Kokomo Region Board of Trustees to meet June 2


Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo, Student Life Building, Room M629, 1815 E Morgan Street, Kokomo, Indiana, the Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

Dated this 24th day of May 2016.

Ms. Annalee Benedict, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees

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July 15 priority deadline for financial aid for fall semester at Ivy Tech

Kokomo Campus sets extended hours for students needing help in filing FAFSA

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Express Enrollment Center is extending office hours to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the month of June to help students fulfill filing requirements for financial aid for fall semester.

The Saturday hours expand the center’s regular hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The extended hours are in advance of the July 15 priority deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for consideration for financial aid for fall semester, which starts Aug. 22.

“We are encouraging current students and newly admitted students planning to attend Ivy Tech this fall to come in as soon as possible to complete all the paperwork for financial aid, if they haven’t already done so,” said Angie Martin, director of financial aid for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or an adult coming back to school, you need to meet the July 15 priority date to assure your financial aid is in place when classes begin.”

Martin continued, “Applications filed after July 15 may not be processed by the time classes start, meaning students will have to make other arrangements to cover costs before being reimbursed later in the semester.”

All students seeking federal and state grants, loans and scholarships, as well as other financial awards, must complete the FAFSA form. Information required to file the FAFSA includes dates of birth and Social Security numbers for applicant and parents, household income and tax filing status (i.e., head of household, single, married). Parent information is required for all students under age 24 unless married or with legal dependents; parents of such students also can come in to an Ivy Tech office and file on behalf of their student.

The Kokomo Campus offers the Express Enrollment Center at 1815 E. Morgan St. Students also may come to campuses and instructional sites at Logansport, Peru, Rochester and Wabash.

For more information, please call 765-459-0561 in Kokomo, 574-753-5101 in Logansport, 765- 473-7281 in Peru, 574-223-3228 in Rochester and 260-563-8828 in Wabash.

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Ivy Tech to offer training for driver education instructors

Three-course sequence required by Bureau of Motor Vehicles

KOKOMO, Ind. — On June 6, Ivy Tech Corporate College in Kokomo will begin the first of three three-credit courses required to become a licensed driver education instructor in the state of Indiana.

The courses were developed with and under sanctioning of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and provide all educational requirements to be considered for licensure as a driver education instructor for public and privately owned driving school throughout Indiana.

The first two required courses – in theory and methods – will meet on-line from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for eight weeks starting June 6. The third course consists of 48 hours of practicum training with a qualified mentor chosen by the student and should be completed by Oct. 14. Portia Plummer, an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech who earned a doctorate in health and safety education and who has more than 45 years of experience in accredited public and private commercial schools, will instruct the classes. Plummer is credentialed by the BMV as a driving instructor.

Students who complete the three courses and meet other requirements set by the BMV can be licensed as driver education instructors. These courses result in nine credit hours in Ivy Tech’s School of Education and can also be used for continuing education units and professional development activity for already licensed school teachers.

For more information on the three-course program, contact Portia Plummer at 765-438-4292 or by email at pplummer1@ivytech.edu . To register, contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her 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 June 6 and 8 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The class will meet at the College’s building at 1701 Touby Pike in Kokomo.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment. This course will prepare individuals to take and pass the 85-question, multiple-choice certification exam. Participants in this course will study sanitation management, food safety hazards, factors that affect food borne illness, personal hygiene, the use and calibration of temperature measuring instruments, and many more topics.

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certification and their name will be added to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years. The course fee is $199 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8, and will be led by instructor Ed Norris of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and retired inspector and trainer with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program.

To register for the Certified Professional Food Manager Certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at sturrill@ivytech.edu.


Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s 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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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets welding, manufacturing tech courses for summer

Training programs prepare students for skilled jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering training opportunities in welding and advanced manufacturing this summer, courses that will prepare students for good-paying, in-demand skilled industrial jobs in north central Indiana.

