The Indiana Code 410 IAC 7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees food safety operations within each establishment. Ivy Tech Community College offers an instructor-led certification training course to prepare individuals to take and pass the multiple-choice exam. Students will receive a ServSafe certificate, recognition from the International Food Safety Council and permanent registration in the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s national registry. The ServSafe certification is valid for a five-year period.

Below are the dates and time of the upcoming certification class:

December 7 & 14        5 p.m. – 9 p.m.            Parke County Learning Center519 N. Lincoln Road, Rockville

To sign up or for additional information, contact Amy Akers at (812) 298-2485 or aakers@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Terre Haute to offer ServSafe Course

International communications expert to speak at SMWC and Ivy Tech

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech Community College — Terre Haute will welcome David Mould, author, international consultant and retired educator to both campuses as part of the celebrations for International Education Week, Nov. 13-17.

The presentations will bring global perspectives to the Wabash Valley and highlight the realities and rewards of living, studying and working abroad. Mould will be at SMWC 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Woods Student Center, Rooney Library, and at Ivy Tech 11 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Community Room. The events are free and open to the public.

“International Education Week provides an opportunity for students to learn about other cultures, the global economy and how to become better global citizens,” said Scott M. Powell, Ph.D., associate professor and global studies coordinator at Ivy Tech and sociology instructor for Woods Online. “Educating oneself about the world not only increases knowledge and awareness of important issues of our time but also prepares students for a career in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Born in the United Kingdom, Mould worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the United States in 1978.  He retired from Ohio University in Athens in 2010 after a 30-year academic career. He has traveled to more than 40 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and currently works as a communications consultant and freelance writer. He has directed grant-funded projects for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, UNESCO and UNICEF. His first book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia, was published in 2016 by the Ohio University Press; his second, Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys, will be published in 2018.

Mould’s first book chronicling his travels to the remote, diverse and strategically vital region of Central Asia — which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — is the subject of the interactive presentation at SMWC. Mould will read excerpts from his book, show images and artifacts from the region and share stories about ordinary citizens — teachers, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, cab-drivers and market sellers — to learn about their history, culture and struggle to survive in the post-Soviet era.

“This is a great opportunity for us to learn about this little known part of the world and its people,” said Dianne Frances D. Powell, co-organizer of the event at SMWC. “An event like this can deepen our understanding of cultures outside ours, promote diversity and increase cross-cultural understanding.”

During an informal presentation at Ivy Tech, Mould will discuss the skills and attitudes students need to prepare for overseas experiences. He will reflect on 20 years of experience working abroad as a teacher, trainer, consultant and researcher, as well as supervisor of undergraduate and graduate students on grant-funded international projects that required flexibility and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Mould’s presentations are sponsored by the SMWC Office of Campus Life and Ivy Tech Terre Haute’s Student Life Office and Global Studies Council.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. It is a nationwide effort by the two federal agencies to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

International communications expert to speak at SMWC and Ivy Tech

Terre Haute South Takes Home the Gold in Ivy Tech Spartan Match

Terre Haute, IN – A team of students from Terre Haute South took home this year’s Spartan Match traveling trophy, first place plaque and a team full of happy students following the awards ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College’s 6th annual Spartan Match competition, presented by Duke Energy. More than 300 students took part in the competition.

Second Place winning team was Clay City High School and Third Place was awarded to Greencastle High School.

Spartan Match pits teams of high school students in skills competitions with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math-related themes) that require problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, and ingenuity to complete; and sparks an interest in studying STEM related fields at the post-secondary level. Students were graded on the designs in each competition, as well as their presentation skills, and the effectiveness of the object they created.

Individual competition winners include:
Quality Matters: 1st – Clay City; 2nd – Riverton Parke
Engineers must possess a well-developed ability to evaluate products and communicate issues found. This competition is designed to emphasize the ability of an engineering team to inspect parts and report the findings to the quality assurance department.

Flitter-Fly: 1st – North Vermillion; 2nd — Greencastle
Using supplied materials your team must plan, design and construct an object/device/vehicle capable of sustained flight. Design will be for one or more possible objectives: time of flight, distance, height, creative design, engineering logic, and capability.

