Ivy Tech Kokomo alumna named to Kokomo Region Board of Trustees

Carlee Glassburn Cook will represent agriculture on the board

Carlee Glassburn Cook

KOKOMO, Ind. — Carlee Glassburn Cook, a Miami County native and 2013 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, has been named to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

Cook was appointed to a three-year term by Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees. A regional manager for Indiana Farm Bureau, Cook will represent agriculture on the seven-member regional board.

“We are very pleased Carlee is joining the Kokomo Region trustees and proud to have one of our own graduates step into this role,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.

“Since earning her associate of science in agriculture in 2013, Carlee has been a strong proponent of the value of Ivy Tech,” he continued. “She credits Ivy Tech for providing a strong foundation for the bachelor’s degree in agriculture communication she earned at Purdue University two years later.”

Members of Ivy Tech’s 14 regional boards have four essential responsibilities. These include analyzing educational needs and opportunities in the region, approving regional programming and recommending to the state board a plan to provide education and workforce development programs for the region, approving the region’s budget, and recommending methods for acquiring facilities and equipment needed to deliver regional programs.

Cook has been the Farm Bureau’s regional manager for Tipton, Howard, Miami, Grant, Wabash, and Huntington counties since last September. She previously worked for two years at Kokomo Grain Co. as a customer service representative with an applied focus in grain merchandising.

Tom McKaig, president of the Kokomo Region Board of Trustees, welcomed Cook as a new member to the board. “As a recent graduate with some great experience in the world of Indiana farmers, she will be a great representative of both agriculture and youth,” he said.

As a student at Ivy Tech, Carlee excelled in the classroom, earning membership in Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society; took advantage of on-campus activities; and was part of a 10-day faculty-student travel-abroad program in Italy. She served summer internships at the Howard County Purdue Extension Office and at Beck’s Hybrids.

A recipient of several Ivy Tech scholarships while a student, she now works to support those who are following her. As a member of Circle of Ivy, Ivy Tech’s women’s philanthropy group, she has often shared her story with alumni and student groups.

“It’s an incredible honor to be invited and accepted as a new board member for the Kokomo Service Area,” Cook said. “I’m proud to be an Ivy Tech alumna representing the agriculture industry.”

Cook and her husband Andrew, who works in the research department at Beck’s Hybrids, live in Tipton County.


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College 101 set for April 19 at Ivy Tech Kokomo and Logansport

Parents, students can learn more about options after high school

KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The transition from high school to higher education can be challenging. FAFSA? Assessment tests? Picking a major? Parents and students can get answers to their questions April 19 when Ivy Tech Community College sponsors “College 101” from 6 to 8 p.m. 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,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “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. As of July 1, the state is expanding the program to cover 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 and staff members will be on hand to answer additional questions relating to financial aid and college admission.

At Logansport, campus tours will be available for parents and students, who are also invited to attend the Cass County College & Career Fair April 24 at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl to learn more about specific programming. Participants at the Kokomo Campus will have a chance to meet Dean McCurdy, Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new chancellor, and see the future boards previewing the campus transformation that will occur over the next 18 to 24 months. Exhibits and demonstrations will be set up throughout the main building where parents can interact with Ivy Tech faculty members, many of whom bring years of employment experience in the field they teach.

“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 Tammy Herschberger, assistant director of admissions based in Kokomo, by email at therschberger1@ivytech.edu  or by calling 765-252-5487 or Jovita Flores, assistant director of admissions based in Logansport, by email at jflores26@ivytech.edu or by calling 574-398-6097.

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Cass County College & Career Expo set with 15 colleges, 35 employers

Free event April 24 is open to students, alumni, and public

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – More than 35 central Indiana employers and 15 Indiana colleges and universities are planning to participate in the Cass County College & Career Expo set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl.

