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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


Louie Gonzalez Chancellor 219-392-3600 3229
Dr. Dale Downs Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs  219-981-4952
Cindy Hall Executive Director of Resource Development 219-476-4710

Momcilo Vincic Executive Director of Admissions and Community Engagement 219-981-4441 6807

Keisha White Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services & Student Success 219-981-4440
Melody (DeeDee) White Executive Director, Career Coaching and Employer Connections 219-981-4430
Brooke Lichtenbarger Interim Executive Director of Finance & Administration 574-289-7001 5315
Charlotte M. Brown Executive Director of Human Resources 219-392-3600 4456


Lake County Board of Trustees

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

Jená Bellezza
Member of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet

Joshua Long
Outreach Manager, Indiana Youth Institute

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 2023 Meeting Date:
Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. CT
9900 Connecticut Dr., Crown Point

For more info, contact Marquita Harmon,