Employers to participate in Ivy Tech Kokomo Technology open house Sept. 27

Public, students, parents invited to learn about training opportunities

KOKOMO, Ind. — Anyone interested in learning more about how they can step up into high-skilled, high-demand, high-wage jobs – for now and in the future – should plan on coming to a Technology Open House at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The open house is set for 5 to 8 p.m. at Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Technology Center at 1912 Trialon Court at the corner of Trialon Court and Touby Pike. Part of Ivy Tech’s observance of MFG Day (National Manufacturing Day), the event will include participation by a number of area employers who will be on hand to discuss current and future job opportunities and the importance of training and certifications offered at Ivy Tech. Participating businesses include Syndicate Sales, Material Processing Inc., Heraeus Electro-Nite, Rochester Metal Products, and FCA US.

Ivy Tech faculty, staff and students will present a variety of activities and demonstrations. Hands-on experiences for visitors will involve robotics, 3-D printing, virtual welding, CNC machining, agricultural soil lab, automotive experience, HVAC/Trane experience, and advanced manufacturing.

The event will showcase the wide variety of high-tech, hands-on training available at Ivy Tech across all age and educational attainment levels. High school students, their parents, and people looking to advance their skills and job opportunities are encouraged to attend.

On Oct. 5, the nationally designated MFG Day, Ivy Tech Kokomo is inviting area schools to bring students from the eighth grade through high school for a student open house from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The student open house will focus on real-world opportunities afforded by advanced manufacturing and technical education. Companies participating in the Oct. 5 student program include Syndicate Sales, Material Processing Inc., Mid States Engineering, Rochester Metal Products, and FCA US.

The MFG Day event is part of Ivy Tech’s focus on meeting the workforce needs of Indiana communities. More information can be found at http://www.ivytech.edu/mfgday or contact Carlee Cook at (765) 252-5487 or ccook183@ivytech.edu (Kokomo), or Jovita Flores at (574) 398-6097 or jflores26@ivytech.edu (Logansport).

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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Logansport

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course Oct. 9 and 11 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 223 in the Ivy Tech Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 11, 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 sturrill@ivytech.edu.

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 765-252-5499.

 

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Technology open house set for Sept. 27 at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Public, students, parents invited to learn about training opportunities

KOKOMO, Ind. — In honor of MFG Day (National Manufacturing Day), Ivy Tech Community College is encouraging the community to participate in an open house Sept. 27 at its Kokomo Technology Center. The event will showcase the wide variety of high-tech, hands-on training available at Ivy Tech across all age and educational attainment levels.

“This event is for high school students, their parents, and anyone interested in learning more about how they can step up into high-skilled, high-demand, high-wage jobs for now and in the future,” said Michael Erny, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Areas of interest include industrial maintenance, robotics, manufacturing, HVAC, CNC, agriculture, automotive technology, and electrical and mechanical skilled trades.”

The open house is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Technology Center at the corner of Touby Pike and Trialon Court and will include activities, demonstrations, and information sharing by Ivy Tech faculty, staff, and students. Hands-on experiences for visitors will involve robotics, 3-D printing, virtual welding, CNC machining, agricultural soil lab, automotive experience, HVAC/Trane experience, and advanced manufacturing. A number of area employers are expected to be on hand to discuss current and future job opportunities and the importance of training and certifications offered at Ivy Tech.

The open house will be part of the College’s annual observance of “National Manufacturing Day,” a national celebration of America’s modern manufacturing industries. On Oct. 5, the nationally designated MFG Day, Ivy Tech Kokomo is inviting area schools to bring students from the eighth grade through high school for a student open house from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The student open house will focus on real-world opportunities afforded by advanced manufacturing and technical education.

The MFG Day event is part of Ivy Tech’s focus on meeting the workforce needs of Indiana communities. More information can be found at www.ivytech.edu/mfgday .

“The open house will offer a great look at what skills employers say are needed for future success and what Ivy Tech offers in the way of training and education,” Erny said. “We encourage families of home-schooled children to participate and suggest that this would be a great use of a college visit day for public school students who aren’t coming with a class. Parents will also find they can learn a lot by attending.”

