Heicher/Powless contributions boost Ivy Tech capital campaign

Ivy Tech administrator and wife support campus transformation

Ethan Heicher and Cecelia Powless are excited to watch as the new Early Childhood Education and Education classroom/labs take shape on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus.

KOKOMO, Ind. — For Ethan Heicher and Dr. Cecelia Powless, the transformation of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus is about more than just the transformation of buildings; it’s also about the transformation of the faculty and staff to better serve the students. And, they say, the gifts they have pledged to Ivy Tech’s The Time Is Now capital campaign are not just gifts to a campus but gifts to the community.

Heicher, the acting vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for Ivy Tech Kokomo, and his wife, an obstetrician-gynecologist affiliated with Community Howard Regional Health-Kokomo, pledged $50,000 to the campaign as part of their commitment to the life-changing mission of community colleges. Both began their long journeys in higher education at a community college near their hometown in southern Illinois.

They also pledged up to an additional $75,000 to match, dollar-for-dollar, contributions to the campaign made by Ivy Tech’s faculty and staff – a match opportunity faculty and staff have met and exceeded. Contributions from other Ivy Tech employees so far approach $130,000. With the gifts from Heicher and Powless added, that means a total of more than $250,000 for The Time Is Now campaign.

The campaign aims to gather $3 million in support from individuals, businesses, and organizations in the five counties that make up Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area (Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton). The donations represent local support to be added to a $40 million appropriation from the State of Indiana to complete the $43 million transformation of the Kokomo Campus currently under way.

“An investment in community college is an investment in the entire community,” Heicher said. “And it’s an investment in the people you work with.

“We really feel like we found a good community here,” he continued. “It’s very easy to give when you know that you are investing in a good group of people. We are all part of the team. Ivy Tech has a mission. Our mission is the transformation of people, not just the transformation of buildings.”

In honor of their gifts to the campaign, the Early Childhood Education and Education classroom/labs located in the main building will be named in honor of Powless’s parents, David and Donna Powless. Her father, now retired, was a high school social studies and history instructor in Kinmundy, Ill.; her mother, who passed away about two years ago, worked in data processing and analysis at the nearby Kaskaskia Community College in Centralia, where Heicher and Powless started their post-secondary educations. The new Education rooms at Ivy Tech Kokomo will memorialize the respect for education and self-improvement the Powlesses instilled in their children and their friends.

For more about the Kokomo Transformation at www.ivytech.edu/KokomoTransformation .

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Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus to host College Goal Sunday on Feb. 24

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 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 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) who should bring completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2017 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 2017 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 $1,000 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 $1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in April, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

Especially valuable to first-generation college students, College Goal Sunday 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.

Now in its 30th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 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). The organization sponsors two College Goal Sundays each school year, one in November and one in February.

For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.

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. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

College Goal Sunday originated in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.

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Ivy Tech Logansport to host Express Enrollment Feb. 13

Prospective students can complete steps to start classes March 18

 KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus is participating in a statewide Express Enrollment event Wednesday, Feb. 13, to help prospective students complete important admissions and enrollment steps to be ready when a new term of eight-week classes begins on March 18.

“As Ivy Tech increases the number of courses offered in the eight-week format, students have more opportunities to earn credits without having to commit to a traditional 16-week semester,” said Kates Brommeland, director of enrollment and admissions for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “At the Express Enrollment event, Ivy Tech representatives will be available to assist students with questions about financial aid, assessment, and the enrollment process so they are prepared to start in March.”

Enrollment services will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport. Jovita Flores, assistant admissions director for the Logansport Campus, can answer questions in advance. Contact her at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097.

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 and 2017 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and/or high school or college transcripts. Participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP at IvyTech.edu/EEDay, where more information on the process can be found.

The event also is an opportunity to learn more about the Workforce Ready Grant, a program through the State of Indiana’s NextLevel Jobs initiative that covers tuition and fees for qualified Hoosiers seeking credentials in selected programs that can lead to new careers in high-demand, high-wage fields.

