Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets special orientation for December high school grads

Students can move quickly through entrance process for spring semester

KOKOMO, Ind. — High school students who will graduate mid-year and are interested in beginning classes at Ivy Tech Community College in January are invited to a special orientation program that will help speed them through the enrollment process.

The session, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, will include completing the application process, going through new student orientation, and beginning the financial aid process (starting with the FAFSA) and the academic placement assessment process. Students are encouraged to invite their parents and to bring along friends who may be considering Ivy Tech as a next step in their plans.

“This is a great way to quickly complete most of the steps toward enrollment,” said Sarah King, an instructor in Academic Skills Advancement working this year in student recruitment. “We will have Ivy Tech staffers on hand to help answer questions about all the steps in the process to be ready to begin college study when spring semester begins Jan. 12, including the opportunity to meet the Dec. 1 priority date to assure financial aid can be in place on the first day of classes.”

Part of the Ivy Tech enrollment process involves academic placement assessment to evaluate applicants’ reading, writing and math skills so they can be placed in appropriate classes. Those attending the Nov. 7 event should bring their high school transcripts or their scores from the PSAT, SAT or ACT examinations. Students with scores above specified minimums will be directly admitted. Those students needing to take the Accuplacer placement tests will have the opportunity for test preparation at the event. More information on the assessment process can be found at www.ivytech.edu/assessment.

For more information on the orientation for December high school graduates, contact Sarah King at 765-459-0561, ext. 252, or sking16@ivytech.edu

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Rochester sorority presents check for $5,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation

Proceeds from Tri Kappa Chair Fair will fund Fulton County scholarships

From left-right: Mary Lipsett, Gloria Carvey, Kelly Karickhoff, Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals,.Terry Furnivall, Mandy McCarter, and Linda Thomas

From left-right: Mary Lipsett, Gloria Carvey, Kelly Karickhoff, Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals,Terry Furnivall, Mandy McCarter, and Linda Thomas

ROCHESTER, Ind. – Members of Beta Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa sorority recently presented a check for $5,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation in support of scholarships for Fulton County students attending Ivy Tech Community College.

The money represents the proceeds of the sorority’s September “chair fair” fundraiser where 33 artistically decorated chairs or chair accessories were auctioned off to participants in the evening event at Lake Manitou’s Moose Lodge. It completes the endowment of a $10,000 fund for use in providing an annual scholarship to a Fulton County student attending Ivy Tech, according to Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region, which includes Rochester.

Gloria Carvey, director of Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site, said, “We offer a big thank-you to all who support the first fundraiser sponsored by this partnership. We had a wonderful evening with great food, music and a candy bar, along with the auction where successful bids ranged from $20 to a high of $625.”

Carvey noted that thanks to community sponsors, $10 of every $20 ticket sold went to the scholarship fund along with the auction proceeds. Entertainment was provided by the musical duo known as the Jhonny and Sallie Show and Sallie served as auctioneer.

Karickhoff and Carvey were on hand recently for the check presented by Tri Kappans Mary Lipsett, Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals. Terry Furnivall, Mandy McCarter, and Linda Thomas.

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Ivy Tech honors Logansport, Cass County with Benefactor of the Year Award

Community recognized for spearheading new Ivy Tech campus

2014-10-16 Benefactor of Year_Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Representatives of Cass County and the City of Logansport were joined by Ivy Tech Kokomo Region officials for the Benefactor of the Year Award presentation.

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The City of Logansport and Cass County were among those honored with the Ivy Tech Foundation Benefactor of the Year Award during an awards dinner at the West Baden Springs Resort. The dinner, where winners from each of the College’s 14 regions were recognized, was part of the Ivy Tech Foundation board of directors’ annual meeting held this month in French Lick.

“During the past year, Ivy Tech Community College has continued to serve as a model for innovation in higher education,” said John Murphy, president of the Ivy Tech Foundation. “Among the greatest contributors to this success are the benefactors who provide us with much needed funding and advocacy. Our 2014 benefactors of the year have demonstrated that in all of the communities we serve there are generous individuals who have wholeheartedly embraced Ivy Tech’s mission. Without them, our work would simply not be possible.”

The Kokomo Region award nominees were recognized for their contributions to the creation of the community’s new Ivy Tech campus, which was opened at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport in 2010.

