Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Kokomo in December

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course Dec. 16 and 18 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 611 of Ivy Tech’s Corporate College 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 $210 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. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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.

The workforce alignment staff for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, located at 1815 E. Morgan St. 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 765-252-5495.

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Miami County government officials tour Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

Brooke Robertson, director of business retention for the Miami County Economic Development Authority; Miami County Auditor Mary Brown; Ethan Heicher, Ivy Tech vice chancellor for academic affairs; Miami County Commissioner Larry West; Miami County Councilman Dave Sailors; and Ivy Tech Chancellor Ethan Heicher pose in technology space in Ivy Tech’s transformed Dupont building.

Officials approved funding to support technology program

KOKOMO, Ind. — Students in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program will have brand new classrooms and labs by the end of next year, thanks in part to a $50,000 appropriation from the leadership of Miami County government.

Through an appropriation approved by the Miami County Council and the county commissioners, this money will support a program that offers training in a high-demand career field perfect for people who like to work with their hands while applying their math and communication skills. According to Indiana Department of Labor statistics, the median salary for mechanical engineering technicians in Indiana is $31.25 per hour.

After a recent hard-hat tour of the construction site, Miami County Commissioner Larry West said Miami County leaders are excited to contribute to the Kokomo Ivy Tech Transformation Project and the benefits it will provide to its citizens. He noted that Ivy Tech has been a very important asset to his community.

“Miami County residents have completed coursework at Ivy Tech for many years and the addition of the Ivy Tech facility in Peru several years ago has been extremely beneficial,” he noted. “The current Kokomo Ivy Tech Transformation Project is another terrific advancement that will provide even more invaluable educational opportunities for the people of Miami County.”

Brooke Robertson joined the tour as a representative of the Miami County Economic Development Authority, where she serves as director of business retention.

“I really enjoyed the tour and look forward to seeing all of the improvements on campus,” she said. “Ivy Tech is a great asset for the region and Miami County. We look forward to working with the college in the future.”

The Miami County contribution is earmarked for Mechanical Engineering Technology space to be created during the next phase of the Ivy Tech Kokomo project, which will begin after work on the main building and the new Health Professions Center is completed. This will include the transformation of Ivy Tech’s current Technology Building into up-to-date, high-tech classrooms and labs with equipment that supports the experiential training that will prepare students to be ready to work on Day 1 of their careers. This also includes Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology and Industrial Technology.

Along with a classroom for lectures, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will have a specialty classroom that includes a CAD (computer-aided design) lab and 3D printers, where students can design and build prototypes and projects with the new technology. The building also will include a metrology lab that will hold all the program’s destructive testing equipment. Students will learn about crystalline structure of metals and how to conduct structural stress analysis utilizing tension, compression and flexure testing procedures.

Students in the program can pursue a range of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees to go immediately into the workforce or transfer to a four-year program. For information, contact program chair Tony Tony at ttony@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5550.

The Miami County appropriation is part of the #KOKOMOCAMPUSTRANSFORMATION campaign that is working to raise $3 million in contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals in area communities to complete the $43 million project. To find out more about the project, go to ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation or contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region marks National Apprenticeship Week

Nov. 11-17 earmarked to recognize essential training programs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Expanding apprenticeship opportunities are critical as Ivy Tech Community College works to fulfill its mission as Indiana’s engine of workforce development, a fact being celebrated during the fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week.

For Stephen Waddel, apprenticeship coordinator for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, the ever-increasing number of area companies using apprenticeships to meet their need for skilled employees is proof of the value of this “earn and learn” training model.

“Apprenticeship combines work-based learning with classroom instruction to meet the needs of employers for skilled employees,” Waddel said, noting that Ivy Tech has been an important apprenticeship partner for area businesses for more than 40 years. To meet the needs of employers, Ivy Tech offers apprenticeship classes days and evenings at both the Logansport and Kokomo campuses.

In the Kokomo Region, employers who work with Ivy Tech on apprenticeship programs have included A Raymond Tinnerman, Braun Corporation, Lehigh Hanson Inc., Carter Fuel Systems, FCA North America, Haynes International, Matthew Warren, Milbank Manufacturing, Owens Corning, Paper Works Industries, Plymouth Tube, Small Parts Inc., Steel Parts, Tyson Foods, and the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

“For several years, Haynes has supported apprenticeships in instrument repair,” Waddel said. “This year, they have added apprenticeships to prepare employees in the skilled trades of electrician, machine repair, and lubrication specialist.

“Matthew Warren Spring in Logansport recently began an industrial maintenance repair apprenticeship and Tyson Foods in Logansport started their machine maintenance program this fall.”

And, he noted, apprenticeship programs are now being offered in areas beyond the traditional industrial and building trades.