“Ivy Tech is a premier training partner for this program,” Brommeland said. “With the WRG, you can get a credential – one that opens the door to a new career – for just the cost of books.”

Questions on the WRG can be directed to Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of student affairs at the Logansport Campus, at sdillman@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6090.

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Ivy Tech Express Enrollment event aims at preparing for high-demand jobs

Sessions on Kokomo Campus will talk about getting ‘work ready’

KOKOMO – Employers around north central Indiana are nearly unanimous in expressing their need for skilled workers to fill good-paying jobs with a future. Anyone interested in seeing how they can connect with these high-demand jobs is encouraged to attend an Express Enrollment event set for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Kokomo Campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

“Ivy Tech is a premier training partner for the State of Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant program, which pays for training in selected high-demand areas for qualified students,” said Kates Brommeland, admissions director for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “With the WRG, you can get a credential – one that opens the door to a new career – for just the cost of books.

“This Express Enrollment event will allow students to get through the enrollment process so they can begin their journey to a new future when the next session of classes begins March 18,” she continued. “These are short-term programs. Students who begin in March, and complete two courses every eight weeks, can earn a career-changing credential by as early as this December.”

The Feb. 13 event includes information sessions on the Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St., at 10 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m., where details of the Workforce Ready Grant program will be reviewed. The event will include time to complete an Ivy Tech application and the opportunity to schedule time to complete all the other enrollment steps.

“Indiana developed the ‘Next Level Jobs’ initiative after determining there are two million Hoosiers who need additional training to compete in the 21st Century workforce and that more than one million jobs will open up in Indiana by 2025 due to retirements and the creation of new jobs,” Brommeland said.

“The Workforce Ready Grant is especially interesting because it targets students who don’t have other sources of financial aid, the people often fall through the cracks, including those who may be working but are interested in moving up and don’t have the extra income to cover educational costs. Getting tuition and fees covered through this program can be a game-changer.”

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area offers short-term programs covered by the WRG in more than 30 programs ranging from advanced automation to bookkeeping and accounting to health care specialist to software development. All are “stackable,” Brommeland noted, meaning the work completed toward a certificate covered by the WRG can serve as the foundation for more advanced degrees in the future.

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 and 2017 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and/or high school or college transcripts. Participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP at IvyTech.edu/EEDay , where more information on the process can be found.

Members of the admissions team are available to ask questions in advance. Contact Carlee Cook at ccook183@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 Kokomo announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Students recognized for academic performance

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area has announced the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above while enrolled in at least six credit hours and be seeking a degree. Students also must have achieved a minimum of 12 cumulative credit hours over the course of their academic career.

