Ivy Tech Kokomo Circle of Ivy raises nearly $18,000 for student support

Women’s philanthropic donations fund five projects

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech supporters from around the state gathered virtually to celebrate the work of the Circle of Ivy, Ivy Tech’s statewide women’s philanthropic organization. Organizers were happy to announce that 811 Circle of Ivy members provided support to fund 61 projects to support student success across the state, with a total of nearly $190,000.

The 93 members of the Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester and Tipton Circle of Ivy raised a total of $17,445 and chose five projects to support students in Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties.

“We are so proud of all the contributions our Circle of Ivy has made to support Ivy Tech students over the last five years,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “This has been a difficult year for everyone, and we celebrate the good work that these donations make possible. Our students need us more than ever so the generosity of our donors is more important than ever as well.”

Karickhoff said the Circle of Ivy is open to all women who wish to become members of a powerful network of philanthropists who collectively give back to local Ivy Tech campuses and students, adding, “Members have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic and rewarding organization where they can collaborate with other women within their local circle, making a greater impact with pooled financial resources.”

To learn more about Circle of Ivy, visit ivytech.edu/circleofivy or contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or call 765-252-5501.

The following five proposals were funded for students in the Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, and Tipton areas.

  1. Enrichment and expansion of the Associate Accelerated Program that serves students at both the Kokomo and Logansport locations. The projects, trips, and celebrations supported by Circle of Ivy funding all play a role in the experience ASAP students receive while completing a two-year degree in less than 11 months.
  2. The creation of an Ivy Tech Student Ambassador Program. This program will provide 10 to 12 jobs for Ivy Tech Kokomo’s best and brightest current students who will represent the College by giving tours to prospective students and families, provide outreach to these students, and share their Ivy Tech story in schools, to civic groups, and to other guests who visit the campus. The program is aimed at offering needed on-campus jobs and helping the College provide a quality connection with prospective students and the community.
  3. Scholarships for Student Success. As a result of COVID-19 safety procedures, events that annually generate $30,000 for student scholarships are off the calendar this year but the need for student scholarship support continues to grow. Previous donors are being contacted to request their contributions to join with the Circle of Ivy funds to ensure students receive the same level of support during these uncertain times.
  4. Human Services Giving Shelf Supporting Student Needs (funded by an additional gift from retired Ivy Tech dean Pam Lewis). The Human Services Student Organization received a grant and raised matching funds in December 2019 to start a food pantry they called the Giving Shelf. The Giving Shelf provides nonperishable food items, hygiene products, snacks, water, and school supplies free of charge to those attending Ivy Tech Kokomo. The Circle of Ivy money will supplement funds and donations raised by HSSO members, ensuring this much-needed resource is kept open during this time of uncertainty.
  5. School of Information Technology Virtual I.T. Competition (funded by an additional gift from NIPSCO). This will support a project designed to engage and attract high school students through a virtual competition using Raspberry Pi’s. These low-cost credit card-sized computers allow students to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. Ten high school students will be chosen from all who apply to submit a project created with Raspberry Pi (examples: controlling a robot, air printing, building a stop-motion camera). All participants will get to keep their mini-computer with additional prizes going to the top three winners selected by local I.T. employers.
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Kokomo couple supports Ivy Tech students with scholarship, nursing classroom

Barb and Bill Lambert are proud to sponsor the nursing simulation classroom adjacent to the Nursing Simulation Lab as part of their commitment to nursing education at Ivy Tech Kokomo.

Bill and Barb Lambert’s gifts inspired by daughter who is a nurse

KOKOMO, Ind. – The new William and Barbara Lambert Nursing Simulation Classroom in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new Healthcare Professions Center is named in honor of two community-minded Kokomo residents whose donation is designed to recognize the value of the College’s healthcare program.

The Lamberts also have pledged funds to endow the William and Barbara Lambert Nursing Scholarship to provide financial support to nursing students here.

“I see the great good that Ivy Tech does for our entire community,” Lambert said in describing the impetus for the donations. “We are glad we are able to help make education possible for students who might not otherwise be able to attend.”

