BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome students back to campus with activities during the first week of fall classes starting on Monday, August 21. Chancellor Jennie Vaughan will be joined by Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann to greet students on the first day of classes.

“The first day of the fall semester is an exciting day for us on campus and for students,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We enjoy getting to know our students and answering their questions, and this year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Ellspermann.”

Students entering the building on Monday morning will be treated to free coffee, provided by Ivy Tech Student Life. Later in the morning a community resource fair will take place, where students can learn about the resources and organizations available to help them become engaged and successful students. There will also be supply bins throughout the month for students to give and take class materials as needed.

Also happening on the first day is Ivy Tech’s solar eclipse viewing event, The Great American Eclipse. Ivy Tech Student Life, the Center for Lifelong Learning, and astronomy faculty are hosting the viewing event outside the student commons starting at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the science behind eclipses as well as have access to solar viewers, solar telescopes, and other related activities. In the event of inclement weather, a live stream will be broadcast inside Shreve Hall.

Though 16-week classes begin Monday, it is still not too late to enroll in fall classes. Ivy Tech has multiple start dates throughout the semester and online degree options. Some newer degree programs and certifications aligned with employer needs in the community include therapeutic massage, optometric technology, supply chain management and logistics, and advanced automation and robotics. Visit for more degree options or call (812) 330-6013 to get started.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.