Ivy Tech Logansport Campus serving as fall College Goal Sunday site

Nov. 5 event offers free help for filing FAFSA for financial aid

 LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus and 38 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

An interpreter will be available to provide translations for Spanish-speaking participants.

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 for the student to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.

For students in the Kokomo area, Indiana University Kokomo is also a College Goal Sunday site.

College Goal Sunday is valuable to families who may perceive completing this required form correctly and by the deadline as complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring completed 2016 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2016 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 2016 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2016 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

Now in its 29th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 93,000 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). College Goal Sundays are now offered in November and February.

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 Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “If our assistance through the two College Goal Sundays each school year gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

College Goal Sunday also can help 21st Century Scholars, 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. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. 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.

College Goal Sunday originated in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by 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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Parents invited to Nov. 2 events to learn more about Ivy Tech

Information can help families make better decisions for life after high school

KOKOMO, Ind. — Parents of area high school seniors are invited to Parent Night events at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses to learn more about possibilities for their student’s life after high school. Sessions are planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo and at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the student puts 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.”

The Parent Night presentation will cover these topics:

  • Welcome to Community College overview
  • Dual Credit: Putting to use the Ivy Tech credit you may already be earning
  • Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP)
  • Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP)
  • Paying for College 101: Tips, tricks, strategies
  • Accreditation and Renovation Update (Kokomo only)

Participants can tour the campuses and speak with faculty and staff about Ivy Tech’s range of academic programs. Specific information will be available for students who have earned Ivy Tech credits through their high school’s dual credit program and students who are interested in the accelerated associate degree program and other transfer opportunities. Representatives of Student Life and Student Success, including advising and Disability Support Services, will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

Those interested in attending should sign up with Tammy Herschberger at therschberger@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event.

Discussing the time and money needed for a college education, Worland noted, “Parents and their seniors have a lot of big decisions to make to be sure the investments they make pay off. It’s critical that they know and understand all their options.

“These Parent Night programs are designed to give parents the information they need to guide their children to choose options that are the right fit – financially, academically and socially.”

At Ivy Tech, available options range from short-term certificate programs that move grads right into the workforce, to degrees and credits that transfer to four-year colleges, to courses as a visiting student in the summer to stay on track for on-time completion and save money at another school. The Parent Night offers an opportunity to explore the options right here in local communities — at Indiana’s community college.

“And if your student is saying, ‘I’m taking a year off,’ it’s even more reason to attend!” Worland added, noting the importance of postsecondary education, at any level, to success in the workforce.

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Ivy Tech sets Go Ivy Days at Logansport and Kokomo campuses

Prospective students can learn more about community college Oct. 26, Nov. 3

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport and Kokomo campuses will open their doors in the upcoming weeks to give prospective students a chance to see the many opportunities community college offers for personal and career advancement.

The “Go Ivy Day” events are set for 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Logansport Campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 3, at the Kokomo Campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Both events will include campus tours; an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students; and a look at the programs and courses offered at that campus. Visitors will be able to learn about free services offered to support student success as well as transfer options with Ivy Tech’s four-year partners. Participants can enjoy refreshments and Ivy Tech giveaways.

“Our instructors are putting together a great hands-on experience with everything from a virtual welder to robotics to health sciences simulators,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Faculty members will be joined by current students and alumni who will be on hand to greet visitors and share their Ivy Tech experiences. This is a great way for high school juniors and seniors to see how community college can be their pathway to a career or a four-year degree.”

Worland said some high school groups are already scheduled to attend but the event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the educational and training opportunities at Ivy Tech.

“This would be a good opportunity for high school students to use a college visit day,” Worland said, “but we also want to welcome home-school families and people who may have ‘sat out’ a year or two after graduation who now are ready to get started on a degree.”

The “academic showcase” will include information and hands-on activities in the areas of business, computing and informatics, education, fine arts, health sciences, nursing, public services, and technology, along with information on university transfer opportunities. In the student services area, participants can get information on admissions, financial aid, academic advising, and student life and student success services.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

 

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Ivy Tech offers new biology transfer degree to any Indiana four-year university

Program readies graduates to transfer as juniors in the major

KOKOMO, Ind. — A new associate transfer degree in biology being offered at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will give graduates the possibility of transferring to any state institution of higher education as a junior to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

The newest “Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP)” was recently approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and this fall the first students have begun the necessary coursework at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. Registration is under way for those who want to start classes when second semester starts in January.

“The Commission’s approval allows Ivy Tech to offer a program majoring in biology that mirrors what students would take in their first two years at a university,” said Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region. “The degree provides training in introductory biology in the first year with majors-level chemistry along with classes in physics and molecular biology in the second year. Three additional courses – Genetics, Ecology, and a research capstone course – have been added to the biology program to create the TSAP.”

The TSAP adds to Ivy Tech transfer options with Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, and Indiana State universities, and the University of Southern Indiana. The transfer degrees allow Ivy Tech to provide high quality and affordable options for students to begin at Ivy Tech and transfer to a four-year state school.

Supporting the new offering are the renovated science labs opened last spring at the Kokomo Campus. “We have added not only to the lab space but also substantially to our equipment inventory,” Studach said. This includes the ability to study cell culture, DNA and protein gel gene transfer and other laboratory molecular biology techniques. The program also uses the new Anatomage technology which offers a high-tech, full-size, interactive “digital cadaver” for the study of anatomy.