Sorted by hometown:
Akron
Cedar Jones
Thomas Lane
Alexandria
Aaron Hall
Amboy
Courtney Frazier
Madison Turner
Anderson
Lydia Enos
Brandon Hammond
Andrews
John Willett
Arcadia
James Loy
Teri Stokes
Argos
Alexandra Cataldo
Atlanta
Hunter Bryant
Samantha Daulton
Jacob Grosswiler
Stacy Haynes
Tabitha Schoenstein
Bringhurst
Danielle Granson
Shawn Kelly
Truman Plank
Brookston
Mandi Altman
Denise Mann
Bunker Hill
Corey Christner
Chelsea Hawkins
Sydne Leary
John Morris
Jacob Shaffer
Burlington
Madison Crume
Tracy Miller
Burnettsville
Gary Kelly
Jerica Weaver
Carmel
Nova Brygger
Alexandria Church
Cicero
Blake Bentley
Kyle Hughes
Daleville
Mackensie Heath
Darlington
Taylor Cowling
Denver
Denise Ostafin
Elwood
Jarold Cannon
Brittney Trimble
Fairmount
Conner Royal
Flora
Eric Cowell
Charles Koeppen
Frankfort
Avree Barrett
Caitlin Pearcy
Stone Sharpe
Fulton
Jaycee Denton
Galveston
Ross Bates
Cara Dauenhauer
Laurie Dowell
Trenton Harrison
Jillian Johnson
Joshua Kincaid
Katie Mossholder
Erin Walker
Greentown
Anthony Amonett
Max Gomez
Christina Haley
Jennifer Hattabaugh
Tracy Herr
Bradley Miller
Brooke Powell
Huntington
Spencer Kryder
Indianapolis
Daniel Baker
Matt Meyer
Adam Patrick
Cierra Robinson
Kewanna
Catherine Diveley
Nicole Greener
Kokomo
Macayla Ariza
Nicholas Arnold
Jacob Barkley
Mikayla Beard
Ricky Bearden
Misty Becraft
Jessie Bell
Michael Berry
Raelynn Boffo
Diana Bohn
Alexis Bollinger
Rebecca Branch
Rhonda Brandt
Megan Bunch
Maryann Bush
Caiden Cathey
Tierney Clark
Christian Cline
Norman Colbert
Elizabeth Collins
Nicholas Colon
Laurin Cook
Heidi DeBard
Kelsey Durr
Kameron Eller
Amanda Eltzeroth
Kurtis Emery
Matt Englert
Brelynn Estep
Theresa Everett
Travis Ewing
Tristan Fausett
Marlis Feightner
Angela Fields
Avery Fouts
Megan Gaines
Bradley Geary
Anthony Gipson
Garrett Glassburn
Brandon Haag
Trevor Hagan
Jonathan Haley
Jessica Hamilton
Noah Hamrick
Cory Hanson
Mary Hartman
Lora Hawkins
Hannah Haworth
Patricia Hayes
Stacy Hayes
Matthew Heldt
Debra Herrmann Morrow
Kurt Hibler
Rosa Hobbs
Tristan Hoebee
Brandon Hohenberger
Jayme Horner
Brianna Humbert
Zachary Hutcheson
Dallas Jackson
Drew Jameson
Candace Jarvis
Corrie Jarvis
Mavis Johnson
Michelle Jones
Melody Kegel
Matthew Kelley
Mallory King
Robert Klein
Brianna Knowling
Nicole Latourrette
Kylee Lauderbaugh
Jaime Levine
Ivy Lewis
Lani Lewis
Chris Lykins
Bret Lytle
Pierre Malone
Gay Marsh
Alexis Martin
Rebekah Martin
Waiming Mccurdy
Kailey McDonald
Dylan McGinnis
Nathan McNeil
Corynne Menard
Jshanien Minor
Matt Moloch
Megan Moon
Autumn Moore
Devin Moore
Brianna Mortz
Heather Munsey
Brad Murphy
Nathan Napier
Sarah Napier
Broc Nash
Ron Nearon
Jessica Nester
Jeremy Nieto
Bryan Parks
Jessica Piel
Jonathan Plummer
Dakota Pogue
Michelle Rawlins
David Reynolds
Jimmy Riddle
Morgan Rink
Courtney Roberts
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Brittany Rybolt
Hannah Sandefur
Christopher Santucci
Amanda Schultz
Isaac Scott
Nathaniel Scott
Shaun Sefton
Kristen Simmons
Susannah Sinn
Sean Sisneros
James Slaughter
Monica Slonaker
Haleigh Smith
Jeri Smith
Cheyenne Stokes
Jaylen Street
Presley Stroud
Ashley Swing
Anthony Templin
Joseph Turner
Melinda Ulz
Nicole Unger
Parker Vanmeter
Antonio Viera
Breannah Vogel
Amanda Walden
Loni Walden
Sarah Wallace
Tristan Warner
Jonathan Weiss
Michelle Werich
Kollan West
Alexandria Williams
Kaylee Wilson
Nathaniel Winn
Hunter Working
Alli Workman
Stephanie Yarbrough
Jessica Young
Keyerstyn Young
La Fontaine
Ellie Hobbs
Daniel Murgaw
Lafayette
Carrie Adams
David Eccles
Lagro
Emily Howenstine
Logansport
Tracy Baker
Tyler Barber
Jessica Boucher
Richard Brewer
Joseph Brook-Timmons
