Tickets available for Nov. 5 Fundraiser for Student Success

Proceeds will support Ivy Tech’s Miami County students

2016-10-blue-jean-ball-logo_ivy-techPERU, Ind. — Reservations are now being accepted for the biennial Fundraiser for Student Success sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Peru Instructional Site and set for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event will be at the Milestone Event Center on the Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base.

The 2016 “Blue Jean Ball,” with blue jeans and “bling” the appropriate attire, will feature live entertainment by Miami County’s own Swampwater Stompers, dinner, and an evening of competitive bidding. Live and silent auctions with an array of unique items and experiences will raise funds for scholarships and other support for student success in Miami County.

Proceeds from the event will support Miami County students attending Ivy Tech Community College. In 2014, the scholarship fundraiser raised more than $25,000; this year’s goal is $30,000. 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.

“Because of the continued support of the Miami County community, we are able to offer more scholarships to support students pursuing their college education at Ivy Tech Kokomo Region,” said David Scheblo, executive director of the Peru Instructional Site.

Tickets are $30 each and include dinner, music, and a chance to bid on a number of live and silent auctions items. A cash bar also will be available. Seating is limited but tickets are still available and can be purchased online at For more information, call 765-252-5500.


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Chet Fincher named to Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees

Logansport native, carpenters union leader will represent labor

Chet Fincher

Chet Fincher

KOKOMO, Ind. — Chet Fincher, a native of Logansport and business representative for the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, has been named to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

Fincher was appointed to a three-year term by Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees and will represent labor on the seven-member regional board.

“We are very pleased Chet is joining the Kokomo Region trustees,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “His knowledge of the area served by the Kokomo Region and his many experiences in training apprentice carpenters will be invaluable as we work to better serve our students and meet the needs of the businesses and industries in the Kokomo Region.”

Members of Ivy Tech’s 14 regional 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.

Fincher, a 1993 graduate of Logansport High School, completed the United Brotherhood of Carpenters apprenticeship program in 1997. As a journeyman carpenter from 1997 through 2011, he worked his way up to foreman and general foreman with Ziolkowski Construction and Weigand Construction before taking on his current responsibility overseeing daily operations of the Regional Council of Carpenters in 20 counties in northeast Indiana. He has been a part-time instructor in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) courses for the carpenter apprenticeship program and has served on the apprenticeship advisory board in Warsaw since 2012.

“I am a firm believer that educated workforces are an asset to our communities and employers,” Fincher said. “I look forward to serving as an Ivy Tech Kokomo Region trustee and to helping the College advance the mission of continuing education for the citizens in our region.”

Fincher and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of three children, Luke, 15; Maggie, 13; and Jacob, 10. As a family, they are very active in the ministries of All Saints Catholic Church and in community and school activities. Fincher is a youth minister at the church and leader of a high school group for boys that focuses on serving the community, chaplain/leader for Boy Scout Troop 200, and grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council #561.


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Area employers to participate in Ivy Tech open houses for National Manufacturing Day

Opportunities in advanced manufacturing here will be the focus

mfd_logo_nodate_2015_r_colorKOKOMO, Ind. — A number of area employers will be sharing information on modern manufacturing technologies used in our local communities on Oct. 7 as Ivy Tech Community College opens its School of Technology facilities on the Kokomo and Logansport campuses in celebration of MFG DAY (National Manufacturing Day).

On both campuses, the event, open to the public, is set for 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Kokomo, visitors can tour the technology building on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, 1912 Trialon Court. The Logansport open house will be in the rotunda of Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Employers who will be part of the Kokomo open house include Coan Engineering, FCA US, and Haynes International. The Logansport open house will include ARaymond Tinnerman; The Dilling Group, Inc.; MPI, Inc., including Small Parts, ABC Metals, and HTI – Heat Treat Specialists; and Steinberger Construction, Inc. WorkOne West Central Indiana will have representatives at both locations to discuss services it provides to help Hoosier jobseekers increase their skills and prepare them for the workplace.

“These companies add a great dimension to the open houses,” said Rodni Lytle, dean of the School of Technology for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Their representatives will be on hand to talk about the types of skills they are looking for … and the kinds of training needed by those interested in filling the many jobs that are opening up in manufacturing.

“According to national economic studies, the manufacturing sector accounts for more than 18 million jobs in the United States,” Lytle continued. “As the Baby Boom generation moves into retirement over the next few years, employers expect that hundreds of thousands of these high-paying jobs will become available. Some manufacturing facilities right here in central Indiana are expecting nearly 30 percent of their workforce to retire in the next 10 years. These open houses are a great way to learn more about these opportunities.”

A number of area middle and high schools are bringing students to the open houses, including more than 400 students in Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program and dual credit classes, but the event will be of value to many others, Lytle said. That includes individual students who may choose to use a College Visit Day to attend, students who are on fall break, and home-schooled students, along with adults who are unemployed or underemployed or seeking new opportunities. Ivy Tech alumni and retirees from area manufacturing facilities will also be interested in seeing the new technology available at Ivy Tech, he added.

