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Arts & Transfer


Several faculty members in these programs are published authors. Most graduates from these programs transfer to four-year schools after earning their Ivy Tech associate degree. Many students choose Ivy Tech first for its affordability, but they learn there's a high quality of instructors in these programs: Faculty have at least a master' s degree in their field, and several have their doctorates.

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Liberal Arts and General Studies at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)


Visual Communications grads can focus on graphic design, web design, photography, animation, and more. This is a fun, creative, and rewarding field. Most graphic design jobs require at least a bachelor's degree, and Ivy Tech lets its graduates transfer seamlessly to the four-year programs at St. Francis and IPFW.

There's more! Try these links:
Visual Communications at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Universal Arts of Graphic Design  
The Art of Web Design
American Institute of Graphic Arts (world's largest web development site)


Ivy Tech?��s program has the same accreditation from the American Culinary Federation that all the big food schools have. That means the program is held to the same rigorous standard, but at about a fifth of the cost. Students can choose from a variety of specialties: baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, event management, hotel management, restaurant management, and dietary management.

There's more! Try these links:
American Culinary Federation
National Restaurant Association


The first nursing diploma was awarded in the United States in 1873 and today, it is one of the country's fastest growing occupations. Nurses can find work in a variety of areas: hospitals, doctors' offices, home health care services, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities, schools, military, and more.

There's more! Try these links:
Nursing at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
The Campaign for Nursing's Future


Electrocardiograms, or EKGs, test the electrical signals in the heart. They detect if the heart's beat is steady or irregular. At Ivy Tech, you will learn from teachers with years of experience in the health care industry. Your classes will provide hands-on learning, and your range of specialties include working closing with patients to having no patient contact.

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Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
National Healthcareer Assocation EKG certification
American Society for Clinical Pathology certification


Hate the sight of blood but want to work in the medial field? This is a perfect career choice, as you will work with clinical information, but you won't have direct patient contact. Ivy Tech's program has a selective admission process. Applicants are accepted into the Health Care Support program with a Health Information Technology concentration. Once the prerequisites are completed, a student can apply for the program.

There's more! Try these links:
Health Information Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
The American Health Information Management Association careers page


This is one of the nation's fastest-growing careers. Medical assistants often work alongside doctors in outpatient facilities or on ambulances. Medical assistants perform a variety of duties, from answering phones and greeting patients to drawing blood or assisting a doctor during an exam.

There's more! Try these links:
American Association of Medical Assistants


Student receive in-class and hands-on learning in this program, which requires a field internship. It's perfect for that student who thrives in an uncontrolled environment. Students who already have their paramedic certification can earn their associate degree in just seven classes. Ivy Tech's program has a selective admission process. Applicants are accepted into the Health Care Support program with a Health Information Technology concentration. Once the prerequisites are completed, a student can apply for the program.

There's more! Try these links:
Paramedic Science at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Indiana Department of Homeland Security


The first nursing school in history was found in India in 250 B.C. Licensed practical nurses are an important part of the health care team, and the in-demand profession will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As baby boomers retire from their nursing positions--and as Baby Boomers age and require more care--the field will require more new nurses than ever.

There's more! Try these links:
Nursing at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.


Due to an aging population--and the abuse of tobacco products--this is a growing field. Respiratory therapists provide care for patients with breathing disorders. They assess, evaluate and treat patients of all ages.

There's more! Try these links:
American Association for Respiratory Care


Students in this program study a wide variety of related topics, including holistic approaches, acupressure, aroma therapy, yoga, and financial management (for those who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs). More and more often, consumers are turning to massage therapy for medical reasons, and the health care community is increasingly viewing therapeutic massage as a legitimate option to address healthcare concerns.

There's more! Try these links:
American Massage Therapy Association
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Managing & Leading Others

Accountants are a necessity in every enterprise--businesses, schools, non-for-profits, etc. This makes the profession easily combinable with other interests or hobbies. An Accounting associate degree can lead to a variety of career choices: bookkeeping, tax return prep, payroll accounting, auditing, management, CPA and more.