Ivy Tech Community College, Trine University Logansport, the Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce, and Logansport High School are sponsoring the expo. The event is open to Ivy Tech and Trine University students and alumni, high school students and community members seeking part-time or full-time jobs or internship positions or interested in learning more about educational opportunities offered by colleges throughout the state of Indiana.

The event is open without charge and provides participants the chance to meet with employers and discuss potential job opportunities. Indiana college representatives also will be on hand to discuss options in higher education. In addition, Ivy Tech faculty will be showcasing the degree and certificate programs offered at both the Logansport and Kokomo campuses with hands-on activities and displays.

“Anyone in the community looking for a full-time or part-time job, internship or even volunteer opportunity is provided a greater advantage by networking with prospective employers while attending the career expo,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Logansport.

“Many of the employers who are participating currently have job openings, so everyone attending should dress in professional attire, bring copies of their resume, and be prepared to talk with potential employers,”  she continued. “The day is about networking and learning what technical skills and soft skills employers are looking for in a qualified candidate.”

Dillman said Ivy Tech admission representatives will be available to answer questions about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant. The state program provides funding for qualified individuals to cover tuition and fees for short-term training in selected high-demand career fields, regardless of income level.

Logansport High School sophomores, juniors and seniors and Century Career Center students along with juniors from Pioneer High School will participate in the expo.

“Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, this is a great place to find out what kind of jobs are out there and what kind of credentials you’d need to qualify,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor of enrollment services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo service area.  “Admissions officers from Ivy Tech, Trine University and other colleges throughout the state will be on hand to talk about options for coming to college to get the certificates or degrees that will open doors to new careers.”

For more information, contact Dillman at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu or Lori Lange, director of Trine University’s Logansport Education Center for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, at 574-516-1218 or langel@trine.edu. Participating employers and colleges can be viewed at https://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/13980.html.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport students named to All-Indiana Academic Team

Phi Theta Kappa recognition honors student achievement

Phi Theta Kappa logoKOKOMO, Ind. – Six students from the Kokomo and Logansport campuses of Ivy Tech Community College have been named to the 2018 All-Indiana Community College Academic Team. They were among 44 Ivy Tech students statewide honored at a celebration event March 16 at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington Campus.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community colleges, developed the All-USA Community College Academic Team program to recognize high-achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.

Those named to the All-Indiana Team, which included nomination for the All-USA team, included Kristi Brenner, a Human Services major from Logansport, and Jim Montgomery, a Human Services major from Kokomo. Both are members of the Alpha Phi Pi Chapter at the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus.  Members of the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter who were honored included Alexis Carr, Medical Office Administration graduate from Rochester; Anjanette Wallace, Nursing major from Macy; Carlie Deardorff, General Studies major from Logansport; and Carrie Sherer, Biology major from Logansport,

Top students in the competition were recognized as recipients of scholarships through the program. Kokomo’s Jim Montgomery was named winner of a $750 One America Scholar award.

The academic competition scores students on academic honors, activities including leadership and work experience, and an essay. This year, the All-Indiana program added a new category and now recognizes students in university transfer and workforce pathways.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Kori Wood honored with Homeland Security scholarship

Left-right, Kim Snyder, grants management section chief of Indiana Department of Homeland Security; Janice Hart, director of Howard County EMA; Kori Wood, scholarship recipient; Theresa Murphy, vice chancellor for Student Success for Ivy Tech Kokomo; Michael Holsapple, Homeland Security/Public Safety program chair; and Bryan Langley, IDHS executive director.


Kokomo resident volunteers for Howard County Emergency Management unit

Ivy Tech Kokomo student Kori Wood was honored by Kim Snyder and Bryan Langley of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security

KOKOMO, Ind. — The director of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, Bryan Langley, knows the importance of recognizing the extensive service volunteers provide in responding to public emergencies – natural and manmade. He knows how important it is to recruit those volunteers and he knows how important it is to train those volunteers.

Langley recently demonstrated his commitment to volunteers by traveling to the Kokomo Campus of Ivy Tech Community College to honor student Kori Wood, a Kokomo native who is one of 13 Indiana students who received a scholarship this year from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation.

