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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.

INSPIRE Academy’s 2015 projects included two community-wide projects that focused on key values of the College and the northeast Indiana community.

First was the Northeast Indiana TechFest in April which celebrated all things STEM and tech focused in our region. 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.

The second event was 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.

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

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.