Also on hand will be advisors who can answer questions about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant that provides funding for qualified individuals to cover tuition and fees for short-term training in selected high-demand career fields, regardless of income level. To be eligible, a person must be an Indiana resident at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. People who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, or certification in a high-demand field are not eligible. To find out more about the WRG, go to www.ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs .

For more information on the open house, contact Carlee Cook at (765) 252-5487 or ccook183@ivytech.edu (Kokomo), or Jovita Flores at (574) 398-6097 or jflores26@ivytech.edu (Logansport). Employers who want to participate should contact Ken Parry at kparry2@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5499.

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Leadership Kokomo luncheon set to recruit members to the 2019 class

Applications due Dec. 1 for new class that begins in January

KOKOMO, Ind. — Leadership Kokomo will host a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 4, for potential members of its 2019 class. The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kokomo Country Club. Applications for the new class, which begins in January, can be downloaded from the Leadership Kokomo website at www.leadershipkokomo.org and are due by Dec. 1.

“For the past 36 years, Leadership Kokomo has provided a professional development program where participants share networking opportunities and gain increased community awareness that will benefit them and their organizations for the rest of their careers,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, a prime sponsor of LK. “We invite people from businesses and organizations around the community to consider becoming a part of the LK
Class of 2019.”

Leadership Kokomo Director Carrie Giannakos said the Leadership Kokomo Recruitment Luncheon, open without charge to potential applicants and their employer sponsors, will be an opportunity to learn more about what’s new in the current program, the application process, and the alumni activities. Reservations must be made by Oct. 1 by calling 765-252-5498 or by email at cgiannakos@ivytech.edu.

Leadership Kokomo, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and the City of Kokomo, is in its 37th year, with a goal each year of bringing together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to prepare them to become resourceful stewards of their community. During the year-long program, local issues and programs will be introduced by means of panels, individual speakers, lectures, on-site visits, group discussions, and simulations.

Giannakos said more than 700 people have graduated from Leadership Kokomo and LK alumni are found in leadership positions in business, industry, and non-profit organizations throughout Kokomo and Howard County. “Leadership Kokomo graduates leave the program ready to make their mark in the communities in which they live and work,” she said. “LK alumni are invested in their jobs and their communities to the benefit of all who live and work here.”

A committee will choose 30 participants from the applicants. The cost of the nine-month program is $595 for members of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and $675 for non-members. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

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Tickets available for Ivy Tech fundraiser to support Miami County students

‘A Night with Ivy Tech’ set for Sept. 21

PERU, Ind. — Tickets are on sale now for “A Night with Ivy Tech,” a celebration of campus and community set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Ivy Tech’s Peru campus. Proceeds from the biennial fundraiser in Peru will go to support Miami County students in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area.

“While we’ve been having fundraisers every other year for some time, the 2018 edition is designed to bring together Ivy Tech faculty and staff and the people of the Peru community,” said Peru Site Director Mary Craig. “We’re planning a casual evening of fun with an interactive showcase of Ivy Tech’s academic offerings in Peru – and, of course, some great opportunities to support our local students.”

Along with the academic showcase, “A Night with Ivy Tech” will feature live entertainment by Gym Sock Wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction with an array of unique items and experiences, and a live scholarship auction. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $30 per person and can be reserved at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/peru.html .

Proceeds from the event will support Miami County students attending Ivy Tech Community College. In 2016, the scholarship fundraiser raised more than $10,000; this year’s goal is $15,000.  In the live scholarship auction, bidders can earmark their donations to the Culinary Arts Scholarship, the Miami County Nursing Scholarship, or the Miami County Community Spirit Scholarship.

For more information, call 765-252-5500.

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Deadline coming to enroll for Ivy Tech classes that start Oct. 15

Some eight-week classes qualify for full tuition payments

KOKOMO, Ind. – A new group of eight-week classes – many covered by the Indiana Workforce Ready Grant – is set to begin Oct. 15 at Ivy Tech Community College. Classes covered by the WRG are geared toward short-term programs that offer free tuition and fees for those who qualify, regardless of your income level.

“Oct. 1 is the deadline for admission to begin classes Oct. 15,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, “and professional advisors in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses are ready to help students efficiently complete the enrollment and registration process.”

