Mallory Claypool honored with Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award

2012 Education graduate now leads Lewis Cass Polytechnic Academy

Mallory Claypool made a “radical decision” 10 years ago that turned into a new career path benefitting area students.
Mallory Claypool

KOKOMO, Ind. – Mallory Claypool, a 2012 graduate of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Education program who now serves as director of the Lewis Cass Polytechnic Academy in Galveston, is being honored with the Ivy Tech Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for the College’s Kokomo Service Area.

Each year, Ivy Tech Kokomo Service honors a graduate who exemplifies an appreciation of lifelong learning, a dedication to work, and a commitment to community. Claypool will be honored Thursday, Sept. 29, at a ceremony in Indianapolis that will recognize award winners from Ivy Tech’s 19 campuses around the state.  

“Ivy Tech Kokomo is proud to call Mallory Claypool – teacher, husband, father, community volunteer, life-long learner – our 2022 Distinguished Alumnus,” said Ethan Heicher, interim chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties. “Through his efforts bringing together students, higher education and employers throughout north central Indiana, he is making tremendous contributions to our community.”

Claypool is in his fourth year as the director of Lewis Cass Polytechnic, a part of the Lewis Cass School Corporation devoted to preparing high school students for jobs of the future focused on science, engineering and math. It’s a job he loves with a passion and one where he changes students’ lives for the better every day. But go back 10 years or so and it’s hardly a job that he ever anticipated filling.

In those 10 years or so, Claypool became a “poster child” for the value of an Ivy Tech education in reimagining one’s life. In 2002, after almost 20 years in the food service industry, jobs that took him all over the country, he and wife Lori settled in Walton to raise their five children. Mallory made what he now describes as “kind of a radical decision.” He decided to return to college to become a math teacher.

He chose Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo and, in 2012, the veteran restaurant manager graduated with his associate degree in Education. In 2015, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from WGU and started teaching math and industrial technology classes at Lewis Cass High School before moving to the new Polytechnic Academy. In the meantime, he has completed a master’s degree and nearly all his coursework for a Ph.D. in Technology, both at Purdue University.

Claypool credits Ivy Tech with providing the basis for his new life. “Getting that two-year degree versus waiting on a four-year reward probably made all the difference,” he said. “It was that milestone, a tangible result, that gave me the confidence to move on from there. Ivy Tech got me to a point I knew I could complete the next degree.”

He now partners with employers and schools across north central Indiana to expand the offerings of the Polytechnic Academy. This includes a partnership with Ivy Tech that allows students to complete a variety of dual credit classes that can move right into jobs or further education.

Claypool isn’t the only career-changing Ivy Tech alum in the family. His wife, Lori, also came back to Ivy Tech as an adult student, earning an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011, the year before Mallory completed his first degree. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trine University and completed her master’s degree in Social Work while Mallory completed his. She now is a family therapist working for Counseling Partners in Lafayette. Together, the Claypools have raised five children, all of whom have completed or are pursuing college degrees.

Mallory Claypool meshes practical hands-on instruction with academics to prepare
students for real-world opportunities.
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Imagination plus Ivy Tech degree sets alumnus on creative path

Videographer, graphic designer Mike Dukes grows into a second career

Mike Dukes, Ivy Tech Kokomo Class of 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo native Mike Dukes has two lifelong hobbies – comic books (Spiderman is his favorite super hero) and tabletop role-playing games (think Dungeons and Dragons) – but it wasn’t until he came to Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo that he found a way to turn those passions into a career.

Now the “digital media specialist” for the City of Kokomo, Mike spends his work days taking photographs for use in print and web publications, videoing events and programs, designing motion and print graphics, creating video programs for both the web and broadcast, and maintaining all the city’s video equipment and related technology. It’s a long way from nearly 10 years working quality assurance for Tyson Foods and Delphi.

Industrial work had seemed the thing to do after graduating from Kokomo High School. It was monotonous to the amateur artist but it paid the bills. It was a layoff from the factory that opened the doors to two years of college paid for through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and Mike ran with the opportunity.