Certified Production Technician

The MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) program is a five-week training program offered by Ivy Tech Community College that prepares students for certification in the advanced manufacturing skills needed to succeed in the high-growth, technical jobs of the 21st Century. The program will start June 27 and meet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deanna McMillan, an Ivy Tech adjunct faculty member who earned bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in engineering and is a certified MSSC CPT instructor, will lead the class.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) course, offered under the auspices of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), will meet in Kokomo. Students who pass the four manufacturing-related modules – manufacturing process and production, quality and continuous improvement, maintenance awareness, and safety – achieve CPT certification.

Employers also can benefit by allowing current employees to upgrade and certify their skills through this program, according to Stephanie Reitan, program manager for Ivy Tech’s Corporate College in Kokomo.

AWS Welding Preparation

Ivy Tech also is offering the 10-week American Welding Society (AWS) 3G Carbon Steel Welding Preparation course, which prepares students for certifications required for gainful employment as a welder. This class also will meet in Kokomo and will be taught by a welding inspector certified by the American Society of Welding. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from July 11 through Sept. 16

The 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 course schedules, cost, and potential financial support through WorkOne, contact Stephanie Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region celebrates 2016 commencement

More than 1,000 degrees and certificates conferred on more than 600 graduates

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region – which includes campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Wabash, and Rochester – celebrated its 2016 commencement Saturday, May 7. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered as the College conferred more than 1,000 degrees and certificates on more than 600 recipients.

David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, congratulated the graduates for the years of study, sacrifice and effort represented in these degrees and credentials.

“Today’s ceremony gives Ivy Tech faculty and staff an opportunity to acknowledge their pride in what these students have accomplished and how they have prepared themselves for the challenges of the future,” Bathe said. “The ceremony also is an opportunity to acknowledge the support of family and friends who helped make those accomplishments possible.”

Brandi McCann of Wabash, a December graduate, represented the graduates as student speaker at the commencement. While balancing responsibilities as a daughter, a wife and the mother of two young children, she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies at Ivy Tech, graduating with summa cum laude honors and membership in Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society. Now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and political science at Indiana University Kokomo, her goal is to attend IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis on her way to becoming a public interest attorney.

Also honored during Saturday’s ceremonies were Jean Neel, vice president of Haynes International, recipient of 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; Lisa Price, an assistant professor in the region’s School of Nursing, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction; Michael Dunivan, adjunct instructor in Culinary Arts, recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction; Karen McCoy, a 1989 Ivy Tech graduate who now serves as operations manager of the Greater Kokomo Economic Alliance and Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award; and graduating student Jacob Ramsey, recipient of the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence.

Members of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s graduating class of 2016, listed by hometown, include:

Samantha C. Holloway
Autumn Lee Sander
Shelitha F. Fedrick
Bryce Dowell
Kyle William Lewis
T. Jareb Stoops
Collin A. Blackford
Elijah Kristopher Schroeder
Luke Kepler


Alyssa Bridgewater
Andrew Moore
Aimee Jo Ragan
Grant Robert Hawkins
Shannon McBride
Kira Renee Shockey
Kolten James Piel
Amanda J. Whallon
Bunker Hill
Jonathan D. Gilbreath
Nikki E. Manchester
Timothy Ray Meadows
Victora N. Parsons
Brady M. Wiles
Ashley M. Darnell
Andrew C. Rider


