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 www.leadershipkokomo.org .

“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 cgiannakos@ivytech.edu to reserve your seat.

For more information about Leadership Kokomo, visit www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact Program Director Carrie Giannakos at 765-252-5498 or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .


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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: http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/cruise.html . For more information, contact Miriam Thomas, Ivy Tech Foundation, at 765- 252-5500 or mlthomas@ivytech.edu .

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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 kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu .


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‘Return 2 Learn’ event offers guidance for adults ready to continue their education

High school seniors also invited to event in Logansport/Cass County Public Library

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University are sponsoring a “Return 2 Learn” event Monday, Sept. 26. The event is aimed at encouraging area residents to continue their education, no matter where they are in their pursuit, and to offer the information and resources they need to get back on track.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Logansport/Cass County Public Library. Area high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend, along with adults who are wanting to either complete their high school equivalency or pursue a college degree.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a better future by continuing their education,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus. “Whether you need to complete your high school credential, are seeking better employment options, or are working to succeed in a new country, you will be able to learn more about your educational options at this event.”

Participating agencies, and their areas of interest, include the following:

  • Ivy Tech Community College Logansport – certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees
  • Trine University – bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Logansport Community School Corporation Adult Learning Center – HSE (high school equivalency/formerly known as GED) and ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • WorkOne Center – information on educational funding opportunities through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • The Bridge Immigrant Connection – legal services and translation services for immigrants, as well as serving as a central resource center for immigrant needs through the Bridge Community Church in Logansport
  • Upgrades Training Center – an approved Indiana Department of Workforce Development training provider in Logansport

Ivy Tech and Trine representatives will be focusing on the importance of higher education, with information on various degree programs and the enrollment process as well as options for financing higher education that make going to college more feasible for working adults and parents.

“We know the impact higher ed credentials can have on job satisfaction and earning power,” Dillman said.

“According to Indiana data, there are a lot of working adults – an estimated 750,000 in the state – who have some college credit,” she continued. “We know there are a lot of challenges for working adults, especially those with families, to find the time money and energy to go back to school. Ivy Tech and Trine representatives will be able to talk about all the options and student support services that are available to help people complete their degrees.

For more information on “Return 2 Learn” at the Logansport/Cass County Public Library, contact Suzanne Dillman at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu ; or Betsy Ulrich at 574-516-1218 or ulrichb@trine.edu .

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets welding certification course for fall

Training program prepares students for skilled jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration is open for a fall session of Ivy Tech Community College’s 10-week training program in welding in Kokomo. The hands-on training begins Oct. 3.

The American Welding Society (AWS) 3G MIG Welding Preparation course prepares students for testing to earn certifications required for gainful employment as a welder. The class will meet on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Oct. 3 through Dec. 16, with no classes during the Thanksgiving holiday week.

The 120-hour program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. This includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards. The program covers the welding of ferrous metals utilizing a variety of metallic manual welding methods and techniques and emphasizes safety hazards and safe practices in arc welding.

For more details on the course, cost, and potential financial support through WorkOne, contact Stephanie Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech celebrating National Manufacturing Day with open houses

Area students, residents invited to explore job preparation opportunities

2016-10-mfg-day-in-us-logoKOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will welcome area high school students as well as community members to open houses at its School of Technology facilities in Kokomo and Logansport Oct. 7 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 Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

“Manufacturing Day 2016 is a great time to talk about the amazing employment opportunities opening up in America’s manufacturing industry,” said Rodni Lytle, dean of the School of Technology for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “The need for trained and qualified employees is rapidly expanding right here in north central Indiana manufacturing facilities. Ivy Tech is the state’s premier training partner for jobs and careers in manufacturing and all the options will be on display at the open houses.”

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.”

The Ivy Tech open houses and open houses by a number of area manufacturers are among the more than 1,000 events 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.

Lytle said faculty members, all of whom have a wealth of industry experience in their backgrounds, and current students to 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.

The events will also include representatives from local industries offering information about career opportunities they can offer as well as advisors from Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne to talk about short-term grant-funded training for people who wish to enter manufacturing.

“Today, with the support of industry partners like FCA US, Haynes International, Small Parts, Park 100 Foods, and others, Ivy Tech leads the way in workforce training with a variety of options and time commitments,” Lytle said.

“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.”

Along with the open houses, as part of MFG DAY, Ivy Tech is working with a number of area manufacturers who are offering plant tours to high school students in industrial technology programs to give them a first-hand opportunity to see what modern manufacturing is really like.

“This will be a special day for our ITEP (Integrated Technology Education Program) students who are receiving training in advanced manufacturing processes and technologies through a federal Youth CareerConnect grant in partnership with nine high schools and three career centers in our area,” said Jan Bailey, ITEP program manager.

“As we gear up for the third of four years funded by the grant,” Bailey continued, “the students will be touring some of the great industry partners who support ITEP, many of whom offer work-study opportunities during the senior year that can open doors to future employment.”

For more information, contact Tammy Herschberger at 765-252-5487 or therschberger1@ivytech.edu , or Jan Bailey at 765-252-5541 or jabailey@ivytech.edu .

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There’s still time to register for ‘QuickBooks 2015’ class

Course is part of Ivy Tech Corporate College’s ‘Small Business Series’

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registrations are still being accepted for “Introduction to Quick Books 2015,” the first in a series of three courses in “The Small Business Series” being offered this fall by Ivy Tech Corporate College. Designed to help small business owners take their operations to the next level, each of the non-credit courses will include four sessions and will be taught by local business owners and experts in their field.

“Introduction to QuickBooks 2015” will be offered Tuesdays in September, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Lisa Girton, a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor who is certified in QuickBooks for desktop and online. Girton is owner of The Productive Assistant, which offers administrative support in marketing and communications, accounting and secretarial services for other small business owners. Cost of this class is $249.

For class information, contact Stephanie Reitan, program manager, at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu. To register for a class, contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5476 or sturrill@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Corporate College, located at 1701 Touby Pike in Kokomo, provides high-quality, cost-effective, short-term, career-relevant training solutions aligned with the needs of today’s employers. Its academic programs and certifications improve its clients’ employability and earnings potential. To learn more about professional development programs available through Ivy Tech’s Department of Workforce and Economic Development, call 765-252-5476, or visit www.ivytech.edu/corporate-college.

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