Enrolling in Ivy Tech, Mike first thought he’d major in industrial technology but after he learned about the College’s Visual Communications program – and the chance to study graphic design – he was hooked on a new direction.

“Both comics and role-playing games heavily involve graphic design,” Mike said. “I asked if I could change my major and it was approved. Ivy Tech offered the chance to learn the software that would allow me to create.”

Mike said he loved being at Ivy Tech and took the advice of his TAA counselor at the unemployment office. “We had monthly check-ins. He told me to sit in the front row, always do the best I could do,” he said. “I took that to heart.” More than a dozen years out of high school, Mike ended up at the top of his class, earning Phi Theta Kappa honor society membership and the Outstanding Student Award when he graduated in 2010.

He took advantage of opportunities for independent study, getting real-world experience that applied toward his degree and built his resume. In his first semester, he designed a 328-page book in support of a role-playing game developed by a friend. Mike served as a lab assistant as a student and as an adjunct instructor after his graduation. And, at the recommendation of program chair Kyle Wiley, Mike had his first official “visual communications” job as a prepress graphic designer at Humphrey Printing by the time he transferred to Indiana University Kokomo. There he completed a bachelor’s degree in New Media (where he also was named the program’s outstanding student) in 2013.

Degrees in hand, Mike has been able to create a new career with every opportunity to exercise his imagination and creativity, becoming a one-person production crew. Among the credits on his resume: Creative director or art director for several design studios, photographer/videographer for the Kokomo Herald, and owner of his own production company that creates “Gaming on Geek Street,” live-action shows of people playing role-playing games shared on YouTube. His work is featured weekly in the city’s “Pet of the Week” project for the Kokomo Humane Society and his drone skills have resulted in valuable footage of the Seiberling Mansion and Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus transformation project.

The COVID-19 pandemic offered even more opportunities. In his city job, Mike helped develop the technological capabilities that allowed city and county officials to share community-wide updates via live-streaming. “With everything shut down, we had to find new ways to get information out,” he said. “It involved a lot of IT (information technology) work, with computers and cameras and lights and microphones, to make that work.”

Another product of the pandemic resulted in Mike’s credits as camera operator and producer for a an episode of the Amazon Prime series “A Toy Store Near You.” What became Episode 4 of Season 2 focused on Kokomo Toys, a mecca for toy lovers from all over the world found on East Sycamore Street in downtown Kokomo. When the professional film crew was blocked from travel, Mike was recruited to handle filming, lighting, drone piloting, capturing audio and arranging talent for the episode.

“What do I like best about my job with the city?” Mike repeated the question and answered with glee: “I get paid to create.” Speaking about the impact of his experience at Ivy Tech, he said, “Every time I look back, I know I’m just barely scratching the surface of what I know I want to do.” And as he looks forward to advances in technology, to the promises and challenges of artificial intelligence, he sees a future with exciting possibilities.

The Visual Communications program is part of Ivy Tech’s School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain. Prospective students interested in learning more are invited to Ivy Tech’s next Tuesday@TheTech recruitment open house set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.  For more information, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo, email kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu or call 765-459-0561.

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Ivy Tech doubles the fun with ‘Celebrations for Student Success’ Oct. 6 and 7


‘Dueling Pianos’ events in Logansport, Kokomo will support Ivy Tech students

KOKOMO, Ind. — With two baby grand pianos and two talented players, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is promising two evenings of fun next month for the 2022 edition of the College’s Celebration for Student Success scholarship fundraiser.

“Since we are having our first face-to-face community scholarship fundraisers since 2019, we decided to double the fun,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director for Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “We want to benefit students throughout our six-county service area with two ‘Celebrations’ – Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Community Room at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus and Friday, Oct. 7, in Hingst Hall of the Kokomo Campus.”

With the musical theme of “Education is Key,” both events will feature “Dueling Pianos,” dinner, and a variety of activities to raise funds for scholarships for students from Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.