Danielle Marie Cogswell
Carla M. Lee
Thomas L. McKinney
Dylan J. Sandberg
Taylor E. Care’
Hailey Rion Townsend
Teresa A. Howard
Morgan Eris Magee
Devin Phillip Marsh
Darren Michael Heeke
Jon D. Munson
Kaleigh P. Graf
Allison Marlee Paige Myers
Andrew T. Myers
Amanda P. Qunii
Mary M. Beeman
Whitney Jo Campbell
Brooklyn Michelle Harney
Jennifer Tyra Brown
Matthew Benjamine Drown
Catherine Marie Williams
Jeremy Wayne Hayes
Rebecca D. Robinson
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Taylor Renea Kopeschka
Fort Wayne
James Thoo Lei
Wendy D. Cripe
Toyon Elkedre Powe
Sarah E. Thieke
Katie J. Unger
John Mangum
Hayley Marie Blair
Gabby Ennis
Ayla D. Lawrence
Kathie Minor
Shane M. Montgomery
Lori A. Powell
Hayley Gabrielle Ronk
Sarah Beth Schutt
Christina D. Smith
Gas City
Karissa Deanne Moreno
Melynda Cherie Boes
Kimberly Allen
Shelly M. Brown
Joshua D. Carpenter
Justin L. Coomer
Dustin B. Dewitt
Aaron Walter Fisher
Dain L. Hillis
Michelle M. Martinez
Joshua A. Miller
Cole Davis Parsons
Samantha G. Smith
Antionette J. Travnicek
Brad Utterback
Melissa J. Smith
Hewitt, Texas
Jennifer Tennile Woosley
Candace K. Abbott
Jerrie Lynnette Douglas
Staci M. Kennedy
Jessica Ann Marie Kiger
Benedicta Ayensu
Brandi K. Burnett
Christina A. Hare
Lexis Nhicole Henriques
Tawana R. Liggins
David Madden
Lamont O. Smith
Ivory L. Speed
Angela D. Townsell
Tiara A. Watkins
Stacia Marie Williams
Jacob Evans
Katey J. Rice
Benjamin Alexander Hicks
Jacob Lee Wilson
Jennifer Hibner
Jordan Taylor Hollar
Scott Allen Mitchell
April Katheryn Seno
Zachary Austin Abney
Johnny Leif Alvarado
Scott T. Ash
Amy Jo Ashley
Charlet Deshonn Ayala
Lindsey Leanna Bailey
Lindsey Michelle Bailey
Amber D. Baker
Andrew Justin Baker
Louis Thomas Banaszak
Brandon M. Barber
James H. Bauder
Kathryn Berry
Robert Glenn Betts, Jr.
Eric J. Bowens
Derek Braden
Jennifer L. Brenton
Mollie Brock
Angelia M. Brown
Andrew Tre Burkett
Daniel J. Burns
Lisa Ann Burns
Lee Andrew Rebadavia Caballes
Lincoln Tyler Caldwell
Susan K. Cales
Joy K. Calloway
Donald W. Carl
Scott A. Chambless
Brikeeta Clark
Steven Matthew Cloum
Dee A. Colbert
Tommie Lee Collier Jr.
Jesse A. Comarella
Heather Marie Conger
Michelle Renae Copeland
Mike A. Copeland
Stephanie Denise Cosley
Lyndsi Nacole Crawford
Tracy Lynn Crenshaw
Daniel J. Crull
Katelynn Crull
Lynn Marie Daigle
Lakeisha Dairo
Logan M. Day
Justin Deis
Jennifer S. Douglas
April R. Downs
Gail A. Dugger
Melissa K. Duncan
Katelyn R. Dunham
Carmen L. Eltringham
Zachary Emmons
Nathaniel Richard Engel
Ashly N. Ennis
Alicia Ann Evans
Radiah E. Evans
Shyann M. Evans
Susanne Marie Fallon
Emily Frances Fernung
Zackary Daniel Fitzgerald
Joshua Michael Fox
Douglas I. Francis
Brooke Noel Gamblin
Christopher D. Gibbs
