Welcome to the spring 2018 semester!

Welcome to the spring 2018 semester!

If you visited the blog last semester, welcome back! And if you have not been here before, welcome!

The Ivy Tech blog is a place for everyone at Ivy Tech (students, faculty and staff) to connect and share content. We got off to a great start after launching last semester and want to send a big THANK YOU to everyone that submitted a blog. Let’s keep up the great work this spring.

We hope you’ll get involved–here is a quick rundown about how to share, engage and more! Continue reading

Student Success: Joyce Mabbitt, Design Technology


At the age of ten, Joyce Mabbitt took a class in which she developed a floor plan for her dream home. While taking this class, she got the opportunity to study building codes, dimensions, and furnishings. Later, she took a computer modeling class in high school that reaffirmed her passion for design. She enjoyed it so much that years later, she pursued a degree in design technology.

Finding a college that meets all your needs as a student can be difficult. Joyce was looking for a program with an affordable tuition, flexible class schedules, and a Lafayette campus.

Ivy Tech offered Joyce that, and so much more. Continue reading

Student Success: Matthew Burbrink, Design Technology

matthew-burbrinkMeet Matthew Burbrink, a 2014 Ivy Tech graduate from the Lafayette campus. He took an unconventional route to achieve his Design Technology degree with Ivy Tech.

Matthew took time off after graduating high school, working in and out of factories for three years before deciding to make a change.

“Ivy Tech was more willing to take me in,” Matthew said, after being away from school for years. He choose Ivy Tech for the “affordable rates, the ability to transfer credits, individualized attention from instructors and career focused courses.” Continue reading

Student Success: Matt Sondgeroth, Design Technology

matt-sondergothMatt Sondgeroth is a 2003 graduate from the Lafayette campus. He choose Ivy Tech Community College because he wanted an affordable education, the ability to enter the workforce quicker than a typical four year degree would allow and the flexibility to work full-time while also attending courses.

Matt had a passion for drafting and completed his degree in Design Technology. He currently is a Project Manager for a company that provides technology solutions to Home Builders in numerous ways. Continue reading

Student Success: Kyle Steiner, Design Technology

kyle-steinerIn 2002, Kyle 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

Why Complete Your Degree?

The question most of my family asked me as I embarked on my college journey was why start at all. As a first generation college student, I didn’t necessarily have a good answer to that, other than I was interested in studying biology and wanted to try making a career out of that.

As I progressed through my education and eventually entered the job market, I realized that completing my degree punched my ticket to success. So, why complete your degree?

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