The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 24, 2022 1:00 am

Students start Bridge to Employment program

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Almost 60 high school sophomores toured Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw as part of a selective three-year program that focuses on a range of STEM2D pathways within the health care industry, officials announced last week.

STEM2D stands for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing and design.

The 58 Warsaw Community High School students are participating in the Johnson & Johnson Bridge to Employment program, which is designed to help students develop skills for careers through academic enrichment, career exploration and post-secondary education planning, a news release said.

Bridge to Employment, or BTE, is sponsored locally by DePuy Synthes, The Orthopaedics Company of Johnson & Johnson. Students are matched with a DePuy Synthes mentor they will work with for the duration of the BTE program.

“Ivy Tech Warsaw is privileged to be a local higher education partner in the BTE program, and we were excited to host the BTE-Warsaw cohort's first college tour,” Allyn Decker, vice chancellor of Ivy Tech Warsaw, said in a statement.

“We know students walked away with a greater understanding of dual-credit opportunities and the many ways that Ivy Tech can help them get started earning a high value career credential or a transferrable degree,” he added.

BTE also partners with OrthoWorx, Grace College, Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne, the release said.

The first BTE cohort started at the beginning of this academic year, the release said, and it will continue through the end of students' senior year. 

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has selected Eric Allmon as the dean for the School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain and the School of Public Affairs and Social Services. He will oversee academic affairs for the two schools at the Fort Wayne campus.


• Manchester University's new first-year students will have their tuition locked in for their entire undergraduate career beginning this fall. In the future, Manchester will set a new tuition rate for each incoming class and lock it in for four years, giving students and families a predictable total cost from start to finish, officials announced last week.

• Fort Wayne resident Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, an English professor and associate dean of academic affairs at Manchester, was honored by Humane Fort Wayne as the 2021 Shelter Volunteer of the Year.

• Fort Wayne resident Tim McKenna-Buchanan, an associate professor of communication studies at Manchester, was awarded Top Paper at the National Communication Association Basic Course Division for a paper he co-authored. It was titled “Triage Teaching in the Basic Communication Course: Renewing Teacher Self-Efficacy During COVID-19,” and it will be published in Routledge COVID-19 Pandemic Series Volume III.


Nathan Walz, a 2018 Concordia Lutheran High School graduate, received the 2021 Leicester B. Holland Prize, which honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing and comes with a $1,000 cash prize. The annual competition is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. Walz, now a University of Notre Dame student, was recognized for his drawing of the historic St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, the church's original name, in Kendallville.

Dillon Valenti of Purdue University Fort Wayne was selected to join the prestigious Orr Fellowship, which was created to match outstanding graduating college seniors with a full-time, salaried job at one of its member-companies. The fellows are accepted from a pool of almost 1,200 applicants, with about 8% being accepted.

• Thirty-three Garrett High School students received their Caterpillar Level 1 Operators Certificate after completing Caterpillar equipment training in the fall.

Saint Francis

• University of Saint Francis professor Alan Nauts will discuss his career as a designer, illustrator and educator in conjunction with the “Alphabet Exhibition” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center on the southeast side of campus. Nauts credits many of the designers in the exhibit as inspiration for his work over the years.


• Applications are due Friday for the third annual National Conscience Month Essay Contest, which offers a $2,000 scholarship. Go to for details.

• Questa Education Foundation is compiling a database of scholarship opportunities to make it easier for students to find scholarship and financial aid for their college expenses. Organizations and businesses can share their scholarship information through this survey:

• The Fort Wayne Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute invites high school seniors to apply for a scholarship honoring A. Philip Randolph and local civil rights leader Charles Redd. Applications are due April 11. Contact LaDonna Sims at for information.

• Indiana students are encouraged to apply to the 2022 Governor's STEM Team. Gov. Eric Holcomb developed the competition in 2017 to highlight Indiana's top high school students for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and math. Winning students will each receive a $1,000 deposit into an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings plan and letterman jackets. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 4. Go to for information.

• The Allen County students chosen as the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are Phu Le of Carroll High School, Emily Clough of South Side High School, Elay Htoo of North Side High School, Gabriel Vargas of Wayne High School and Taygen Marlow of New Tech Academy at Wayne High School.

• Applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship are due Feb. 1. The Fort Wayne Zoological Society awards this one-time $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the stewardship of animals. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties are eligible. Call 260-427-6809 or go to for information.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

Share this article

Email story

Subscribe to our newsletters

* indicates required