Bill and Barbara met in a government class at Indiana University Bloomington in 1954. It wasn’t love at first site for Barbara, a native of Kokomo, or Bill, who grew up in Indianapolis. But then came a date to the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, Barb became the first visitor to the infield hospital that day after being hit by debris from a wreck low in Turn 1; that rather dramatically re-started a romance now in its seventh decade.

Both went on to graduate from IU, getting married and ending up in California thanks to Bill’s service in the United States Air Force. In 1960, Barb’s father convinced them to come back to Kokomo to help him with his business, Star Building Supply. By the late ’70s, Bill became the second owner of the business and continued in that role through 2006. The Lamberts raised two daughters, who both went on to graduate from Purdue University. Bill’s community involvement included service on the Indiana University Kokomo Advisory Board and friendships grew with other community leaders, like businessman and Ivy Tech benefactor Don Thomas; former Kokomo Mayor and Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily; and attorney Tom Trauring, a member of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Transformation Capital Campaign Committee.

The Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Transformation Project caught their attention, especially the planned improvements for the nursing program based on inspiration from daughter Kathy Lambert Williams, who works as a surgical nurse in Carmel. On a recent tour, Barb described the new facilities as “amazing.”

Faculty and staff of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Nursing program are very grateful for the financial support for the classroom and the scholarship fund. 

“With the help from our community partners like the Lamberts, our nursing program is supplied with state-of-the-art equipment in our new Healthcare Professions Center,” said Kelly Williams, dean of the Nursing program. “The high-fidelity simulation lab allows students to have hands-on clinical experiences they may not get during their clinical rotations.

“By practicing in a controlled environment, students gain confidence, critical thinking skills, and knowledge to provide safe, effective patient care,” Williams continued. “We are so appreciative of the support our community partners have provided to the College and our students.”

The William and Barbara Lambert Nursing Scholarship will be available to full-time students enrolled in the program at Ivy Tech sites in Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru, with preference given to Howard County residents. It will award up to $1,000 annually to two students and can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

“Every student has different financial needs. Scholarships are imperative to fill the financial gaps students may have,” Williams said. “By not having to worry about how they will pay tuition and fees, they can more clearly focus on being successful in their classes.”

The Lamberts’ 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, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

The William and Barbara Lambert Nursing Simulation Classroom adjoins this simulation lab that features three patient bays, as well as an infant warming unit for a simulated newborn.

Nursing simulation lab and classroom enhance education

Simulated newborn ready for treatment in infant warming unit.

Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new campus has been designed with labs and dedicated classrooms co-located so students can seamlessly move from lecture to hands-on experience. The Nursing Simulation Lab and the William and Barbara Lambert Nursing Simulation Classroom offer this opportunity to back up theoretical discussions with practical training. Students are able to work in a “real-life medical facility” filled with “patients” who can “breathe, cough, bleed, react to medication, give birth, and suffer pain,” thanks to the advanced simulation technology in the multi-thousand-dollar simulators.

Nursing professor Lisa Price described the various ways the simulation lab is used – starting with simulations for skills checkoffs.

“Then, with clinicals, we are able to create scenarios that will help the students apply the knowledge they are learning in lecture,” Price said. “This could include something as simple as how to give a medication to how to care for a patient with pneumonia to how to care for a post op patient or a patient with COVID to how to participate in a “code blue” situation that may involve triage of all three ‘patients.’”

Faculty and staff are continuing to learn the capabilities of their new equipment. “We are in the process of being able to utilize cameras to record the simulations for debriefing,” Price added. “Soon we’ll be able to share the recordings with other students who are unable to be in the room at the same time. The capability and flexibility of our new systems are really enhancing our program.”

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Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Service Area

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 the Campus Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Service Area will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

This session will be conducted by virtual meeting as permitted under State of Indiana Governor’s Executive Order 20-09 (extended through subsequent State of Indiana Governor’s Executive Orders). No members of the governing body will attend in person, but will instead attend remotely. The public is invited to attend the meetings open to the public by remote access by using this link:

Join Zoom meeting: 


Virtual Meeting Contact: Ms. Kim Fernandes, 765-252-5557, kfernandes@ivytech.edu

Dated this 2nd day of November, 2020.

