Ivy Tech to offer course for Pharmacy Technician Certification

50-hour course prepares students for certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Corporate College is offering a comprehensive 50-hour course that will prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s certification exam and enter the ever-growing pharmacy field. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 16 through Nov. 4.

Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, intravenous flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final test to help prepare students for the actual certification exam.

The course will meet at The Excel Center, 101 W. Superior St. in Kokomo from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 16 through Nov. 4. The cost of the course is $1,119 per participant, which includes the cost of taking the PTCB. The cost of required clinicals with a local pharmacy is not included in the price. For more information or to register, contact Brent Marley, Ivy Tech Corporate College, at 800-459-0561, ext. 281, or bmarley6@ivytech.edu.

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. Pharmacy technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients, including retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Depending upon the practice setting, a pharmacy technician may also be involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include checking inventories and ordering supplies, receiving and checking in supplies, assisting customers, keeping pharmacy work areas clean, and completing insurance forms.

Pharmacy technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and large industrial complexes. The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow, the result of the availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of the position of certified pharmacy technician and the aging population.

Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.

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Isa Adney to bring story of community college success to Logansport, Kokomo

Ivy Tech students, community invited to presentations Sept. 9 and 10

Isa Adney bookKOKOMO, Ind. – Author, speaker, blogger, YouTube video host and nationally recognized spokesperson for first-generation college students, Isa Adney will bring her message of how to succeed in community college to Logansport Sept. 9 and Kokomo Sept. 10. Students, faculty and members of the community are all invited to attend her presentations scheduled as part of “Commit to Complete Week” sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa chapters of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

Adney will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Community Room at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Alumni Hall at Ivy Tech’s main building in Kokomo. The campuses’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community college students, is using the week to encourage Ivy Tech students to “commit to complete” their chosen course of study and earn their degrees.

Adney is well-qualified to speak about college completion and success at a community college. A first-generation college student, she entered community college with fear and anxiety but left with success – a member of Phi Theta Kappa and winner of a $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship for further education. She is the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and she went on to earn her Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Adney realized that too many community college, first-generation, and low-income college students drop out of college because they don’t have people in their lives who believe in them. She realized that if she could teach students how to reach out to the college community that surrounds them – the college community that helped her reach her dreams – they too would be able to overcome the immense barriers they face in order to complete college and reach their dreams.

Her groundbreaking book “Community College Success” was published by NorLights Press in March 2012 and is used in colleges across the country. She was recently named by GOOD Magazine one of the Top 100 People Moving the World Forward.

After spending a few years working at a community college, Adney is a full-time speaker, author, host, and consultant, advocating for students across the country to help bridge the opportunity divide and give more students the chance to break the cycles of poverty through education. She also serves on the board of directors for the Florida College System Foundation.

Adney shares advice with students across the country on her blog and YouTube channel, and founded the #SoCanU Project to help students around the world share their college success stories. She is also the host of TCC22′s college success television show “The SKiNNY on College Success”.

For additional information on the program, contact Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region, at 765-459-0561, ext. 263, or by email at dmcquaide@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech bringing Indiana Hunter Education Course to Tipton and Kokomo

Free two-session program meets requirement for Indiana hunting license

tipton hunters ed graphicKOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is offering the Indiana Hunter Education Course Sept. 13 and 14 in Tipton and Sept. 20 and 21 in Kokomo. The program is offered without charge and registrations are now being accepted.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, is required to be certified in hunter education by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources before he or she can purchase a hunting license. To pass the class, students must attend the entire session on both days.

  • In Tipton, the class will meet at Ivy Tech’s outreach facility, 221 N. Main St., Tipton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, Sept. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. with Indiana Conservation Officer Brad Robins.
  • In Kokomo, the class will meet at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Ind. 931), on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. with Indiana Conservation Officer William Dale III and several volunteer instructors including John Martino and Denny Heaton.

