Ivy Tech Corporate College offering food safety prep course

TIPTON, Ind. — Registration is under way for the next session of Ivy Tech Corporate College’s course for the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) credential. The two-session instructor-led certification training course will meet in Tipton, 221 N. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 13. An additional opportunity will follow on September 8 and 10 in Logansport.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each establishment. This course will prepare individuals to take and pass the 85-question, multiple-choice certification exam. Participants in this course will study sanitation management, food safety hazards, factors that affect food-borne illness, personal hygiene, the use and calibration of temperature measuring instruments and many more topics. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certification and their name will be added to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years.

The course fee is $195 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. To register, call 800-459-0561 and ask for Corporate College.


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Jeff Hayes to lead Public Safety program

Veteran firefighter brings 40 years of professional experience to teaching

Jeff Hayes Homeland Security & Public Safety

Jeff Hayes
Homeland Security & Public Safety

KOKOMO, Ind. — Jeff Hayes, a veteran of more than 40 years of service as an emergency responder, investigator and trainer, has been named program chair of the Homeland Security and Public Safety program at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

In this role, Hayes will direct the Ivy Tech program that can lead to certificates in Fire Service Administration and Fire Prevention and Investigation and to Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Homeland Security and Public Safety. The program prepares graduates for jobs in emergency management, environmental health and safety, firefighting and public administration. The Associate of Science degree can also serve as the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree.

“I’ve spent my life in emergency service as a way to make the world a little bit better for my being here,” Hayes said, “and my passion now is to share what I’ve learned with others. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with the students of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region.”

Hayes has been in public safety since he graduated from high school, starting out as a volunteer for a local volunteer fire department with the goal of becoming an EMT, a certification he earned in 1975 through Ivy Tech. As he moved through his career, he earned an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech, then a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Management. He studied emergency medicine at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, went through the special deputy school at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and earned certifications in everything from firefighting to hazardous materials to fire investigation and more from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Along with more than 23 years with the Washington Township Fire Department in Marion County, Hayes worked for a number of years on days off as a forensic fire investigator investigating the origin and cause of fires around Indiana. He was appointed by the governor to the Indiana Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards & Education, started the Marion County Fire Investigators Task Force, helped to start the Marion County Hazardous Materials Task Force and has led the Indiana Association of Arson Investigators and the Delaware Township Board in Hamilton County.

Describing his move into education, Hayes noted, “As an individual, I can only touch one life, one family at a time. As an educator, I can reach more people in many more situations through the students that I teach. Teaching allows me to ‘bring the ink off the pages,’ to bring the textbook lessons to life by sharing what I’ve learned over the years.”

For many years, Hayes trained other first responders as a full-time firefighter and he helped write the guidelines for firefighting education for the Indiana Department of Education. For 11 years, he taught firefighting and emergency medical services at the J. Everett Light Career Center in Indianapolis and for eight years, taught in Ivy Tech’s fire science program in Indianapolis.

Hayes said his goal as program chair of Homeland Security and Public Safety is to offer real-life lessons and hands-on experience with today’s high-tech emergency equipment to help students develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and technical skills needed to succeed in the field.

“These are jobs where you can really make a difference with a focus on prevention,” he said. “My motto: There’s no pride in putting out any fire that could have been prevented or treating any injury that could have been avoided.”

Hayes and his wife, a registered nurse at St.Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, have three grown children –an orthopedic surgeon, a high school Spanish instructor and department chair, and a recent college graduate in marketing and advertising – and three grandchildren.

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Chancellor Stephen Daily sets January 2015 retirement date

Growth, service mark his 20 years of leadership in Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Steve Daily Chancellor Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Steve Daily
Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen J. Daily announced Friday (July 11) he will retire from the College Jan. 15, 2015, after 20 years of leadership in the region.

Daily’s retirement will cap a career in education that began 43 years ago as an English teacher at Haworth High School and that was interrupted only for the eight years he served as mayor of the City of Kokomo. He made the announcement Friday at a meeting with Ivy Tech Kokomo Region faculty and staff.

“Retirement has been on my radar for some time,” Daily said. “At 67, I’m ready to move into a new phase of life. I can’t say I’ll actually be slowing down much. I plan to continue to be involved in the community but retirement will offer me the chance to focus on a long-time interest – organic farming. I’ll come full circle back to where I began as a youngster growing up on a Howard County family farm.”

Daily said he announced his retirement now to allow time for planning a smooth transition in leadership for the region.

Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder thanked Daily for his years of service to the College. “Steve has built a great track record of growth and community service at Ivy Tech,” Snyder said. “We look forward to having him involved in the leadership transition and then celebrating his legacy next January.”

Daily began his career with Ivy Tech in December 1995 as site director for the Logansport campus. By July 1996, he became executive dean of what was then known as Region 5 and in 2000 was named chancellor of the region that now serves six counties and has campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash.

A hallmark of his career with the College has been making higher education more accessible for the residents of the region. Under his leadership, the region has gone from operating facilities in three communities to providing educational opportunities in seven facilities in six communities. These efforts include building a state-of-the-art campus in Logansport, opening a health sciences facility in the Inventrek building in Kokomo and extending higher education to Miami, Fulton and Tipton counties.

“Anyone who knows me knows my passions are education and public service,” Daily said. “The leadership position at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region offered me a wonderful opportunity to engage in both, putting my public service experience to use to broaden the educational and economic development possibilities for as many people as possible.”

In recent years in Kokomo, along with opening the health sciences facility in a donated corporate office building, the College has assumed management of the community’s 102,000-square-foot event center and repurposed several former manufacturing buildings near the main campus into space for the Learning Resource Center, Student Services and the School of Technology. In 2014, the region moved some of its administrative offices to the First Farmers Bank & Trust building on Kokomo’s courthouse square, becoming part of the city’s noted downtown renaissance. In the fall, one floor of the building will house Ivy Tech’s new School of Computing and Informatics.

Daily’s “build it and they will come” approach succeeded for the Logansport campus as the enrollment numbers for that campus more than doubled in three years, exceeding the five-year projection made when the doors opened in 2009. The new campus represents an investment of more than $23 million raised through local and region-wide fundraising events, government support of infrastructure improvements and corporate financial and in-kind support.

In Peru, the College was given the former Holman Elementary School for use as an instructional site, bringing higher education to Miami County. The transformation of this facility continues. In 2013, through generous donations by community supporters, the Peru Instructional site opened a new culinary arts lab offering a 16-credit-hour certificate and a variety of personal interest, non-credit courses, as well as an extension of the region’s nursing program that allows students to complete the entire program at the site.

In Rochester, Ivy Tech has partnered with Rochester School Corporation and occupies half of the corporation’s new administration building. This new facility has classrooms and computer and science lab space and provides Rochester High School students access to college classes during the school day, earning dual credit while attending with other Ivy Tech students from Fulton County.

In Wabash, Ivy Tech uses a former elementary school to bring higher education to the eastern part of the Kokomo Region while the region’s most recent site affords Tipton residents an opportunity to start their college education right in their community.

These new and expanded facilities house an impressive number of new educational opportunities for students instituted under Daily’s watch, including certificate and degree programs in Visual Communications, Paramedic Science, Public Safety, Human Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Surgical Technology, Dental Assisting, Paralegal, Criminal Justice, Library Science, Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Professional Communication, Health Care Support, and Engineering Technology. The most recent additions include opening the new Culinary Arts program and transitioning the region’s Automotive Technology and Welding programs into Automotive and Welding Institutes offering fast-paced programs designed to get students into good-paying jobs in less than one year.

“I have worked with a wonderful team of faculty and staff who have pulled together to make great things happen for the people of the Kokomo Region,” Daily said. “We have enjoyed the incredible support of our communities – from state legislators and higher education officials to mayors and city councils to county councilmen and commissioners to the leaders of business and industry and hundreds of supporters who generously donated time and money. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and I know the future is full of wonderful possibilities.”

In recognition of his contributions in advancing student achievement, Daily was honored in 2006 with the Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. College presidents and campus CEOS are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts in promoting the goals of the national honor society for community college students.

Prior to his career at Ivy Tech, Daily was vice chancellor for External Relations at Indiana University Kokomo and was the youngest person elected mayor of the City of Kokomo, serving two terms between 1979 and 1987. A native of Howard County, he served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 with a tour in Vietnam. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University Kokomo and pursued doctoral studies in adult and community education at Ball State University. His role as an educator began at Kokomo’s Haworth High School where he taught English from 1971 to 1979.