There's more! Try these links:
The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business
American Institute of CPAs (certified public accountant)


This program helps students learn about the managerial roll in building construction. In addition to construction classes, students learn how to operate and manage a successful business. Students in this program take classes including green construction, safety and risk management, project planning, and construction graphics and print reading

There's more! Try these links:
Construction programs at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana
Building Construction Management at Ivy Tech

AND COLLEGE FOR WORKING ADULTS (Business Administration) >>

The Business Administration program thrives itself on entrepreneurship. Ivy Tech Northeast's New Venture Competition has awarded more than $60,000 to students and alumni in start-up capital for their businesses. This program has also taken study abroad trips to France, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and China.

There's more! Try these links:
Business Administration (&/or CWA) at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Ivy Tech Northeast's New Venture Competition
Business Professionals of America


Indiana's central location makes this region attractive to companies in the field. Northeast Indiana has a concentration of employment in transportation and warehousing, and it's cost-competitive for centers looking to serve customers coast-to-coast. Many companies depend on experts in this field to move their goods locally and globally. The program began fall 2013, and local employers have said they are excited to work with its graduates.

There's more! Try these links:
The Association for Operations Management

Public & Social Services

Graduates from this type of program can field careers in a variety of fields, even the FBI. This program prepares students for more than law enforcement. Graduates find jobs in corrections, youth services, private security, social service, and investigative occupations.

There's more! Try these links:
Criminal Justice at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Fort Wayne Police Department
Federal Bureau of Investigation


Students who intern during the program often find work through their internships in areas including work with battered women and children, the homeless, and at-risk children and adolescents. These interns have a stellar reputation in the community. All students sit for the Human Services Board Certification Exam to become nationally recognized certified professionals during their final semester at Ivy Tech.

There's more! Try these links:
National Organization for Human Services
Center for Credentialing & Education


This career is often called 'a career for life.' Firefighters, for example, rarely move to another profession, often continuing in the department where they were hired until retirement. Students take classes in topics including Hazmat awareness, transportation and border security, computers, first responding, and law.

There's more! Try these links:
Public Safety Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
U.S. Fire Administration

Skilled Trades

Ever dream of building a robot? This program teaches how to do it, in addition to the construction of and troubleshooting on other necessary and useful machines. American manufacturers are increasingly dependent on high-tech equipment, and they're looking to employ grads who know how to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain these pieces of equipment.

There's more! Try these links:
Advanced Manufacturing at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
Roadshow for Growth on


Students have their own auto body shop for classwork, and they take courses on various parts of vehicles, including steering and suspension, engines, axles, electrical and electronics, and climate control systems. These grads, who learn how to diagnose and repair high-tech vehicles, are in demand nationwide.

There's more! Try these links:
Automotive Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence


This program is ideal for those looking for their contractor's license and, by the end of the program, grads will have the skills necessary to flip their own house. Classes include cabinetry, interior and exterior trim, home inspection, wiring, plumbing, woodworking, and more.

There's more! Try these links:
Construction programs at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne
Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
The Journal of Light Construction


Graduates don't have to leave northeast Indiana for jobs. Entry-level positions start out at higher-than-average salaries. Students have the choice to focus on architectural drafting or mechanical drafting.

There's more! Try these links:
Why Choose a Career as a CAD Drafter?


Graduates from Ivy Tech's program have been guaranteed an interview by companies in the Indiana Energy Consortium, which is made of utility companies across the state. Students in the program learn about renewable energy resources--like wind, solar, and geothermal--and receive their Energy Auditing Certification on their way to an associate degree.

There's more! Try these links:
Get Into Energy
Center for Energy Workforce Development (Energy industry looking for replacements for retiring workers)


Employees are so interested in hiring interns from the program that there aren't enough to go around. Want to get started early? The program offers dual-credit classes for high school students so, at high school graduation, you already have some of your HVAC curriculum completed.

There's more! Try these links:
Fort Wayne Ivy HVAC (student info resource)
Work Your Way to the Top interactive graphic


This is a growing field as more manufacturing companies are looking for highly skilled employees to keep their equipment running. Installation, maintenance, and repair jobs are expected to increase by 10 percent over the next decade, with a wage of $20 an hour.