Martino said anyone interested in the outdoors can benefit from the course because of the range of information shared. This Indiana Hunter Education Course will cover the following:

  • Safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home
  • Hunter ethics and responsibilities
  • Wildlife identification
  • Archery
  • Conservation management
  • First aid

Although there is no age requirement for attendees, the class is more suited for those older than 10 as all students must score at least 70 percent on the 100-question final exam to qualify. Children younger than 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at every session. Also, at the first session, everyone younger than 18 must submit a completed liability release form. The form, which can be found through the link below, must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian.

To register, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo and click on the “Hunter Education” link in the index on the left side of the page. For additional information, contact Conservation Officer District 4 headquarters at (765) 649-1062 or John Martino at (765) 459-0561, ext. 734.

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Ivy Tech reschedules noncredit culinary seminar on food preservation

First session postponed by later harvest to Sept. 9

PERU, Ind. – The first of eight seminars planned in this fall’s noncredit culinary arts seminar at Ivy Tech Community College’s culinary arts lab in Peru has been rescheduled to assure an ample supply of fresh produce from the presenters’ gardens. Registrations are being accepted for “The Art and Science of Food Preservation,” which will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9, as well as the seven other seminars.

Each of the eight seminars costs $95 with a 10 percent senior discount for participants 60 and older, a 25 percent discount for two classes ($143), a 40 percent discount for four classes ($228) and a 50 percent discount for taking all eight ($380). One discount is allowed on each registration. Classes, limited to 12 students, are held in the culinary arts lab in the Peru Instruction Site at 425 W. Main St. For information and to register, contact Becky Burke, bburke@ivytech.edu, or call 800-459-0561, ext. 233.

Here’s the full schedule:

Tuesday Evening Classes to Learn New Techniques

Sept. 9, 6-8:30 p.m.   The Art and Science of Food Preservation

Instructors:  Steve Daily and Michelle Martin, Ivy Tech

Learn to turn that bounty in your (or your neighbor’s) garden into food for your family for the winter. Steve and Michelle will demonstrate canning, freezing, drying and pickling for fruits and vegetables, along with jelly-, jam- and salsa-making. These are skills that will enhance your family’s meals for years to come.


Sept. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Knife Skills – Hands-on Training

Instructor: Chef Mike Dunivan, Ivy Tech

Spend an evening with Chef Mike and go home with a professional chef’s knife and the skills to use it like a pro. This hands-on class will teach to chop, dice and slice with confidence. Chef Mike will also instruct you in some basic culinary techniques to take home along with your knife.


  1. 30, 6-8:30 p.m.   Cool Weather Grilling – Don’t put that grill away yet!

Instructor:  Noah Peconga, accomplished grill master, Indianapolis


The cool weather of autumn shouldn’t bring the end of your grilling season. The hearty foods of fall work perfectly on the grill and Noah will teach you techniques and recipes to enjoy until the snow flies … and perhaps beyond.


Oct. 7, 6-8:30 p.m.   Prepare Commercial Favorites at Home and Save!

Instructor:  Alayne Cook, Ivy Tech

Spend an evening with Alayne to learn to make several dishes at home that you normally buy already prepared, including pizza, chicken nuggets, Caesar salad and more. You, of course, will save lots of money and be happy to know exactly what ingredients are in your family’s dinner.


Oct. 14, 6-8:30 p.m.  An Authentic Chinese Dinner to be Made at Home

Instructor:  Allan Wai, Taku Japanese Steakhouse, Kokomo

Allan taught our Ivy Tech class on sushi last spring. This fall, he will share the cuisine of his native Hong Kong. Allan will design and prepare a typical Chinese dinner and he promises that we will be able to recreate the meal in our own kitchens.