“While still in the planning phase, we are talking with banks and hospitals about future apprenticeships,” Waddel said. “Employers in all sectors of the economy feel the need to reskill and upskill their employees, and developing a skilled labor force in the Kokomo Region results in an improved quality of life through better-paying jobs,” he continued. “That’s what is being celebrated in National Apprenticeship Week 2019.”

According to Waddel, companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits, and more.

Apprenticeship programs are developed when an employer wants to provide the training required for existing employees to develop a skill set the employer needs. The programs generally involve a four-year commitment for a total of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with journeymen experienced in the trade along with classroom instruction developed and provided by Ivy Tech to meet the employer’s needs, Waddel said.

The programs represent a real investment in the employee. Companies pay their wages as they go through the on-the-job training as well as the cost of schooling and sometimes the cost of tools and uniforms. At the end, they have employees trained and certified in needed skilled trades and the employees have locally and often nationally recognized credentials that can advance their careers.

Additionally, it’s possible for the apprentices to earn college degrees as well. Under a recently approved initiative, Ivy Tech can work with employers to develop workforce alignment certificates and technical certificates based on completion of an agreed-upon group of courses linked to the employer’s apprenticeship program. Under the IBEW apprenticeship program, at the end of the apprenticeship, graduates also have earned Ivy Tech technical certificates and associate degrees.

Waddel is a card-carrying journeyman electrician who received his skilled trades apprenticeship academic training through Ivy Tech and brings that experience to his job as apprenticeship coordinator. He notes that in addition to industry credentials, people who successful complete apprenticeships also earn technical certificates and associate degrees from Ivy Tech.

To learn more about apprenticeship programs at Ivy Tech, contact Waddel at swaddel@ivytech.edu or by phone at 765-252-5545.


About National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions, and Americans interested in apprenticeships to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“Apprenticeships are one of the most effective ways to develop a highly skilled workforce,” Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. “As our economy grows, the Trump Administration continues to focus on expanding apprenticeship opportunities for America’s workforce.”

With 7.2 million job openings in the United States, apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways in which employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and transferable credentials.

NAW is responsible for more than 2,000 apprenticeship-focused events attended by more than 200,000 participants across all 50 states since its creation in 2014. NAW has also generated three Presidential proclamations and nearly 300 proclamations from governors, mayors, state senators, and numerous industry and labor unions to affirm their commitment to apprenticeship. Events and activities have included apprenticeship program open houses for career seekers, skills competitions, community forums, apprentice graduations, business open houses, high school and college career fairs, apprenticeship signing days, industry roundtable events, and more.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. To learn more about apprenticeships, visit the Department of Labor’s one-stop source for all things apprenticeship, www.apprenticeship.gov.

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Community First Bank funds supporting outdoor space at new Ivy Tech Kokomo

Flanked by Ivy Tech’s Dean McCurdy and Kelly Karickhoff, representatives of Community First Bank of Indiana, including Robb Blume, president/CEO; Kim LaFollette, senior vice president; and Bob Hickman, chief credit officer, recently got a preview of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new community patio that is being created thanks to the support of the financial institution.

New patio will offer open-air meeting, entertaining options

KOKOMO, Ind. — The transformation of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus means new classrooms, high-tech labs, and state-of-the-art technology for hands-on learning that will prepare students for meaningful and rewarding lives. But it means even more – attractive, well-lit facilities and grounds with lounges and conference rooms and study areas … places where students, faculty, staff, and community members can gather, inside and out, for conversation, collaboration, and relaxation.

It will mark a big change for students at Ivy Tech in Kokomo – and one of the great new additions currently being completed is a large paved and landscaped outdoor gathering space with low walls and an array of tables and chairs, courtesy of a generous donation from Community First Bank of Indiana.

The “patio,” located on the north end of the new Health Professions Center, will be accessible from the center’s student commons (named to recognize the support of Community Howard Regional Health), offering a great spot for lunches and conversation. During special events, several large doors can be opened to connect the 300-seat Hingst Hall, Ivy Tech’s new community room, with the outdoor environment on the patio.

Robb Blume, president and CEO of Community First Bank, along with Kim LaFollette, senior vice president, and Bob Hickman, chief credit officer, recently toured the #KOKOMOCAMPUSTRANSFORMATION project to get a first-hand look. For Blume, supporting an area that will be open for community use made sense for his institution.

“On behalf of Community First Bank’s board of directors and employees, we would like to congratulate the entire Ivy Tech team on this transformational project,” Blume said.

“As a locally owned and managed institution, we are proud to play a small part in an undertaking that so dramatically impacts our community,” he continued. “The improvements being made at Ivy Tech will benefit not only current students, faculty and staff, but will prove to enhance the educational opportunities of generations to come. “

Chancellor Dean McCurdy said the Community First donation is an example of the great support being extended to the #KOKOMOCAMPUSTRANSFORMATION campaign.