In the nomination, Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of the Ivy Tech Foundation for the Kokomo Region, said the Logansport/Cass County leadership deserved to be honored as visionaries. “The word ‘visionary’ truly describes the leadership of the City of Logansport and Cass County,” Karickhoff said. “In 2004, the leaders of these two governmental units had a vision – the creation of an Ivy Tech campus prominently located in the Hoosier Heartland Corridor at the edge of Logansport to elevate the role of higher education in their community.”

She outlined their progress. “They identified the desired location and County Councilman Joe Reed worked with the landowners to secure the prime real estate through a property donation to the College valued at $600,000,” she noted. “Both the city and the county then stepped up with funding to demonstrate their support for a new Logansport Campus by giving $250,000 each to Ivy Tech Foundation – all before the concept of a new campus had even received approval from Ivy Tech.”

In 2005, the city and county leaders rallied community support through a letter-writing campaign to make the case for a new campus to Ivy Tech State Trustees a2014-10-16 Benefactor of Year_Ivy Tech Kokomo Regionnd the Indiana General Assembly. Additionally, Karickhoff said, these locally elected officials, along with many community leaders, traveled to the Indiana Statehouse to show their support and voice the need for a new Ivy Tech campus in Logansport. Then, to buttress their case, the City of Logansport provided $2.7 million of infrastructure, preparing the site with the needed streets and utility access.

“Thanks to all these efforts, the Indiana General Assembly approved the funding for the nearly $20 million project and in 2008, ground was broken for a beautiful new 81,000-square-foot facility to replace the existing instructional site housed in a former grocery store in an aging strip mall,” she said. “And before the building even opened, the City of Logansport gave Ivy Tech another $110,000 to create three endowed scholarships. These scholarships are available for students attaining an associate degree or a technical certificate. The third scholarship may be awarded to students with a GED.”

Kevin Bostic, president of the Logansport Campus, continued, “Thanks to the foresight and vision of the City of Logansport and Cass County officials, the new Ivy Tech campus stands as a symbol demonstrating the community’s commitment to raising educational attainment in the Region.” The effort has been rewarded with success, he noted, adding, “In the campus’ first three years, Ivy Tech enrollment in Logansport more than doubled, exceeding the five-year projection made when the doors opened in 2010.”

On hand for the recognition ceremony were Joe Reed, former Cass County commissioner; Mike Fincher, former mayor of Logansport; Chris Armstrong, representing the city and a 2012 recipient of the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award; Jean Cole, Ivy Tech Kokomo Region trustee and a previous recipient of the Benefactor of the Year Award; and Bostic. Other Kokomo Region participants were Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily; Tom Trauring, Ivy Tech Foundation director; Don Thomas, Ivy Tech Foundation director emeritus; and Kelly Karickhoff and Miriam Thomas of the region’s Resource Development office.

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Ivy Tech Logansport sets job fair to connect employers with potential new hires

Fair will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29

LOGANSPORT, Ind.—The Ivy Tech Community College Logansport Campus will host its fall job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Community Room on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

The job fair is a great way for employers to connect with well-qualified, soon-to-be Ivy Tech graduates as well as prospective employees from the general public. It is open to the public without charge.

“More than 25 employers have registered for the event and more are expected,” said Shannon Niedzwicki, director of the Office of Career Services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “We are very pleased to be able to help students and graduates connect with employers from throughout the Kokomo Region. That includes businesses in Howard, Cass, Miami, and Wabash counties.”

For more information about the job fair, contact Niedzwicki at 765-459-0561, ext. 222, or sniedzwicki@ivytech.edu. The event is co-sponsored by Trine University.

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Ivy Tech Logansport Fall Festival to feature activities, fund-raising run Oct. 25

Pumpkin Run benefits Autism Society of Indiana

LOGANSPORT, Ind.— Everything from a costume contest to pumpkin decorating to a Halloween magic show is planned Saturday, Oct. 25, when the Ivy Tech Community College Logansport Campus hosts its third annual fall festival. The festival, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way, includes the Autism Society of Indiana’s annual Pumpkin Run.

Entry to the fall festival is $5 and includes all the festival activities – pumpkin decorating, chili cook-off, face painting and hair coloring, bake sale, games, magic show, costume contest, cornhole competition and music. A separate $5 fee will cover participation in the Pumpkin Run, whose proceeds will support the work of the Autism Society of Indiana.