Saturday Morning Sessions on Holiday Celebrations and Gift-giving Ideas

Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.-noon.  Make Your Own Sausage – For Home and Gifts

Instructor:  Ken Oravsky, Ivy Tech

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who would appreciate a unique gift this year? Or does the idea of making sausage for your family intrigue you? Ken Oravsky will give you the skills and recipes to make this happen. In this exciting morning, Ken will feature several types of sausages with no special equipment needed to complete the process.


Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon.   Holiday Wines and Spirits

Instructor:  Sara Musselman, Broadway Liquors, Peru

Just in time for all of those festive holiday meals, Sara will present a selection of fine wines that will pair well with the foods of the feast. These wines will make excellent “hostess gifts” to bring to the festivities as well. Sara will also be presenting a selection of spirits that could make excellent gifts. This promises to be a morning packed with fun!


Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Holiday Sweet Treats

Instructor: Shelley Rust, Kokomo Area Career Center

Shelley’s students at the Kokomo Area Career Center operate a sweet shop in downtown Kokomo where they sell all manner of sweet treats they make. Spend a morning with Shelly for a hands-on session learning to make wonderful Christmas goodies just like your grandmother used to make. After this seminar, you too can make those wonderful chocolate-covered cherries too!

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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, Sept. 4, 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.



  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
  13. Executive Session
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Ivy Tech honors Kokomo’s Debra Cook with state Alumni Achievement Award

2002 graduate now heads Kokomo Housing Authority

Debra Cook, center, receives statewide alumni award from Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily and Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder

Debra Cook, center, receives statewide alumni award from Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily and Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Debra Cook, a 2002 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region who now serves as the chief executive officer of the Kokomo Housing Authority, was honored with Ivy Tech’s statewide 2014 Alumni Achievement Award for Personal Achievement. The award was presented by Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder during the College’s annual Alumni Achievement Dinner held this year at The Commons in Columbus as part of the State Board of Trustees’ August meeting.

Each year, each Ivy Tech region honors a single alumnus who exemplifies a dedication to work, an appreciation of lifelong learning and a commitment to community; two statewide award winners are selected from those regional nominees. Cook received the Kokomo Region’s 2014 Alumni Achievement Award during its commencement ceremony in May and was one of 14 regional nominees who were recognized during Wednesday’s dinner where the statewide honorees were announced. Daniel Blevins from the Northwest Region received the second statewide honor – the Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Achievement.

In presenting the award to Cook, school leaders said she exemplified the qualities of a top alumnus. She graduated from Ivy Tech State College Region 5 (now Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region) in 2002 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems. After graduation from Ivy Tech, she went on to Indiana Wesleyan University, earning a bachelor’s degree through its accelerated degree program. Cook continued her education at Indiana University where she earned a master’s degree in Public Management. Like many of Ivy Tech’s returning adult students, she achieved her educational goals while working full-time and raising a family.

Cook worked for the City of Kokomo from 1993 to 2012 where she held positions in the Economic Development Department, including planner and community specialist, development manager and director of development. Today Debra Cook is the chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Kokomo, Indiana, where she leads a team of 40 employees who manage and maintain 551 public housing units and administer more than 700 Housing Choice Vouchers to help provide clean, safe and affordable housing.

Cook’s commitment to give back to her community through public service and education is apparent in her many civic organization memberships, awards and honors. She has served on Bona Vista’s board of directors and as a member of the Region 4 Workforce Development Board of Directors, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Kokomo Downtown Association. In 2012, Debra was the recipient of the Ivan H. Brinegar Management Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns in recognition of her many contributions to the city.

In being named as winner of the Alumni Achievement Award, Cook was cited for her recognition of the role Ivy Tech Community College played in her life and the role it plays in her community. She continues to be a strong ambassador for the College and a valued donor. In her current role as CEO at the Housing Authority of the City of Kokomo, the presenters said, she is a shining example of how education changes people’s lives and serves as an advocate for the College in the lives of others.


