Patty Plantenga has been appointed site director for the Ivy Tech Community College site in Crawfordsville. As site director, Plantenga will partner with community groups to identify the workforce needs of Montgomery County and work toward offering courses and programs to best serve these needs. She will also work with local high schools to explore ways to build the area’s workforce and provide higher education opportunities for area graduates.
Plantenga joined Ivy Tech in January 2003 as an adjunct faculty member. In August 2015 she accepted the position of academic advisor, helping students with transfer to four-year schools, career exploration, job searches, and academic advising. Plantenga was appointed site manager of Ivy Tech’s Monticello campus in February 2018. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the site, she established partnerships with area employers and community organizations, and grew enrollments.
Plantenga received her bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Ball State University and a master of science in academic advising from Kansas State University. She is a certified career advisor and a member of several national and state organizations focused on education and career development.
“I was an advisor and instructor for the Montgomery County site so I am familiar with the area and its students,” Plantenga said. “I am excited to return to Crawfordsville, become involved in the community, and help develop a skilled workforce for the area.”