Kim E. Goodridge
Desiree D. Hahn-Thatcher
Sharra Dawn Hammel
Kourtney Breann Hammitt
Tina M. Harrell
Amanda Marie Harrington
Christina S. Harris
Cynthia S. Harsh
Darius Michael Haulcy
Kyle Russell Hawk
Darryl E. Hensley, Jr.
Mindy Hobensack
Jacqueline M. Holloway
Alex M. Holofchak
Lauren Nicole Ingham
Elizabeth A. Irick
Kathy L. Jackson
Allison J. Jarvis
Brandon Allen Jewell
Channing N. Jewell
Misty S. Jones
William J. Jumper
Casey M. Kennedy
Mykelle Kenner
Ester L. Kenworthy
Andrew R. Kerkhoff
Marcas K. King
Candace D. King-Blair
Victoria Lekesh Kirby
Pamela A. Kopeschka
Felicia D. Kuffell
David Richard Lamp
LaDonna R. Lane
Alexis Lawhead
Shirley Lawson
Tucker Lewis
Nicole Lindsey
Adam H. Malinowski
Bradlee D. Martin
Logan Le’Che Martin
Autumn D. Martinez
Mark A. Martinez
Jason Pierce McCowan
Bailey Joann McCrumb
Janet A. McGee
Joseph McGowen
Andrea L. McIntire
Rewa J. McKee
Amber D. McKinney
Loretta L. McNally
Tymiah Lynelle McNeil
Karlie Kae Merrell
Emily Rene Miller
James John Miller-Long
Austin Matthew Minghini
Brooke Abigail Minor
Danielle L. Monroe
Jerrad Eugene Moore
Jamonte D. Morgan
Kyle Leslee Morris
Meaghanne Nicole Morris
Douglas Andrew Myer
John R. Myers
Ann Marie Najar
Amanda Alexandra Nava
Amy Nay
Alexander Wesley Norfleet
Jodeci Obannon
Autumn Michelle Obermeyer
Calah U. Oglesby
Arielle Nicole Pagán
Emily LouAnna Parkhurst
Annette Rena Parkins
Bruce M. Payne
Carl B. Pennington
Lori Ann Pickard
Stacha Loistine Pollard
Jason S. Powers
Tonita L. Price-Taylor
Emilee Anne Pruitt
Brandi D. Quackenbush
Kourtney Ragusa
Jacob T. Ramsey
Lindsay N. Ray
Chen-Sue Reed
Kasey Ann Reeve
Shannon Reinagle
Zechariah M. Reishus
Jessica Catherine Reyes
Tiffany Monique Gabrielle Richardson
Gail M. Rider
Brenda Rios-Mauricio
Monica Nicole Roberts
Crescencio Rodriguez, Jr.
Garrett Allen Roe
Corey Ross
Samantha Rubio
Patrick Sanders
Gretchen Santen
Angela Colleen Sawyer
Brandon Wesley Sayger
Viviane Lee Simpson
Tabatha Skaggs
Bryson L. Small
Brianna L. Smallwood
Christy N. Smith
Lameka Smith
Patricia Smith
Timothy Smith
Samantha J. Seifert
Sierra Cherise Starkey
Kevmika Stokes
Heidi Swofford
Valerie M. Talbot
Marchele Mae Taylor
Calvin Thomison
Keith D. Townsend
Chelsea Turner
David E. Turner
Shawna J. Turner
Gregory Tyler
Denise Diane Vandergriff
Daniel S. Vang
Scott O. Walker
Jessica M. Weir
Elizabeth Wickey
Mary Williams
Micheal C. Williams
Connor M. Wisher
Dustin DeWayne Wright
Theresa Wright
Miranda M. Zorich
La Fontaine
Meghan Elizabeth Brane
Maria Biddle
Rodney D. Brewer
Diane M. Camberato
Tonya Renee Davenport
Carrie Fiddler
Madison Finkenbinder
Kaylee Christina Hughes
Brittany LuVonne Hunt
Cynthia E. Hunt
Zachary M. Kallenberger
Miriam E. Kerns
Reagan Robinson
Christian A. Rudolph