 “Dueling Pianos” is a high-energy, all-request, sing-along, clap-along, rock ’n’ roll evening of comedy music where the audience is just as much a part of the show as the entertainers. The piano duo was a smash hit at Ivy Tech’s 2019 fundraiser in Kokomo, Karickhoff said, and the College is excited to be able to bring them back for both Kokomo and Logansport supporters.

“Audience members are encouraged to tip the entertainers to change the songs and request their favorite songs so bring some cash to play,” she added. “All tips go to support scholarships.”

Food and fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. at both events – on Oct. 6 at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport, and Oct. 7 at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo. Along with the dueling pianos, the night will include a live auction, dinner and a cash bar.

“As every key is needed for a pianist to make music, education is the key to successful futures for our students and for our communities,” Karickhoff said. “The Celebration for Student Success events give participants many opportunities throughout the evening to make a difference in the life of an Ivy Tech student through their financial support.”

Tickets for the Celebrations for Student Success are $50 each and may be purchased at https://connect.ivytech.edu/DuelingPianosLogansport (for the Logansport event benefitting students in Cass, Fulton and Pulaski counties) and https://connect.ivytech.edu/DuelingPianosKokomo (for the Kokomo event benefitting students from Kokomo, Miami and Tipton counties) or by calling Patti Moore of the Ivy Tech Foundation 765-252-5489.  Reservations must be made by Sept. 30.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000 that will be distributed to students over the next two academic years,” Karickhoff said. “Whether you can endow a scholarship, fund a sponsorship, or buy a ticket to the event, we hope you will join us!”

Those who can’t attend may still help students by donating at https://connect.ivytech.edu/kokomo or call Kelley Karickhoff at 765-252-5501.

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Ivy Tech sets Tuesday@theTech at Logansport Campus on Sept. 20

Evening will focus on educational options in business, logistics and supply chain

LOGANSPORT Ind. – Careers in a variety of business and logistics fields – and what you need to know to succeed in them — will be in focus at the next Tuesday@theTech open house Sept. 20 at the Logansport Campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

Faculty and staff will be on hand to share information about the College’s School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain. Programs in this school include Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, and Visual Communications, and office support programs in the Department of Business Operations, Applications and Technology.  The event will cover programs offered at the College’s Kokomo, Logansport and Peru sites, all part of the College’s Kokomo Service Area that includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. and will begin in the Community Room at the Logansport Campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way. Information will be available on how to get ready to begin the classes offered during the next eight-week session that begins Oct. 24.

“Graduates of these programs are putting their knowledge to work in healthcare, law, computing, customer service, manufacturing, government and more,” said Sally Vyain, dean of the School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “Fast-paced, good-paying professional jobs await our graduates with employers throughout the service area, including Ivy Tech industry partners like Chariot Automotive Group, Ascension St. Vincent, Logansport Memorial Hospital and Summit Commercial Driving School.”

For more information, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo, email kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu or call 765-459-0561.

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Ivy Tech to offer three-day QMA Insulin Administration class in Peru

Course prepares students to take state certification exam

PERU, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is offering a three-day QMA Insulin Administration course in Peru that concludes with taking the state certification examination.

The class will be offered in three phases, the first two meeting at Ivy Tech’s Peru instructional site, 425 W. Main St. Classroom instruction is set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 26, with practice testing scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Monday, Oct. 10. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the state exam will be administered; it can be taken at the testing centers on the Ivy Tech campuses in Kokomo and Logansport.

Legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly in April 2019 allowed qualified medication aides (QMAs) to administer insulin to specific patients at licensed health facilities. Previously QMAs were permitted to administer certain medications orally, but not by injection. Bill sponsor State Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne, said, “This common-sense solution could help save lives and add optional additional training for existing workers to increase their skill level to meet the needs of Indiana’s workforce.”

