Ivy Tech sets ‘Virtual Express Enrollment Days’ to get ready for March start

Next eight-week class session starts March 22

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is participating in three days of “Virtual Express Enrollment” opportunities that can help prospective students get ready to begin classes as soon as March 22.

“No one has missed their chance for help getting started on their way to a better paying job,” said Derry Ebert, vice chancellor of enrollment services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “Ivy Tech has the most career-focused programs in the state, which means you can find the path to your next career and get started when the next course session begins in March.”

Virtual Express Enrollment will be offered daily Wednesday, March 3, through Friday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During Express Enrollment, students can register for eight-week classes that begin March 22 and are available in multiple formats, including through IvyOnline. Students can find out more about opportunities to earn a degree or short-term certificate that can put them in a high-demand job quickly.

To find out more and to RSVP, go to https://www.ivytech.edu/18794.html . An admissions representative will contact you regarding your virtual appointment time and meeting details.

Ebert said Express Enrollment offers a chance to get answers to financial aid questions and to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It’s also an opportunity to complete FYIvy, a student’s guide to getting started at Ivy Tech, and to learn more about assessment options. Prospective students also will be able to register for the classes they want to attend and schedule their orientation session.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo scholarship fund drive more than doubles goal

Virtual ‘Scholarships for Student Success’ campaign approaching $50,000

KOKOMO, Ind. — Courtesy of the pandemic, the annual event to fund scholarships at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus became a “non-event” in 2020, but that didn’t deter donors from being even more generous in their support of deserving students. Starting with a goal of raising $20,000, the tally of donations is now approaching $50,000.

“Every year, we plan a Celebration for Student Success scholarship event to bring together our friends and supporters to raise funds for scholarships,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area.

“With everything going on in 2020, we could not safely bring people together so we pivoted to a ‘non-event,’” she continued, “We joked, ‘No need to dress up, no need for a baby sitter, no need to leave home,’ but we never would have predicted the generous response we have experienced from our request for scholarship support.  People understood that in this global pandemic students need support more than ever.”

Recognizing the challenges facing Ivy Tech Kokomo, the campaign team set a $20,000 goal, a little less than is normally raised at the annual event, Karickhoff said. The campaign got off to a great start when Peru philanthropist Rita Jackson, a long-time supporter of Ivy Tech, provided a $10,000 gift designated for matching opportunities. When that $10,000 was matched, a local couple who wishes to remain anonymous provided another $5,000 match, further boosting the campaign.

“As of Feb. 24, Ivy Tech Kokomo is excited to announce that the total donations for the 2020 Scholarships for Student Success campaign stood at $48,520,” Karickhoff said. “We’re hoping we can exceed $50,000 by the time the campaign closes at the end of March.

“Our students continue to have great need, especially during this time, and scholarship gifts make a tremendous impact,” she continued. “Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps students on their journey to a better future.”

Donations may be made by going to impact.ivytech.edu/scholarshipsforstudentsuccess or by contacting Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

Karickhoff extended special thanks to these community and corporate organizations: Community First Bank of Indiana, Community Howard Regional Health, Duke Energy, FCA, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Haynes International, Mid-America Beverage, NIPSCO, REALTORS Association of Central Indiana, RD Filip, Security Federal Savings Bank, and the Ivy Tech Circle of Ivy women’s philanthropic organization.

Looking forward with optimism, Karickhoff encouraged people to mark their calendars for Oct. 8, when Ivy Tech Kokomo is planning the 2021 Celebration for Student Success fundraising evening featuring the return of Dueling Pianos, a musical comedy duo who entertained an enthusiastic audience in 2019.

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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 March 8 and 10 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room M202 of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Main Building at 1815 E. Morgan St.

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 $210 and includes the manual, all study materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 10, 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 sturrill@ivytech.edu.

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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 March 8 and 10 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room M202 of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Main Building at 1815 E. Morgan St.

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 $210 and includes the manual, all study materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 10, 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 sturrill@ivytech.edu.

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Two area leaders added to Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Board of Trustees

Karen McLean and Pastor William Smith join board

Karen McLean and Pastor William Smith

KOKOMO, Ind. — Two Kokomo area leaders have been named to the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Campus Board of Trustees.