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Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo sets Virtual College 101 event

Program offers good look at options for beginning college

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo will host a Virtual College 101 event Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. During the event, participants will learn more about what Ivy Tech offers, including numerous associate degree and short-term certificate programs, as well as transfer options.

Interested participants must RSVP. During the session, participants will learn about programs in areas where employers are hiring such as Healthcare, IT, Supply Chain, Business and Advanced Manufacturing as well as transfer options such as Transfer as a Junior and Guaranteed Admissions.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.ivytech.edu/college101 . Choose “Kokomo” as your location if you’re interested in attending Ivy Tech’s Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru locations.

Ivy Tech offers a high value education at the lowest cost in Indiana, with scholarships and financial aid available. Whether prospective students are interested in learning more about a certificate to join the workforce quickly, an associate degree or credits that easily transfer to four-year universities, education is within their reach. Ivy Tech students can find support through tutoring, advising and additional support services.

The Virtual College 101 for Ivy Tech Kokomo will include details on how to become an Ivy Tech student as well as an introduction to student life at Ivy Tech Kokomo, including how to get involved in student activities, academic advising, and disability services. Breakout sessions are scheduled with tracks for students and parents to get answers to questions each group may have. Faculty will be on hand to share information about various academic programs and parents can learn more about financial aid, job futures, and transfer opportunities. A virtual tour of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new campus is planned as well as a session on the ASAP program that allows students to earn an associate degree in just 11 months. The full agenda is available on the website.

More information also is available by contacting the Express Enrollment Center at 765-459-0561 or Kokomo-Enrollment@ivytech.edu .

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Huston Electric underwrites Ivy Tech Kokomo conference room

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Company representatives who had a chance to visit the new Huston Electric Conference Room recently included (left-to right front row) Scott Vollmer, Steve Huston, Bill Rees, Ethan Pearson and (back row)  Dennis Lane, Matt Helton, Rick Cardwell, and Dane Young.

New facility supports technology training for the future

KOKOMO, Ind. — For the folks at Huston Electric, supporting the transformation of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus was a reflection of their belief in how Ivy Tech positively impacts industry, young people, and the Kokomo area. Getting to see the newly named Huston Electric Conference Room in the Industrial Technology Wing of the new Healthcare Professions Center during a recent tour of the campus let them see how their donation has been put to work.

“Inside our industry, Ivy Tech Kokomo works closely with our local IBEW 873 to educate young apprenticeship electricians who create our workforce,” said owner/general contractor Steve Huston. “Ivy Tech continues to give our youth a variety of resources and opportunities to grow right here in our own community. Investing in the education of our future leaders in this industry will ensure that we have no shortage of qualified electricians/tradespeople to work inside our community.” Huston noted how Ivy Tech’s use of local contractors and sub-contractors supports the local economy – another reason to support the project.

Huston’s commitment to powering innovation is embodied in Ivy Tech new Industrial Technology Center, he said.

“We had the privilege of working on the construction of Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus transformation and from the beginning we knew this updated space would provide a new state-of-the-art facility to benefit people looking to expand their knowledge and skills,” Huston continued. “Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus facilitates learning and real hands-on experiences for our future skilled tradespeople in our community. The support that Ivy Tech Kokomo provides to our industry is invaluable. The transformation of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus will greatly benefit a whole new generation of students and we are just happy to be a part of it.”

Huston said the new addition also will greatly benefit the new generation of skilled tradespeople.  “In addition, this transformation will provide new resources and learning capabilities for the future of our local community,” he added. “We appreciate the recognition we will receive with this newly named conference room. We hope that the room will be used to inspire and educate the future leaders of our community. From our founding, Huston has been vested in the growth of our communities and the opportunities it provides to our youth.”

For Matt Helton, Huston general foreman, the best part about working on this project was the support they received from the administrative staff and teachers. “They were kind and easy to work with during all the construction going on around them,” he said.

The Huston Electric contribution is part of Ivy Tech’s #THETIMEISNOW capital campaign that seeks $3 million in community support to complete the $43 million project. For more information about how you can help, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501 or check out the project’s website at www.ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation .

Huston Electric’s Kokomo legacy

Huston Electric Inc. is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated electrical contracting company. Huston was established in 1939 by founder Donald Huston, who had the foresight to purchase a large volume of copper wiring with the possibility of World War II approaching. The company’s first big industrial job in Kokomo was the Reliance Manufacturing Company on North Washington Street where Huston electricians installed overhead lighting and wired the sewing machines that made parachutes for the military.

Most of the owners of Huston grew up in Kokomo and all attended Northwestern High School before moving on to state colleges and/or apprenticeship programs. Company leadership includes Jon Huston, CEO/president, and Steve Huston, executive vice president, who both worked on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus; along with Jason Huston, executive vice president; Corky Huston, Huston Signs owner/manager; Matt Huston, electrical services/alternative energy manager; Rick Cardwell, director of purchasing; and Kelli Huston, director of marketing.

Philanthropy is important to the company.

“From the neighborhoods where our offices are located to the ones where our products and services are performed, we believe in being involved in the communities where we worship, work, and live,” Jon Huston said. “Bringing people together, inspiring change, and making a difference in our communities and the lives of others is at the core of our values.”

Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy extended thanks to the entire Huston Electric organization. “With our campus transformation, we are continuing to emphasize the ‘community’ in Ivy Tech Community College,” he said. “Community support like we have received from the Hustons is making that happen. Together, we are all building something that will benefit our communities for decades to come.”

Huston Electric employees who have contributed to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus transformation include (left to right front row) Ethan Pearson, Steve Huston, Bill Rees, and Scott Vollmer and (back row) Rick Cardwell, Matt Helton, Dane Young, Dennis Lane.

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Auto Service programs at Kokomo, Logansport career centers certified as State Earn and Learns (SEALs)

Representatives of the Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship, Kokomo Area Career Center, Century Career Center, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, and Chariot Auto Group gathered Oct. 19 to mark the first State Earn and Learn (SEAL) certification awarded in this region. (Full caption below)

Program brings together support of Ivy Tech Kokomo, Chariot Auto Group

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Automotive Service Technology programs at both the Kokomo Area Career Center and Century Career Center in Logansport have been officially recognized as certified State Earn and Learns (SEALs).

Certified SEAL programs are significant because they give students the opportunity to graduate with industry credentials, college credits, and valuable work experience from local employers. Both career centers received their certifications on Oct. 19 from the Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA).

“Public-private partnerships are at the core of successful State Earn and Learns,” said Matt DeGolyer, a regional director of OWBLA. “This particular SEAL exemplifies what is possible when different entities with a common goal work together to create a talent pipeline through K-12 and post-secondary education that benefits students and employers. Each partner is integral to the overall success of the SEAL and ultimately each entity helps lay the groundwork for individuals to have a clear path to in-demand positions in the automotive industry.”

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is helping to skill-up the state’s workforce by developing and facilitating comprehensive work-based learning programs with education and industry partners, offering SEALs to employers and education partners through its OWBLA.

About 12 students at the two career centers are expected to participate in the auto service technology SEALs during the first year of the programs. While still in high school, they can earn up to 25 dual credits from Ivy Tech Community College, in addition to an Ivy Tech Automotive Technology-Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate.

Students also can earn five industry-recognized certifications and more than 1,400 hours of work-based learning and related instruction specific to the automotive industry. Upon completion of the SEAL, students will have the opportunity to interview and transition into Chariot Automotive Group’s technician apprenticeship program.

“We are extremely grateful that we have the opportunity to be part of this exciting program and believe it greatly enhances the value of our community,” said Rex Gingerich, CEO of Chariot Automotive Group, which includes the McGonigal Buick GMC Cadillac and Button Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships in Kokomo, Academy Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Tipton, and Twin City Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Lafayette.

Chariot’s apprenticeship program allows students to continue their automotive career while working at local car dealerships and pursuing an Automotive Technology associate degree at Ivy Tech, according to Josh Speer, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences at Ivy Tech Kokomo.