This course will instruct the QMA in the roles and responsibilities of insulin administration. Ivy Tech Community College is an approved Indiana State Department of Health Qualified Medication Aide training program location. Prior to any insulin administration, the individual must currently be on a QMA registry or have completed the QMA 100-hour training and successfully completed a QMA Insulin Administration course like the one Ivy Tech is offering.

The fee to take the class is $200. Students must provide a copy of their valid QMA certification as well as provide a state-issued identification card and driver’s license.

To register for the QMA Insulin Administration class or for more information, please contact Bonnie Devers at bdevers3@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5497.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets Tuesday@theTech with Information Technology focus

Prospective students can learn about educational options on Aug. 30

KOKOMO, Ind. – Information Technology fields will be in focus at the next Tuesday@theTech open house at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Aug. 30 and IT Professor Robyn Schmidt says that means an opportunity to look at the quality of jobs available in the IT industry, not just the money to be earned.

Drawing from her experiences as an instructor, adviser and mentor, Schmidt said, “For many people today, work-life balance is as important a consideration as pay. Ivy Tech’s IT degrees provide many opportunities to find a path in a career the student would like both personally and professionally.” She noted the field is one that is ever-changing, regularly offering new challenges to keep inquisitive people engaged and motivated.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. and will begin in Hingst Hall in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Health Professions Center on the east side of the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Information will be available on how to get ready to begin the classes offered during the next eight-week session that begins Oct. 24.

Schmidt, who serves as department chair for the School of Information Technology for Ivy Tech Kokomo, and Julie Byrd, chair of the Software Development program, will be on hand to discuss the three  programs offered on the Kokomo Campus – Cyber Security, Software Development, and IT Support, as well as online offerings in Cloud Computing, Informatics, Computer Science, and Data Analytics. The evening will include a look at Ivy Tech Kokomo’s full CISCO data center where students learn and practice skills on equipment just like they’ll find in the workplace.

For more information, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo, email kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu or call 765-459-0561.

Learn more: Ivy Tech Kokomo alumnus putting IT degree to work

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Ivy Tech Kokomo alumnus putting IT education to work

Antonio Viera parlayed internship into full-time job as Guardian Angel IT manager

Antonio Viera during visit to Ivy Tech Kokomo’s IT data center

KOKOMO, Ind. – Before he’d even completed his associate degree at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, Antonio Viera had moved into the full-time role of manager of Information Technology at Guardian Angel Hospice.

With offices in Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport and Carmel that serve about 30 central Indiana counties, gigabytes of sensitive personal and medical data about its patients, and a range of vendors, the hospice care provider’s IT needs pose a daily challenge. Thanks to his Ivy Tech education and experiences, Viera, who graduated from the College’s Cyber Security Assurance program in December 2020, has been starring in Guardian Angel’s “one-man IT show” for more than two years.

College came later for Viera. After graduating from Kokomo High School in 2008, he went off to a four-year university but, burdened by the cost, soon came home. He followed his mother into the world of healthcare, working as a caregiver and cook at two different Kokomo nursing homes, including seven and a half years as head night shift cook at Golden Living. Long interested in technology, he found out Ivy Tech had one of the few Indiana cyber security programs accredited by the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA. Matching that quality with the affordability offered by Ivy Tech, Viera enrolled in the College in 2018.

“Ivy Tech’s IT offerings are great programs in their own right,” Viera said. “but if you’re looking for a great education at an affordable price, you can’t beat Ivy Tech.”

Viera excelled at Ivy Tech – dean’s list status, induction into the National Society of Leadership and Success, and, eventually, magna cum laude designation at graduation. He was the Dean’s Award winner as the outstanding student in Cyber Security Information Assurance for the 2020-2021 school year and participated in Ivy Tech’s Statewide IT Challenge, a daunting competition that tested his skills against other IT students around the state.

“Antonio was such a good student,” said Robyn Schmidt, department chair for the School of Information Technology for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “He always came to class ready to learn. He came early and stayed late and helped fellow students who were struggling. He made the important connection with his teachers and we were able to help him on his path.”