Steve Daily Chancellor Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Steve Daily
Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Throughout his career, Daily has been an active community volunteer serving on a number of boards, task forces and commissions. Among his past and present affiliations are serving four years as neutral chair of the Labor Management Committee for the Grissom Air Force Base Realignment, chair of the Region 5 WorkOne Consortium and as a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Region 4 Workforce Investment Board, Region 4 Works Council, the board of the Indiana Cities and Towns Foundation, and the national Save the Rainforest Inc. Board of Directors. He has served as president of the board of St.Joseph Hospital, head of the board of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and campaign chair for the United Way of Howard County. Among honors received for his civic service are the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian award presented by the governor of Indiana, and the Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for outstanding individual achievement and accomplishment in local government. In September 2013, the city hall constructed during his tenure as mayor was dedicated as the Stephen J. Daily Government Center in honor of his distinguished service.

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Wild Indiana Outdoors set for Jan. 17-18, 2015

Ivy Tech taking reservations for sponsors, exhibitors for first outdoor expo

2014-07 Wild Indiana Outdoors logoKOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is planning its first “Wild Indiana Outdoors” expo for Jan. 17-18, 2015. The planning committee is now seeking sponsors and accepting exhibitor reservations for the two-day event that is designed to highlight Hoosier outdoor opportunities ranging from hunting to biking to tourism.

“We want this to be a true community event, offering something for almost every outdoor interest,” said John Martino, director of Facilities for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region and a member of the planning committee. “Along with many hunting, fishing and camping vendors, we want to include exhibitors with products and services for boating, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking, organic gardening, campfire cooking, skydiving and more. Other possibilities could be people who offer custom-made knives, build dog boxes, fabricate fishing rods and artificial lures … anything related to the outdoors.”

Martino said the committee is working to secure nationally known guest speakers for workshops and seminars during the event. “Our goal is to attract the wide audience currently involved in outdoor activities … and to offer exhibits and interactive presentations that can spark the imaginations of people who may have an interest but don’t know the many options that exist,” he said. “With activities planned for the youngsters, there will be something for everyone in the family.”

All proceeds from the event will go to the Ivy Tech Foundation to support scholarships for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region students. Various levels of sponsorship are available, with a portion of each qualifying as charitable contributions. These range from two “platinum level” sponsorships at $2,500 each (charitable contribution of $2,190) to five “session sponsor” sponsorships at $100 each (charitable contribution of $90). A full listing of funding opportunities is available at http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/wildindiana.html and more information on sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Craig Carter at 765-438-1193.

To register for a vendor booth, at $75 each, access the registration form also at http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/wildindiana.html . For more information on booth registration, contact Aaron Hochstedler at 765-434-3729 or ahochstedler@yahoo.com .

For additional information on the event, contact John Martino at 765-459-0561, ext. 734 or jmartino2@ivytech.edu .

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Kristi Osenbaugh to lead Paralegal Studies program

Kristi Osenbaugh Paralegal Studies

Kristi Osenbaugh
Paralegal Studies

KOKOMO, Ind. — Kristi Osenbaugh, a native of Cass County, has been named program chair of the Paralegal Studies program at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

In this role, Osenbaugh will direct the Ivy Tech program that leads to an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies. The program prepares graduates for jobs as paralegals and legal secretaries, with the foundational courses to serve as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree that could then be the basis of a law degree to become an attorney.

Along with teaching Paralegal Studies courses, Osenbaugh will oversee adjunct faculty teaching in the program, recruit prospective students, assist in the design and implementation of new courses in conjunction with the state curriculum committee, and work with local four-year institutions to effectively serve students transferring credits to earn their bachelor’s degrees.

“My goal as program chair of Paralegal Studies is to help guide students on the path toward a successful legal education and legal career, whether they plan to be a paralegal, a legal assistant or a future attorney,” Osenbaugh said.

“Our paralegal program provides students with the skills needed to handle legal research, legal correspondence, client interviews and trial exhibits,” she continued. “Courses are taught by attorneys or paralegals who are experienced in the subject matter. They know the important role paralegals play as members of the legal team.”

Osenbaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where she served on the Moot Court and Mock Trial boards and was inducted into Phi Alpha Delta international law fraternity. She joined Ivy Tech Community College in 2013 as an adjunct instructor in the English and Paralegal Studies programs. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, she worked in the offices of the Cass County prosecutor in Logansport and a private law firm in Indianapolis. She also worked as business writer/editor of the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, earning a number of awards from the Hoosier State Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists for her writing and editing.

“I look forward to working with Ivy Tech’s Paralegal Studies students and anyone interested in learning more about the program,” she said. “With a solid understanding of the law and the skills learned in the Paralegal Studies program, graduates can help others in need of support and guidance as they navigate civil and criminal legal matters.”