Kelsey Alexandra White
Megan E. Lane
Shannon Leigh France
Noel C. Azpeitia
Jeffery Scott Baker
James I. Balbuena
Morgan-Leigh Marie Barger
Janet Eileen Beck
Mindy L. Boehme
Jessica M. Boots
Chasey Lenae Burton
Zachary Allen Carden
Armando Cervantes
Michell A. Chanley
Alma J. Cortes
Kyle E. Dearinger
Doribel J. Dennett
Dylan Thomas Eller
Shane Matthew Evers
Tyrone Flowers
Amy Lynn Foust
Mike Eney Francois
Nicole J. Galbreath
Brooke Leigh-An Griffith
Rebecca L. Harris
Jordan Alexander Johnson
Amanda C. Jones
Brandi L. Jones
Armando Villarreal Juarez
Patricia Ann Keefer
Catie C. Keller
Venus Lia Kinkade
Rachel N. Kollmar
Devon Lee Krause
Susie Michelle Langley
Theresa Marie Layne
Zachary Andrew Layton
Jacob M. Ledonne
Chelsie Danielle Leigh
Robert Lewis
Yaritza Lopez
Mu Lwee
Nikole LeeAnn Malott
Rick Angel Martinez
Susan Ellen McCartney
Shaun Christopher Miller
Jean A. Mills
Cristhian Montero
Elizabeth J. Myers
April R. Oberkrom
Abigail Marie Patlan
Kitoo Peankhamhor
Brian Keith Powers
Taylor Nicole Raisor
Jessica J. Ramirez
Jose Rosendo Reyes
Adam B. Rivard
Stormie L. Rivera
Abigail E. Rober
Mario Sanchez, Jr.
Moon Say
Jared Robert Schlinglof
Amanda K. Shively
Bonnie Dee Shoemaker
Rebecca D. Sims
Megan Caleen Elizabeth Skelton
Desiree G. Small
Kellie A. Smith
Jacob Robert Snow
Rollie Daniel Snowberger
Kaitlyn A. Spear
Addie Brianne Sweet
Gabriela Tovar
Carrie J. Ulery
Noe Valencia
Dakota J. Waddups
Joseph D. Watts
Faith Anne Williams
Ashley Marie Yard
Robert Sterling Zimmerman
Katarina A. Williamson
Matthew J. Gibson
Jeremy L. Heckathorn
Bret Allen Hisey
Jerrilyn J. Jameson
Matthew Wayne Reyburn
George C. Ruble
Brittany N. Burnett
Stacy J. Cottrell
Bryan T. Isaac James
Erica E. McMurray
Jenae Catherine Mullen
Arianne Sherae Phifer
Cierra Michelle Rogers
Emily Anna Schramm
Joshua Wright
Jeanette M. Breese
Laura Anne Harrell
Madona J. Smyser
Cynthia M. Lewis
Crystal Nicole Rouse
Richard W. Bokodi
Raymond K. Murray
New Castle
Debra K. Ellington
New Port Richey, Florida
Michael B. Eikenberry
Kristen M. Beckley
Melissa M. Crain
Maxwell Joseph Cuevas
Ty A. Gasaway
Krystin Graham
Carol Lynne Gump
Georgiann Louise Hany
Abby L. Hazel
Ginna King
Reid McMahon
Pamela Lynn Robinson
Jacob M. Wormuth
North Manchester
Angela Kay Ramirez
Stephanie Nicole Rohrer
Savannah Jayde Seyer
Kathryn Michele Thomas
Brittany Watson
Jarrod Rodney Alspaugh
Jessica E. Ansari
Matthew M. Barnes
Joseph G. Behny
Kevin Michael Berger
Chellsee S. Campbell
Stephanie C. Campbell
Seth A. Clark
Thomas P. Cooper
Casey Christine Croussore
Denise A. Curtis
Katherine Dahlinghaus
Marilyn Jean Douglass
Jillian E. Eliason
Diana G. Elliott
Tyla M. Fromm
Donevan Gillespie
Melynda K. Gower
Angela M. Graham
David S. Graham
Crystal L. Graves