Viera’s classroom success opened doors to a four-month IT internship with Guardian Angel Hospice. As Brian Rude, chief operating officer and co-owner of Guardian Angel Hospice Inc., tells it, Ivy Tech was his first thought when he needed to replace a long-term IT manager. At his request, Professor Julie Byrd, chair of the Software Development program at Ivy Tech Kokomo, provided a shortlist of potential candidates. Adjunct professor Christina Williams got the job, but another candidate showed so much potential that he was offered an internship.

Through the internship, Rude said, Viera had the opportunity to work with Williams on a number of IT projects, and “when Christina decided to move out of state, it was clear from our experiences with Antonio that he had the ability to step into the role of IT manager.”

Viera was chosen as the one to step in, even if he still had four courses to finish to earn his associate degree. It was a dream position for him, tying together his love of serving people in the healthcare realm with his love of connecting people through technology. He sees it as an ever-changing field where no two days are the same, challenging enough for a life-long career.

Rude says Viera has done very well at Guardian Angel Hospice and, as a member of the leadership team, has responsibilities beyond IT, working to enhance the company’s emergency preparedness program, training and safety.

“Finding a local candidate with Antonio’s skillset and work ethic was very beneficial to Guardian Angel Hospice staff and patients,” Rude said. “As a locally owned and operated Health Care Agency, we rely on high quality talent and are very grateful we have Ivy Tech Community College here as a resource to fit that need.”

Viera became another example of students meeting one of Schmidt’s ambitious goals for her intern Program: to “be so good that they don’t want you to go.”

He credits the College with his success and encourages others to follow in his footsteps.

“I tell students to come to Ivy Tech because you get a dedicated staff that cares about your learning, fellow students who are just as engaged and want to learn as much as you do, and smaller class sizes so professors can focus more on you and your needs,” Viera said.

“You get personal attention from professors who are very knowledgeable and care about the success of their students, professors who won’t move on until everyone understands, professors who are always taking classes themselves to be sure they’re on top of the latest developments,” he continued. He says he is particularly grateful to Schmidt, Byrd, and math instructor Archie Thomas for their contributions to his education. “Their exuberance, their hands-on approach, their focus on critical thinking and problem solving, their real-life class projects all help out tremendously when you are in the real world,” he said. “I’ve used every single skill I learned at Ivy Tech in my two years on this job.”

Byrd said Ivy Tech is happy to now be working with Viera on a professional level. “As chairman of the advisory board for Ivy Tech’s School of Information Technology, Antonio now shares his technical and leadership skills in the workplace to help us continue to improve our offerings,” Byrd said. “He is a talented young man who will continue to excel in his career.”

Ivy Tech Kokomo Professor Robyn Schmidt and alumnus Antonio Viera

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Ivy Tech’s Mike and Kelly Karickhoff honored as ‘Distinguished Citizens’

Kelly also received prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash at Boy Scout fundraiser

Kelly and Mike Karickhoff honored by Boy Scouts as ‘Distinguished Citizens’

KOKOMO, Ind. – Mike and Kelly Karickhoff, longtime leaders in Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, were honored recently with the Distinguished Citizens Award presented by the Sagamore Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mike also received the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award while Kelly was honored with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award given by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Indiana Sen. Jim Buck represented Gov. Eric Holcomb in presenting the Sagamore of the Wabash Award to Kelly Karickhoff for distinguished service to the state of Indiana.

More than 100 community leaders were on hand to celebrate the awards during the Boy Scouts’ annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner held in the Hingst Hall community room on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus.

As Alan Parks, scout executive for the Sagamore Council, said, “This was a great night honoring two local leaders whose impact and leadership are in the very fabric of Howard County and the Sagamore Council.”

In his remarks, Mike said, “Scouting is the best youth leadership program in the world,” adding that his experiences in Scouting helped prepare him for his careers in parks and recreation and government service. “Tonight, we are here to support the Sagamore Council and the future of Scouting in our community,” he said. Saying Scouting prepares young people for the world they have in front of them, Mike continued, “We need more Scouts, with the values and work ethic that Scouting instills.”