“Students in this program will have the benefit of small class sizes and lab training in all of the sciences courses,” Studach said. Acting Chancellor Kim King also noted the strong backgrounds of the two primary instructors – Studach, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Marquette University and a doctorate in molecular biology from Purdue University where he was involved in cancer research, and Tammy Greene, who earned a master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in human biology and doctorate from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks in forensic anthropology.

Graduates of the new Biology program will be able to move directly into a variety of positions in the field including biological sciences lab technicians, forest conservation technicians or medical laboratory technicians, Studach noted. Earning a bachelor’s degree and/or pursuing graduate studies in life science can lead to careers in genetic counseling, medicine, agriculture, marine biology, and many other fields.

For more information about the biology transfer pathway at Ivy Tech, contact Studach at 574-398-6115 or email him at lstudach@ivytech.edu.

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Leadership Kokomo luncheon set to recruit members to the 2018 class

New class begins in January

KOKOMO, Ind. — Leadership Kokomo will host a luncheon Oct. 19 for potential members of its 2018 class. The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kokomo Country Club. Applications for the new class, which begins in January, can be downloaded from the Leadership Kokomo website at http://www.leadershipkokomo.org .

“As we plan for the Class of 2018, we invite people from businesses and organizations around the community to consider becoming a part of the new LK class,” said Kim King, acting chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “In addition to leadership training, participants will share networking opportunities, increased community awareness, volunteer opportunities and professional development that will benefit them and their organizations for the rest of their careers.”

LK Director Carrie Giannakos said the Leadership Kokomo Recruitment Luncheon, open without charge to potential applicants, will be an opportunity to learn more about what’s new in the current program, the application process and the alumni activities. Seats may be reserved by calling 765-252-5498 or by email at cgiannakos@ivytech.edu.

Leadership Kokomo, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and the City of Kokomo, is in its 36th year preparing individuals to become resourceful stewards of their community. During the year-long program, 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.

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Ivy Tech offering Express Enrollment Day at Kokomo and Logansport campuses

Statewide event on Oct. 25 a chance to complete enrollment for spring semester

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport will be among sites participating in a Statewide Express Enrollment Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Statewide Express Enrollment Day provides an opportunity for students from across Indiana to visit one of the participating locations and complete the enrollment steps to become a student at Ivy Tech for spring semester.

“This is a great opportunity to get all the steps completed so you’re ready when spring semester classes start on Jan. 16,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “We will have additional staff available at both locations to help prospective students wherever they are in the enrollment process – from applying for admission to actually registering for classes.”

At Statewide Express Enrollment Day, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the FAFSA, learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, register for the upcoming semester, and schedule orientation. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

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Community members invited to open forum with chancellor candidates

Question-and-answer sessions set for two finalists Oct. 24 and 25

KOKOMO, Ind. — Two campus/community open forums have been set to meet and hear from the two educators selected as finalists for the position of chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus. The position is part of the College’s new organizational structure.

Named as finalists are Kimberly King, acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus, and Dean G. McCurdy, associate vice president for Instruction and Bronson Healthy Living Campus at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan. The forums, open to the public in Room M400 of the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St., are planned for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, with King and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, with McCurdy.

Each candidate will present for 10 to 15 minutes on two subjects: “The First 100 Days as Chancellor” and “The Greatest Opportunities Facing the Kokomo Campus and Community.” Audience members may submit questions in advance by email to rcostello5@ivytech.edu or by using 5×7 cards that will be available at the forums.

Background on the two finalists:

Kimberly King

Kim King
Acting Chancellor, Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

Kimberly King was appointed in June to serve as the acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus. For the past two years, King has served Ivy Tech as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in Kokomo and Lafayette.

During her 20-year tenure with the College, King has also held roles in the Kokomo region including assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; dean for the Schools of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts and Design, and Academic Skills Advancement; and program chair for Communication, English, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  In 2015, she was recognized as the Outstanding Administrator by the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.  Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, King held positions at Adminastar Federal Inc., The Children’s Museum, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Indianapolis, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union in Kokomo.

King has been actively involved in Ivy Tech statewide, including as a member of the Regional Academic Officer’s Committee and the Higher Learning Commission’s Diversity Committee for Accreditation. Her community activities include serving on the Chamber Council of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and the Visioning/Winning Community Committee for the Community Foundation of Howard County and participating in Partners in Education.  She has led seminars and workshops for leadership academies in Kokomo, Logansport, and Wabash, and facilitated training of loaned associates for United Way.

King earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Theatre Education from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

 

Dean McCurdy

Dean McCurdy
Associate Vice President for Instruction at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Dean McCurdy serves as associate vice president for Instruction and Bronson Healthy Living Campus at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Michigan). In this role, he has collaborated with faculty, staff, and regional employers to lead the opening and growth of KVCC’s newest campus and programs. He also leads the Guided Pathways retention and completion initiative across all campuses of KVCC.

Prior to assuming these responsibilities, McCurdy served as dean of Math and Sciences at KVCC. From 2001–2013, he worked in a variety of roles at Albion College (Michigan), including as the A. Merton Chickering Professor of Biology, chair of the Biology Department, and director of the Honors Program. McCurdy’s work has resulted in award-winning teaching and research initiatives. He has served on the boards of regional, national, and international educational and environmental organizations and has led community-wide efforts to design and launch successful programs and facilities in healthcare, liberal arts and sciences, culinary arts, sustainable brewing, and agriculture.

Originally from Canada, he completed a B.Sc.(H) in Biology at Acadia University (Nova Scotia), a Ph.D. in Biology at Carleton University (Ontario), and a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

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