I Define Success: Emily Mueller

Wemily-mueller-ids1.jpghen Ivy Tech Valparaiso student Emily Mueller first saw an email about the fall 2017 White House internship program, she was intrigued, especially since she had never had an internship before.

Then the thoughts began to roll in.

“Surely I’m not the only one filling this out…”

“I’m not qualified to do this…”

Mueller reached out to Ivy Tech Community College’s Career Development right away, as they noted in the email they would assist interested students through the application process. They gave her tips for submitting the application and she even had a conference call with Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College. Continue reading

I Define Success: Julianna McDaniel

Julianna-McDaniel.jpgDespite having many obstacles thrown her way, Ivy Tech December graduate Julianna McDaniel turned them into opportunities to make a difference instead.

Before applying to Ivy Tech’s Nursing program, Julianna’s brother passed away in a motor vehicle accident.

“I always looked up to making him proud, and so losing him made me fear the day I would graduate and not be able to find his face in the crowd,” she said.

The healing process was long, but she found motivation in her children to watch her succeed at her dream. Continue reading

I Define Success: Louis Gattone

louis.pngGoing back to school as an adult can seem like an unimaginable feat, but it’s a decision that students like Louis Gattone know is well worth it.

Louis, a married father of two children (ages 11 and 14), decided to go back to school at 35 and get his first degree in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. He knew it would be hard work, especially opting to go to school full time.

“Ivy Tech provided a great environment to get my education done, while working full time and raising two boys,” he said.
Louis, who will graduate in December 2017, chose Cyber Security because he knew he would be able to start his new career quickly. He put in many late nights and long hours just to accomplish his goal. Continue reading

I Define Success: Jermain Pierson

Jermain-Pierson.jpgFor many students, including December graduate Jermain Pierson, Ivy Tech is the perfect place to find the career path that’s best for them.

Jermain dropped out of high school in 2010 and went back for his technical honors high school diploma in 2014 at The Excel Center, a tuition-free high school for adults. Two years later he enrolled at Ivy Tech to further his education in General Studies.

“I chose Ivy Tech not only for the convenience of price and location, but for its versatile hours, class sizes and transferable credits,” he said.

Jermain loved the General Studies program because it enabled him to take a small step into a field he was curious about. Continue reading

I Define Success: Delbia Jones

delbia-jones-2.jpgIndiana needs more women in technology. According to SmartAsset, only 28.5 percent of computer jobs here are held by women. Next year, Indiana will have at least one more woman in the talent pool: Delbia Jones.

Delbia graduates December 2017 with an associate degree in Cyber Security, an area in high-demand in Indiana.

Technology has always interested Delbia. Prior to coming to Ivy Tech, she had worked for ATT for several years and took some continuing education courses onsite. Continue reading

I Define Success: Courtney Sinclair

thumbnail_CourtneySinclair.jpgAfter being accepted into several of her favorite art schools, Courtney Sinclair made the choice to come to Ivy Tech Community College. Deciding what school to choose wasn’t the easiest thing for Courtney, but she knew he didn’t want to go into a large amount debt while attending college. “Staying in Indiana and attending Ivy Tech provided me the ability to dream bigger.”

Courtney attended the Bloomington Campus to complete her pre-requisites, and then continued with the Visual Communications program at the Columbus Campus. Continue reading

I Define Success: Jennifer Nessle

Jennifer Nessle.jpgJennifer Nessle is graduating from Ivy Tech and heading to the Ivy League. She is the ultimate example of being able to do anything you put your mind to.

As a young girl, Jennifer acknowledges being the target of bullying, which led her to self-doubt. After graduating from high school, she moved away for college, but struggled because of circumstances in her life.

In 2009, she was working five jobs to get by, and admittedly feeling unfulfilled. It was in 2010 that she then made the decision to apply to Ivy Tech.

“My drive was to make something of myself and give myself something to be happy about. I was sick and tired of feeling like I wasn’t worth anything. I wanted to change my life, so I picked myself up by my own bootstraps, dusted myself off and went back to college.” Continue reading

I Define Success: Kyle Steiner

In 2002, Kykyle-steiner.jpgle Steiner embarked on a journey that would soon lead him to a successful career. Struggling on choosing the right degree, he decided to go to Ivy Tech Community College to complete his core classes, then transfer to Purdue University.

“I didn’t know what career path to take. I know many classes from Ivy Tech could transfer to Purdue, so that’s the path I took,” said Kyle. “Once I decided on my career path, I could transfer to Purdue and focus on my major.” Continue reading

I Define Success: Esther Mead

Esther Mead, founder of a local nonprofit, found inspiration at Ivy Tech to create positive change for children in her community.

As a single mother of three, Esther wanted to go back to school but also had to support her family. With Ivy Tech Community College’s affordable tuition and online classes, it was possible for her to pursue her degree.

esther mead pict.jpg“Ivy Tech has tons of classes at a variety of campuses that makes attending school extremely flexible,” Esther said.

While attending Ivy Tech, Esther was inspired by a class that she took here, and began a non-profit called Itty Bitty Library. Itty Bitty Library works with children year-round to provide them with access to literature. They often acquire these books and place them in communities that would otherwise not have them. Continue reading