Karen McLean, regional public affairs manager for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Rev. Dr. William J. Smith Jr., pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, were recently appointed by the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees to three-year terms as at-large members of the Kokomo Service Area board. The regional board serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.

“These two community leaders are welcome additions to our board,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “With their years of service to the people of our region, Karen and William provide important input as the board and the Kokomo Service Area faculty and staff work to better serve our students and meet the needs of the businesses and industries in our region.”

Members of Ivy Tech’s 18 campus boards have four essential responsibilities. These include analyzing educational needs and opportunities in the region, approving regional programming and recommending to the state board a plan to provide education and workforce development programs for the region, approving the region’s budget, and recommending methods for acquiring facilities and equipment needed to deliver regional programs.

McLean is a Kokomo native who has spent most of her career as a local small business owner. She is an alumna of Ivy Tech Kokomo, having earned an associate degree in computer programming technology here and later earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2016, she was honored with the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award.

In recent years, McLean served two chambers of commerce, working as the events and operations manager in Greenwood and as the Alliance operations and Chamber manager for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, before joining NIPSCO. In the past four years, she has actively engaged with the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area, assisting with the Kokomo Campus Transformation from the early planning stages to serving as chair of the capital campaign.

“I am honored to contribute my skill sets and passion for Ivy Tech’s workforce role as a member of the board,” McLean said. “NIPSCO is a strong supporter of education and economic development growth. As a volunteer, I appreciate representing NIPSCO in the Ivy Tech Kokomo region.”

Smith, a native of Mathews County, Va., served churches in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina before being a called to the pulpit of Kokomo’s Second Missionary Baptist Church in July 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Arts degree from Virginia University and Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., going on to earn a Doctorate of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

With a passion for preaching, teaching, and administration, Smith said he is committed to helping catapult Second Baptist “to be the church that raises the village (community) through the process of I.O.U. (Inreach, Outreach, and Upreach). Most recently, under Smith’s leadership, Second Baptist started Embracing Hope of Howard County, Indiana, a community development corporation that is renovating the long-vacant Douglass School, opened in 1920 as a segregated school for Kokomo’s African American children, to serve as a community cultural center and to develop land for community transitional housing.

“I look forward to working with this diverse group of individuals to ensure Ivy Tech continues to grow so it may fulfill its mission and provide an even greater educational experience for students in our community,” Smith said.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo announces Fall 2020 Dean’s List

Students recognized for academic performance

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area has announced the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2020 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above while enrolled in at least six credit hours and be seeking a degree. Students also must have achieved a minimum of 12 cumulative credit hours over the course of their academic career.

Sorted by county (or state) and hometown:

Boone County 
Sheridan 
Timothy Critser 
Whitestown 
Brooke Hendricks 
Arden Hutson 
 
Carroll County 
Bringhurst 
Morgan Thompson 
Burrows 
Janel Wilson 
Camden 
Jessie James 
Gloria Keith 
Delphi 
Layne Huffman 
Logansport 
Rachel Foster 
 
Cass County 
Galveston 
Ronan Blickenstaff 
Anita Crago 
Kobe Hicks 
Yazmin Louck 
Nathan Troutman 
Logansport 
Mark Bender 
Kristie Biehl 
Elizabeth Bilvin 
David Boucher 
Timothy Bullock 
Jordan Clem 
Jennifer Corcoran 
Casey Croussore 
Hannah Davidson 
Selena DeVault 
Darlene Drummond 
Allison Foerg 
Derek Fontes 
Sara Garnica 
Nathan Gundrum 
Caitlyn Hare 
Jennifer Hayes 
Joshua Houk 
Braxton Howard 
Rick Howe 
Keaton James 
Kelly Jones 
Tyler Keeler 
Nicolle Krpan 
Misty Nesbitt 
Timothy Nikitaras 
Lauren Odom 
Gisel Ortiz 
Hunter Packard 
Antonio Pena 
Cassidee Perry 
Eric Regan 
John Michael Remitar 
Ryan Repass 
Jocelyn Reyes 
Jose Rivera 
Mitchelle Rodriguez 
Lorena Sanchez-Acosta 
Chloe Strong 
Jennifer True 
Andrea Vancuren 
Gabriela Vega 
Lucerne 
Samantha Davis 
Garrett Johnson 
Kirsten Rogers 
Royal Center 
Douglas Boedeker 
Garrett Jameson 
Walton 
Devin Ash 
Kolton Boring 
Katelyn Deeds 
Thomas Duncan 
Kayla Foster 
Olivia Fouch 
 
