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About Ivy Tech Lake County

Ivy Tech Community College’s Lake County campus serves all of Lake County, which stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan south to the Kankakee River, and from the Illinois state line on the west to Porter County on the east. Ivy Tech-Lake County has locations in Crown Point, East Chicago and Gary. Formerly part of Ivy Tech’s Northwest Region, it has been a stand-alone campus since 2018.

We offer traditional, face-to-face courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as hybrid courses. Students can choose from a variety of technical certificates and associate degrees, so graduates leave our campus ready to join the workforce or to transfer to a four-year university.

Chancellor’s Bio & Welcome

Chancellor Louie Gonzalez

R. Louie Gonzalez has spent a lifetime serving the community of Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Calumet College of St. Joseph, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University Northwest. Chancellor Gonzalez worked as a recruiter for both Calumet College and IUN, where he found his passion for higher education.

After serving for 10 years as President of Ivy Tech’s East Chicago Campus, President Sue Ellspermann appointed him Chancellor of the newly formed Lake County Campus in June 2017, overseeing the Gary, East Chicago and Crown Point locations. He serves on the boards of many community organizations, including the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, St. Catherine Hospital and Legacy Foundation, and was named 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. He is a firm believer that a strong partnership between Northwest Indiana’s businesses and educational institutions is essential for their mutual success and for the success of its people.

Chancellor’s Welcome:

Welcome to the Lake County Campus section of Ivy Tech’s statewide web site! I’m glad you are taking the time to explore our campus, programs and course offerings.

As you navigate your way through the pages, you will discover the many different programs and courses we can offer you, whether you are a traditional student directly out of high school or a non-traditional, adult learner. No matter your goal -- a two-year degree, a certificate (about one year) or a credential (often requiring just a few classes) – we can guide you on the way to a well-paying, high-demand career. Ivy Tech-Lake County can help you achieve your dreams.

We are proud not only of the diversity of our programs, but also of our students and staff. All are welcome. We are here to help you succeed.

If you are already part of our Lake County family, I’m glad you’re here. If you are considering your college options, I hope you decide to join us. All the best as you continue your educational journey!

R. Louie Gonzalez
Ivy Tech Community College, Lake County Campus












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Louie Gonzalez Chancellor 219-392-3600 3229 lgonzale@ivytech.edu
Margaret Semmer Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs &
Student Success
219-981-4952   msemmer1@ivytech.edu
Cindy Hall Executive Director of Resource Development 219-476-4710  


Mike Popielski Executive Director of Human Resources 574-289-7001 5411 mpopielski@ivytech.edu
Nikki Lebo Executive Director of Instructional and Online Technologies and Information Technology 765-269-5483   nlebo@ivytech.edu
Momcilo Vincic Vice Chancellor Student Success 219-981-4441 6807


Keisha White Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services 219-981-4440   kwhite112@ivytech.edu
Melody (DeeDee) White Workforce Alignment Consultant 219-981-4430   mwhite115@ivytech.edu
Andrew Williams Executive Director of Finance & Administration 574-289-7001 6807 awilliam@ivytech.edu


Lake County Board of Trustees

Andrew Kyres, Chairman 
Vice President and Banking Center manager at First Financial Bank

Jená Bellezza
Marketing and Community Relations Director, Indiana Parenting Institute and Member of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet

Joshua Long
Executive Director, Hammond Education Foundation

Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud
President and CEO, Urban League of Northwest Indiana

Peter Smith
Training Coordinator and Financial Secretary, United Steelworkers Sub-District 5

Dwayne Walker
President and CEO, Chicagoland Popcorn, LLC.

Next 2020 Meeting Date (all meetings 8:30 a.m. CST):
Sept. 10

Via Zoom


Meeting ID: 964 4573 5109

Passcode: 689835

For additional information, please contact Marquita Harmon at mharmon32@ivytech.edu