Civil Rights leader Kenneth Morris coming to Kokomo in January

Past, present, future meet in keynote speaker for ‘Doing the Dream 2019’

Kenneth Morris Jr.

KOKOMO, Ind. – For the 15th year, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is presenting its “Doing the Dream” events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In January, a series of programs for area school students, as well as a community banquet on Jan. 31, will feature a guest speaker who is recognized internationally as a dynamic leader in advancing civil rights around the world.

With its 2019 “Doing the Dream” program, Ivy Tech is also recognizing the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of King’s most significant predecessors in the fight for racial equality, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, by welcoming one of Douglass’s direct descendants – Kenneth B. Morris Jr. – as keynote speaker.

Morris actually descends from two of the most influential names in American history; he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of renowned educator and author Booker T. Washington. Today, Morris continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

“Since 2005, Ivy Tech’s ‘Doing the Dream: A Cultural Celebration’ has been an annual event for the community and local students designed to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity as expressed by Dr. King’s vision of peace, service and unity,” said Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “In 14 years, its impact has been felt by the more than 24,000 people — school children, high school and college students, teachers and faculty members, religious and civic leaders, and community members — who have participated in ‘Doing the Dream’ activities.

“Ivy Tech is pleased to continue this tradition by bringing to Kokomo this dynamic speaker who is recognized as a proponent of education for all and a leader in the fight for freedom and dignity for all. His message will resonate with anyone who shares Frederick Douglass’s conviction that ‘It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”

As keynote speaker for the 2019 “Doing the Dream” events, Morris will discuss past, present, and future – the history of the struggle for human rights, the power of the individual to make positive changes in their communities, and the on-going work of the modern abolitionist movement to fight the scourge of human trafficking – today’s slavery – around the world. On Jan. 29 and 30, Morris will speak at three high schools in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area (Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru) and on Jan. 31, he will present at two public events – a free student convocation and a community banquet.

The community banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Bel Air Events, 3014 S. Webster St., in Kokomo. Tickets are now on sale at $50 for the dinner and presentation; reservations can be made by going to or calling 765-252-5500.

The free student convocation will begin at 11 a.m. that day in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Ind. 931). The recommended audience for the event is high school juniors and seniors. To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Allison Toren, program chair of General Studies and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 765-252-5518 or

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Community Foundation of Howard County are serving as lead sponsors to support participation by a noted speaker for the “Doing the Dream” celebration.

“This includes support of the student convocations where we expect more than 2,000 students will have the chance to hear Mr. Morris’s message,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “Along with the presentations at Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru high schools, school superintendents from around north central Indiana have been invited to bring their students to the free convocation Jan. 31.”

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), which Morris co-founded to carry on the work of his great-great-great-grandfather, brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abolitionist movement, FDFI has several projects designed to educate young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspire them to action. Morris strongly believes, as did Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, that education is the pathway to freedom.

Morris also serves as a director of the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project, as an ambassador for the nonprofit organization Human Rights First, and as a member of the federal Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. He is an accomplished and prolific public speaker who has appeared on numerous nationally broadcast news and commentary programs as well as several National Geographic documentaries. His long list of honors includes awards from the National Park Service, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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‘There’s Snowplace like Ivy Tech’ featured at festive Seiberling Mansion

All are welcome for free open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13

KOKOMO, Ind. – “There’s Snowplace like Ivy Tech!” With an array of top-hatted and colorfully scarved snowmen, Ivy Tech will welcome visitors to “A Night at the Museum: A Seiberling Snowman Spectacular” on Thursday, Dec. 13.  That night, courtesy of Ivy Tech, the festively decorated Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., will be open to the public without charge from 4 to 8 p.m.

“Students, alumni, faculty, staff – and the whole community – are invited to join us for this holiday treat,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “This is the fourth year Ivy Tech has served as one of the sponsors for free community nights at the museum – and we are excited to be part of the 2018 edition.”

For more information about the Howard County Historical Society’s “Christmas at the Seiberling,” which runs through Dec. 30, contact the society at 765-452-4314 or go to .

