During an anniversary ceremony Sept. 12, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters celebrated 50 years of service to the Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana community.

Most of the people at the party donned their own Ivy Tech gear or simply wore different shades of Ivy Tech green. Former students, including Robert Smith, one of Ivy tech Fort Wayne’s first graduates, and long-retired administrators like Merland Beyler shook hands and laughed at how much could change over a half-century.

Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier gave the crowd a basic rundown of the big developments that Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has experienced over the past five decades from its beginnings as a small vocational school renting out the third floor of Concordia High School to its designation as the state’s community college system in 2008.

Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech, was also present to celebrate the milestone. She highlighted Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s ability to evolve according to the needs of the northeast Indiana community and gave assurance that the community college would always be the region’s go-to for its continually growing workforce needs.

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