Paul Porter Hayes
Ashley Marie Hiers
Chelsey M. Hobson
Kevin A. Holcomb
Lisa Shawn Hopper
Cody W. Jackson
Matthew P. Jelenek
Gina Kiner
Jessica L. Kunczt
Savannah M. Lancaster
Micholeen W. Lynch
Brandy Madson
Amanda S. Mathias
Michelle Renee Maxwell
Jenny R. McBride
Nancy S. Miller
Lauren M. Moss
Darren Jacob Nelson
Jonathan R. Ousley
Jessica L. Patrick
Amber L. Purcell
Jered Raber
Mariana Ramer
Jason M. Rigle
Regina K. Robinette
Brandi Rogers
William Jeffrey Rose
Jennifer Michelle Santiago-Perez
Elmer Sloan, Jr.
Tiffane D. Sloan
Jacob S. Stevens
Robert M. Sucharski
Dawn M. Tague
Christina E. Watson
Tonya B. Whitaker
Tyler Wilson
Mitzi D. Anderson
Ryan C. Blocker
Amanda G. Border
Tyler Wayne Byerline
Shelby L. Clevenger
Audrey Alana Enyart
Alexander H. Franklin
Amanda Jo Glassburn
Leslee Lynne Goss
Courtney Sue Hudson
Karrie Liddell
Tinisha E. McClellan
Cassandra A. Reed
Allee Ulerick
Jessica Louann Urbin
Melissa M. Witmer
Royal Center
Katlin J. Berkshire
Tyler J. Hanna
Courtney J. Herd
Anthony M. Mann
Owen E. Blumm
Ashlyn Nicole Degraffenreid
Catherine Sue Dukes
Melissa A. Fouts
Jacob R. Hemming
Alfred L. Hightower
James D. Kline
Sarah E. Markham
Caleb Daniel Mullins
Brittani Kay Nicholas
Sawyer Allen Johnson
Caitlyn Arnold
Kristen D. Blackford
Lindsey Marie Keesling
Michael David Pfeiffer
Haley Wolf
Cynthia Lorraine Monroe
Emily Name
Sarah Katherine Ransford
Miranda Rose
Jonathon Paul Schaaf
Shelby J. Willett
Cole Erwin
Silver Lake
Lisa K. Evans
Kiley B. Toy
Cori R. Smeltzer
Joy L. Dufendach
Torey Nichelle Edwards
Jacinta M. Fernung
Linda M. Hendricks
Eric C. Linerode
Kimberly Ann Lowe
Jordan K. Mahaney
Walter Trey Mauck
Rebecca L. Mumbower
Joshua A. Santana
Jacob D. Shepherd
Miranda D. Treesh
Twelve Mile
Tiffany Lynn Byers
Ginger Dianne Harrison
Bruce Holder
Briana Shanks
Robert W. Beets
Justin D. Bitzel
Megan Kae Boone
Christina M. Bowman
Joshua M. Brainard
Brian L. Campbell
Cathy Jo Carr
Tamie Renee Cavins
Alicia L. Conliff
Meghan D. Culwell
Wanda L. Duty
Laura L. Enix
Sheere Nadine Enser
Talisa Linette Flohr
Kaycee Nasha Green
Denica D. Grosch
Jessica M. Hannah
Brittany Michelle Harrison
Alex Jeral Honeycutt
Taylor Nicole Houlihan
Stephanie A. Hueston
Aaron Taylor Kelly
Robin D. Klare
Margaret Mathias
Brandi J. McCann
Amber M. McIntyre
Amelia A. Moore
Chandler Murphy
Stephanie Lyn Nelson
Bridgett De Ann Parrett
Susan M. Pugh
Megan Marie Reynolds
Amanda Kay Rose
Dereka M. Samuel
Tricia Ann Simons
Zachary Scott Sluss
Hallie B. Sparks
Alexandra L. Stahl
Mark E. Wright
Deborah R. Bower
Brenda Ivette Ayala
Haley Jane Ann Clark
Kent A. Hansen
David E. Looker
Reynaldo Madrigal
Kyle L. Moore
Tara Dawn Richey
Kelsey R. Scott
Rachel Ann Smith
Jennifer Stine
Mariah Blaine Swartz


