Ivy Tech announces spring term offerings for Tipton site

Nine courses on schedule serve as foundation for many programs

TIPTON, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College has announced it will offer nine foundational courses during spring semester at its Tipton Instructional Site, 221 N. Main St.

“We are pleased to schedule nine different courses here in Tipton that serve as basic requirements for many of the programs Ivy Tech offers,” said Cara Kellerman, Tipton Instructional Site director. “This is a great way for Tipton area students to get these basics even closer to home.”

The spring 2015 schedule includes:

  • Introduction to Microcomputers, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Wednesdays
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking, 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays
  • English Composition, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Mondays
  • New Student Seminar, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Wednesdays
  • Essentials of Algebra, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Tuesdays
  • Introduction to Philosophy, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Wednesdays
  • Introduction to Psychology, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Mondays
  • Introduction to Sociology, 6 to 8:50 p.m., Tuesdays
  • First Year Seminar, 6 to 7:50 p.m., Thursdays (first eight weeks)

For new students, Ivy Tech’s free online application can be completed at ivytech.edu/apply-now.

To learn more about classes in Tipton that begin Jan. 12, contact Kellerman at 765-408-0421 or ckellerman@ivytech.edu .

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‘Technology Field Day’ brings more than 160 high schoolers to Ivy Tech

Lab demonstrations, employers highlight future careers in high-tech manufacturing

Kelsie Ollis, retired Chrysler robotics operator now teaching at Ivy Tech, describes controller for one of Ivy Tech’s Fanuc Robots

Kelsie Ollis, retired Chrysler robotics operator now teaching at Ivy Tech, describes controller for one of Ivy Tech’s Fanuc Robots

KOKOMO, Ind. — From 3-D printing to robots to virtual welding, faculty members from Ivy Tech Community College’s School of Technology in Kokomo demonstrated emerging technologies and interesting career options Friday, Nov. 14, to more than 160 students from area high schools and career centers. The students, all enrolled in Ivy Tech dual-credit classes this semester and participants in Ivy Tech’s “Technology Field Day,” also had the opportunity to talk to five area employers looking for people with the skills needed for successful careers in high-tech manufacturing.

Students, and their teachers, came from nine north central Indiana schools for a full day of exploration into what Ivy Tech offers in the areas of industrial technology and advanced manufacturing and what representatives of the modern manufacturing industry need from their future employees. The “Technology Field Day” was part of Ivy Tech’s implementation of its $3.27 million Youth CareerConnect federal grant through its Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP).

Dan Ward, program chair of Design Technology, demonstrates 3-D printing during the field day

Dan Ward, program chair of Design Technology, demonstrates 3-D printing during the field day

“ITEP, and the federal grant, aim at preparing more students for local manufacturing technology jobs,” said Jan Bailey, ITEP program manager and coordinator of Friday’s event. “The grant assists local schools and career centers with resources to offer certifications and courses related to a variety of careers in advanced manufacturing – careers in industrial automation, logistic-supply chain, process operations and quality assurance, to name a few. And it has great benefits for individual students who choose to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Bailey said Ivy Tech will soon enroll 11th grade students in the grant program who indicate a commitment to pursing one of these areas as a career.

“Under the program, students will have the opportunity to earn Ivy Tech credits and to achieve the Certified Production Technician credential – and even an Ivy Tech technical certificate – by the time they graduate from high school,” she continued. “And, under the grant, those students who enrolled in 11th grade and complete the high school portion of the program will have funding to complete their associate degrees at Ivy Tech.

“This grant intends to build the pipeline for future manufacturing technology employees,” Bailey added.

Nellie Neal, Ivy Tech welding instructor, guides one of the high school students through a demonstration of virtual welding

Nellie Neal, Ivy Tech welding instructor, guides one of the high school students through a demonstration of virtual welding

The “Technology Field Day” brought students to Ivy Tech Kokomo’s School of Technology building for a series of lab demonstrations and discussions about educational opportunities at the College and to the Kokomo Event & Conference Center for a chance to meet with representatives of area industries.

