Classes in business leadership skills scheduled at Ivy Tech this fall

Five-session program designed to develop leaders for business, industry

These representatives of Kokomo Service Area businesses and industries recently completed the first offering of Ivy Tech’s non-credit leadership skills development series

KOKOMO, Ind. — As part of its efforts to meet Hoosier workforce needs, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is offering a five-week series of classes designed to develop leaders in business and industry. The series was first offered this summer and received high marks from participants from such companies and organizations as FCA, Steinberger Construction, Dean Baldwin Painting, Lehigh Cement, and the Small Business Development Center.

The series will be taught by Jim Mullins, a veteran of more than 30 years in human resource management with Chrysler Corp., and will meet from noon to 4 p.m. each Friday from Sept. 15 to Oct. 13 on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus. Cost of the five-session program is $550.

“With the success of the first offering of this series, we are happy to be repeating it this fall,” said Stephanie Reitan, workforce alignment program manager for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “This is a great opportunity for companies to invest in their employees and develop the leaders they need, leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today’s complex environment.

Reitan said the course is designed to help develop front-line leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others. It uses the Interaction Management global leadership training curriculum from DDI (Development Dimensions International) and serves as a foundation for many follow-on courses designed to help leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action in others.

Mullins, an adjunct professor at Purdue Polytechnic Institute Kokomo, Indiana Wesleyan University, DeVry University, and Ivy Tech and a certified DDI facilitator, shares more than 40 years of manufacturing experience with his students. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from General Motors Institute, a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan, and a doctorate in organizational development and human resources from Capella University.

The five sessions will cover these leadership skills: Communicating for Leadership Success, Building and Sustaining Trust, Working as a High-performance Team, Addressing Poor Performance, and Resolving Workplace Conflict.

For more information on the course and to register for the course, contact Reitan at or 765-252-5476.

Topics to be covered in Ivy Tech’s five-session leadership series include:

Sept. 15: Communicating for Leadership Success
Organizations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today’s complex environment. They need front line leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others. This foundation course for most Interaction Management® courses helps leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action in others. The course teaches leaders the Interaction Essentials they need to handle the variety of challenges and opportunities they encounter every day in the workplace and beyond.

Sept. 22: Building and Sustaining Trust
What does trust have to do with business success? Everything. Trust is directly linked to employee engagement, retention, productivity, and innovation. Leaders who demonstrate trust and trustworthiness inspire higher levels of performance and commitment to team and organizational success. This course introduces Trust Builders, actions leaders can take to build and sustain trusting relationships, as well as common Trust Breakers that can erode or quickly break trust. Applying these skills to build trusting relationships enables people to take risks, identify and solve problems, and collaborate to achieve business results.

Sept. 29: Working as a High-performance Team
For a team to achieve peak performance, its members must involve, support, and trust one another. And they must share information and commit to a process that will lead to success. This course will enhance team effectiveness and maximize not only performance, but also impact on the organization as a whole. Participants learn the personal, interpersonal, and business advantages of working together as a unit and are introduced to a set of best practices for optimal results.

Oct. 6: Addressing Poor Performance
A single employee with chronic performance problems can dominate a leader’s time, and drag down the productivity and morale of an entire work group. This course builds leaders’ skills in handling chronic performance problems. They learn how to document and present a solid case for needed improvement and use effective interaction skills. Leaders identify the steps to take after the performance problem discussion to provide ongoing feedback and support, and determine if it is necessary to impose formal consequences.

Oct. 13: Resolving Workplace Conflict
Today’s business environment challenges organizations to increase productivity, improve quality, shorten cycle time, and reduce costs. An unfortunate but natural byproduct of these challenges is conflict. While conflict can lead to discoveries such as new ideas and innovative breakthroughs, it can, if allowed to escalate, result in damage to critical working relationships. This course teaches leaders how to recognize the signs of escalating conflict and take appropriate action to minimize damage. Leaders are introduced to two resolution tactics— coach and mediate—and practice using the Interaction Essentials as they coach then mediate to resolve a conflict.

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Lafayette and Kokomo campuses partner for paramedic science program

Goal is to make training more accessible for Lafayette area students

KOKOMO, Ind. — As Ivy Tech Community College works to help address the shortage of paramedics within Lafayette and surrounding communities, a new partnership with the accredited Paramedic Science Program on the Kokomo Campus will allow Lafayette students to obtain the training they need without having to travel to Kokomo twice a week – or more – for the two-year course of study.

The partnership allows Lafayette students to complete all general education courses and use distance education technology to complete the paramedic science courses at the Lafayette Campus, and spend one day a week at the Kokomo Campus for hands-on laboratory-based training.

“Currently, there are no Lafayette-based training programs available to those interested in a career as a paramedic,” said Connie Morgan, dean of the School of Health Sciences for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “This program gives students from the Lafayette area more convenient access to our accredited program here in Kokomo.”

“According to state economic data, there will be seven new and six replacement openings for paramedics every year through 2024 in the area that includes Lafayette, Kokomo, Logansport and Peru,” said Jolene Miller, dean of the School of Health Sciences for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Service Area. “Paramedics are critical first responders in our community, and a valuable asset to the health care team. It is a great program of study for people who are interested in an active work setting in which they can use their skills and compassion to help those in need.”

