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Ivy Tech's Northeast Speakers, Performers,
Intellectual exhibits and Recreational Experiences

If people can find something that inspires them, they are likely to do something
that will enrich not only their own life but the lives of those around them.

Spring 2016
Northeast Indiana Industry Tours

INSPIRE Academy presents a series of industry tours for students throughout Northeast Indiana. Students will learn about the types of industries that sustain our region and the skills/training that employers are looking for when making hiring decision. In order to enhance the education and retention of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's current students on workforce and economic development, students need to be engaged in industry to understand the types of jobs and industries that exist.   

This spring, students will participate in tours at:

January 22 – Sweetwater Sound (Fort Wayne, IN)
February 19 – PHD (Fort Wayne, IN)
March 25 – FXI (Auburn, IN)
April 29 – Parkview Field (Fort Wayne, IN)
May 27 – C&A Tool (Churubusco, IN)

If you are an area employer and would like to invite Ivy Tech students to tour your facility, please contact Tanya Young at tyoung42@ivytech.edu.

Summer 2016
South Side Fest at Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus

South Side Fest is a community event held at Ivy Tech’s south campus at the Public Safety Academy featuring:
•    5 on 5 youth basketball tournament
•    dance competition
•    community resource fair
•    educational and leisurely entertainment
Its purpose is to bring the community together and showing residents that the south side of town has a lot to offer and it showcases the talents of the community’s youth.
This year we'll be partnering with the City's Safety Village to also showcase their 25th anniversary.

Fall 2016
Safe Space training

INSPIRE Academy will host a series of Safe Space trainings with expert presenters as well as a community dialogue aimed at providing basic education and a common vocabulary to use when discussing issues of sexuality and gender identity. As our workplace and communities are becoming more inclusive of LGBTQ persons, it is vital, especially in a place of higher education, that our employees are able to speak compassionately and intelligently with all populations we serve. It is also our responsibility to ensure that our environment is safe and affirming in order to ensure that all students are able to learn under our roof.

The GRITTY Leadership Conference

INSPIRE Academy is pleased to bring Ron and Rodney Lewis to campus to share their approach to leadership with first generation college students across our region at the GRITTY Leadership Conference on Ivy Tech’s campus.. They believe every first generation college student is capable of achieving Greatness, Resiliency, Intelligence, and Tenacity (G.R.I.T.). The goal is to help students realize the greatness in their mind, body, and soul. Learn more about their approach at www.lewflu.com.

INSPIRE Academy aims to provide inspirational and creative opportunities targeting various members of the community including Ivy Tech faculty, staff and students, members of K-12 educational institutes, and community members.

Past Events


The event happens annually and features a one-day region-wide STEM competition and conference for Northeast Indiana high school students, featuring:

  • inter-school STEM competitions
  • educational breakout sessions and workshops
  • employer and college exhibits in a career fair/tradeshow setting

School teams compete for points earned by entering competitions, attending breakout sessions and exhibits, and by just attending TechFest. INSPIRE Academy was a proud sponsor of such a worthy cause that undoubtedly inspired many young people to look at technology as a possible career path.

South Side Fest

The 2015 South Side Fest hosted at Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus on Fort Wayne’s south side. INSPIRE Academy was pleased to be a partner on the event whose goal was to bring together and celebrate south side businesses, organizations, leaders, and community members.

Sasha Mallory

Runner up of season 8’s So You Think You Can Dance visited Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in 2014 with the INSPIRE Academy and taught a series of dance workshops for those aged 8 and older. The 127 northeast Indiana dancers who performed Mallory’s choreography at halftime during a Mad Ants game, got to do something they would never have been able to do without Mallory and the INSPIRE Academy – learn from and perform with a nationally recognized dancer.

Thanks to our partner The Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The Dream Share Project

April 16, 2013
Film features eye-opening advice and anecdotal wisdom from an Olympic skier, one of the original Latin Kings of Comedy, a slam poet, a Project Runway fashion designer, the CEO of a sustainable flip flop company, and many more. The Dream Share Project is a film that encourages people to live up to their fullest potential and reject societal pressure to “play it safe.”


Film Screening and Discussion with the Director

Beauty Beneath the Dirt

March 6, 2013
Director Katherine Imp takes a raw and uninhibited look at what happens to the mind, body, and soul over the course of a 2178.3-mile journey.


Tim Fort, aka the Kinetic King

As seen on America's Got Talent
October, 2012

King sized Interview

See the video of a chain-reaction gadget at Glenbrook Square Mall, Fort Wayne, IN

'King'-sized Interview
Tim Fort aka the Kinetic King shares views on his science exhibits, TV exposure

Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis

Appalachian Trail record holder and author came to northeast Indiana Sept.16-17, 2012. Pharr Davis shared her hiking adventures at three public events. She provided a morning presentation to approximately 220 fifth- and sixth-grade students at Prairie Heights Middle School in LaGrange, Ind., and then led an afternoon lecture to about 50 Ivy Tech–Northeast community members on the Coliseum Campus.

Hiking Trip to Appalachian Trail

Hiking Trip to Appalachian Trail

The INSPIRE Academy lived up to its namesake in early June 2012, as a small group of hikers affiliated with Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast shared an inspirational experience during a four-day, 20-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail.

Star of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" visited Fort Wayne for INSPIRE Event

Star of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" visited Fort Wayne for INSPIRE Event

Reed Timmer, star of the popular Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers” and his storm-chasing vehicle, “The Dominator,” visited Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast in March, 2012. He presented two sessions during the day, plus an evening session which was open to the general public.