Lab demonstrations included:

  • Machine Tool/CNC lab – A demonstration of automation and robotics technology through Computer Numeric Controlled lathe and mills used in this lab to teach students basic CNC operational principals, where computers play an integral role in the control of the machines.
  • 3-D Printer – A demonstration of 3-D printing or additive manufacturing used for printing a three-dimensional object by laying down successive layers of material under computer control. Students watched a part being made from design to finish.
  • Fanuc Robot – A demonstration of an industrial robot in action, programmed to perform a simple repeatable pattern. Both mechanical maintenance skills and computer programming skills are needed to operate a robot.
  • Virtual Welding – A demonstration of equipment at Ivy Tech that allows beginning welding students to take course sessions “virtually,” and start learning what welding is all about under true-to-life conditions – without any safety risks, and using an ergonomically shaped torch, typical work pieces and adjustable welding parameters.
Jim Woolf, lead of Community Outreach & Educational Engagement for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Kokomo, shared information with “employees of the future”

Jim Woolf, lead of Community Outreach & Educational Engagement for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Kokomo, shared information with “employees of the future”

Employers who participated included:

  • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – international maker of vehicles under the Fiat and Chrysler brands, as well as Case IH and New Holland agricultural equipment, whose display included automobiles made by Chrysler and a transmission made in Kokomo.
  • Dilling Group, Inc. – a group of companies that operate throughout the Midwest, South, Southeast and other select markets to deliver specialized industrial services to many clients in the agricultural processing, medium and heavy manufacturing, primary and secondary metals, fuels and energy, chemical and pharmaceutical, and food processing industries. Dilling trains and employs licensed plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, welders, mechanics, as well as very specialized individuals trained for careers in fields like automation and controls.
  • Travis Hood, packaging department supervisor for Red Gold, was on hand to talk about opportunities in today’s high-tech industries

    Travis Hood, packaging department supervisor for Red Gold, was on hand to talk about opportunities in today’s high-tech industries

    Red Gold, Inc. – producer of premium quality tomato products since 1942 whose representatives talked about the company’s philosophy of hiring talented, hard-working individuals, giving them the tools to do their job, and promoting from within to support talent and drive.

  • Applied Industrial Technologies – an industrial distributor that offers more than five million parts to serve the needs of Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) and select Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers in virtually every industry throughout North America. Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions. Logistics and supply chain technology knowledge and processes are vital to their success.
  • Lincoln Electric – a global manufacturer and the market leader of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining products that brought a demonstration truck for student to see.

Students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades met with Rodni Lytle, dean of the School of Technology, to learn more about the opportunities provided by ITEP and the Youth CareerConnect Grant for students who enroll in the grant program in their 11th grade of high school. Seniors who attended learned more about options for continuing their education at Ivy Tech.

For more information on ITEP and the Youth CareerConnect Grant, contact Jan Bailey at 765-459-0561, ext. 321, or by email at jabailey@ivytech.edu .

 

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Ivy Tech to offer introductory sign language class at Tipton site

TIPTON, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a “Basic Introduction to American Sign Language” class in December. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 4, 9 and 11, at Ivy Tech’s instructional site in Tipton at 221 N. Main St.

Cost of the class is $85. To register, call Susan Turrill at 765-459-0561, ext. 285, or email her at sturrill@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech to offer Beginner Microsoft Excel 2013 at Tipton site

Four-hour class is for those with little or no experience with Excel

TIPTON, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a four-hour class for anyone with little or no experience with Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet program who wants to learn its basics. The class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 4, at Ivy Tech’s instructional site in Tipton at 221 N. Main St.

The class will include:

  • Exploring the program window
    • Names and Functions of each object
    • In-depth look at each section of the ribbon
  • Entering data into spreadsheets
    • Formatting numbers
    • Format painter
  • Editing worksheets
    • Cut, copy, paste, undo
    • Writing simple formulas
  • Printing worksheets
  • Saving your worksheets

Cost of the class is $135. To register, call Susan Turrill at 765-459-0561, ext. 285, or email her at sturrill@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region to hold board of trustees meeting

WHAT:           Ivy Tech Community College will be holding its regional board of trustees meeting.

WHEN:           Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at 4 p.m.