Osenbaugh lives in Walton. She is an active member of the Republican Women of Cass County and a volunteer with the Guardian Angel Hospice and Foundation. She served on the Smoke-Free Cass County Board from 2003 to 2005 and is a past member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus sets open house for July 22

‘Go Ivy Day’ will offer campus tour, opportunities for higher education success

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus will open its doors July 22 to give prospective students and interested area residents a chance to see the many opportunities it offers for personal and career advancement.

The “Go Ivy Day” event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, at the main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. The event will include campus tours with a sneak preview of upcoming renovations. Visitors are invited to relax and enjoy snacks at the Ivy Tech coffee bar and to take advantage of the Ivy Tech giveaways that will be available.

“Faculty members, students and alumni will be on hand to greet visitors and share their Ivy Tech experiences,” said Sarah King, an instructor in Academic Skills Advancement working this year in student recruitment. “Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about free services geared to support student success as well as transfer options with our four-year partners like Indiana University Kokomo. Indiana Wesleyan University and Trine University.” Advisers also will be on hand to provide assistance for filing for financial aid.

Parents are welcome to attend, King noted, adding that the event will be immediately followed by a new student orientation from 2 to 4 p.m. for anyone who likes what they see. Anyone interested in beginning classes this fall online or at any Ivy Tech location in the region is invited to register for new student orientation, a redesign of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment events that help students move quickly through the admission process and on to advising and enrollment. Kokomo Region offers classes in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Wabash, Rochester and Tipton.

To add your name to the visitor list, call 800-459-0561, ext. 239, or email Shirley Lawson at slawson41@ivytech.edu .


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Ivy Tech shares progress at Kokomo Event & Conference Center

College reports good stewardship with important community resource

2013-09 KECC Main Entrance

Ivy Tech is marking three years of stewardship of the Kokomo Event & Conference Center

KOKOMO, Ind. – On the third anniversary of Howard County’s decision to turn the Kokomo Event Center over to Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Tech officials are proud of the role the rechristened Kokomo Event & Conference Center is playing in north central Indiana and encouraged by its prospects for the future.

“Since the Howard County Council transferred the event center to Ivy Tech in July 2011, the College has continued to
invest in improvements at this important community resource,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily. “We put the facility to use for many College activities but it is being broadly used by the community. Over the last three years, the center’s offerings have been expanded, we are drawing more – and more varied – events, and more services are coming on line all the time.”

From July 2011 to the end of 2013, more than 100,000 people attended events at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, including trade shows, conferences, concerts and dances, wedding receptions, class reunions, family reunions and business training sessions.

First known as the Johanning Civic Center when opened by Howard County as a community resource in 1997, the facility was renamed the Kokomo Event Center in June 2008. In July 2011, Ivy Tech assumed responsibility for the facility and its use as a gift from the county to allow expansion of College activities and to continue its service as a community event center and as home to the Kokomo Automotive Museum. With a total of 102,000 square feet, Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Event & Conference Center offers flexibility and space for a wide variety of activities.

Ivy Tech faculty and staff meet in one of the center’s conference rooms

Ivy Tech faculty and staff meet in one of the center’s conference rooms

In the last three years, the College has made a number of improvements aimed to meet needs of both Ivy Tech and the public. Classroom space was created along the north wall, space that also serves as breakout rooms for meetings and conferences. The addition of a computer lab not only supports Ivy Tech classes; it provides IT resources used for corporate training programs and other events.

“These additions make our event center a perfect place for conferences,” said Michelle Martin, event center director. “We can offer large meeting areas for big-group gathering and the classrooms for the smaller breakout sessions conferences often include. Examples include a tri-state industrial technology expo and conference, a ‘Women in Philanthropy’ conference sponsored by the regional United Way that brought in participants from north central Indiana, the Indiana State Library Association’s annual conference and Indiana State Bar Association CASA training for attorneys.”

St.Joseph Hospital chose the event center as the venue for its 100th anniversary gala in November 2013

St.Joseph Hospital chose the event center as the venue for its 100th anniversary gala in November 2013

The Kokomo Event & Conference Center offers an auditorium that can seat 100, two large meeting rooms appropriate for business meetings and small receptions and a 27,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The exhibit hall, the most popular space in the building and venue of many large events, can be set up in theater, classroom or banquet styles and can be sectioned off by quarters for smaller activities. It can accommodate up to 3,000 people if set theater style, 2,200 classroom style and as many as 1,200 for a banquet. The main space offers in-house sound, drive-in accessibility and a beamed ceiling that allows for a wide range of set-up capabilities.