For more information, contact Leo Studach at 574-753-5101, or lstudach@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech names Michelle Simmons Kokomo Campus president

Veteran Kokomo Region administrator to serve as campus lead, community liaison

Michelle Simmons New Kokomo Campus President

Michelle Simmons
New Kokomo Campus President

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College has selected Michelle Simmons to serve as president of the College’s Kokomo Campus. Simmons most recently served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

Simmons will report to David Bathe, regional chancellor for the Kokomo and Lafayette regions. The focus of the campus president is outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents manage the day-to-day operations of the campus while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the community.

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve in this new role,” Simmons said. “I am blessed to be surrounded by outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to excellence, both in and outside of the classroom.

“I extend my gratitude to Chancellor Steve Daily for his commitment to improving the quality of life of our students and our community throughout the Kokomo region over the past 20 years,” she continued. “I eagerly anticipate working with Chancellor Bathe, community and industry leaders, service providers, and educators to continue realizing the college’s vision – changing lives, making Kokomo and its surrounding communities great!”

Simmons joined Ivy Tech in August 1993 as business office supervisor responsible for the operations and personnel of the College’s Kokomo Region business office. From 1999 to 2006, she served as executive director of Ivy Tech’s Workforce & Economic Development initiatives for Kokomo Region. As executive director of Finance from 2006 to 2010, Simmons assisted in the long-range planning of the region, provided direction and support for the business office and bookstore operations and personnel, and prepared, implemented and monitored the region’s then $16 million annual operating budget.

Since July 2010, Simmons has served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs, providing vision, leadership, and motivation to all Student Affairs employees for the delivery of quality student service to the 8,000 students in the region. This includes admissions and student recruitment, financial aid, student records and registration, career services, disability support services, veterans’ affairs, judicial affairs, retention, student life, and academic advising.

Chancellor Daily, who is retiring in January 2015, said, “I’ve worked with Michelle for almost 20 years. She is a proven leader with a broad understanding of higher education and Ivy Tech who is committed to workforce and community development. The Kokomo Region will be well served by Michelle Simmons in this role.”

Chancellor Bathe echoed those comments. “It been my pleasure to know Michelle for several years,” he said. “Her reputation, leadership qualities, integrity, abilities, and knowledge of the greater Kokomo area make her the perfect choice for the significant role. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

Active in Ivy Tech activities and committees regionally and statewide, Simmons has been honored with the Kokomo Region Leadership Award, the Kokomo Region Outstanding Administrator Award and the Kokomo Region Excellent Employee Award.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Simmons served in accounting positions at Lox Equipment Company, Delphi, Ind.; Taylor-Wharton in Indianapolis; Continental Steel Corporation in Kokomo; and Briggs Industries in Flora, Ind.

Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting major from Indiana University and will complete a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education next spring. She has completed training through Leadership Kokomo, the Ivy Tech Leadership Academy, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Institute for New Senior Student Affairs Officers.

Simmons resides near Bringhurst in Carroll County, Ind., with her husband, Jeff. They are the parents of Jarvis Simmons and Desiray Tuinstra (husband Jared). She has served as a member and secretary of the Carroll Consolidated School Corporation’s board and as a member of the Carroll Education Foundation Board. Other memberships and volunteer service has involved the Carroll Cougaretz Dance Team as coach, United Way of Howard County, Leadership Kokomo Advisory Council, Howard County College and Career Success Coalition, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Faith Church of Christ and Cooperative Extension Services.

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Miami County educators, employers discuss student training partnerships

$3.2 million grant to Ivy Tech offers opportunities to help meet workforce needs

Maconaquah senior Ryan Lamb

Maconaquah senior Ryan Lamb

PERU, Ind. – If all goes according to plan, when Ryan Lamb graduates from Maconaquah High School next June, along with his diploma he will leave with three industry certifications, six credits from Ivy Tech Community College and knowledge and experience that he plans to take to his first job at Chrysler Corporation.

Thanks to a partnership of Maconaquah, Indiana’s HIRE Technology program, Ivy Tech and area manufacturers, Ryan is participating in a special year-long Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics class. His success in the program will open doors into a manufacturing industry career where jobs are expected to be plentiful and well-paying, as well as the opportunity to continue his education at Ivy Tech and beyond.