“This new collaboration will create a wonderful learning opportunity for our students to gain valuable work experience while they also pursue a post-secondary pathway,” said Jonathan Schuck, director of the Kokomo Area Career Center. “We’re hopeful this leads to continued full-time employment for our students at the dealerships.”

James Little, director of Century Career Center, said, “The collaborative partnership between our school, post-secondary education, and local business and industry provides our career and technical education students with outstanding training, support, and direction for their transition into higher education, advanced training, and future employment opportunities in our workforce region upon graduation.” 

SEALs are structured, scalable programs ranging from just eight weeks to two years in length and include industry certifications tailored for any sector. They are designed to meet the skills that employers demand, are geared toward both adult and youth populations, and satisfy Indiana’s new graduation pathway requirements.

DWD projects Indiana employers will need to fill 1 million plus jobs in the next 10 years, half of which will not require a four-year college degree but some type of certification or credential beyond a high school diploma.

OWBLA is part of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s NextLevel Jobs Agenda.

For more information about the SEAL program, email the DWD Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship at wbl@dwd.in.gov.

Participants in photo (left to right):

Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo; Carrie Lively, senior director of the Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship; James Little, director of the Century Career Center; Jonathan Schuck, director of the Kokomo Area Career Center; Rex Gingerich, CEO of Chariot Auto Group; Don Frick, Chariot Auto Group vice president of Fixed Operations; Matt DeGolyer, regional director of OWBLA: and, from Ivy Tech Kokomo, Josh Speer, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences; Ethan Heicher, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; and Stephen Waddel, executive director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections.

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Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS –Financial aid professionals from all across Indiana, including representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, will be volunteering to help collegebound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Advisers will be available to help Spanish-speaking students and their families. 

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon during College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form. 

Now in its 32nd year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). 

“The event ISFAA is offering on Oct. 25 will be the first completely virtual College Goal Sunday,” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already will take advantage of College Goal Sunday, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”  

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families. 

“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.” 

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring completed 2019 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms, and other 2019 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2019 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form, or other 2019 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at studentaid.govbefore logging in to the event. 

Volunteers will answer families’ individual questions as needed. To attend College Goal Sunday, simply go to CollegeGoalSunday.orgon Oct. 25 and click the link displayed on that page to enter the virtual event. For the best filing experience, working from a computer/laptop during the event is highly recommended. 

Students may also win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in April; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by those students. 

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help. 

College Goal Sunday originated in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.  

For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.   

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Lorentson Manufacturing gift supports CNC lab at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Tina Lorentson and John Routt were on the new Ivy Tech Kokomo campus to see the Lorentson Manufacturing CNC Laboratory recently installed in the new Industrial Technology Center.

Program trains students in automated machining technology

KOKOMO, Ind. – Since founding the company in Kokomo in 1949, the Lorentson family has owned and operated Lorentson Manufacturing Co. Inc., a tool and die manufacturing and plastic injection molding concern. It’s now led by the family’s third generation – President/Chief Executive Officer Christina Lorentson – who is looking forward to the continued success of her company, and many others, through her support of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s campus transformation.

Lorentson notes one key to their work is a technology known as CNC – or computer numerical control – machining, which uses the automated control of machining tools and 3D printers to process material to meet specifications by following a coded programmed instruction by means of a computer. Thanks to a donation from Lorentson Manufacturing approved by Lorentson and LMC Vice President/Chief Operating Officer John Routt, Ivy Tech Kokomo students are now training on that technology in the Lorentson Manufacturing CNC Laboratory in the campus’ new Industrial Technology Center.

“We are proud to support Ivy Tech because the College promotes and supports the trades on which our industry relies,” Lorentson said. “We believe that Ivy Tech is an integral part of creating and fostering the future of our industry.”

She said Ivy Tech Kokomo’s transformation is critical to the future of north central Indiana. “This project is vital in supporting Ivy Tech’s mission of giving our local youth exposure to, and training in many of the trades on which our community relies,” she added.

With Lorentson at the helm, Lorentson Manufacturing has been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the State of Indiana and nationally by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She has been with the company for more than 25 years, working in everything from production to human resources, accounting to, of course, management. She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and organizational communication as well as an MBA, all from Purdue University.