Camrin Brown
Mason Brown
Jerrad Buzbee
Danielle Chester
Coty Crissinger
Brandon Cruise
Rochelle Davila
Naara De Jesus
Prince Doh
Chris Doss
Rahela Dzambo
Kayla Edmondson
Brandy Emmons
Vanessa Espinoza
Whitney Ewing
Siobhan Foster
Krista Frye
Lizette Garcia
Angelica Garcia Guijosa
Maria Garcia Guijosa
Adam Gibbs
Adam Goodman
Brady Hammond
Jovanny Hernandez
Yahaira Hernandez
Javier Hernandez Venegas
Hayley Hines
Kristi Hoff
Derreck James
Taylor Justice
Geneva Kabat
Sadie Layman
Hsa Lei
Esiquiel Luna
Jose Martinez
Velsi Mateo Pascual
Angela Matias
Shadd McLochlin
Silvia Mcvay
Amanda Michael
Rachel Mow
Angela Munoz Garcia
Hairo Ortega
Hunter Packard
Danyl Parkevich
Sofia Pedersen Kertesz
Ryan Repass
Lesly Reyes Lopez
Amanda Ricci
Jose Rivera
Ryan Rivers
Jose Ruiz
Janette Sanchez
Lorena Sanchez-Acosta
Fredy Santamaria
Isbel Santillan
Linda Sebastian
Daniel Sebastian Nicolas
Rebecca Sims
Joshua Smith
Jennifer Snay
Broderick Snider
Courtney Srotyr
Kelsey St. Clair
Madison Temple
Teena Tocco
Jennifer True
Milena Valdes
Kaitlyn Vetter
Regina Walker
Peggy Whaley
Paige Williams
Kristin Wilson
Luis Zarate Garcia
Blake Zimmerman
Lucerne
Josh Day
Mallory Sparks
Macy
Joshua Clark
Deborah Cogdill
Gavin Dyson
Nicky Scher
Nikki Shambarger
Marion
Douglas Blackburn
Justin Bull
Anna Glasgow
Faith Rankin
Jeremy Rodabaugh
Angela Southern
Adam Stinger
Mentone
Rachel Stambaugh
Mexico
Daniel Madden
Monticello
Walter McFarland
Noblesville
Ian Bays
Jesse Brooks
Tiffany Depinet
Anna Marcinek
Joshua Moore
Genevieve Phillips
Harrison Ruschak
Anthony Soule
North Judson
Jonathan Kozak
Peru
Nakeeta Ambrose
Addison Ansari
Scott Apple
Aubry Bailey
Bobbie Becraft
Michael Benge
Jody Bowsher
Dulcey Brooks
Curtis Brown
Cassandra Coram
Jason Cornelius
Mykenzie Cross
Casey Eames
Breanne Estep
Angela Fisher
Mary Geesa
Nikki Gomez
Rebecca Gulley
Kyle Jeslis
Hunter Keaton
Sinead Kelley
Joshua King
Cameron Kintner
Tricia Lease
Christina Long
Stephanie Marbach
Amanda Martin
Spencer Montague
Anna Moore
Maxwell Moore
Dresden Moxley
Theresa Newby
Jessica Patrick
Ruby Patton
Robert Peterson
Kira Pierson
Jesse Powell
Bridget Prather
Jonathan Roberts
Taylor Russell
Dawn Sanderson
Cheyanna Savage
Esam Sayeed
Natalie Schnurpel
Richard Scott
Bobby Smith
Rachelle Stamper
Elizabeth Stedwell
Alexander Stevens
Amber Sturch
Nathanael Sumpter
Tyllah Thoden
Emily Townsend
Lavonna Troyer
Christena Welcher
Maxine White
Dinah Wray
Roann
Josey Sites
Rochester
Dawson Bower
Samanthajo Bower
Wendy Bower
Shannon Dugan
Cody Edson
Taylor Fenstermaker
Carissa Geier
Jeffrey Good
Kaleigh Graf
Ernie Harrison
Aaron Orr
Amber Willard
Royal Center
Douglas Boedeker
Ian Gunther
Russiaville
Mason Godfrey
Seth Handy
Hailey Miller
Bradford Smith
Alex Surber
Jennifer Taylor
Travis Thieke
Devin Vent
Saint John
Matthew Richardson
Sharpsville
Christopher Freeman
Michael Pfeiffer
Marcy Reese
Sheridan
Andrew Freeland
Star City
Blaine Compton
Swayzee
Samantha Gentry
 Tipton
Nick Barnard
Ian Barnett
Jessica Burkett
Kaitlin Duff
Ericka Goodnight
Gary Herrell
Jared Hickman
Sarah Isaac
Erica James
Charles Kirchner
Amy Lucas
Joseph Mahaney
Jeremy McLearran
Leah Powell
Lesley Ross
Jake Scheffler
Gabe Smith-Purvis
Twelve Mile
Brian Beaman
Arieon Burns
VanBuren
Gabriel Conn
Wabash
Katerina Baucco
Christopher Crump
Samuel England
Robert Hashbarger
Shane Kline
Derek Palmer
Colton Shepler
Walton
Emily Allen
Jason Darland
Elizabeth Grady
Julissa Orozco
Nathan Pownell
Lisa Rider
Allison Young
West Lafayette
Travis Fetter
Westfield
Justin Haworth
Winamac
Haylee Gilbert
Travis Hale
Windfall
Jossie Helmerick
Walter Januszkiewicz
Casey Sheedy
Wolcott
Kristen Kyle