Clinton County 
Frankfort 
Carolin Hunter 
Bethany Isenberg 
Michigantown 
Kalynn Baber 
 
Delaware County 
Muncie 
Ronny Johnson 
Daniel Lambert 
Jessica Page 
Selma 
Zoey Nuckols 
 
Floyd County 
Lanesville 
William Pierce 
 
Fulton County 
Akron 
Maria Hernandez 
Kewanna 
McKenzie Baldwin 
Kim Bowyer 
Thomas Garner 
Macy 
Sarah Bauder 
Rochester 
Darian Batson 
Amanda Boldry 
Joseph Cattin 
Hollie Chambers 
Jeffrey Good 
Deanna Gualtieri 
Andrea Hamilton-Miller 
Patience Hudkins 
Alisha Morgan 
Chloe Prince 
Charise Remo 
Alynna Richard 
Anna Walters 
 
Grant County 
Fairmount 
Tasya Smith 
Gas City 
Kaylinn Marsh 
Marion 
Jon Ferguson 
Austin Gallion 
Jessica Miller 
Jessica Moore 
Trevor Rice 
Jada Row 
Rachel Stone 
Megan Wilkins 
Swayzee 
Adam Heyerly 
 
Hamilton County 
Arcadia 
Jackson Cavanaugh 
Christopher Overby 
Atlanta 
Tabitha Schoenstein 
Carmel 
Katherine Dammeyer 
Chae Haley 
Cicero 
Arlene Emmert 
Agnes Muringi 
Fishers 
Kayla Viramontes 
Noblesville 
Alex Aspinwall 
Kassidy Browning 
Jessica Evans 
Michelle Landis 
Roger McCarthy 
Bailly McGrew 
Westfield 
Erin Bromberek 
 
Hancock County 
Greenfield 
Tyler Swain 
 
Howard County 
Greentown 
Tonya Frakes 
Maximo Gomez 
Amy Greathouse 
Matthew Harrison 
Tracy Herr 
Kristen Huneck 
Kirstin Jones 
Melissa Keller 
Danielle McCune 
Sydney Querry 
Cody Shrader 
Dustin Turnpaugh 
Chanse Weaver 
Kokomo 
David Akers 
Jody Andrews 
Matthew Arnold 
Elizabeth Badger 
Eliza Barkley 
Kaitlyn Barrios 
Rachel Bates 
Alexandra Beatty 
Ashton Boring 
William Bornhorst 
Diana Brehmer 
Jennifer Brock 
Mackenzie Burke 
Adrienne Bush 
Chastity Butcher 
Ethan Byrum 
Joseph Cadwell 
Jennifer Caley-Keesling 
Jeffery Cardwell 
Leslie Carson 
Julie Clabaugh 
Vance Clark 
Juliana Cohon 
Anthony Cooke 
Ransom Cornwall 
Steven Cottingham 
Madison Dance 
Breana Darlin 
Mary Daulton 
Crystina Diaz 
Tyler Donson 
Jennifer Dronet 
Elizabeth Edwards 
Elizabeth Ennis 
Ashley Fagel 
Heather Ferren 
Molly Fivecoate 
Shanda Fowler 
Michaelah Freels 
Stephanie Garland 
Hanna Glendenning 
Bayley Goble 
Heather Gordon 
Emma Guldi 
Logan Hart 
Makayla Harvey 
Jasmine Hawks 
Allison Henninger 
Ryan Herrell 
Karina Hershberger 
Copper Hoosier 
Renanda Hoosier 
Shelby Hopkins 
Chauncey Huerta 
Desiree Hughes 
Tiffani Hunt 
Anh La 
Mercedes Lahr 
Abby Larrison 
Nicole Latourrette 
Molly LeClerc 
Tavon Lindsay 
Jason Lloyd 
Faith Marley 
Ashly McGowan 
Ronald Miller-Norris 
Jasmine Morgan 
Jacob Morris 
Samantha Myers 
Richard Nussbaum 
Kinlee Oliver 
Brianna Orpurt 
Joseph Outlaw 
Ethan Page 
Madisson Parmeter 
Miguel Perez 
Alexandra Perkins 
Miranda Pickett 
Heather Prescott 
Rebekah Price 
Melissa Pruitt 
Serena Reed 
Carolyn Reyes 
Lacey Rhinebarger 
Jenna Richards 
Nabria Richardson 
Jimmy Riddle 
Ravin Riley 
Haley Roberts 
Makenzie Rogers 
Joshua Rush 
Christian Russell 
Alex Schram 
Alyxandria Scott 
Andrew Seagrave 
Cole Shane 
Ashley Shanks 
Alicia Shields 
Heather Sibert 
Arthur Simmons 
James Slaughter 
Monica Slonaker 
Eric Smith 
Alonzo Smith 
A’mya Sparger-Withers 
David Stewart 
Mandi Stout 
Josh Sturgell 
Jewell Swygert 
Kristen Taylor 
Andrea Taylor 
Shawn Taylor 
Ashley Tooley 
Alyssa Torres 
Melinda Ulz 
Kasey Wall 
Melanie Walsh 
Stephen Watkins 
Carly Watkins 
Austin Watson 
Logan Welker 
Ashley Wilcox 
Garrett Wiley 
Alexandria Williams 
Desmon Williams 
Brianna Woody 
Andy Wright 
Dresden Wright 
Monyae Young 
Russiaville 
Chandler Coon 
Alison Cregar 
Bailey Hanna 
Nolan Leisure 
Caleb Miller 
Jesse Polk 
Cameron Rice 
 
