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Niki Blackwell
Assistant Director of Admissions
(812) 330-6197

Community College is an excellent place to learn more about yourself, learn new skills,  start a career, and become part of a community. I began my educational journey at a Community College in Ohio. I went on to earn my Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Indiana Wesleyan University.  I love education, learning, and watching students have “a-ha!” moments about themselves.  I am here to help you through the admissions process and to answer any questions you have about college.

I hold office hours in Bloomington and Bedford at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center.  My office hours in Bedford are on Tuesdays or Thursdays, periodically, throughout the semester.  Bedford is near to my heart, being from there, and I am working to see more and more classes offered there for the students of Lawrence Co. and the surrounding counties.

Assignments: Schools in Loogootee, Shoals, Greene, and Lawrence Counties. Tabernacle Christian School in Martinsville and Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington.


Ben Grimwood
Assistant Director, International Admissions
(812) 330-6027

Benjamin Grimwood is a Principal Designated School Official who oversees how federal regulations affect nonimmigrant students at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.  In June 2015 he became the International Student Advisor at Bloomington campus.  He is active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has presented at regional and national conferences.  EDUCATION  Indiana University, M.A., 2012;  Vanderbilt University, B.A. cum laude, 2010.

“Your college years are the best years of your life!  You won’t remember any of the homework you did, but you’ll remember the friendships you made and the activities in which you participated.  Get involved!”


Dan Padgett
Assistant Director of Admissions
(812) 330-6342

I am a 1998 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and a 2018 graduate of Kansas State University with a Master of Science in Adult Learning and Leadership.  I look forward to helping provide lifelong learning opportunities and career options here at Ivy Tech!

Assignments: Schools in Brown and Owen Counties as well as Broadview Learning Center.


Esthela Rodriguez
Assistant Director of Admissions
(812) 330-6385

Being a part of Ivy Tech Bloomington is near and dear to my heart. I earned an Associate of General Studies from Ivy Tech and during that time I developed a love for education. I transferred and earn my Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University in 2015.

No matter what life has dealt you or what path you’re following, I truly believe that education empowers you in all areas of life. I am excited to be able to guide you through Ivy Tech – Bloomington’s admissions process and be able to answer any questions that you may have!

Assignments: Monroe County Schools, Richland Bean Blossom Schools,  and Martinsville High School.