 

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Ivy Tech to offer ASAP at Kokomo and Logansport starting June 2019

Ivy Tech ASAP students posed in front of “The Bean” in Millennium Park on a December field trip to Chicago. ASAP coordinator Beth Chaney is at the right end of the back row.

Applications to join the next two cohorts being accepted now

KOKOMO, Ind. — Just four months away from graduation for the current ASAP class in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area, the College has announced the award-winning accelerated degree program will be offered at both its Kokomo and Logansport campuses for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ivy Tech’s ASAP (Associate Accelerated Program) allows qualified and motivated students recently out of high school to complete a “two-year” associate degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. Statewide, the ASAP initiative was recently honored with the 2018 Stan Jones Student Success Award, presented by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to recognize programs that are working to increase student success and close the completion gap for all students.

For its fifth year in the Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties, ASAP will expand to two cohorts, doubling the number of students who can participate.

“After three years on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, ASAP was moved to the Logansport Campus for the 2018-19 academic year while Kokomo undergoes a $43 million transformation of its facilities and grounds,” said Beth Chaney, ASAP coordinator for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “We are excited to announce the program has proved so successful that we will be offering it at both locations starting in June.”

Chaney said recruitment for the ASAP Class of 2020 is under way and about 25 students have been accepted so far. “We are planning for two cohorts of about 20 students each,” Chaney said. “With the program available at our two biggest locations, students from throughout the area can choose the campus that’s most convenient for them.”

The current class includes 19 students, graduates of Logansport, Maconaquah, Northwestern, and Peru high schools. Of these, two became the first-ever December graduates of the program. Angelica Garcia and Kayla Edmondson completed requirements for Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degrees just six months after graduating from Logansport High School last June.

“We are very proud of Angelica and Kayla,” Chaney said. “Both came into ASAP with a significant number of college credits, thanks to the dual credit program at Logansport High School, and were able to complete their degrees in just three of ASAP’s five eight-week modules. Not only did they complete this work at an accelerated pace; both earned their degrees with honors and achieved membership in Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society during their time at Ivy Tech.”

Angelica has been accepted at Ball State University and Kayla at Indiana University Kokomo. Both will have the financial support of scholarships earned through their Phi Theta Kappa honor when they resume their studies toward bachelor’s degrees this fall.

Chaney said the majority of the other students in the current cohort completed the Statewide Transfer General Educational Core (STGEC) in December, a program that enables a student who satisfactorily completes an approved program of general education at Ivy Tech to transfer that coursework to any other Indiana state institution as a block of 30 credit hours toward the general education core requirements. They are all on track to complete their associate degrees by May.