“Kori will be a leader in our community in the future,” Langley said in a meeting to congratulate her on the scholarship award. “Her character and her leadership is what you want to honor.”

The Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a degree in a safety- or health-related major at an Indiana college and who has volunteer experience at a public safety agency such as a police or fire department, emergency medical service, or emergency management agency. The funding for these scholarships was provided through purchases of “Secure Indiana” license plates.

Wood, who is working toward an associate degree in Homeland Security at Ivy Tech, also has been honored for her service as a volunteer with the Howard County Emergency Management Agency.

Janice Hart, director of the Howard County EMA, called Wood “totally amazing.”

“Kori is known for her initiative and her drive,” Hart said. A leader in the EMA’s communication department, Wood handles all of the organization’s social media and, when emergencies like the August 2016 tornado hit, she’s the one who handles dispatching of volunteers to areas of need.

“She’s a standout in every organization or agency she’s involved in. She puts her heart and soul in everything she does,” Hart added. The Howard County EMA presented Wood its “Recognition of Determination and Dedication Award” in 2017 in honor of her first year as a volunteer.

Faculty members in the Homeland Security/Public Safety program at Ivy Tech Kokomo seconded the glowing assessments of Wood, noting her commitment to her studies. One example really stands out in the minds of her professors. Wood underwent heart transplant surgery in November 2016 and returned to Ivy Tech in January, medical mask over her nose and mouth to block out any germs that could attack her diminished immune response. When she ended up back in the hospital that semester, she took tests and wrote papers from her hospital room.

“Kori is the Homeland Security poster child for students with a commitment to succeed and overcome any and all obstacles,” said Michael Holsapple, director of the Homeland Security/Public Safety program for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “She has whatever ‘that’ is that helps a student succeed – the hunger, drive, perseverance that I wish we could bottle.”

Wood, whose college experience was interrupted by more than a decade of work at zoos and animal research labs and then medical issues, has been very active since she returned to Ivy Tech in 2017. A graduate of Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy, Wood is secretary of the Student Government Association, a member of the Homeland Security Program Advisory Council, and a student ambassador. She has been recognized for her academic achievement with membership in Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. She also is active in the American Heart Association and maintains a daily exercise regimen at the Kokomo Family YMCA that includes walking a mile, biking two miles, and swimming a mile.

Wood credits a number of Ivy Tech faculty and staff members for contributing to her success. “I want to thank Ivy Tech so much for working with me through all my health issues,” she said.

A chance encounter with Howard County EMA activities in the summer of 2016 as a guest of a friend turned into Wood’s new professional passion.

“Never in a million years would I have thought this is where I would end up,” Wood said. “Why emergency management? Helping people. Being involved in different community events. There’s always something going on … and it’s one big family of volunteers and I love that.”

Wood, 33 and the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, expects to complete her degree in December and hopes to turn her volunteer experience in emergency management into a career.

For information on Ivy Tech’s Homeland Security/Public Safety program, contact program chair Michael Holsapple at mholsapple@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5200.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo seeking adjunct faculty for upcoming semesters

Adjunct Faculty Job Fair set for April 18

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area is seeking adjunct instructors for the 2018-2019 school year and has set an Adjunct Faculty Job Fair from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, on the main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.

Openings are available for the Fall 2018 and the Spring 2019 semesters for qualified instructors for credit-transferable courses, occupational specializations, and tutoring in various disciplines at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru sites. Requirements for applicants to teach Ivy Tech courses vary.

Requirements for teaching courses in which credits are transferable to four-year educational institutions include a master’s degree in the subject matter directly related to the teaching assignment or a master’s degree in an unrelated area, plus 18 graduate credit hours in the subject matter directly related to the teaching assignment(s).

Requirements for teaching in occupational specializations such as automotive technology, manufacturing, or welding include occupation-specific combinations of education, work experience and licenses/certifications.