Balancing Act: 1st – Terre Haute South; 2nd — Greencastle
Using supplied materials, your teams will build a stable structure able to support an object and withstand a constant wind source. Devices will be judged one or more of the following objectives: height, cross-wind stability, or other objectives to be revealed on the day of the event.

Matter-In-Motion: 1st — Riverton Parke; 2nd — Linton
Using minimal materials, your team must construct a device capable of moving a specified object from one place to another without a human touching the object. Each device shall be designed for one or more of the following objectives: speed, accuracy, adjustability, engineering logic or other objectives to be revealed on the day of the event.

Bridge to Knowledge: 1st – White River Valley; 2nd – Clay City
Using minimal materials, your team must plan, design, build and test a bridging structure. Each device shall be designed for one or more of the following objectives: load, appearance, engineering logic or other objectives to be revealed on the day of the event. The structures will be tested in a real engineering laboratory.

Engineering Nightmare: 1st – Northview; 2nd – Terre Haute North
Teams must reverse engineer a designated product to produce a digital Autodesk Inventor 3D model.  Teams will be split into two groups.  Group number 1 will complete the reverse engineering process and produce engineering sketches.   Group number 2 will use the engineering sketches to produce the working 3D model without verbal communication or seeing the actual part.

Chain Reaction: 1st – Northview; 2nd – Terre Haute North
Using supplied materials, the team must construct a device that will start a multiple step process.  The device will be evaluated based on one or more of the following guidelines: length of time to complete the process, height an object has reached, number of steps in the process, structural integrity, engineering logic, or other objectives to be revealed on the day of the event.

Let the Volts be with You: 1st – Sullivan; 2nd – Terre Haute South
Using supplied materials, your team must construct a device that harnesses electricity. The guidelines and materials will be given to you on the date of the event. Teams will be graded on documentation and oral presentation along with the effectiveness of the product and its design.

Hang Time: 1st – White River Valley; 2nd — Linton
Using supplied materials, the teams must construct a device capable of launching an object into the air and maximize the time aloft based on contest rules. Teams will be graded on documentation and oral presentation along with the effectiveness of the product and its design.

Travel Time: 1st – Sullivan; 2nd – Terre Haute South
In this activity, your team of 2-3 students will assume the role of leaders of an organization planning committee.  Your team will develop a travel plan within the parameters given on the day of the competition.  To be successful, you need to be able to do internet research, read a map, budget for time and money, and make a persuasive presentation of your travel plan.

Biotechnology: 1st – North Knox; 2nd – North Vermillion
Using supplied materials, your team will compete in a biotech challenge.  Teams will be graded on documentation of the activity and an oral presentation.

Archimedes’ Principle: 1st – Northview; 2nd –Terre Haute South
Using supplied materials, your teams must construct a floating device capable of supporting a load based on event parameters. Teams will be graded on documentation and oral presentation along with the effectiveness of the product and its design.

IT Workstation Challenge: 1st – Greencastle; 2nd – South Knox
Using supplied materials, your team must build and test a working computer based on event parameters. Teams will be evaluated based on documentation and oral presentation along with the effectiveness of the product and testing conducted by event judges.

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto: 1st – Terre Haute South; 2nd – White River Valley
Evaluating manufacturing processes has become a task for many engineering departments.  In this event your team will evaluate a robotic process and determine its effectiveness.  Teams will be graded on documentation including a process flow chart and oral presentation of your team’s process recommendation.

Puff Mobile: 1st – Linton; 2nd – White River ValleyUsing supplied materials and a wind source, your team must design and construct a wind powered device. Teams will be graded on documentation and oral presentation along with the distance it travels while staying inside the set perimeters.

A total of 13 teams took part in the competition including: Clay City High School, Dugger Union Jr./Sr. High School, Greencastle High School, Linton-Stockton High School, North Knox Jr./Sr. High School, North Vermillion Jr./Sr. High School (WRCTE), Northview High School, Riverton Parke High School, South Knox High School, Sullivan High School, Terre Haute North High School, Terre Haute South High School, and White River Valley High School

Terre Haute South Takes Home the Gold in Ivy Tech Spartan Match