Kosciusko County 
Warsaw 
Bailey Howard 
La Porte County 
Westville 
Dylan Duke 
 
Madison County 
Anderson 
Brandon Hammond 
Taylor Smith 
Elwood 
Rebecca McDonough 
Tamara Modglin 
Christopher Morgan 
Taylor Robison 
 
Marion County 
Indianapolis 
Marcus McGee 
Jennifer Neer 
Tariro Ngorosha 
La’Tayza Zhukau 
 
Miami County 
Amboy 
Rachael Allen 
Courtney Frazier 
Alex Ringeisen 
Bunker Hill 
Jamie Dausch 
Richard Gasaway 
Jillian Jacobs 
Colten Pitner 
Converse 
Bryan Long 
Jaden Phillips 
Thomas Shaw 
Denver 
Denise Gordon 
Jennifer Ireland 
Teresa Shilling 
David Sunday 
Macy 
Angel Clark 
Eric Masters 
Jessa Wilhelm 
Peru 
Steven Allen 
Gabriel Baker 
Melissa Barber 
Ashley Bautista 
Amy Behny 
Hannah Bennett 
Freddie Bishop 
Caitlyn Blankenship 
Kayla Boggs 
Jose Bojorquez 
Rebecca Braun 
Nicholas Brooks 
Mason Buffington 
Roberta Cattin 
Wesley Clemons 
Nicholas Davis 
Molly Day 
Arica Estell 
Julia Fisher 
Dawn Fraley 
Chad French 
Shannon Fuller 
Kathia Garcia 
Dawn Gatliff 
Jennifer Halley 
Shelby Hammon 
Katie Hanley 
Devin Harvey 
Leslie Havens 
Hunter Hays 
Joseph Hiles 
Emma Hintz 
Jessica Honeycutt 
Michael Horsley 
Caitlin Hughes 
Jami Jenkins 
Tanisha Johnson 
David Makin 
David Marks 
Melody Martin 
Lynae Mast 
Dennis McNally 
Rebecca Mitchell 
Bryce Moeller 
Anna Moore 
Kelsey Morgan 
Stacy Moser 
Erica Mummert 
Aaron Offenberger 
Vonda Oldaker 
Bryce Ralston 
Jason Ramer 
Mackenzie Roberts 
Christina Robertson 
Katelyn Scott 
Shianne Short-Bowden 
Sean Sisneros 
Vanessa Smith 
Angella Sparks 
Alexander Stevens 
Dallas Stevens 
Faylena Stout 
Emily Townsend 
Shanna White 
Brittany Wicker 
Tabatha Williams-Janssen 
Eric Wilson 
 