“From ‘Shipshewana on the Road,’ which attracts as many as 12,000 people to Kokomo over a weekend run, to special interest shows offering quilts or guns or cars or coins or antiques, to training sessions and conferences for regional retail and restaurant chains, the event center is a great business and industry showplace,” Martin said.

“And we are proud we can serve as a venue for important community and educational offerings like the Howard County Health Fair, the Scholastic Book Fair and, this spring, the Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee,” she continued. “Kokomo’s Oktoberfest was staged at our event center last fall, St.Joseph Hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary with a gala fundraiser here last year and the Kokomo Literacy Coalition moved its very popular ‘Dancing with the Stars’ here this year. Leadership Kokomo, police officer training, the annual community kids’ Halloween party … the list goes on and on.”

As the list of activities has expanded, so has cooperation between event center staff and the Kokomo Automotive Museum. “We now serve as the rental agent for the automotive museum,” Martin said. “The museum, with its outstanding collection of vintage cars and interesting displays of local automotive history, provides the perfect location for class reunions and cocktail parties. And our visitors find it so interesting that we’ve developed a ‘break-time package’ that provides half-price museum admission for groups meeting at the event center.”

The Kokomo Auto Museum offers a unique venue for receptions and parties

The Kokomo Auto Museum offers a unique venue for receptions and parties

John Holmes, president and executive director of the auto museum, called Ivy Tech “the best landlord any tenant could want.”

“Our working relationship is excellent, as we work to support each other’s activities,” Holmes said. “Event center functions bring additional visitors into the museum and gift shop and the museum is proud to serve as a venue for Ivy Tech receptions and smaller gatherings.

“The museum has benefited from the use of equipment available through Ivy Tech and the ongoing maintenance that comes with being part of the event center is invaluable,” he continued. “An Ivy Tech representative sits on the museum board and together we’ve worked on projects to enhance the facility, including building an exhibit space for the 1895 Haynes automobile and installing an overhead door for improved access for museum exhibits. Our overall relationship has been very beneficial for the museum and I hope for Ivy Tech as well.”

A redesigned website at a new URL – www.thekokomoeventcenter.com – outlines the Kokomo Event & Conference Center’s capabilities, touting its central location for Indiana gatherings and its proximity to major highways. “It’s easy to find and provides ample on-site parking,” Martin added.

The center’s professional staff, which includes Martin as director, Kim Fernandes as assistant director and Antwan Coleman as facilities director, offers an expanding range of support for planning and executing events of all types. Event planners provide tours of the facilities, help determine event requirements, coordinate with vendors and make recommendations for space usage. Maintenance staff offers last-minute floor plan adjustments, trash disposal, clean-up and tear-down at the end of an event.

“With hundreds of new padded chairs, new ‘pipe and drape’ curtains to delineate room and booth boundaries and a new 10-foot rear-projection screen, the event center is an attractive option for groups of all sizes,” Martin said. “And we continue to improve our ‘one-stop shop’ capabilities by offering coffee, water and snack service; concession service; and a single-invoice option that allows clients to make one payment for the event center to reimburse vendors for all services.”

To help clients in the planning process, staff can recommend local vendors who have experience working in the venue and have become trusted partners, including musicians, DJs, florists, caterers and concessionaires.

One such partner is Rozzi’s Catering and co-owner and event director Jennifer Rozzi is pleased with the direction the event center has headed and the great location it offers for events and weddings.

“In the last three years, Ivy Tech has revealed a hidden jewel in Kokomo,” Rozzi said. “With all the new improvements, the transformation is marvelous. The updates to the building and main hall are a sure sign of Ivy Tech’s commitment to the region and to providing a stable, beautiful, fully functional and modern facility. The first-class staff is knowledgeable and takes on each event as if it were their own. If you haven’t seen the event center in the last three years, you need to check out this great community treasure.”

Kokomo Event & Conference Center also offers independent sound systems, portable staging, audio-visual equipment, podiums, easels, Wi-Fi access, a digital welcome monitor in lobby and a digital marquee on Ind. 931 as well as a catering kitchen. Coming soon are RSVP and registration services, an advance ticket sales window and decoration rental.

“We’re excited about what the future holds,” Martin said. “We are moving to an event management software program that will allow us to expand services and offerings provided by our existing staff by automating many of the detail-tracking activities that require so much time manually.” Reservations are now being taken for events into 2016.

For more information on the event center and its capabilities, call 765-454-9999 or visit www.thekokomoeventcenter.com .

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