Regional Board of Trustees to meet May 5


Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 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 26th day of April 2016.

Ms. Annalee Benedict, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees

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NCIEDP to host second educators/employers forum

Gov. Mike Pence will be keynote speaker on career and technical education 

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker May 4 at a conference sponsored by the North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership (NCIEDP), Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and Indiana University Kokomo.

“The Educators/Employers Connection: Indiana’s Focus on Career and Technical Education” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in Kresge Hall in the Kelley Student Center at IUK.

Area employers, educators, elected officials and community leaders from the six counties that make up the NCIEDP are invited to attend the event that will focus on Indiana’s efforts to prepare young students for jobs for the future through innovative Career and Technical Education programs.

Gov. Pence will speak on “Indiana’s Vision for Career and Technical Education.” Other presenters at the conference will include Brian Burton, president and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association; Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet, a program of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; and Roger Feldhaus, executive director of the Region 4 Workforce Board, Tecumseh Area Partnership.

This event follows on the successful “The Educators/Employers Forum: The Value of Industrial Certifications” held at IUK last October, which featured Neil Reddy, executive director of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) based in Alexandria, Va.

Christy Householder, chair of the NCIEDP, explained the “Educators/Employers Connection” currently underway in the region.

“In the NCIEDP region and surrounding area, several high schools and career centers are partners in the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program through Ivy Tech Community College. Through the program, they are preparing their students with specific knowledge and skills for jobs/careers in advanced manufacturing,” Householder said. “During the spring semester of 2016, 16 students are participating in a work-based learning opportunity in several of our area industries. These experiences have been beneficial for both the employers and the students.”

She said these schools are preparing 93 individuals to obtain nationally recognized certifications required for placement in work-based learning experiences next year. These include credentials through the Manufacturing Standards Skills Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) program, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and the American Welding Society (AWS). “Employer engagement in this program is vital as we continue to build the pipeline of future industrial workers – the measure of success for this program,” she said.

A recent announcement from Gov. Pence regarding his initiative to bolster local work-based learning opportunities for Hoosier young people is very timely for the work that NCIEDP supports through the Youth CareerConnect program in our area, Householder continued. “We are very pleased the governor, Brian Burton, Janet Boston, and Roger Feldhaus will be together to address these issues during our second Educator/Employer Forum.”

NCIEDP is a partnership that brings together economic development leaders from Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties to coordinate and focus on business and industry efforts as a region. Reservations for the May 4 conference may be made online at For more information, contact the economic development officer in your county or Jan Bailey at or by calling her at 765-252-5541.

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Ivy Tech Logansport Campus students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa


April 19 induction of new members into Logansport Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

April 19 induction of new members into Logansport Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership in Beta Gamma Zeta chapter

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Thirty-five students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ) Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the April 19 ceremony at the Logansport Campus include, from Akron: Brittany Meier; Arcadia: Melissa Scott; Bunker Hill: Mallory Schrock; Burnettsville: Andrew Rider; Burrows: Kayla McClain; Culver: Natasha Harris; Galveston: Jodi Osenbaugh; Flora: Susan Turrill; Logansport: Jessica Boucher, Alexis Carr, Emma Click, Carly Geisler, Chelsea Henn, Yahaira Hernandez, Flor Hernandez-Luis, Mu Lwee, Rick Martinez, Sarah Meyer, Amanda Mutch, Matthew Nelson, Isle Palencia, Peyton Pasquarosa, Courtney Pauley, Cassandra Proffitt, Soledad Tafolla Rodriguez, Julie Vanderbur, and Anjanette Wallace; Lucerne: Austin Beach; Noblesville: Karen Harding; Peru: Denise Benson, Jaime Seitter, Maggie Winans; Wabash: Sherry Wehrly; Walton: Adrienne Ayers and Brooke Chase.

Chapter officers presiding over the ceremony included Carrie Sherer, president; Austin Beach, vice president; Elizabeth Humphrey, secretary. Chapter advisers are Starr McNally, assistant professor and department chair for nursing, and Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair for science.

The chapter’s guest speaker was Beta Gamma Zeta alumna Kourtney Hammitt of Kokomo. Hammitt, who received her Associate of Science degree in Nursing in 2015, focused on two major points in her address to attendees. She emphasized the fellowship and support she received as a Phi Theta Kappa member and officer and also the capacity to make a positive change in our communities. During her tenure as chapter president, BGZ experienced rapid growth and went on to receive numerous chapter awards at the 2015 spring regional conference. Hammitt was honored at that conference as the most distinguished chapter officer in the state for 2014-15.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.