Since the program began in the Kokomo region, three cohorts, totaling 42 students, have completed work on their associate degree. Chaney notes, “The overall program completion rate is 88 percent, far exceeding typical freshman and sophomore completion rates.” Of those 42 graduates, 100 percent have been accepted into their first choice of transfer institutions.

Students in the ASAP program benefit from a variety of support services, faculty mentoring, enrichment activities, and the experience of building relationships with their classmates as they share successes and overcome challenges together, Chaney said. To complete the 60 credit hours required for an associate degree, coursework is spread over five eight-week terms and classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

At each participating campus, the ASAP cohort has its own designated space – a classroom, computer lab, and lounge dedicated for their use – because they are on campus full-time. Students work with a dedicated ASAP coordinator to help identify academic goals, mapping out a clear path to success. In addition, faculty teams of four teachers per term offer individual attention. Chaney said graduates leave this rigorous program with the skills they need to succeed in further education and the workforce.

In presenting the Stan Jones award to Ivy Tech, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said, “Through its unique and highly effective model of eight-week course block scheduling, high impact learning communities, and innovative student engagement best practices, Ivy Tech’s ASAP program has made a significant impact in statewide completion efforts.”

Chaney said applications for the 2019-20 cohorts will be taken through May 1, unless the classes fill up sooner, and a variety of scholarship support is available to qualifying students. The program is open to high school graduates 21 years old or younger who have a GPA of at least 2.5, a good school attendance record, nominations from two adults (counselors, teachers, ministers, coaches, etc.), and a pledge of room and board from parents or guardians.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for traditional-age, qualified, and motivated students to save a great deal of time and money and get a jump-start on their careers or further education,” Chaney said. “It’s intense; students are encouraged to think of school as a full-time job.”

For more information on ASAP, students can contact their high school counselor or visit ivytech.edu/ASAP . To learn more about applying, Chaney can be reached at bchaney1@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5525.

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Limited seating remains for annual MLK event at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Modern abolitionist Kenneth Morris is speaker for ‘Doing the Dream 2019’

Kenneth Morris Jr.

KOKOMO, Ind. – Tickets are on sale now for Ivy Tech Community College’s annual community banquet to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  “Doing the Dream 2019” will feature modern-day abolitionist Kenneth B. Morris who will speak at the community banquet as well as a series of programs Jan. 29 to 31 for Kokomo area high school and college students .

The banquet is set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Bel Air Events, 3014 S. Webster St., in Kokomo. Reservations for the dinner and presentation are $50 each and can be made through Jan. 25 by going to ivytech.edu/doingthedream or calling 765-252-5500.

Morris is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave, taught himself to read, and became one of the premier proponents for the abolition of slavery in the United States before the Civil War. Now, 200 years after his famous ancestor was born, Morris carries on the family legacy, fighting modern-day slavery – human sex and labor trafficking – through Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, the nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2007 and serves as president.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Morris to Kokomo to share the lessons of history and apply them to our present day,” said Professor Amber Williams, chair of Ivy Tech’s Doing the Dream committee.

“This year marks 400 years since the arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619 – 400 years since slavery began in what would become the United States,” Williams noted. “And while that form of slavery ended with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, we know it continues through human trafficking around the world – and right here in Indiana. Mr. Morris is bringing a very important message to our communities.”

His appearance also comes just a few weeks after President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation, named for Frederick Douglass, which reauthorizes federal expenditures for prevention and assistance programs to confront human trafficking across the federal government. The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act allows $430 million in federal funds for trafficking prevention and education, victim protection, and stronger government prosecution of traffickers through 2022.

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.

The annual community banquet with be the culmination of Ivy Tech’s 15th annual “Doing the Dream” project. Morris will be speaking on Jan. 29 and 30 at three high schools in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area (Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru) and on Jan. 31, he also will present at a free student convocation for students from other area high schools and college students from around the state.

The free open student convocation will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Ind. 931). To get more information and to reserve a seat, contact Allison Toren, program chair of General Studies and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 765-252-5518 or atoren@ivytech.edu.

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.

 

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