Lytle said faculty members, all of whom have a wealth of industry experience in their backgrounds, and current students will share how Ivy Tech is supporting local manufacturing with quality training, hands-on approaches to today’s high-tech manufacturing environment, and upgrading skills of current workers. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on lab demonstrations in the areas of electrical and mechanical, robotics, machine tool, and welding technologies. And advisors from Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne will be available to talk about short-term grant-funded training for people who wish to enter manufacturing.

Ivy Tech also is working with a number of area manufacturers who are hosting school field trips at their plants as part of the Manufacturing Day celebration. These include Small Parts, A.Raymond Tinnerman, and Steinberger Construction in Logansport; Coan Engineering, Mid-State Engineering, FCA’s Indiana Transmission Plants 1 and 3 in Kokomo; Bottcher in Tipton; Ball Corporation in Monticello; and Kalenborn Abresist in Urbana.

The open houses will offer a first-hand view of all the options available at Ivy Tech, the state’s premier training partner for jobs and careers in manufacturing, Lytle noted.

“You may want entry-level training to move through one of Ivy Tech’s short-term certificate or technical certificate programs. Or you may be seeking job advancement and the midlevel jobs that can come with an associate of applied science degree. Or you can build to one of an associate of science degree that will allow you to transfer to four-year universities,” he continued.

“No matter where you are on this path to the future, it’s worth taking a closer look at what community college can provide in terms of training, cost, accessibility, transfer, and job outcomes.”

National Manufacturing Day was established as “as celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” The effort, supported by a group of industry sponsors, is designed to give manufacturers “an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t – to begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations … and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”

More than 1,000 events are being planned throughout North America as part of the MFG DAY observance. The Kokomo Region activities are in conjunction with a statewide effort by Ivy Tech Community College to showcase MFG DAY across the state.

For more information, contact Tammy Herschberger at 765-252-5487 or , or Jan Bailey at 765-252-5541 or .

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Ivy Tech honors Jean Neel as a ‘Benefactor of the Year’

Haynes International vice president recognized for Kokomo Region contributions

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region representatives Kelly Karickhoff, David Bathe, Benefactor of the Year Jean Neel, Michelle Simmons, Steve Daily, and Miriam Thomas

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region representatives Kelly Karickhoff, David Bathe, Benefactor of the Year Jean Neel, Michelle Simmons, Steve Daily, and Miriam Thomas

FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Jean Neal, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Haynes International Inc. based in Kokomo, is among the 14 nominees for the Ivy Tech Foundation Benefactor of the Year award who were recognized Sept. 29 at the foundation’s annual awards dinner at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Neal was nominated for the award for her many contributions to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

The Ivy Tech Foundation has honored individuals, corporations, or foundations since 2010, and recognizes those who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. Great advances are possible at Ivy Tech through the support of the nominees through volunteer leadership and philanthropic service.

“The Kokomo Region is proud to have nominated Jean,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “Since 2007, Jean has donated to a variety of Ivy Tech needs, including capital campaigns, unrestricted funds, classroom renovations, and several scholarships. In 2015, Jean established the Neel Family endowed scholarship and since then has added to the fund.”

Neel also served on the Kokomo Regional Board of Trustees for nine years, including several years as its chairperson. She regularly attends many college events throughout the region and often brings her co-workers with her to learn about Ivy Tech.

“As a community college graduate and scholarship recipient herself, Jean learned first-hand how scholarship money can change lives,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “When she established the Neel Family Scholarship, she said, ‘This is my way of expressing gratitude for those who have helped me along the way and stepping up to do the same for others.’”

Karickhoff noted that Neel also has made a significant impact through her influence with her employer, Haynes International. During her time as a regional trustee, Haynes International contributed nearly $165,000 to Ivy Tech. The new library on the Kokomo Campus was named in honor of the company’s support. Additionally, the colleagues she brought to scholarship events have contributed an additional S5.000.

During its May 7 commencement ceremonies, Neel received an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of her contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.

Kokomo Region representatives joining Bathe and Karickhoff in honoring Neel included Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily, Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons, and Resource Development Director Miriam Thomas.

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Leadership Kokomo luncheon set to recruit members to the 2017 class

New class begins in January

LK logoKOKOMO, Ind. — Leadership Kokomo will host a luncheon Oct. 18 for potential members of its 2017 class. The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elite Banquet & Conference Center. Applications for the new class, which begins in January, can be downloaded from the Leadership Kokomo website at .

“We are particularly excited to announce the recruitment effort for the Class of 2017, which will be the 35th year for Leadership Kokomo,” said Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus. “Ivy Tech is privileged to work in partnership with the City of Kokomo on the Leadership Kokomo program. LK provides the kind of ‘behind the scenes’ look at the city that is invaluable to those interested in becoming resourceful stewards of their community.”