Pulaski County 
Kewanna 
Hanna Weldon 
Star City 
Savanah Rottet 
Hannah Stanley 
Winamac 
Cheyenne Crider 
Christian Kasten 
Allison Keller 
Ashlee Keller 
Kristofer Mill 
Olivia Weaver 
 
Starke County 
Ora 
Makayla Felda 
 
Tippecanoe County 
Lafayette 
Cecylia Austin 
Dustin Hamilton 
Kathryn Toler 
West Lafayette 
Austin D’Agostino 
Marcello Gonzalez 
 
Tipton County 
Kempton 
Jacob Shelden 
Kokomo 
Cole Henderson 
Sharpsville 
Clinton Byers 
Kylee Fernung 
Cassie Neal 
Marcy Reese 
Tipton  
Olivia Browning 
Emily Isaac 
Joseph Mahaney 
Meredith Rivers 
Evan Servies 
Becky Spencer 
Travis Stone 
Gracie Stout 
Tanner Tatman 
Stephen Vanneste 
Windfall 
Keenan Bates 
Phillip Duff 
Walter Januszkiewicz 
Adan Trujillo 
 
Wabash County 
Andrews 
John Willett 
Peru 
Tami Baker 
Roann 
Abigale Courtney 
Wabash  
Jared Boone 
Natasha Crowley 
Celina Hayslett 
Zachary Smith 
 
White County 
Burnettsville 
Joshua Bedilion 
Timothy Osborn 
Lizbeth Reyes 
Idaville 
Angela Boer 
Vikie Sorrell 
  
California 
Stockton 
Iscela De Paz 
 
Michigan 
Auburn Hills 
Valerie Niewinski 
 
Minnesota 
Saint Paul 
John Valverde 
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Information sessions set for apprenticeships with Tyson Foods

Ivy Tech, WorkOne are working with Logansport job program

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Two information sessions have been scheduled at the Logansport campus of Ivy Tech Community College for people interested in learning more about the maintenance trainee apprenticeship program at Tyson Foods in Logansport. The program provides individuals the opportunity to “get paid while you train.”

The sessions will be this Wednesday (Feb. 3) and Thursday, Feb. 11. They begin at 9 a.m. each day at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Tyson Foods is working with the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area and WorkOne West Central to identify up to 12 qualified applicants for a new cohort in their tuition-free maintenance generalist trainee program. Interested individuals may submit their resumes through Indiana Career Connect (www.indianacareerconnect.com , Job Order 9457090). Classes and training will begin March 22.

New hires will start at $22.30 an hour. After one year and at the conclusion of the training, wages will increase based upon the successful completion of maintenance levels. Applicants must agree to a two-year commitment to work at Tyson Foods.

The apprenticeship includes classes at Ivy Tech in Logansport each morning followed by hands-on training each afternoon at Tyson Foods in Logansport. Completion of the program includes an Ivy Tech certificate in industrial technology with a concentration in industrial mechanical.

For consideration, applicants must submit a resume that includes a high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution. Preferred areas of experience and skills include maintenance; troubleshooting; and repair and modification to the plant’s mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and plumbing systems and equipment. Experience in a factory setting is preferred but not required. Applicants must be able to comprehend and complete all necessary paperwork and training materials.

All applicants must apply for admission to Ivy Tech Community College and meet minimum math competency on a college placement test. Applicants will also meet with WorkOne representatives to determine potential eligibility for the program. Qualified applicants will be interviewed and will be required to pass a physical and drug screen.

For additional information, contact Gerry Vasquez, apprenticeship coordinator for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area, at 765-252-5528 or gvasquez9@ivytech.edu; Suzanne Dillman, associate director of enrollment and admission services for Ivy Tech Logansport, at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu; or April Gilman, manager of business at WorkOne Kokomo, at 765-807-0891 or agilman@tap.lafayette.in.us .

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Tickets available for Ivy Tech Kokomo’s ‘Doing the Dream’ Jan. 29

Virtual community ‘banquet’ will feature activist, author Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers
Coming to Kokomo Jan. 29

KOKOMO, Ind. – Tickets are available for online access to Ivy Tech Kokomo’s 17th annual “Doing the Dream” community event set for Friday, Jan. 29. Civil rights activist, author, and CNN commentator Bakari Sellers will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which will be offered virtually from 6:30 to 8 p.m. that evening.