For tutors in occupational specializations in non-credit/non-transferable courses, applicants much have an associate degree in that occupational discipline. For tutors in credit-transferable courses, a bachelor’s degree in education or in the appropriate/relevant tutoring subject area is required.

Those interested in teaching at Ivy Tech on an adjunct basis for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters should bring copies of their résumés, transcripts and professional licenses/certifications for on-site screening interviews. Those unable to attend the job fair may complete an online application at www.jobs.ivytech.edu .

Ivy Tech representatives will be available to discuss teaching opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year in the following academic areas:

  • Accounting;
  • Anatomy and Physiology;
  • Astronomy;
  • Automotive Technology;
  • Biology;
  • Business Administration;
  • Chemistry;
  • Communication;
  • Computing and Informatics;
  • Education and Early Childhood Education;
  • Engineering;
  • English Composition;
  • Diesel Technology,
  • Foreign Languages;
  • Health Sciences (Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Surgical Technology, Paramedic Science, Medical Insurance, Customer Relations, Electronic Health Records, introductory courses)
  • Heating/Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC);
  • Humanities (Art History, Philosophy, Music, and Theater);
  • Industrial Electrical
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Long Term & Home Health Care (CNA, QMA. HHA, Meal Planning, Restorative and Rehab Aide, Dementia)
  • Machine Tool;
  • Management (Business);
  • Mathematics;
  • Nursing
  • Physics;
  • Robotics;
  • Tutors in Math and Writing;
  • Tutors in Health Sciences (Nursing and Non-Nursing); and
  • Welding.

For information, contact Cody Mullins, chair of the Humanities and Foreign Languages program, at cmullins21@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5488.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Kim King to be honored by Phi Theta Kappa

PTK names 27 winners of its College Administrator Award

Kimberly King

KOKOMO, Ind. — Kim King, vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, will receive Phi Theta Kappa’s Distinguished College Administrator Award during PTK Catalyst 2018, the academic honor society’s annual international convention, in Kansas City, Mo., April 19-21.

The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are presented to college vice presidents, deans, or directors serving at postsecondary institutions who have demonstrated a strong level of support for the PTK chapters on their campuses. A total of 27 administrators are being honored with this award this year.

King was nominated by Elizabeth Humphrey and Carrie Sherer, officers of Phi Theta Kappa’s Logansport Chapter, for her efforts in supporting the student members and activities of the honor society’s Alpha Phi Pi Chapter at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus and Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter at Logansport.

She is being honored for more than 20 years of service to Ivy Tech Kokomo as a professor and academic leader. In nominating her, the students called her “a huge champion for student success” whose support of student activities and faculty involvement contributes greatly to the accomplishments of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters.

“She talks up all of the positives she sees with Phi Theta Kappa, from the retention and graduation rates to the social networking to scholarships,” the nominators said.

“Students know that if we need to talk to Vice Chancellor King that we can and she will quickly make time to talk,” they added. “She makes the student her number one priority.”

The students cited the administrator for her support of numerous Phi Theta Kappa activities, both on campus and throughout the communities they serve.

“She finds opportunities for students, whether it be through speakers, finding funds to attend a meeting, or allowing chapters to host regional conference and chapter events,” the students said in nominating King for the award, “Vice Chancellor King is a woman who wants to see all of the students at Ivy Tech Kokomo and statewide succeed. She works every day to accomplish that.”

“When the students approached me about nominating Vice Chancellor King for this award, I wholeheartedly supported them,” said Professor Leo Studach, chair of the science program for Ivy Tech Kokomo who serves as advisor to the BGZ chapter and as Indiana regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa. “Kim shows an incredible dedication to Ivy Tech and its students.”

One example of that dedication recognized by the students nominating King for the award, Studach said, is her solid and constant support to the two Kokomo Service Area Phi Theta Kappa chapters. “On behalf of the students and advisors I congratulate her on this prestigious honor,” he said.


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