The event raised more than $22,000 to support the programming of the Sagamore Council, which serves 15 counties in central Indiana.

Both Karickhoffs have made extensive contributions to Ivy Tech and the Kokomo community.

Mike, a long-time Boy Scout, camp counselor, and volunteer, served as executive director of Facilities for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area from 2002 to 2019, a job that included overseeing the construction of the College’s Logansport campus. A state representative since 2010, he was a strong supporter of state funding for the transformation of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, which he helped plan. Mike now serves as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Indiana House of Representatives. He was superintendent of the Kokomo Parks Department from 1985 to 2002 and served on the Kokomo Common Council. In addition to the Boy Scouts, Mike’s volunteer experiences have included various economic development organizations, the Kokomo Kiwanis Club, the American Red Cross, United Way, and the YMCA’s Y’s Men’s Club.

Kelly is executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. In this role, she leads a team that has raised more than $17 million over the last 10 years to advance the College’s mission. She has been an active leader in the community for more than 30 years, serving for more than 20 years as executive director of the Howard County Historical Society. Her volunteering has included leadership positions with groups ranging from the United Way to the Kokomo Visitors and Convention Bureau and service as a Kokomo High School cheerleading coach.

Speaking on behalf of Ivy Tech, Kokomo Interim Chancellor Ethan Heicher described the Karickhoffs’ work in completing the $43 million transformation of the Kokomo Campus where the banquet was held.

“Their fingerprints are all over this campus,” Heicher said. “The contributions Kelly and Mike have made to our campus are immeasurable.”

Mike and Kelly have four daughters and 10 grandchildren they are enormously proud of.

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Fall semester begins today at Ivy Tech Community College

 First eight-week session opens new school year

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is kicking off its fall semester today with the beginning of the first eight-week term.

At Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, where enrollment is up about 5 percent over last year, Interim Chancellor Ethan Heicher said, “It’s wonderful to see our classrooms and hallways full of students from all backgrounds and all walks of life.” Heicher added that many of the fastest growing majors in the Kokomo area are in manufacturing, nursing, cyber security, psychology, education and agriculture – programs that connect to the area’s greatest workforce need. 

Heicher noted that Ivy Tech offers five start dates throughout the year. “Even though this is the first day of the fall semester, it’s not too late to get started,” he said. “I would encourage anyone who has ever considered college as a path to a better life and career to come out and visit our new campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Our team is ready to show you all the opportunities we offer to open doors to that better future.”

The next eight-week term begins October 24 and students are encouraged to enroll now. The College is offering free textbooks for this academic year and offers more than 70 programs in-person and online.

The State of Indiana provides free tuition at Ivy Tech for a number of programs through the Next Level Jobs program. Through this program, students can enroll in high-demand fields including IT, healthcare, building and construction, advanced manufacturing, business, and transportation and logistics.

To find out more, visit www.ivytech.edu or call Ivy Tech Kokomo at 765-459-0561 to schedule a visit.

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Ivy Tech to offer ServSafe Food Manager Class in Kokomo

One-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a one-day instructor-led training course to prepare students to take the ServSafe Food Manager Certification exam.

The class will be offered Wednesday, August 24, at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment. The ServSafe program is developed by the National Restaurant Association with the help of foodservice industry experts. Years of experience and inside knowledge of the foodservice industry are at the core of the ServSafe courses, exams and materials that prepare students to handle food sanitation risks.

ServSafe certification is valid for five years. The course fee is $155 and includes the manual, all study materials and the certification exam. The class will start with check-in between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m. The exam will start at the conclusion of the class and last about two hours.

The fee to take the exam without attending the class is $60. The book can be purchased separately for $65.

To register for the ServSafe Food Manager class and examination or for more information, please contact Bonnie Devers at bdevers3@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5497. You can register online for the class at: https://www.inrla.org/events/kokomo-servsafe-food-manager-class-and-examination-august24

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