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About the South Bend Campus

Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart offers a progressive education at an affordable cost. Students choose Ivy Tech for a variety of reasons, including learning hard skills to lead to sustainable jobs and as an economical steppingstone to a four-year institution. And after 55 years of educational excellence, we’re evolving to the next frontier, capitalizing on our region’s strong presence in advanced manufacturing, logistics and distribution, technology, and life sciences and setting a course for even greater achievements.

– Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper, Chancellor, Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart

Fast Facts

12,433
Students Enrolled
(2022-2023 academic year)
Counties Served:
St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall
Satellite Location
Elkhart
51
Academic Programs
(Campus & Satellite)
Employees
63
Faculty
83
Staff

Nearly 50 Programs Close to Home

With nearly 50 programs available locally, a great education isn’t far from home! Get the associate degree, short- or long-term certificate, or workforce certification you need to join some of Indiana’s fastest-growing careers — or transfer to a four–year institution.

And Ivy Tech doesn’t just deliver this education. We help you succeed, with free books, generous financial aid options, and flexible schedules. Maybe that’s why...

92% of Ivy Tech students say they would do it again!

Ivy Tech South Bend received its charter in September, 1967. Originally, Ivy Tech South Bend was based out of the original Washington High School, Cline. 

Our History

Ivy Tech is a statewide open-admissions community college that has grown into the second-largest post-secondary institution in Indiana. Our programs lead to two-year associate's degrees and one-year technical certificates. With 19 full-service campuses and low tuition, Ivy Tech is both convenient and affordable.

One of the first regional campuses established in the young Ivy Tech system, South Bend first began offering classes in 1968 on West Sample Street in the old Studebaker plant while a nearby unused high school was enlarged and remodeled. Classes were moved to the renovated high school in 1969. A new campus opened in January 2000 at 220 Dean Johnson Blvd. Today, Ivy Tech's South Bend campus annually serves approximately 5,000 students. Students range in age from 16 to over 65, with a median age of around 27. Enrollment is approximately 53 percent female, and three out of four students attend part-time. Minorities account for 27 percent of the student body.

The South Bend campus prides itself on providing the flexibility, support and encouragement that nontraditional students need to achieve academic and career success while balancing work, school and family responsibilities. Ivy Tech will continue to offer the career and technical training which we're known for, but we also offer courses and programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. So you can enjoy Ivy Tech's quality instruction, small classes, flexible scheduling and helpful instructors while you stay on-track for a four-year degree.

Nearly 50 academic programs in eight schools: Arts, Science, & Education, Business, Logistics & Supply Chain, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Public Affairs & Social Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Sciences, the Beacon Health System School of Nursing, and the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Many specialties and concentrations offered within individual programs.

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

 

Administration

  • Chris Douse, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • LaTonya Armstrong, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • Lisa Wenzel, Vice Chancellor Campus Operations
  • Brooke Lichtenbarger, Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration
  • Melissa Colpitts, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Joey Wheatley, Executive Director of Ivy+ Career Link
  • Jeffrey Wesolowski, IT Director
  • Mari Linn Wise, Executive Director, Resource Development

School Deans

  • Kathryn Waltz-Freel, Dean of Arts, Sciences, & Education
  • Violet Hawkins, Dean of Information Technology and Business, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Cyndy Keeling, Interim Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science
  • Sharvon Robinson, Dean of Nursing
  • Shirley Bootz, Dean of Health Sciences & Public Affairs and Social Services

Find Contact Info in the Directory

Trustees

State Trustee: Jeremy Lugbill, Superintendent - Career Academy Network of Public Schools

Campus Board of Trustees:

  • Tina Patton, Board Chair; Retired Commerce
  • Jacqueline Barton, Specialized Staffing Solutions President
  • Gregg Fore, GG Media Group Partner
  • Kreg Gruber, Beacon Health System CEO
  • Anna Milligan, Retired Health Care Professional
  • Dick Pfeil, Pfeil Inc. President
  • Jerry Thacker, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. Superintendent
  • Suzanne Weirick, Elkhart County Commissioner

Board Meetings

All campus board of trustee meetings are held at the South Bend campus.

  • Monday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m., Elkhart County Campus
  • Monday, Mar. 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15 at 2 p.m. 
  • Monday, July 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.