Access to the Zoom event is available for $10; all proceeds from the event go to Ivy Tech Kokomo’s “Doing the Dream” diversity scholarship program. When registering, guests will have the opportunity to donate more to the scholarship fund. More information and a link to the reservations site can be found here:  ivytech.edu/doingthedream .

The event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is designed to bring together community leaders and volunteers, government officials, church members, and anyone interested in the future of American society. Sellers, considered by many to be a man who represents a new generation of leadership on the national level, is expected to talk about the importance of expanding opportunity for success to young black people through education, and how the entire community is needed to make this happen.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is serving as lead sponsor to support participation by a noted speaker for the “Doing the Dream” celebration. Other sponsors include City of Kokomo, Duke Energy, FCA/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, GPS Speakers and Events, Haynes International, Howard County government, the Kokomo Perspective, Security Federal Savings Bank, and Symposium.

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Ross and Barbara Bretz commit funding for Ivy Tech healthcare programs

CNA instructor Penny Hinze, center, talks about the value of hands-on instruction with Dean Connie Morgan, student Destiny Stewart, donors Ross and Barbara Bretz, and Vice Chancellor Ethan Heicher.

Planned gift supports scholarships, healthcare specialist lab and classroom

Barbara and Ross Bretz

KOKOMO, Ind. –  Their 32 and a half years of marriage have been full of challenges and blessings – and much joking and laughter – just like their emphasis on the “half year.” And Ross and Barbara Bretz are ready to share all their experiences and their good fortune with generous gifts to support the students of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo.

Barbara’s rapid-fire wit was on full display recently as she bantered with Ross and Ivy Tech Kokomo staff members on a visit to the College’s new Healthcare Professions Center. There on the second floor, thanks to their kindness, is the Ross and Barbara Bretz Healthcare Specialist Laboratory Suite.

Along with the donation that has supported building and equipping the lab and classroom, the Bretzes have arranged a planned gift in their will to establish the Ross and Barbara Bretz Endowed Scholarship. This substantial donation will support multiple scholarships for Healthcare Specialist, Dental Assisting, Paramedic, Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Nursing students for years to come.

For both Barbara and Ross, a family history in education and a multitude of personal experiences in the healthcare world combined in their decision to make these donations.

Ross grew up in Kokomo. His paternal grandfather was a physician in Huntingburg; his maternal grandfather was C.E. Hinshaw, who served as principal of Kokomo High School from 1915 to 1951. Ross and his father, the late Kokomo attorney W. Dan Bretz, built the Ross Dee Apartments in Greentown and later purchased The Waverly Dee Apartments for revenue to help offset the cost of Ross’s college education at Indiana State University.

Ross was working for the Boy Scouts of America when he and Barbara met at Madison Baptist Church in her hometown of Madison, West Virginia, in 1976. She became his favorite bank teller at Boone National Bank in Madison where she worked for 8½ years. The pair dated for 2½ years when Ross left for a new job with the Fuller Brush Company in Grand Bend, Kansas. Eight and a half years passed and Ross had moved backed to Kokomo to care for his ailing father before they saw each other again.

With oft-shared humor, Barbara describes their courtship. She had moved to a job in IT at Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison and one day in September of 1987, Ross showed up in the hospital cafeteria. Ross was back in West Virginia for a whitewater rafting adventure and decided to stop in and see if she was still there. She was, dating resumed, and two-and-a-half years later, he went down on one knee in front of 350 people at a New Year’s Eve party and proposed.

In the years since, back in Ross’s hometown, Barb worked at Big R in Kokomo for about a year and a half as a data processor; Ross worked at Big R too and later at IMMI in Indianapolis, where he retired 10 years ago. For years, Ross and Barb have operated the two apartment complexes in Greentown serving primarily older residents with limited means whom they enjoy entertaining and assisting.

With family histories that include diabetes and cancer, both have had their share of health-related issues that have expanded their respect and appreciation for those in the medical field. So when they were in discussions about their estate with local attorney Tom Trauring, the conversation turned to the opportunities Ivy Tech offers in preparing local residents for jobs in healthcare professions. An earlier visit to the Kokomo Campus, where they were impressed by the quality of the education and training the College offers, cemented their decision.

