There’s still time to register for ‘QuickBooks 2015’ class

Course is part of Ivy Tech Corporate College’s ‘Small Business Series’

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registrations are still being accepted for “Introduction to Quick Books 2015,” the first in a series of three courses in “The Small Business Series” being offered this fall by Ivy Tech Corporate College. Designed to help small business owners take their operations to the next level, each of the non-credit courses will include four sessions and will be taught by local business owners and experts in their field.

“Introduction to QuickBooks 2015” will be offered Tuesdays in September, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Lisa Girton, a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor who is certified in QuickBooks for desktop and online. Girton is owner of The Productive Assistant, which offers administrative support in marketing and communications, accounting and secretarial services for other small business owners. Cost of this class is $249.

For class information, contact Stephanie Reitan, program manager, at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu. To register for a class, contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5476 or sturrill@ivytech.edu

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 www.ivytech.edu/corporate-college.

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Ivy Tech to offer Beginner Microsoft Excel 2013 at Rochester site

Eight-hour class is for beginners

ROCHESTER, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an eight-hour class for anyone with little or no experience with Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet program who wants to learn its basics. The class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays in October, at Ivy Tech’s instructional site in Rochester. Mary Kay, the executive director of the Compassionate Health Center in Rochester and an expert in Microsoft Excel, will be the instructor.

The class will include:

  • Exploring the program window
    • Names and functions of each object
    • In-depth look at each section of the ribbon
  • Entering data into spreadsheets
    • Formatting numbers
    • Format painter
  • Editing worksheets
    • Cut, copy, paste, undo
    • Writing simple formulas
    • Pivot tables
    • Sorting and filtering
  • Printing worksheets
  • Saving your worksheets

Cost of the class is $150. To register, call Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497, or email her at sturrill@ivytech.edu .

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Jean Cole honored as founding member of Circle of Ivy

Jean Cole (center, holding check) was honored by family members Carmella and Keith Cole to her right and husband Milt Cole and Randy and Candy Cole, along with Ivy Tech Chancellor David Bathe, to her left.

Jean Cole (center, holding check) was honored by family members Carmella and Keith Cole to her right and husband Milt Cole and Randy and Candy Cole, along with Ivy Tech Chancellor David Bathe, to her left.

Logansport’s Cole family establishes endowment to recognize her many contributions

KOKOMO, Ind. — Jean Cole, a long-time supporter of Ivy Tech Community College, has been honored for her efforts with an endowment established by her family to support the work of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Circle of Ivy, Women in Philanthropy, organization.

The endowment was established in honor of Jean’s work as a founding member of the Circle of Ivy and is the first endowment to the Circle of Ivy in the state. The Circle of Ivy was established last year as a statewide women’s giving circle committed to raising funds to diminish barriers to higher education.

Members of her family, including husband Milt Cole, sons Randy and Keith Cole and wives Candy and Carmella, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were on hand recently when a commemorative check for $10,000 was presented to the Ivy Tech Foundation to establish the Jean Cole Circle of Ivy Endowment to benefit the Circle of Ivy – Kokomo Region. Members of the group will determine each year how proceeds from the investment of the funds will be used to support projects in the Kokomo Region.

“The Cole family’s generosity over many years has greatly benefited the students of Ivy Tech Community College, especially in Logansport and Cass County,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “The Circle of Ivy members will be accepting proposals from throughout the region – which could include scholarships, needed equipment, and innovative programming – and will select projects they feel best support our students.”

Jean Cole is a Logansport businesswoman, community volunteer, benefactor and visionary who, with her husband, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Ivy Tech for decades, Karickhoff noted. She has served on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees since 2011.

The Coles have been honored for their service to their community and their state with a number of awards. In 2010, the Coles were honored with Ivy Tech Foundation’s Benefactor of the Year award in recognition of their $1 million pledge toward construction of the new Logansport Campus and their three-year service as honorary chairpersons for the Kokomo Region’s extremely successful capital campaign. In 2014, Jean was honored with an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of her contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.