“We are grateful for Lorentson Manufacturing’s support of the campus transformation,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy, “and we’re proud of the leadership the company and Tina Lorentson have provided in encouraging women in the trades. That’s something that Ivy Tech is working on as we expand our training offerings in the skilled trades through our new facilities and labs.”

CNC training is part of Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool Technology program whose graduates leave school ready for good-paying, high-demand jobs in Indiana. State and federal data projects 8,766 job openings in the machine tool technology industry annually in Indiana, jobs with a median salary of $22.61 per hour. Machine Tool Technology provides manual and CNC training and is offered at Ivy Tech as part of the state’s Next Level Jobs eligible credit program, which covers full tuition for eligible Hoosiers. The next session of classes begins Oct. 26. For more information, go to ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs or contact Nate McClain, program chair of Machine Tool Technology for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at nmcclain@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5549. 

The Lorentson gift is part of an effort to raise $3 million in community support to complete the $43 million campus transformation project. For more information on the campaign, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or call 765-437-6917 or log in to ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation .

Lorentson Manufacturing

Tina Lorentson describes Lorentson Manufacturing, a full-service supplier of plastic injection tooling and plastic injection molded products, as “a small company with a big presence.”

LMC services include on-site product and tool design with state-of-the-art Unigraphics, prototyping, tool building, sampling, inspection in a dedicated metrology lab, production, assembly, shipping, and tool maintenance. Customers include manufacturers and businesses in the automotive, medical, appliance, aerospace, and consumer goods industries all over the globe.

Along with its facilities in Kokomo, another Lorentson Manufacturing Company with similar capabilities and services is located in the southernmost tip of Texas in San Benito, a small town near McAllen and Brownsville.

Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy joined Tina Lorentson and John Routt in checking out the lab that will train students in computer numerical control production equipment.

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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 Nov. 2 and 4 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in the Room 202 of the Main Building on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus 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 materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, 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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Hershell Hamilton establishes phlebotomy scholarship at Ivy Tech

Long-time instructor aims to support students in healthcare support field

Hershell Hamilton

KOKOMO, Ind. –   Hershell Hamilton, an Air Force veteran who lives in Logansport, has established the Hamilton Lab/Phlebotomy Scholarship for students at Ivy Tech Community College where he has served as an instructor since 2006

The scholarship will support qualified students seeking a Phlebotomy Technician Certificate in Healthcare Support at Ivy Tech sites in Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru, with preference given to residents of Cass County.  It can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Hamilton understands the importance of work and service. He worked through his junior and senior years of high while participating in baseball, basketball, and football, before joining the Air Force in 1968 and serving as a jet engine mechanic for four years. Entering college on the G.I. Bill, he earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Medical Technology and reentered the Air Force as a laboratory officer in 1977.

He spent another 21 years in the Air Force, with three war-time deployments, one to Vietnam and two to Bosnia, where he ran a lab out of a tent hospital in Zagreb, Croatia.

Hamilton has taught various science classes at four different community colleges during his Air Force and civilian careers. Over time, he also earned a master’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Health Service Administration and maintained his laboratory certification with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

“I truly enjoy helping folks with their education by teaching, training, counseling, and whatever I can do,” Hamilton said. “I know mine is a small grant but I’m hoping it might be enough to keep someone in class and help them graduate from college.”

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, said donations of any amount can make a difference for Ivy Tech students.

“Ivy Tech works hard to keep tuition and related costs as low as possible for our students,” Karickhoff said. “A scholarship of several hundred dollars can be all that’s needed to allow a student with family and financial challenges to achieve success.”

Karickhoff noted Ivy Tech’s Phlebotomy Technician Certificate, a 17-credit-hour program that can be completed in two semesters, is one of dozens of programs that qualifies for full tuition funding under the state of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program. State economic data projects more than 4,000 annual job openings in healthcare specialist positions, which includes phlebotomy technicians, with an annual median graduate salary of more than $16 per hour.

For more information on the Next Level Jobs program, go to ivytech.edu/nextleveljobs . For more information on scholarship funding opportunities at Ivy Tech, contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

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