Ivy Tech Wabash continues machine tool training program

Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust funds effort with $42,000 grant

WABASH, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Wabash has received a $42,000 grant from the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust that will enable the College to continue a machine tool training project that, in its first year, helped to upgrade skill levels of employees in Wabash area manufacturing facilities. The grant will cover tuition, books and some transportation costs for students taking classes in machining and welding during the 2015-16 school year at Heartland Career Center, 79 S. County Road 200 West.

Wabash Campus Executive Director Pam Guthrie said she is grateful for the grant, which will allow the College to build on a successful first year.

“Support from the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust in 2014 allowed 11 students to complete the Industrial Electrical Certificate and seven more students to complete four machining classes,” Guthrie said. “Most of these students are already working at local industries and their new skills will benefit both them and their employers, leading to a more skilled workforce in Wabash County.”

In announcing the program last year, Guthrie had noted the Wabash community has relatively small manufacturing companies that need assistance from Ivy Tech to provide training for increasingly higher skilled jobs. The College’s Wabash Advisory Board discussed the need for skilled machinists in the community and the program was designed to help local workers who have an interest in this field get the knowledge and skills they need to qualify for these jobs.

“With the 2015 funding, we will offer advanced training in CNC (computer numerical control) set up and operations and programming for the seven students who began the machining program as well as up to four additional machinists interested in increasing their skill levels,” Guthrie said. The training, offered in partnership with the Heartland Career Center, can lead to a Certificate in Machine Tool Technology. The 2015 funding from the Pauline J. Barker trust also will support a beginning level welding class for up to a dozen new students, all part of the industrial skills alliance between Ivy Tech and Heartland, she added.

“The classes are offered in the evenings, so it is possible to continue to work full time and still complete the program,” Guthrie noted. “These are degree-credit classes, so students may choose to continue their education with other types of funding and can apply these four courses toward an associate’s degree.”

Chuck Huffman, senior vice president of First Merchants Bank, represented the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust at the presentation of the grant. Since 2003, the trust has provided nearly half a million dollars toward helping Wabash County adults attain the education and skills they need to succeed in the workplace. As the manager of the Rock City Café for many years, Ms. Barker saw the need for adult education in the Wabash community. Her decision to form a trust for adult students in Wabash County is helping the community reach the important national goal that 60 percent of residents have some kind of higher education credential.

“Those of us involved in the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust welcome the opportunity to partner with Ivy Tech in the good works it does for Wabash County citizens,” Huffman said. “We recognize the need for a qualified workforce that will attract and retain good employers in the Wabash community. We are pleased with the success this program has shown so far and hope our Wabash manufacturing companies will encourage some of their more promising employees to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Also this year, after raising more than $41,000 in a community-wide scholarship fund drive, Ivy Tech’s Wabash Campus is receiving an additional $20,000 in matching funds from the Barker trust. This money will be used to establish the Pauline J. Barker Scholars Program to provide scholarships for adult students from Wabash County enrolled at Ivy Tech.

For more information on the machinist and welding programs, contact Pam Guthrie at 260-563-8828, ext. 4302, or pguthrie@ivytech.edu .

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Schedule set for fall semester non-credit culinary classes

Food and fun on tap at Ivy Tech’s Peru culinary arts lab

PERU, Ind. – From preserving the garden harvest to entertaining family and friends at the holidays, the fall schedule of non-credit culinary classes at Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru culinary arts lab promises food and fun

Eight sessions are on tap, split between Thursday evening and Saturday morning sessions at the College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St. They kick off Thursday, Aug. 20, with a workshop on food preservation skills and techniques presented by Steve Daily and Michelle Martin, the owners of Thistle Rock Farm in western Howard County. The rest of the schedule includes:

Saturday, Aug. 20: Food Presentation and Techniques

Saturday, Sept. 12: A Tailgate Party with Food & Fun

Thursday, Sept. 24: Hands-on Pastry Techniques Part II

Saturday, Oct. 3: Italian by Italians Revisited

Thursday, Oct. 22: Oooh La La, Let’s Make Crepes!

Saturday, Nov. 7: Hearty Menus for the Winter Table

Saturday, Nov. 21: Exotic Grains and Vegetables to Love

Thursday, Dec. 10: Welcome 2016 in Style!