WHERE:          Ivy Tech Kokomo Executive Offices, Fifth Floor, First Farmers Bank & Trust Building, 101 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo

WHO:              Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees, chancellor and vice chancellor

Trustee meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Report on Notice of Meeting
  4. Introduction of Guests & Media
  5. Approval of Most Recent Meeting Minutes
  6. Chair’s Report
  7. Action Items
  8. Director Reports
  9. Discussion Items
  10. Chancellor’s Report and Information Items
  11. Future Meetings and Important Dates
  12. Adjournment
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Ivy Tech sets Go Ivy Day at Peru Instructional Site

Prospective students can move easily through entrance process for spring semester

PERU, Ind. — Anyone interested in entering Ivy Tech Community College for spring semester classes – from a high school student who will graduate mid-year to an adult ready to return to school – is invited to “Go Ivy Day” from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Peru Instructional Site. The event will offer an opportunity to speed through the enrollment process and be ready to begin college study Jan. 12.

The session, at the instructional site at 425 W. Main St., 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 ‘Go Ivy’ event offers a great way to quickly complete most of the steps toward enrollment,” said Theresa Murphy, executive director of the Peru Instructional Site. “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. 18 event should bring high school transcripts or scores from the PSAT, SAT or ACT examinations, if available. Specified minimum scores will serve as documentation of skills. Those students needing to take the Accuplacer placement assessments will have the opportunity for preparation at the event. More information on the assessment process can be found at www.ivytech.edu/assessment.

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Punkin’ Chunkin’ event aims to ‘Smash Out Diabetes’

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Getting ready to let a punkin’ fly at the 2013 Punkin’ Chunkin’

KOKOMO, Ind. — Halloween will soon be over and pumpkins everywhere are awaiting their fate.

For some, the end will come when Project Access hosts its 5th Annual “Punkin’ Chunkin’ to Smash Out Diabetes” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 15, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Ind. 931. This year’s Punkin’ Chunkin’ will again be held in conjunction with Ivy Tech Community College’s TechKNOWfest event.

Punkin Chunkin_project access_logoPunkin’ Chunkin’ is an event designed to raise money to support diabetic services provided through Project Access Howard County, a local not-for-profit organization, in which teams will launch pumpkins from catapult devices known as trebuchets to help “smash out” diabetes. It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of adults in Indiana have been diagnosed with diabetes. An additional 4 percent may have the disease without knowing it. This disease can be especially frightening for people who have limited resources and no insurance. Project Access Howard County disburses an average of $55,000 worth of medications each month, including insulin, oral medications and diabetic testing supplies, at no cost to its clients through pharmaceutical assistance programs.

“We’re really looking forward to this event that keeps growing and improving each and every year,” said Sherry Rahl, executive director of Project Access. “I especially want to thank J.B. and Marsha Ladd for supporting this event by supplying pumpkins for the fifth year in a row. It’s a fun day and would not be successful without the commitment from sponsors, volunteers and Ivy Tech.”

Model trebuchets are great fun at the annual Punkin' Chunkin'

Model trebuchets are great fun at the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’

One aspect of Punkin’ Chunkin’ is geared toward those who want to experience the excitement of building and firing their own trebuchet. Individual teams in this category are responsible for building and transporting their trebuchets to Ivy Tech on Nov. 15 for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition. People interested in forming a team in this category should go to the website at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo to fill out a form to get entered and see the rules for the event. Registration fees apply for this category. For more information, call Sherry Rahl at 765-854-0544.

The entire community is encouraged to attend all the activities on Nov. 15 at the event center and on the fields south of Ivy Tech’s main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Haywagon rides will be available to transport participants between the event center and the Punkin’ Chunkin’ field. More information about the events including costs to participate in the trebuchet team build can be found at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo.

Project Access Howard County is funded in part by United Way of Howard County and the Center Township Trustee. Sponsors of the 2014 Punkin’ Chunkin’ event include Ivy Tech Community College, Coca Cola, J.B. and Marsha Ladd, T & P Photography, Community Howard Regional Hospital, Hoosier AM/FM Radio, Moore’s Home Health, Community First Bank, St.Joseph Hospital, and HCC, Inc.

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