“The campaign has reached more than 70 percent of its a goal of raising $3 million in contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout our five-county service area,” the chancellor said. “The State of Indiana appropriated $40 million toward our $43 million project. The campaign donations are going to complete amenities, like the Community First Bank patio, that aren’t covered by the state funding and that will add so much to the student experience at Ivy Tech Kokomo.”

To find out more about the Kokomo Campus transformation project, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.


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State flag from Indiana State Capitol now flying over Ivy Tech Kokomo

Mike Karickhoff and John Martino raise a State of Indiana flag from the State Capitol to fly over Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new quad.

Progress! Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new quad is shaping up. Pavers and sidewalks are in, landscaping is under way, lighting is being installed … and the flagpoles are up! Monday, Mike Karickhoff and John Martino joined together to raise, for the first time, the flag of Indiana over the new quad.

Mike, who retired in January after nearly 17 years as director of facilities for Ivy Tech Kokomo, has also served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives since 2010, representing District 30, which includes portions of Grant and Howard counties. Along with two other members of the area legislative team – District 38 Rep. Heath VanNatter and District 21 State Senator Jim Buck, Mike was instrumental in gaining legislative approval for the State of Indiana appropriation that is funding most of the Kokomo Campus transformation. He brought the Indiana state flag from the Statehouse for use on the new flagpole.

It was fitting he was joined in the flag-raising by John Martino, who served as Mike’s deputy and took over the job of facilities director on Mike’s retirement.

“It’s wonderful to see the continued progress the College has enjoyed and to be able to bring a flag from the State Capitol to add to the project,” Mike said. “This project is great for the people of Ivy Tech, Kokomo, and Indiana.”

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‘College 101: Parent Night’ set for Nov. 14 at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Parents, students can learn more about options after high school

KOKOMO, Ind. — Community college can be the perfect next step for a high school senior – offering a chance for academic success and an important transition time, whether that senior is looking for a launching pad for a great career or an opportunity to smoothly transfer to a four-year university. Area students and their parents will be able to learn more about those possibilities at “College 101: Parent Night” Nov. 14 at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Campus.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. in the main building at the Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for event registration with the opening session at 6 p.m.

Kates Brommeland, director of Admissions and Enrollment for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, said “College 101” is an evening for prospective students and their families to learn more about the benefits and resources available at Ivy Tech. The event will feature workshop sessions on the enrollment process, financial aid, transfer options, and career exploration, along with an opportunity to learn more about academic programs available in the Kokomo area.

“We are really excited about the academic showcase that faculty from a wide variety of disciplines are planning to make available,” Brommeland said. “Students and parents will have a chance to talk in depth with professors about programs like automotive technology, engineering technology, cyber security, and information technology, as well as physical and biological sciences, health sciences, business and office administration, and human services.”

Workshop sessions will offer an introduction to student life; a discussion of Ivy Tech’s ASAP program, which allows motivated students to earn an associate degree in 11 months; and a review of many other options at Ivy Tech, including dual enrollment and dual credit possibilities and important information for students about the Transfer as a Junior program.

The Express Enrollment Center will be open until 9 p.m. with staff members available to answer additional questions related to financial aid and college admission.

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” Brommeland 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.”

Attendees who register in advance will be entered to win a 3-credit hour Ivy Tech scholarship to be used at Ivy Tech campuses in Kokomo, Logansport or Peru. Participants must be present to win. To register, go to IvyTech.edu/college101 and look for the RSVP link.

For more information on “College 101” or to schedule a visit to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo or Logansport campuses, contact Carlee Cook, assistant director of admissions based in Kokomo, by email at ccook183@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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Bona Vista sets open house at Ivy Tech Peru location

Community invited to see adult day care services facilities

PERU, Ind. – Bona Vista Programs and Ivy Tech Community College have scheduled an open house for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, so community members can see their innovative collaboration to offer adult day habilitation services at the College’s Peru Instructional Site at 425 W. Main St.

After the recent sale of Bona Vista’s Benton Street location, Ivy Tech’s Peru facility is now the primary site for Bona Vista’s Miami County Programs, specifically the operations of their adult day programming for people with intellectual and developmental delays. Within this facility, the adult program will occupy two classrooms and the cafeteria area and participants will have access to Ivy Tech’s state-of-the-art kitchen area, computer lab and auditorium.

The partnership between Ivy Tech and Bona Vista is designed to promote the inclusion of adults with disabilities by housing the programs within a community building. Services are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To learn more about the open house and all programs at Bona Vista in Peru, call 765-473-6744 or visit www.bonavista.org.

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