Webster, Texas
Jennifer Copeland
West Lafayette
Amanda Catherine Grewe
Alyssa Kay Stinson
Megan Murray
Acacia Michelle Romero
Scott Tierney
Kayla Michelle Wishard
Rachel Marie Gosnell
Amanda L. Lynch
Angela Lynch
Tracie A. Schneider
Jerry J. Smith
Olivia LeAnn Taff
Hadassah Vargas
Jayson A. Jones
Stephanie J. Robinson
Dawn Michelle Shupperd
Mary Alaina Turner


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Ivy Tech ASAP student heading to Manchester on scholarship

Matt Jelenek Ivy Tech ASAP grad heading to Manchester

Matt Jelenek
Ivy Tech ASAP grad heading to Manchester

Matt Jelenek graduating just 11 months after high school commencement

KOKOMO, Ind. — Matt Jelenek is a young man with an ambitious plan and he doesn’t want to waste any time on his way to the future. He certainly has a jumpstart on his postsecondary education as a member of the first group of students to go through Ivy Tech Community College’s ASAP program in the Kokomo Region.

Matt graduated from Ivy Tech May 7, proud recipient of an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. The kicker? It’s less than a year since he wore a cap and gown for graduation from Maconaquah High School and in August, he will enter Manchester University as a junior. Along with his university admission, he recently learned he has been awarded a President’s Academic Scholarship of $20,000 per year, for up to four years.

ASAP, Ivy Tech’s one-year accelerated associate degree, gets credit for its contribution to Matt’s success from Matt’s parents, Dana and Stan Jelenek.

“I love this program!” Dana said. “The ASAP experience definitely helped turn Matt’s dream of going to Manchester into a reality – both educationally and financially.”

Ivy Tech introduced ASAP to the Kokomo Region last year, offering the opportunity to earn a degree in one year instead of the traditional two-year track through a rigorous curriculum and a full-time schedule. Matt is one of 14 students who made up the first ASAP cohort in Kokomo, coming together last June and going through the accelerated program as a cohesive group.

At Maconaquah, Matt had been a member of the swim team for seven years and played baritone saxophone in the band for five years. A 10-year member of 4-H, he served as a junior leader for the group and saved his profits from selling his 4-H animals to help pay for college.

Matt had been looking at Manchester for several years. Just 35 miles from home in North Manchester, Ind., with an enrollment of only about 1,000 students, and known for its political science program (his area of interest), it’s a perfect fit for the young man from rural Miami County. “I don’t want to go to a large school where I could get lost in a wave of students,” he said. “I visited Manchester before I started at Ivy Tech and knew it was the right place for me.” But the cost of going to a private university was, of course, a consideration.

Why ASAP? “ASAP took less time to complete,” Matt said with a smile. “I’d rather get out of school and be prepared to do a job quicker than most people. And I don’t have to take out a lot of student loans that would mean debt when I get out.”

ASAP’s coursework also fits nicely into Manchester’s transfer program, which has a list of more than 100 Ivy Tech courses that can transfer to the four-year university. All the courses Matt took on his way to his Ivy Tech Liberal Arts degree have been accepted by Manchester.

The ASAP program has offered a great transition from high school to college – and on to Manchester, both Matt and his mother said. Scholarships and book grants from Ivy Tech helped cover the cost of the program. Ivy Tech faculty members proved flexible and supportive. The program’s coordinator, Beth Chaney, herself a graduate of both Maconaquah High School and Ivy Tech, served as advisor, mentor, cheerleader, and confidante for the group. The students became friends who understand and support each other, a tight-knit “family” that became even closer as they dealt with the harsh reality of a classmate’s death in an automobile accident last fall. And the transfer from Ivy Tech to Manchester has been “amazingly smooth.”

“Matt opened up a lot through ASAP,” his mother noted. “He’s really taken advantage of what the program offers through its enrichment activities. It gave him the opportunity to branch out and do more things, like community service.”

Brandi Chauncey is the Manchester University admissions officer who has worked with the Jeleneks. She says Manchester has a long history of working with transfer students from Ivy Tech campuses around the state and the school is especially interested in the College’s ASAP graduates.

“One of the main reasons that Manchester views the ASAP program positively is that it shows determination, commitment, and strong work ethic by the students who participate,” Chauncey said. “I have found that the ASAP advisors/mentors are very committed to helping these students find the college/university that is the best fit once they leave Ivy Tech.”

Referring to the $20,000 annual scholarship Matt has been awarded, Chauncey said, “Manchester really supports the transfer student financially and awards scholarships to offset the costs to continue their educations.

“We hope to increase the number of ASAP students transferring to Manchester,” she continued. “We value transfer students because of the unique perspective and background they bring to our campus.”

With a Dean’s List performance in the ASAP program and qualification for Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honorary for community college students, Matt is ready for the next step.

What does the future hold for Matt? His mom remembers his goal, since he was 12, is to be president of the United States of America. Asked about it now, he smiles and says, “Maybe.”

“I plan to major in political science at Manchester. I want to become a politician,” Matt said earnestly. “I like history. I like looking at the issues we need to deal with. Maybe, when I grow up, I can help with those issues.”

His ASAP classmates will be among those watching to see where Matt goes in the years to come.


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