Student service and financial aid representatives are available to help students in the Kokomo Express Enrollment Center Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the Logansport center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. They can help with everything from submitting an application to getting answers to financial aid questions to registering for classes. Additional support will be on hand at both campuses Wednesday, Sept. 19, as part of a statewide Ivy Tech Express Enrollment Day.

Worland noted the Workforce Ready Grant is designed to remove financial barriers that may prevent Hoosiers from getting the training they need for a job in one of Indiana’s five high-demand sectors. These include advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, information technology and business services, transportation and logistics, and building and construction.

“We encourage anyone interested in improving their job skills, and their ability to qualify for good-paying jobs now and in the future, to find out more about the Workforce Ready Grant,” Worland said. “Not only does it work to remove financial barriers. It supports short-term programs leading to high-value certificates that require as few as four courses to complete, helping to remove time as a barrier as well.”

Basic eligibility requirements for the WRG include being at least 18 years old, being an Indiana resident and a United States citizen or eligible resident, and having earned a high school diploma or equivalent but less than a college degree. A list of Ivy Tech programs eligible for the Workforce Ready Grant can be found at www.ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs .

In addition to registering for classes, Express Enrollment Centers allow students to complete FYIvy, an online introduction to the college; get financial aid information; meet with an advisor, and sign up for orientation. Those who have not yet completed an assessment to determine appropriate class placement (required before meeting with an advisor) can do that as well. To meet the assessment requirement, students should bring SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts, or take the Accuplacer exam if needed.

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/EEDay.

Members of the admissions team are available to ask questions in advance. Contact Carlee Cook at ccook183@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

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Community Foundation offers matching grant for Ivy Tech capital campaign

Grant will match donor contributions up to $100,000

Looking south from Morgan Street, the new campus will include a landscaped central open space with easy access to classrooms, laboratories, study and social spaces, faculty offices, and student support services.

KOKOMO Ind. – Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus Transformation campaign has been given a $100,000 boost that, with the generosity of individual donors, can turn into $200,000.

The grant, announced at the recent campus/community celebration marking Ivy Tech’s 50th anniversary in the Kokomo area, will serve as a matching opportunity as Ivy Tech works toward a goal of raising $3 million to support the transformation currently underway on the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.

“We are very excited that the Community Foundation has joined with us in recognizing the importance of philanthropy in this project and the impact it makes,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “With this matching grant, donors can double their contribution. A $50 gift will become $100, a $500 gift will become $1,000 until we match the foundation’s $100,000.”

With Morgan Street running across the top of this rendering, Ivy Tech’s transformed campus will include the Main Building (#1), the Health Professions Center (#2), the Technology Center (#3), and the Automotive/Diesel Center (#4).

Greg Aaron, president of the Community Foundation of Howard County, said the foundation’s board of directors is very supportive of the Ivy Tech project, a $43 million effort that will bring all Ivy Tech instructional activities to the northeast side property. The project includes the complete renovation of existing space in the four buildings that will make up the campus with major additions to three of the buildings.

“The Community Foundation board wants to encourage broad community support for the Kokomo Campus Transformation, a project that the state of Indiana has earmarked $40 million for,” Aaron said.

“We understand the $3 million in donations from area individuals and businesses is needed to complete ambitious plans to create a vibrant, highly functional campus to serve north central Indiana,” he continued. “It will be a campus that inspires students to continue their education and is an innovator in meeting workforce needs in north central Indiana.”

The Ivy Tech capital campaign is being led by a 19-member team of community civic and business leaders who have been contacting selected potential donors over the last six months. At the recent celebration, Karen McCoy, public relations manager for NIPSCO, an Ivy Tech Kokomo alumna, and chair of the capital campaign steering team, recognized a number of businesses and individuals for their donations during the “quiet campaign.” Announcing that more than $1,700,000 had been raised as of the end of August, she thanked the donors for getting the campaign off to a great start.

“So many businesses and individuals have stepped up already to pledge their financial support to this important community initiative,” McCoy said. “Now the effort expands all across our communities to raise the additional money needed to complete the transformation. The Community Foundation grant offers a great incentive to contribute now.”

More information about the project and a link to contribute are available at www.ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation or contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

 

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