Describing education as her passion, Barb said the donation to the Kokomo Campus transformation and the endowed scholarship embodies their commitment to others. “I’ll support anything when it comes to health careers and education. I’ll pay for the wipes they use,” she said with a laugh. “I just want to see young men and women succeed. If I can provide the means that allow them to get the education they need, that’s what I want to do. We need nurses and EMTs and all of them so much.

“There’s no better way to use our money than to give it to students,” she continued. “If I can make it easier for one student, that would be worth everything in the world to me.”

The Bretz lab and classroom supports Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Healthcare Specialist program, including training of certified nursing aides as well as phlebotomy and ECG technicians, and also serves second-year students in the Paramedic Science program.

The Bretzes’ gifts are part of Ivy Tech’s #THETIMEISNOW capital campaign that seeks $3 million in community support to complete the $43 million campus transformation. For more information about how you can help, visit ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation or contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

Healthcare Specialist program helps fill local workforce needs

Ivy Tech’s Healthcare Specialist program offers a range of credentials, everything from a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) certificate earned in one semester all the way through a four-semester associate degree in Clinical Support.

Connie Morgan, dean of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s School of Health Sciences serving Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru, said the program based in Kokomo’s new Health Professions Center is a great way to get into a financially and personally rewarding healthcare career.

“The new Ross and Barbara Bretz Healthcare Specialist Laboratory Suite gives us a space that simulates real-world working environments with equipment that prepares our students to move right into local medical offices, hospitals, and healthcare facilities,” Morgan said. “We are very grateful for their generous donation.”

She said there is a heavy demand in the local region for CNAs, phlebotomists, and paramedics. State employment data shows Indiana projects to have 4,317 annual job openings in the healthcare specialist field with average median salaries of more than $16 per hour.

The five-credit-hour CNA training can also open the doors to many other opportunities. “In the CNA class, students get introduced to the healthcare setting in long-term care, but while they are doing their clinicals, they get exposure to other healthcare occupations,” Morgan said. “Many who complete CNA training go on to become phlebotomists, paramedics, or nurses; some decide to move into dental assisting. CNA training helps students understand there are health professions in addition to nursing and how Ivy Tech can get them on the path to those careers.”

For more information on the Healthcare Specialist program, contact Morgan at cmorgan@ivytech.edu .

Barbara Bretz shares a laugh with Kelly Karickhoff and Connie Morgan in Ivy Tech’s new Healthcare Professions Center.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo inducts 20 students into Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership for their scholastic achievement

Ivy Tech Kokomo students and faculty gathered via Zoom for a virtual ceremony to honor new members of Phi Theta Kappa

KOKOMO, Ind. —Twenty students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the fall ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Bunker Hill: Jillian Jacobs

Burnettsville: Timothy Osborn

Fishers: Kayla Viramontes

Gas City: Samantha Gentry

Kokomo: Ashton Boring, Elizabeth Breedlove, Daniela Gonzalez, Pierre Malone, Melissa Pruitt, and Desmon Williams

Logansport: Jocelyn Reyes

Macy: Jessa Wilhelm

Marion: Justin Bull and Jada Row

Noblesville: Bryan Mason and Roger McCarthy

Peru: Alexis Lees, David Makin

Rochester: Chloe Prince

Westfield: Crizelda Aramboles

The new officers inducted at the ceremony included Chloe Prince, president; Desmon Williams, general vice president; and Eliza Barkley, vice president of communications.

As the event’s keynote speaker, Professor Amber Williams, who has taught psychology courses and served as advisor to the Alpha Pi Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for a decade, congratulated the new members on their perseverance and achievement in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She spoke about the value of Phi Theta Kappa and encouraged the students to take advantage of all the opportunities it offers members for educational, personal, and professional advancement.

Williams recently left the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus to take on the role of Ivy Tech’s first statewide director of Employee Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. The Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s new advisers are Dr. Gauri Pitale, assistant professor of Life Science, who thanked Williams for her years of service to the honor society, and Dr. Nicholas Bianco, assistant professor of Physical Science.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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