Ivy Tech has decorated the Seiberling’s second floor foyer with an array of snowmen, one for each program offered in the Kokomo Service Area

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Ivy Tech Express Enrollment Days a great time to get ready for spring semester

Students can complete enrollment at Kokomo, Logansport campuses

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses are participating in statewide Express Enrollment Days Dec. 6 and 8 to offer an efficient way to complete enrollment and registration requirements to be ready when spring semester begins Jan. 14.

Express Enrollment services will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Ivy Tech locations in both Kokomo and Logansport.

“Ivy Tech is a great place to take the next steps to a successful future … and we have a great list of 8- and 16-week courses that begin in January,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “From applying for admission to leaving campus with a schedule in hand, the Ivy Tech enrollment services team will help prospective students move through the process.”

In addition to registering for classes, students can complete FYIvy, an online introduction to the college; get financial aid information; meet with an advisor, and sign up for in-person orientation. Participants also can learn about the Ivy Tech assessment process, where students’ reading, writing and math skills are measured to determine appropriate class placement. This can be measured in several ways, including previous college credit earned, SAT/PSAT or ACT scores, high school GPA or through an assessment tool called ACCUPLACER. More information can be found at .

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2017 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts. For more information, visit

Members of the admissions team are available to ask questions in advance. Contact Carlee Cook at or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

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Ivy Tech to introduce new Workforce Development Team

Jake Adams, Mary King team up to meet employer training and employment goals

Jacob Adams

KOKOMO, Ind. — Area employers in business and industry are invited to one of five upcoming events throughout north central Indiana scheduled by Ivy Tech Community College to introduce two new members of its expanded workforce development team. Jacob “Jake” Adams, recently named workforce development consultant, and Mary King, director of Career Development and Employer Engagement, are leading the College’s effort to better meet employer training and employment goals in the Kokomo Service Area.

Mary King

“Ivy Tech has been an economic resource for the state of Indiana for many years,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “We now have a renewed focus on community engagement and workforce development and are excited to introduce Jake and Mary at these receptions. We’ll also be providing an update on current labor market trends and employment data and will discuss what this information means to our region.”

Five sessions have been scheduled to accommodate employers and business leaders from around the service area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.

  • Kokomo: Inventrek, 700 E. Firmin St., 8 to 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27
  • Tipton: Tipton County Foundation, 1020 W. Jefferson St., 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27
  • Peru: Ivy Tech Peru, 425 N. Main St., 8 to 9:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29
  • Logansport: Ivy Tech Logansport, 1 Ivy Tech Way, 8 to 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4
  • Rochester: Ivy Tech Rochester, 1820 Park Road, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4

Anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP to Susan Turrill at or 765-252-5497.

Jake Adams brings a wide range of job experiences, many related to economic and business development, to his new position. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, first as an avionics manager in San Diego, Calif., and then as a recruiter and human resources officer in Indianapolis, Adams took his skills in people and business management and promotion to the City of Delphi where he worked as director of community development. Most recently he served as director of Business Services for Indiana’s Region 4 Workforce Board in Lafayette. Since 2014, he has also owned and operated Indiana Marketing Group to support promotional efforts and market-building strategies for client businesses.

Adams completed the U.S. Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Leadership Course and the Ball State University Economic Development Course. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is completing a Master of Business Administration degree through Western Governors University. He is active in his community, serving on the boards of directors of the Carroll County Community Foundation, the Flora Community Club, and Junior Achievement and is a member of the NIPSCO Community Action Program and the Indiana Economic Development Association.

“Serving as workforce development consultant for Ivy Tech will allow me to use the skillsets I’ve developed to connect with our area communities and assist them in meeting their workforce needs,” Adams said.

“We will take a grassroots, communal approach to developing sustainable, long-term plans to help area employers. These include ‘skilling up’ the current workforce, preparing new employees, providing continuing education required for many jobs and professions, and serving nontraditional and diverse labor pools like the long-term unemployed, the under-employed, and ex-offenders,” he continued. “Our efforts will be aimed at helping to create an environment that allows companies and corporations to invest in developing the labor force needed to support our local economies.”