In addition to leadership training, participants in Leadership Kokomo will share opportunities for networking and volunteering, increased community awareness, and professional development. Local issues and programs will be introduced by means of panels, individual speakers, lectures, on-site visits, group discussions, and simulations.

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 and participants will be notified of acceptance by Dec. 19.

Deadline to register for the LK recruitment luncheon is Oct. 12. Call 765-252-5498 or email to reserve your seat.

For more information about Leadership Kokomo, visit or contact Program Director Carrie Giannakos at 765-252-5498 or .


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Ivy Tech Scholarship Cruise set for Oct. 7

Fundraiser on the Madam Carroll will benefit Ivy Tech students

The Madam Carroll on Lake Freeman

The Madam Carroll on Lake Freeman

KOKOMO and LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Reservations are being accepted for the Ivy Tech Scholarship Cruise aboard The Madam Carroll on Lake Freeman to benefit Cass County and White County students attending Ivy Tech Community College.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, with boarding beginning at 5:30 p.m. and launch at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include dinner served by the Historic Sportsman Inn, entertainment by the Jhonny & Sallie Show, and a scholarship auction. All proceeds from the cruise will be directed to the Donald H. Heckard Memorial Scholarship or the White County Opportunity Scholarship.

“Thanks to the generosity of Tom Heckard, an Ivy Tech alumnus and owner of the Madam Carroll, we have this wonderful opportunity to raise money for scholarships for Cass County and White County students,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region.

Proceeds from the cruise will be directed to two scholarships. For Cass County students, the Donald H. Heckard Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in honor of Don Heckard, a well-known Cass County farmer, businessman and civic leader who was very instrumental in helping to build the beautiful Ivy Tech campus in Logansport. The White County Opportunity Scholarship is a new scholarship to benefit students from White County attending the College’s White County Instructional Center or Lafayette campus. The Ivy Tech Community College White County Instructional Center, at 1017 O’Connor Boulevard in Monticello, was dedicated in the spring of 2009.

Reservations, at $40 each, may be made online at: . For more information, contact Miriam Thomas, Ivy Tech Foundation, at 765- 252-5500 or .

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Chair Fair a success for Ivy Tech’s Fulton County students

Proceeds will support scholarships

Gloria Carvey hoists auction offering

Gloria Carvey hoists auction offering

ROCHESTER, Ind. — Fulton County residents and supporters of Ivy Tech Community College are rallying to raise funds to support scholarships for Ivy Tech students in their communities. The recent Rochester Chair Fair, sponsored by Tri Kappa sorority and Ivy Tech, added $4,355 to a total of $39,500 in scholarships for five new Fulton County Ivy Tech scholarships.

“We were so excited by the generosity of those at the Chair Fair,” Gloria Carvey, director of Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site said. “They had a lot of fun and opened their wallets wide to support the great cause of helping Fulton County residents pursue higher education at Ivy Tech.”

Sponsors of the event included Aunt Carol Calloway of Calloway Farms, the Carvey and Schoenhais Family, Rochester School Corporation Faculty and Staff, Rita Jackson, Rochester Boat Company, First Federal Savings Bank, Teachers Credit Union, Gottschalk Realty, Frounfelters Dental Clinic, and ROM Sales Corporation.

“Over the last few months, Gloria has been sharing the Ivy Tech story with the Fulton County community,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “That includes the fact that last year, 108 Rochester High School students each took two dual-credit courses at the Ivy Tech Rochester site. They were able to earn $72,000 worth of college credit at no cost to their families!”

The community has really responded to the Ivy Tech story, Karickhoff said.

“Those dual credits are a great beginning to further education,” she noted, “and thanks to increasing recognition of Ivy Tech’s value, at the Chair Fair we were able to announce five new scholarships established by Fulton County community leaders totaling $39,500.”

Joe McCarter, president of the Rochester Telephone Company, supports scholarships at Ivy Tech

Joe McCarter, president of the Rochester Telephone Company, supports scholarships at Ivy Tech

These include the Suzanne B. and Richard E. Belcher Scholarship endowment of $15,000; the Arnie and Laura Snipes Scholarship endowment of $10,000; the Rochester Telephone Company Scholarship of $3,000; the Jim and Lalla Heyde Annual Memorial Scholarship of $1,500; and a fifth scholarship of $10,000 donated anonymously. All the resulting scholarships will be available to students who live in Fulton County and attend Ivy Tech.

“Ivy Tech says ‘thank you’ to the people of Fulton County who are stepping up to help their fellow residents further their educations,” Karickhoff said. “We are well on our way to our 2016 goal of raising $50,000 for Fulton County students.”

For more information on the scholarship program or how to donate, contact Karickhoff at 764-252-5501 or .


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