Ryan shared his story this week at a meeting sponsored by Ivy Tech and the Miami County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site. The meeting brought together leaders of Miami County school corporations and area employers to discuss ways they can partner with the College and MCEDA to expand career education and job training programs for students in area schools. The new factor in bolstering these efforts? The $3.2 million grant Ivy Tech Kokomo Region received this year through the federal Youth CareerConnect program of the United States Departments of Labor and Education.

In opening the meeting to discuss what the grant can do, Jim Tidd, executive director of the MCEDA, noted that American education and civic leaders lost touch with the country’s manufacturing needs over the last few decades. In their emphasis on four-year college degrees, the importance of training people for skilled jobs was minimized. With estimates that as much as 70 percent of the current manufacturing workforce will retire in the next 10 years, and domestic manufacturing expanding after decades of cutbacks, leaders of education, business and government are now refocusing on how to prepare people for the open jobs.

The federal Youth CareerConnect program is one of many initiatives that leaders are trying to bring together to maximize all the available resources aimed at this issue, according to the managers of the Ivy Tech grant – Jan Bailey, program manager of Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP), and Rodni Lytle, ITEP program director and dean of the School of Technology for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region. The Peru meeting was one of a series of gatherings in communities served by the region to acquaint area employers with the many opportunities provided by the grant and the ways employers can help.

“The Youth CareerConnect grant can support programs like HIRE Technology and the schools offering its classes to create opportunities for students to come out of high school with credentials in skilled fields like production technology, CNC, welding, metalworking, safety and quality,” Lytle said.

“This grant allows us to take down some of the monetary barriers that have gotten in the way of realizing our vision,” he continued, citing as examples covering the costs of offering skilled-trades classes, of the professional development teachers need for the new programming, of the technical equipment that will allow real-world hands-on instruction. “And, for students who take advantage of it, the grant includes money to cover tuition and fees all the way through an associate degree.”

Bailey said Ivy Tech is looking for employers to sign on as additional partners in the grant and employers in attendance expressed interest and a willingness to participate. She described ways employers could help – offering plant tour field trips, summer training opportunities for teachers and internships for students; serving as subject-matter experts in classroom visits; and donating surplus equipment with useful life.

“The more we can help students know about what opportunities there are, what skills they need, what trends are emerging, we will pique their interest in areas they’ve never even thought about,” Bailey said.

Eileen Johns, teacher of the Advanced Manufacturing class at Maconaquah that includes Ryan Lamb, was joined by Rob Hileman, who handles the same program at Peru High School in sharing the instructor’s view of the importance of employer support.

“Last Friday was National Manufacturing Day and we took our students out to Dean Baldwin Painting (at Grissom Air Reserve Base),” Hileman said. “The kids don’t even know that some of these things exist, what they do, what they make, let alone what it takes to make it. And my kids don’t want to just see. They want to do; they want to get their hands dirty. I’m very interested in making these partnerships as well.”

Cathy Eglof, superintendent of North Miami Community Schools, expressed excitement at the possibilities of expanded partnerships, even jumping ahead to how career exploration programming might be offered in the middle school years to pique interests even earlier. “I don’t look at everything being isolated,” she said. “It’s all part of partnerships.”

Bryan O’Toole, president of Bryan Steam, and Sandy Mitting, the company’s human resources manager, both said they would look at ways they can support the initiative. While citing the need to consider safety and liability issues, O’Toole said, “We are definitely willing to be a partner. What that means we’ll figure out. We have a lot of long-term employees. Bryan Steam has a great story to tell and we have to tell the story to get young people interested in us.”

For Ryan Lamb, the Advanced Manufacturing classes and Ivy Tech’s involvement has changed his life. “I didn’t really have a college plan until I started class,” he said. “I’d heard the news about Chrysler and a program with the schools and my mom heard that it was available at Maconaquah and suggested I take it.” Ryan says he now plans to take advantage of the opportunity to earn not only some Ivy Tech credits but to continue on to a technical certificate and then an associate degree.

Johns was a natural to serve as instructor of the Advanced Manufacturing program at Maconaquah. She had had a career in semiconductor manufacturing at Delco before returning to school to become a science teacher. She’s excited about being in on the beginnings of the new program and noted students coming up behind Ryan will have an opportunity for a full two years of Advanced Manufacturing instruction at the college level before they leave high school.

Participants at the Peru meeting also included representatives of Orion Safety Products, American Stationery, Snavely Machine, and Woodcrest Manufacturing. Ivy Tech will be following up with area employers as they prepare to submit the next list of partners in the implementation of the grant.

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