Bloomington — Amelia Ward, 2024 Ivy Tech Bloomington design technology graduate, received an Award for Excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The award was presented by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. She is graduating with both an associate degree in design technology and certificate in architecture.

“Amelia is a born problem-solver and has an innovative spirit,” April Bledsoe, assistant professor and program chair of design technology said. “She has honed a passion for creating objects during her time at Ivy Tech and has developed a goal of reducing waste associated with 3D printing.”

Ward explores ways to recycle 3D printing waste into new product or re-use it in creative ways.             

“I loved the ability to make projects,” Ward said. “I was able to use computers to make art, objects, and solve problems I could never do before.”

During her time at Ivy Tech, Ward was selected to participate in a “life-changing” Alternative Spring Break trip. Students traveled to Italy, where they studied culture, history, and engaged in service-learning.

“Amelia had an incredible, unique perspective to add regarding architecture and the evolution of technology,” Bledsoe said.

Ward will continue classes at Ivy Tech to pursue certificates in mechanical design and computer graphics. She is currently searching for full-time employment in her field and has plans to earn her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

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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.