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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region announces Summer 2014 Dean’s List

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region has announced the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the Summer 2014 session:

Sorted by county:


Tanya Abramczyk

Matthew Holcomb

Carla Lee


Ashley Bilby

Stephanie Birnell

Stacey Black

Mindy Boehme

Melissa Brumett

Joshua Clements

Courtney Cotner

Denise Curtis

Peter DeMaat

Amanda Downs

Hillary Drummond

Samarea Edwards

Mariana Freitas

Lindsay Gebhardt

Dane Hamilton

Stacey James

Julie Kitchell

Rachel Kollmar

Jessica Looker

Amanda McDorman

Jillena Merritt

Aaron Miller

Shaun Miller

Tera Montgomery

Cory Mucker

J Kevin Nethercutt

Dane Nicoll

Kelly Russell

Ashley Scott

Rebecca Sims

Michelle Skinner

Desiree Small

Christina Sommers

Brittni Titus

Rebecca Tocco

Seleste Valencia

Joseph Watts

Bradley Wick



Erica Beam

Lindsey Gilhousen

Courtney Johnson


Wendy Bowyer

Heather Green

Nicole Gutierrez

Terra Johnson

Aric Lee

Ethan Miller

Priscilla Nelson

Cassandra Reed



Rosemary Jones

Julie See



Erin Carter

Rosa Resendiz Moreno

Melissa Scott

Sarah Von Drachenberg



Scottie Gabbard



Paul Batchler

James Bauder

Rebecca Beem

Michelle Bentley

Travis Bitner

Heather Bott

Jeffery Bowen

John Boyd

Jonathan Brittain

Randy Brock

Lavell Brown

Nicole Brown

Daniel Burns

Alisha Camp

Mike Copeland

Katherine Dahlinghaus

Amber Davis

Tabitha Dodd

Gail Dugger

Cynthia Dulin

Zach Emmons

Radiah Evans

Nicholas Faison

Alexander Garza

Kim Goodridge

Mary Gorczyca

Desiree Hahn-Thatcher

Carol Harrison

Julie Hayden

Danielle Hendricks

Krisondra Hensley

Jacqueline Holloway

Monica Houk

Elizabeth Irick

Angela Johnson

Martha Johnson

Victoria Kirby

Luke Lewis

Christina Looney

Joseph McGowen

Dale Meyers

Danielle Monroe

Ann Najar

Heather Nunnally

William Overton

Christopher Perry

Jacob Ramsey

Lindsay Rich

Renee Riese

Jeremy Roberts

Theresa Sefton

Tabetha Skaggs

Lameka Smith

Timothy Smith

Christina Smith

Angela Smith-Bingham

Kristi Stevens

Adam Sullivan

Matthew Szachnitowski

Alexander Toth

Ryan Wolf

Dustin Wright



Howard Bailey



Tyler Archuleta

Jocelyn Azbell

Christie Bakehorn

Derrick Burnett

Leslie Contreras

Heather Cullers

Dylan Eckelbarger

Shannon Fuller

Jamie Gibbs

Alan Hunter

Stephanie Iliff

Robert Irwin

Reece Kunkle

Nick Lambert

Justin Lees

Heather McAdams

Shannon McCord

Jarod Morgan

Kaitlyn Morgan

Joseph Murphy

Jonathan Ousley

Erika Powers

Tracy Renfrow

Ashleigh Roberts

Savannah Russell

James Seidle

Katlynd Shoffner

Katherine Slater

Michael Spangler

Lisa Sparks

Daniel Stutzman

Shiana Waid

Justin Ward

Shelly Wilson



Roseanna Kennedy

Kenneth Tharpe



Jana Doyle

Zachary Kallenberger

Josh Maddox



Conlan Fernung

Bryce Whobrey



Alesia Bartrum

Taylor Chittick

Lucia Click

Mandy Fierstos

Shannon France

Tara Hamilton

Brandy Hyden

Rhonda Keel

James Sheridan

Beverly Sloan

Brent Swan



Brittney Biddle

Jacqueline Fisher

Raymond Murray


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