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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course May 3 and 5 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The class will meet at the College’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

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 Tuesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 5, 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 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

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region students, faculty honored at NerdNation 2016

Awards presented at annual convention of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

KOKOMO, Ind. – A group of Ivy Tech Community College students and faculty members from the Kokomo Region are back after a very successful trip to NerdNation 2016, the annual convention of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in National Harbor, Md. Ivy Tech students and faculty from Kokomo and Logansport were honored with several awards during the April 7-9 conference.

Carrie Sherer of Logansport, president of Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter in Logansport, was one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa members from around the world honored with the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award.

Distinguished Chapter Officers must be nominated by their chapters through the organization’s Hallmark Awards application process, and are chosen based on a student’s demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action, other engagement in the society, and enthusiasm for the Hallmarks of the Society (Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship). They were selected by a panel of judges from more than 369 nominees internationally.

Moriah Mercer of Peru, president of Alpha Pi Phi Chapter in Kokomo and the Phi Theta Kappa Indiana Region officer, was one of 12 students named a Distinguished Regional Officer.

Regional coordinators serve as the leaders of Phi Theta Kappa’s 30 regions, act as a liaison between Phi Theta Kappa headquarters and the chapters. and also serve as the nominators for this award. Moriah was recognized for outstanding leadership, implementing regional goals that support overall Society goals, significant contributions to regional Honors in Action programs, and effectively communicating the region’s program and projects to chapter members.

Officer teams from Kokomo Region’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter in Logansport and Alpha Phi Pi Chapter in Kokomo were among 30 chapter officer teams honored with the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.

Distinguished Chapter Officer Teams must be nominated by their chapter advisors through the Hallmark process. They were selected by a panel of judges from more than 195 nominees internationally.

Members of the winning teams from Kokomo Region include Angela Bailiff of Greentown, Moriah Mercer of Peru, and Cheryl Collins, Kathryn Einstein, and Nila Myers of Kokomo from Alpha Phi Pi Chapter; and Jenna Yeakley of Galveston, Amanda Paradis of Winamac, and Bryan Martinez, Debra Powers, and Carrie Sherer of Logansport from Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter.

Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter also was honored with four chapter awards, including Distinguished Honors in Action Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award, and Distinguished Chapter Award. The chapter also was named fourth runner-up for the Most Distinguished chapter in Phi Theta Kappa, making it the fifth-ranked chapter out of 1,285 chapters worldwide.

Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region, was one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa advisors honored with the Distinguished Advisor Award. He is advisor for the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus and serves as Indiana regional coordinator, leading the advisors from the 23 chapters across the state.

The Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and/or international level of the organization. Advisors were nominated by their chapters through the Hallmark Awards application process. They were selected by a panel of judges from over 48 nominees worldwide.

Studach is one of 30 community college instructors internationally selected to serve as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016-2017 Faculty Scholars. The 30 were selected from among nearly 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors around the world. He has been recognized as a state and international leader in Phi Theta Kappa. In 2014, his third year as advisor of Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter at the Logansport Campus, Studach was honored at the international conference in Orlando, Fla., with a Paragon Award for New Advisors and Beta Gamma Zeta chapter has been honored with a number of awards under his tenure.

The 2016 Advisor Awards are sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and Envision, sponsor of the International Scholar Laureate Program.

Studach also was one of five regional coordinators honored with the Regional Milestone Award, which recognizes a significant accomplishment and/or renewed enthusiasm among existing regions and superior achievements of newly organized regions

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.


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Ivy Tech sets Go Ivy Day at Kokomo Campus April 22

Prospective students can learn more about value of community college

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus will open its doors Friday, April 22, to give prospective students a chance to see the many opportunities community college offers for personal and career advancement.

The “Go Ivy Day” event is set for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo. The event will include campus tours; an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students; and a look at the programs and courses offered at the Kokomo 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 Sarah King, assistant director of admissions. “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.”

King 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,” King 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.

To add your name to the visitor list, call 765-252-5487 or email Sarah King at . Parents are welcome to attend.


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May 1 a critical deadline for students ready to start Ivy Tech classes this summer

FAFSA must be filed by May 1 to meet priority date for summer session aid

KOKOMO, Ind. – May 1 is a very important date for anyone planning to start classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region this summer. It’s the date students and families must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for the summer session, which has classes beginning May 24 and June 6.

“We are encouraging students and admitted students planning to attend Ivy Tech this summer to come in as soon as possible to complete all the paperwork for financial aid,” 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 May 1 priority date to assure your financial aid is in place when classes begin.”

Martin continued, “While financial aid applications filed after May 1 will be accepted, the Financial Aid office will process those forms filed by the priority date so awarded financial aid will be available when spring semester classes begin. Applications filed after May 1 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 session.”

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.

To provide help in this process, the Kokomo Campus offers the Express Enrollment Center in the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St., which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 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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