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October 2020

Saint Joseph's College (Indiana), a Catholic college founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, pledges itself to a tradition of excellence and to a liberal education that is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program Continues with Success

Last week the next group of students began the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certificate program at Saint Joseph’s College. Nine students began the 11-week class, which started last Tuesday. Classes are held two days a week for 4-hours a day in the Core Education Center classroom and labs. The classrooms and labs are equipped with the tools the students need to learn the skills to become a CCMA.

Classes are held in person, with as much social distancing as possible. A majority of the instructions must be done in person due to its hands-on nature. CCMA class sizes are limited to 12 students per session. Meeting in-person offers students the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills to be a CCMA and to participate in hands-on and relevant learning. Before students are sent out for their clinical experiences, we replicate real-life situations in our medical lab; this allows our students to practice and perfect their learning and skills.

The state of Indiana is helping to boost our enrollment numbers by offering full-tuition grants for the CCMA program. Indiana’s Next Level Jobs is a grant program that pays 100% of CCMA tuition for Indiana residents.

One hundred percent of the first cohort of CCMA students passed the NHA certification exam, and have now either found jobs, are interviewing, or are taking additional classes to further their medical education as a LPN at Ivy Tech.

The next round of CCMA classes will begin on Tuesday, November 10th. That class is filling up quickly! Saint Joe was blessed with a great start to our certified medical programs. For more information about the program, please visit


Mark Andrew Zwartynski Presents to the Board of Trustees

During a regular session of the Saint Joe Board of Trustees on October 8th, the Trustees met via Zoom with Mark Andrew Zwartynski. Mark Andrew Zwartynski asked for a meeting with the Trustees to discuss his ideas for reinventing the College. The meeting took place via Zoom at his request. In addition to Trustees and staff members, Mr. Zwartynski was accompanied by two associates.

Upon the completion of his presentation, Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., Board Chair, conveyed the Board’s appreciation for the presentation and after due deliberation, the Board would get back to him.

Mr. Zwartynski, working with Bill Hogan, has been active within the greater local community and amongst alumni stating they have ideas that will not only bring SJC back but generate business for Rensselaer and greater Jasper County. The Trustees received several letters of support from the community to listen to these ideas. The Trustees wish to convey they are listening to ideas any interested groups want to present.

This group has a non-disclosure agreement, which limits what the College can share. Mr. Zwartynski stated he welcomes alumni to contact him directly for more information.

The College shall keep you updated on developments. Should you have questions, please forward to Beth Graf at


Changes in Saint Joseph’s College Board Leadership

During the regular session of the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees, changes were made to the Board leadership. Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S. stepped down as chairman of the board. Father Larry has served on the Board of Trustees for many years and most recently devoted much of his time as Chairman. Father Larry has been invaluable in his leadership during the rebuilding of the College. We are grateful for the many long hours he has spent with the staff of the College to help us get to the positive position we are in today,

Mike Van Eekeren, Class of 1985, has been elected the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In the aftermath of the College's suspension of operations, Mike was among the leaders who worked diligently to protect our Rensselaer campus. Mike played an integral part in developing a financially-sound strategic plan to bring our campus back to life. There are a lot of exciting possibilities on the table and conversations taking place, but they all need time to be developed.

Mike states, “We can't change the past, but we can decide our future. Saint Joseph’s College has reinvented itself several times over its long history, and now stands at a crossroads; looking forward, we have made the decision to try. Saint Joseph’s College Rensselaer is worth giving a chance."

Jeff Taylor, Class of 1977, was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jeff, a retired partner with the CPA firm of Katz Sapper & Miller, lives in Indianapolis with his wife Carol. Jeff has a broad business background, with entrepreneurial clients in many different industries both large and small. He has served on several non-profit boards over the years.

Jeff states, “The world of higher education is changing drastically – especially for smaller institutions. I hope to help our SJC board of trustees continue to tackle the challenges before us and evaluate opportunities to bring life back to the Rensselaer campus. I am confident that we can re-establish a version of SJC that we can all be proud of; that will serve the mission of the school and that will be in a position to thrive for years to come.”


Contact Us

Saint Joseph’s College PO Box 300 Rensselaer, IN 47978

Beth Graf, Director of Communications and Development

Phone: 219-866-6000 ext 2014

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