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Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw to align with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

July 20th, 2017

The Journal Gazette

As part of its organizational structure project, Ivy Tech Community College announced Ivy Tech Warsaw will transition to be part of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s service area. Warsaw is currently aligned with the Ivy Tech North Central region, but the College recently announced a new structure eliminating regions and moving to a campus model. During the 2017–18 academic year, the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw leadership teams will work together to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and the Warsaw community Ivy Tech serves.

“The alignment of Warsaw with the Fort Wayne campus maintains the College’s commitment to providing accessible quality education and training to the communities in Kosciusko County,” says South Bend/Elkhart Chancellor Thomas Coley, Ph.D. “We are committed to ensuring there will be a seamless transition for our students, faculty, and staff.”

This change is occurring to better align the College with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the workforce of northeast Indiana, and other economic development activities of Kosciusko County. The county is known for being an economic center for the orthopedic-device industry and joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership in October 2015.

Allyn Decker, Ph.D., who leads the Ivy Tech Warsaw site, has been with College since December 2016 and was previously the Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program director and Medical Device Quality Management program director at Grace College.

“We are pleased with our Warsaw site moving in alignment with what’s happening in northeast Indiana,” says Decker. “Our team anticipates this to be a smooth transition, because it makes sense for our College to be working with and serving the business and industry in which our citizens and students will have the best opportunity for employment upon graduation.”

David Findlay, president and CEO of Lake City Bank, Ivy Tech Foundation Board Member, and former State Trustee of Ivy Tech, says "Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw is critical to not only Warsaw's future but the entire region. Through the Orthopedic Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, we've contributed to the growth of the orthopedic industry in the region, which includes companies throughout the region.”

Warsaw-based Lake City Bank recently sign an agreement to be part of Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program. “We've also brought a full curriculum of higher education opportunities to Kosciusko County,” says Findlay. “The decision to align Ivy Tech Warsaw's presence with Fort Wayne is a natural extension of the connectivity of our communities and will enhance our ability to deliver quality education and workforce development programs to the communities we serve."
This transition also connects with the Regional Cities Initiative Road to One Million, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by funding transformative quality of place projects. The Road to One Million outlines a short-term goal of 38 regional development projects in 11 counties totaling $400 million in quality of place investments, and more than 70 projects and $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the next 10 years.

John Sampson, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, says the change will mirror the membership of the economic development partnership. “This realignment is good news for northeast Indiana. Ivy Tech plays a unique and critical role providing a foundation for the workforce and talent development infrastructure in our region,” says Sampson. “The consistent delivery of high quality training and skills development programs for the City of Warsaw, Kosciusko County, and the surrounding communities is critical to the growth of our region’s

“As a statewide system, Ivy Tech is embracing the continued alignment of education and workforce training throughout northeast Indiana,” says Jerrilee Mosier, Ed.D., chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. “We welcome the partnership with Kosciusko County and the Warsaw community. Community partnerships between education and industry will move us forward in in meeting current workforce demands and in addressing the workforce needs of the future.”


Fall 2016 student enrollment / total headcount: 745
Spring 2017 student enrollment / total headcount: 679
Current academic degree programs:

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Operations, Applications, and Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security / Information Assurance
  • Database Management and Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Studies
  • Healthcare Specialist
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology
  • Informatics
  • Information Technology Support
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Library Technical Assistant
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Manufacturing Production and Operations
  • Medical Assisting
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Software Development
  • Statewide Transfer General Education Core
  • Supply Chain Management / Logistics

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 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.