There's more! Try these links:
Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
FANUC robotics automation
Rockwell Automation
PHD, Inc.
SMC Corporation of America


A number of local companies have said they will guarantee an interview to program graduates. Students take classes in areas including computer-aided design (CAD), machinery, milling, tool and die making, and mold making.

There's more! Try these links:
C&A Tool
National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.


This is one of the College's programs that can be completed 100 percent online. This program is an especially good fit for anyone currently working in the manufacturing field, including supervisors looking to learn more about technology.

There's more! Try these links:
FANUC robotics automation
Rockwell Automation
PHD, Inc.
SMC Corporation of America

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting a shortage of well-prepared graduates in this field over the next five years, which  means there are more jobs available for program graduates. While the College's program prepares students for careers in agriculture, graduates can also find work in other areas--at a lending facility, in a sales position, at a marketing firm, in advertising.

There's more! Try these links:
Agriculture's Library homepage


Ivy Tech is one of five partners nationwide in the National Aviation Consortium. Its goal is to train 2,501 students over three years. Students receive assistance from the College for job placement in the aviation industry both before and after graduation. This is a career with a great opportunity for advancement. Employees get to travel often and can live anywhere in the world.

There's more! Try these links:
Aviation Maintenance Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
National Aviation Consortium
AVScholars (Aviation Maintenance Technicians' job outlook)


The information technology (or IT) field is not dependent on any one sector of the economy, so even when things get bad, grads from this field can transfer their skill sets to various business sectors. The College's IT programs are undergoing some exciting changes in fall 2014, transitioning into new programs. These programs allow each discipline to involve more hands-on activities versus a largely lecture/theory-based classroom. The College has added a half million dollars' worth of new equipment.

There's more! Try these links:
Association of Information Technology Professionals


The College's engineering programs are designed to transfer to a four-year university, and Ivy Tech has transfer agreements with dozens of schools. Students' studies focus on two goals: One, engineering can help better mankind. Two, there is much to learn from other cultures, and these new ideas can lead to new solutions and tools that can help solve engineering problems.

There's more! Try these links:
Engineering at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Dilbert 'The Knack' Engineer video
Is engineering right for me? video
How an engineer folds a T-shirt video
How to become a mechanical engineer
How to become an electrical engineer

Supporting Others

While graduates can find jobs in school, college, public and private libraries, they can also work in special libraries associated with medical centers and the law. Students can take this program entirely online, and many have commented about how student-friendly it is.

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Medical Library Association
American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association


What sets this program apart from similar ones at other colleges is that Ivy Tech emphasizes the soft skills--communication, leadership--as much as the hard skills like computer software applications. Possible job titles include administrative assistant, first-line manager, legal secretary, software application specialist, executive assistant, and office assistant.

There's more! Try these links:
Office Administration at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
International Association of Administration Professionals


This degree is flexible for students--they can put it immediately into practice in a variety of businesses and governmental offices, or they can continue on to their four-year degree in other law-related occupations. Classes that students in this program take include tort, bankruptcy, family, and criminal law; ethics; law office technology; and wills, trust, and estates.

There's more! Try these links:
Paralegal Studies at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
The Association of Legal Assistants
National Federation of Paralegal Associations


Graduates from this program have a diverse set of options. They can become teachers or directors in early childhood education programs, or they may choose to get their bachelor's or possibly their master's degrees to pursue an Indiana State Teacher's License for pre-kindergarten to third grade. Students will take classes related to health, safety, and nutrition; infant/toddler growth and development; and family-teacher partnerships.

There's more! Try these links:
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children


Job prospects are especially good for fields in need of teachers--math, science, bilingual education--and in urban or rural school districts. Plus, a large number of teachers are expected to retire in the next five to 10 years, and schools will be looking for new teachers to hire. By completing Education classes in addition to a core of General Education classes, graduates will be prepared to transfer to a four-year program and begin as a junior.

There's more! Try these links:
Education at Ivy Tech Northeast (video)
Association of American Educators

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