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Ivy Biz for Kids launches with jewelry design camp focused on entrepreneurship

June 30, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, with the support of Monroe County Government, will launch Ivy Biz for Kids on Monday, July 11. This year’s Ivy Biz for Kids day camp consists of a one-week jewelry design program with an emphasis on entrepreneurship for kids ages 10 to 14 years old.

“We are hoping to encourage the campers to think about careers and professions in the future,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington’s dean of the school of technology, Kirk Barnes. “3D CAD will be an increasingly important tool for designers and engineers as these students continue their education and ultimately get a job.”

The jewelry-making program will be held in the design technology department at Ivy Tech’s main campus. Kids will create a business plan, design unique pieces of jewelry utilizing 3-D CAD software, produce a working prototype, and paint their jewelry as done in the real world. Staff members and instructors from the Cook Center, along with an instructor from Indiana University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts will help the kids with the process.

Limited spaces are still available. For more information about Ivy Biz for Kids jewelry design day camp, visit and click on Entrepreneurship, then click Community, or call (812) 330-6261.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.