Mary King recently moved into the position of director of Career Development and Employer Engagement after serving Ivy Tech for four years as a financial aid advisor and assistant director of financial aid. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University and, before joining Ivy Tech, spent seven years as a learning coordinator in the human resource development department at STAR Financial Group in Marion.

King’s personal experiences as a first-generation college student and as a job coach for STAR employees shape her commitment to student success – in college and beyond. She says her goal is to help students overcome any obstacles that arise along their path to a career and to help them become competent and capable competition in the workforce.

“Ivy Tech’s motto for Career Development is ‘From Day One’ and a perfect description of what we want to do,” King said. “We want to be a staple in the student’s college experience from day one. Career Development is working to collaborate with faculty as we expand work-and-learn opportunities for our students.

“From job shadowing, internships, and externships, we want our students to have the opportunity to gain experience and truly be career-ready at graduation,” she continued. “I hope to work more closely with employers and engage them in actively participating and supporting our efforts to cultivate the future employees they are looking for.”

At the area employer events, Adams and King will share the many ways Ivy Tech can assist employers. For more information, Adams can be reached at or 765-432-4224 or 765-252-5495. King can be reached at or 765-252-5478.

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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 Dec 10 and 12 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 610 in the Corporate College building at 1697 Touby Pike on the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus.

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, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s workforce alignment staff, 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, call 765-252-5499.


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‘College 101: Parent Night’ set for Nov. 15 at Ivy Tech Kokomo and Logansport

Parents, students can learn more about options after high school

KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Know what community college can mean for your high school senior? For many, it can mean academic success, an important transition, and a launching pad to a great career … or transfer to a four-year university.

And, says Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, it can mean great value. Parents who want to learn more to help their children move ahead in life are invited to attend Ivy Tech’s “College 101: Parent Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at its Kokomo and Logansport campuses.

“College 101” is an evening dedicated to helping high school students and parents with all things related to college. “We’ve been communicating about this event directly with parents of high school juniors and seniors,” Worland said. “Parents of eighth-graders also can benefit as they consider the educational path their youngsters will take in high school, whether technical honors, Core 40, or honors.”

At both campuses, the evening will begin with an overview session covering financial aid and the support services available to help students be successful during their academic career. The discussion will include the two pathways the college offers – short-term programs that prepare graduates to quickly enter the workforce and two-year degrees designed to transfer into bachelor degree programs at four-year schools.

Speakers also will cover the State of Indiana’s innovative Workforce Ready Grant, which can cover tuition and fees for eligible students in selected programs. The state program now covers students with “dependent” status, meaning that recent high school graduates may be eligible for the funding.

Breakout sessions will follow and parents can choose those that interest them. Subjects include opportunities for students taking dual-credit classes that earn both high school and college credit, as well as transfer options for students seeking bachelor’s degrees, including Ivy Tech’s ASAP program, which allows motivated students to earn an associate degree in one year.

At both sites, the Express Enrollment Centers will be open with staff members available to answer additional questions relating to financial aid and college admission. Faculty members will be on hand to answer questions about Ivy Tech’s wide range of programs.

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” Worland said. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the students put into attending class and studying, transitioning from high school to college-level coursework and expectations, and for many, living away from home for the first time. Parents can help their children make good decisions by knowing all the options – including community college.”

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus is located at 1815 E. Morgan St. and the Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way (Ind. 35 at 18th Street). For more information, contact Carlee Cook, assistant director of admissions based in Kokomo, by email at  or by calling 765-252-5487 or Jovita Flores, assistant director of admissions based in Logansport, by email at or by calling 574-398-6097.


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Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Board of Trustees to meet Nov. 15


Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Ivy Tech Community College –425 W. Main St., Peru, Indiana, the Campus 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 5th day of November 2018.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary

Campus Board of Trustees


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