Lafayette area students are required to complete standard admission and enrollment procedures at the Lafayette Campus. To be admitted to the program, students must have current Emergency Medical Technician certification and must have passed the first of two anatomy courses.

New students are admitted to the program every August and complete coursework in five semesters for a May graduation. Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor to take active steps toward program admission.

Current Indiana paramedics can apply directly to the Kokomo Paramedic Science program and complete general education courses and residency requirements at Lafayette to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree.

For more information on enrollment, students should come to the Express Enrollment Center on either the Lafayette Campus or the Kokomo Campus or call 765-269-5000 (Lafayette) or 765-459-0561 (Kokomo). For program information, call Mark Fair, Paramedic Science program chair, at 765-252-5576.

The Paramedic Science Program at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions ( At program completion, students are able to take the National Registry examination to become an Indiana paramedic. They also earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, which increases employment and educational opportunities.

The program offers a careful mix of lecture, demonstration, in-class skill practice sessions, and clinical rotations, Morgan said, adding classes are taught by some of the area’s finest paramedics. The program includes 360 hours of clinical experience and 400 hours of an internship using hands-on experiences in actual patient care settings. Students obtain the knowledge and skills needed to function in the ever-changing world of Emergency Medical Services, first as an emergency medical technician and later, with additional training, as a paramedic, in such settings as hospital emergency rooms, fire department services, and ground ambulance and air transport.

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Yesenia Martinez of Logansport honored with Ivy Tech state alumni award

Yesenia Martinez accepts Distinguished Alumni Award from Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann

2010 graduate helps others as a case manager for children in need of services

Yesenia Martinez

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College has honored 2010 graduate Yesenia Martinez of Logansport with its statewide Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

Martinez received the award Aug. 2 at a banquet honoring Ivy Tech’s 14 regional Alumni Achievement Award winners for 2017 held in conjunction with the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees meetings in Kokomo this week. She had been recognized as the winner of the Kokomo Region award during commencement ceremonies in Kokomo in May.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann announced the honor. “This honoree has achieved both personal and professional achievement,” she said, “and continues to live each day observing the Ivy Tech founding principles – a commitment to excellence, integrity, diversity, and innovation.”

“Yesenia is the ‘poster child’ for all Ivy Tech stands for as an institution of higher education,” said Ivy Tech criminal justice professor Michael Holsapple, her faculty mentor at Ivy Tech. Martinez, who earned her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ivy Tech in 2010, was honored as a person who has demonstrated excellence in accomplishment and character as a woman, a Hispanic woman whose native language is Spanish, a first-generation college graduate, and a wife and working mother of small children.

In recognizing Martinez, College officials said her dedication to helping others and service to the disadvantaged (including Ivy Tech students and former students) and their families, principally in Cass, Miami and Howard counties, has fulfilled for her a purpose-driven professional career. Additionally, Martinez is currently active in mentoring people in disadvantaged immigrant populations in north-central Indiana and directing them to helpful resources.

Martinez’ accomplishments were never “a given.” She was a high school dropout from Chicago with one child and another on the way and working at a food-processing plant in Logansport when she decided she wanted more out of life. First, she earned her GED and took an office job; then, after the birth of her third child in 2007, enrolled at Ivy Tech.

At graduation from Ivy Tech in 2010, Martinez was recognized as the Criminal Justice Program Outstanding Student and nominated for Chancellor’s Award. Since then, she has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Technical Certificate in Forensic Psychology in 2014, all from Trine University.

Martinez currently serves as a case manager with Counseling Partners LLC of Lafayette, a contracted provider of services for children and families through the Indiana Department of Child Services. The organization partners with the juvenile justice system, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), the Department of Child Services, and other groups to improve outcomes for children and families in the communities where it operates. Her responsibilities include supervising visitation for children in the court system and counseling families in their homes or in Counseling Partners’ child-oriented facilities. Currently, she is working with families in Kokomo, Peru and Monticello.

And Martinez isn’t done. She is thinking about pursuing an additional graduate degree with the intention of working in Indiana’s public education K-12 system as a counselor. In nominating Yesinia for the Distinguished Alumni Award, Holsapple said, “I know no more deserving recipient of this recognition, nor one who will more capably continue to invest in her community at large as a dedicated servant-leader.”

She and her husband, Luis Hernandez, have four children – Daniel Martinez, 15; Brianna Martinez, 12; Mia Hernandez, 11; and Alejandro Hernandez, 3.

In congratulating Yesenia and the other regional award winners, Kara Monroe, Ivy Tech vice president of Academic Innovation and Support, said, “You are examples of what can happen when desire and opportunity collide. We have full confidence that each of you will continue to do marvelous things and help us put ‘community’ back in community college.” (Click here for a full list of the 2017 award winners. )

State alumni award winner Yesenia Martinez is flanked by Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann and Ivy Tech Foundation President John Murphy

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Ivy Tech offering Express Enrollment Days at Kokomo and Logansport campuses

Students can complete enrollment for fall at statewide events on Aug. 3 and 5

KOKOMO – It’s not too late to sign up for fall semester classes at Ivy Tech Community College.

Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport will be among sites participating in Statewide Express Enrollment Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 5. Statewide Express Enrollment Day provides an opportunity for students from across Indiana to visit one of the participating locations and complete the enrollment steps to become a student at Ivy Tech for fall semester.

“Aug. 14 is the registration deadline for fall semester classes that begin Aug. 21,” said Fran Hardin, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs and director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center in Kokomo. “These Express Enrollment Days are a great opportunity to get your questions answered and complete the enrollment process so everything is in place for the new semester.”

Hardin noted that the two-day opportunity also offers the ability to come in on Aug. 3 and still have Aug. 5 to finish, if needed. “We will have additional staff on hand to help prospective students wherever they are in the process – from applying for admission to actually registering for classes,” she added.

At Statewide Express Enrollment Day, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the FAFSA, learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, register for the upcoming semester, and find out about orientation. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2015 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Fran Hardin at or 765-252-5478 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Kokomo

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course Aug. 14 and 16 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 611 of the Ivy Tech Corporate College Building at 1701 Touby Pike.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food 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 of the exam, 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 $199 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 16, and will be led by instructor Ed Norris of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and retired inspector and trainer with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program.

To register for the Certified Professional Food Manager Certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s workforce alignment staff, located at 1701 Touby Pike in Kokomo, provides high-quality, cost-effective, short-term, career-relevant training solutions aligned with the needs of today’s employers. Its academic programs and certifications improve its clients’ employability and earnings potential. To learn more about professional development programs available through Ivy Tech, call 765-252-5476.

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Ivy Tech announces Kimberly M. King as Acting Chancellor for Kokomo Campus 

Appointment is part of College’s new organizational structure

Kimberly King

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has appointed Kimberly M. King as acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus as part of the College’s new organizational structure. The new structure is designed to better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.

Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to a regional or bi-regional leadership, including the College’s Kokomo and Lafayette regions reporting to a single chancellor, a role held by Dr. David Bathe. Bathe was recently named chancellor of the Lafayette Campus.

The Kokomo Campus will now be a self-sustaining location with King serving as the acting chancellor. She will also continue in the role of associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Kokomo Campus chancellor position will be posted, with the intention to fill the position by Nov. 1.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as the acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus,” King said. “This is an exciting time of transition for our Ivy Tech Community College system, as we work to better align with both student and workforce needs within our campus-based communities. I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated faculty and staff at the Kokomo Campus in service to the surrounding community.”

For the past two years, King has served Ivy Tech as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in Kokomo and Lafayette. During her 20-year tenure with the College, King has also held roles in the Kokomo region including assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; dean for the Schools of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts and Design, and Academic Skills Advancement; and program chair for Communication, English, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  In 2015, she was recognized as the Outstanding Administrator by the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.  Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, King held positions at Adminastar Federal Inc., The Children’s Museum, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Indianapolis, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union in Kokomo.

“We appreciate Kim’s dedication to Ivy Tech and her willingness to serve in this acting role at the Kokomo campus,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “She has held various leadership and faculty roles at the College, and is the right person to lead the campus during this time of transition.”

King has been actively involved in Ivy Tech statewide, including as a member of the Regional Academic Officer’s Committee and the Higher Learning Commission’s Diversity Committee for Accreditation. Her community activities include serving on the Chamber Council of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and the Visioning/Winning Community Committee for the Community Foundation of Howard County and participating in Partners in Education.  She has led seminars and workshops for leadership academies in Kokomo, Logansport, and Wabash, and facilitated training of loaned associates for United Way.

King earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Theatre Education from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

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Rochester FFA members share knowledge with Rochester 4th graders

Ivy Tech Agriculture’s Mobile Lab put to use at ‘environmental day’

Jacob Flook and Austin Foster present information about tree growth and “timber cruising.”

Lisa Paxton, Ivy Tech Agriculture program chair, instructs students to determine soil particle size by shaking the soil through a sieve.

Testing soils, measuring timber, learning about animal byproducts and what to look for in the meat case at the grocery – all this and more were part of recent environmentally based workshops presented to the Rochester School Corporation’s 4th grade students using Ivy Tech Community College’s mobile agriculture lab.

Lisa Paxton, Agriculture program chair for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses, worked with Rochester FFA members in presenting the hands-on workshops at the Geneva Center in Rochester in May.

The activities included: Taking Soil Samples; Soil Particles Sizes and their Environmental Impact; Timber Cruising to Determine Board Feet; Tree Growth; Animal Science Byproducts Utilization; Livestock Cuts of Meat; and Leadership Development Activities.


Ross Pearson and Dakota Stricklin work with students in studying the water-holding capacity in various soil samples.




Members of Rochester’s Future Farmers of America chapter helped put the Ivy Tech Agriculture Mobile Lab classroom to use for Rochester 4th grade’s “environmental day” at Geneva Center.
Left-right (front row): Samantha Jolley, Alexis Jolley, Alivia Williams; (back row): Jacob Flook, Ross Pearson, Austin Foster, Dakota Stricklin

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