“We are proud that Jean was instrumental in starting Ivy Tech’s statewide Circle of Ivy, Women in Philanthropy,” Milt Cole said. “This endowment honors her commitment to this great initiative that is designed to expand the power of women as philanthropists and focus energy and funding on support of the College and its students.”

Membership in the Circle of Ivy is open to female students, alumni and community members at various levels of giving. Members have the opportunity to attend social events and philanthropic planning events throughout the year and help choose the projects to be supported by the Circle of Ivy fund. For more information on the Circle of Ivy, or to participate, contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

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Rochester banker Richard Belcher endows scholarship fund at Ivy Tech

Richard Belcher, center, presented his gift to, left-right, Ivy Tech’s Gloria Carvey, Michelle Simmons, David Bathe, and Kelly Karickhoff.

Richard Belcher, center, presented his gift to, left-right, Ivy Tech’s Gloria Carvey, Michelle Simmons, David Bathe, and Kelly Karickhoff.

Proceeds will benefit students from Fulton County

KOKOMO, Ind. — Rochester banker Richard Belcher has been recognized for his gift of $15,000 to endow a scholarship fund at Ivy Tech Community College earmarked to support students from Fulton County.

The gift establishes the Suzanne B. and Richard E. Belcher Scholarship through the Ivy Tech Foundation. The scholarship is named in honor of Belcher and his late wife, Suzanne, who passed away two years ago. He presented a commemorative check at a recent meeting of the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

Students applying for the scholarship must attend a Kokomo Region campus or instructional site, must live in Fulton County, and must demonstrate financial need. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, and books.

“Suzanne was always committed to providing opportunities for higher education,” Belcher said. “This endowment is designed to continue that commitment long into the future.”

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, said, “Ivy Tech is able to continue to provide quality education because of the support of our communities. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation.”

Among those honoring the Belchers for their contributions to Ivy Tech were David Bathe, chancellor of the Kokomo & Lafayette Regions; Michelle Simmons, president of the Kokomo Campus; and Gloria Carvey, director of the Rochester Instructional Site.

Belcher founded First Federal Savings Bank in 1966 in the back room of a grocery store. In the last 50 years, the bank has grown from one employee to 150 employees in six locations in Northern Indiana. He served as president of First Federal until Dec. 31, 2015, when he took the title of CEO/chairman of the bank’s board.

Along with many other community service roles, Belcher currently serves as a member of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region Board of Trustees. He was instrumental in the construction of the Rochester learning center built in conjunction with the Rochester School System and Ivy Tech and he and his wife supported its LEED certification acknowledging “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.”

Belcher also is on the board of trustees of Woodland Hospital and Rochester Telephone Communications and he served on the board of Ancilla College for nine years. A graduate of Purdue University, he and Suzanne were honored with the Pinnacle Award by the President’s Council at Purdue for their philanthropic contribution to the university. The Belchers endowed what is known as “the green chair” to support a faculty member in the College of Agriculture to promote environmental sustainability.

He has served as president of many organizations in the community, including Rochester Kiwanis Club, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County Cancer Society, United Way and the Fulton County Library Holding Committee. He assisted Toastmaster International in establishing the first Toastmaster Club in the Soviet Union in 1988. He was honored with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award in 1992 and he and Suzanne received the award jointly in 2012.

In the banking profession, he was honored as the Northern Indiana Financial Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997. He has served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Board of Directors and is past president of the Indiana Bankers Association.

Suzanne Belcher’s commitment to education grew as she earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree from Ball State University in speech pathology. For a combined 25 years, she served Fulton County Schools and Argos School as a speech pathologist. She was active in the United Methodist Church and as a member of the Fulton County Library of Trustees, she was instrumental in spearheading the new library that exists today.

For more information on the scholarship or opportunities to support Ivy Tech, contact Karickhoff at 765-252-5501 or by email at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu .

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Registrations still being accepted for volunteer fire chief seminar in Logansport

State Homeland Security, Fire Marshal offices to share information, support

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registrations are still being accepted for a Volunteer Fire Chief and Officer Seminar that will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

The seminar is designed to provide the leadership of fire departments staffed primarily by volunteers with education and guidance to create and maintain a successful organization. Officials from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the state fire marshal’s office will lead the program for fire chiefs and other officers, elected officials, training officers, and anyone interested in being promoted into those positions.

Those interested in attending should register at www.indianafiretraining.com. There is no charge to attend.

Among the topics to be covered are fire department support services provided by the state fire marshal’s office, fire chief duties and responsibilities, legal issues and requirements, and recruiting, training and retaining volunteers.

Stephanie Reitan, program manager for Ivy Tech’s Corporate College based in Kokomo, said Ivy Tech is hosting the free program as a community service to meet requests from volunteer fire department representatives to bring training to Cass County and the surrounding area. Those participating will have to opportunity to talk to the Homeland Security and state fire marshal representatives about local training needs.

For more information, contact Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets extended hours for student services

Offices will be open for registration for the fall semester

KOKOMO, Ind. — To prepare for the start of fall semester classes Aug. 22, Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo campus is offering extended hours for student services.

“We are extending the hours our offices will be open on the next two Saturdays, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, to help students complete registration and other activities to be ready for the new semester that begins the next week,” said Fran Hardin, director of the Express Enrollment Center on the Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the following functional areas will be open:

  • Express Enrollment Center
  • Academic Advising
  • Testing Center
  • Bursar

Appointments are not necessary for services on Saturday; students will be served on a walk-in basis. Regardless of a student’s home campus, the staff in Kokomo can assist students with final enrollment details. For more information, contact the campus at 765-459-0561.

Note: The Testing Center has moved from Ivy Tech’s Touby Pike facility to the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St.

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Ivy Tech Corporate College sets ‘The Small Business Series’

Local business owners can gain skills to go to the next level

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Corporate College is offering a series of classes this fall designed to help small business owners take their operations to the next level. Each of the three non-credit courses will include four sessions and will be taught by local business owners and experts in their field.

“This will be an opportunity to participate in an affordable learning series that is an investment in yourself and your business,” said Stephanie Reitan, program manager for Ivy Tech Corporate College’s Kokomo Region. “You’ll be able to learn how QuickBooks can improve your accounting, what social networking can do to help grow your business, and how to plan and measure your financial success.

The three courses in “The Small Business Series,” and their instructors, include:

Lisa Girton QuickBooks Course

Lisa Girton

  • Introduction to QuickBooks 2015, which will be offered Tuesdays in September, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Lisa Girton, a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor who is certified in QuickBooks for desktop and online. Girton is owner of The Productive Assistant, which offers administrative support in marketing and communications, accounting and secretarial services for other small business owners. Cost of this class is $249.

 

  • Drew Larison             Social Networking

    Drew Larison

    Business Social Networking, which will be offered Wednesdays in October from 5 to 7 p.m., with Drew Larison, owner of The Larison Company, a “consulting collective that specializes in teaching small- to medium-sized businesses fresh and innovative ways to grow.” Larison draws on years of experience in social media marketing that included internships at H.E. McGonigal and Button Dodge and positions with SUCCESS Agency. Cost of this class is $125.

 

  • Aimee Romero

    Aimee Romero

    Small Business Finance, which will be offered Wednesdays in November from 5 to 8 p.m., with Aimee Romero, currently the senior mortgage banker for LeaderOne Financial in downtown Kokomo. Romero has more than 14 years of experience in the mortgage/lending industry with expertise in bank operations, and underwriting, processing and originating all types of loans. Cost of this class is $169.

 

For class information, contact Stephanie Reitan, program manager, at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu. To register for a class, contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5476 or sturrill@ivytech.edu .

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 www.ivytech.edu/corporate-college.

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