Registration for any of the eight sessions in the spring semester series is $95 with discounts for registering for multiple programs as follows:

  • Two classes – 25% discount                   $143
  • Four classes – 40% discount                  $228
  • All eight classes – 50% discount            $380

To register or obtain more information, contact Becky Burke by phone at 765-459-0561, ext. 7233, or by email at bburke10@ivytech.edu .

Here’s the complete list of culinary classes being offered during fall semester 2015:


Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Food Preservation Skills and Techniques, featuring Steve Daily and Michelle Martin

The art of turning summer’s bounty into nutritious food for your family for the winter is a wonderful thing to learn. Steve Daily and Michelle Martin, the owners of Thistle Rock Farm, will instruct you in the old techniques of canning and pickling as well as offering new methods for food preservation for fruits and vegetables. Thistle Rock Farm is an organic farm producing food and fiber in western Howard County. Steve and Michelle will give insights into organic concepts along with the lessons in food preservation. You will learn skills in this class that will enhance your family’s nutrition for years to come.


Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon

A Tailgate Party with Food and Fun, featuring Noah Peconga

This class offers an opportunity to get a jump on the fall tailgating season. Noah will lead participants to a party at the football stadium with good food and lots of fun, including tips on how to transport and serve your great menu along with how to safely use a grill in the tailgating environment. It will be a great learning morning.


Thursday, Sept. 24, 6-8:30 p.m.

Hands-on Pastry Techniques Part II, featuring Elizabeth Kirk

Last spring, Super Pastry Chef Liz Kirk taught us to not fear pie crust. In this class, she will continue to help us explore new avenues in pastry making, including savory dishes, Cornish pasties, elegant tarts and more. It will, once again, be a hands-on class as she leads participants through the steps to perfect pastry. Attendance at the spring class is not essential; participants will be up to speed in no time and will go home with a set of skills and recipes to use for years to come.


Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Italian by Italians Revisited, featuring Tish and David Soldi

Tish and David, manager and chef of Smitty McMusselman’s Irish Pub, are coming back to spend a morning teaching participants more of the joys of Italian cooking. With David doing the cooking and Tish explaining everything, it promises to be a great hands-on follow-up to their spring class. The food and stories come from their extended family’s culinary history. Participants will learn Italian food vocabulary and techniques and take home some great recipes.


Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Oooh La La, Let’s Make Crepes! Featuring Chef Mike Dunivan

They are back! Crepes … sweet, savory, stuffed or folded … are trendy again. Chef Mike will teach the technique to make lovely, light crepes and then share recipes to make the crepes the star of your next luncheon or the elegant dessert for a beautiful dinner party. A hands-on experience with an emphasis on cooking technique, this class will celebrate the new (old) trend!


Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Hearty Menus for the Winter Table, featuring Amy Black

As the weather turns cooler, our thoughts turn to heartier food for our families. Amy will take us to the world of soups, stews and other comfort foods with recipes that always have the “Amy Twist.” Participants will take away some great ideas for winter menus as well as tips and techniques to use in the kitchen for a long time to come.


Saturday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. –noon

Exotic Grains and Vegetables to Love, featuring Melanie Kiefer

Have you ever looked at an artichoke in the grocery and wondered “What in the world do I do with that?” Participants in this class will find out, along with tips, recipes and ideas from Melanie on how to use and serve others of the more exotic items in the Kroger produce department. Quinoa? Bulgur? Melanie will be cooking up some unusual grains as well. This is a chance to explore some new offerings for the family table.


Thursday, Dec. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.

Welcome 2016 in Style! featuring Alayne Cook

Here is an idea! Instead of going out to an overpriced, crowded and noisy restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve, let’s stay in, invite a few very special friends and serve this elegant dinner. It will be a memorable evening and may start a tradition. Alayne will prepare a lovely three-course meal, including a Grand Marnier soufflé that will wow your guests. Appropriate wine pairings will be a part of the class, too.

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Ivy Tech to offer Introductory Digital Photography Class at Kokomo Campus

Non-credit course covers basics for those with little experience in subject

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a 10-hour class on digital photography for those with little or no experience who want to learn its basics. The class, taught by Curt Alexander of Spectrum Photography, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Aug. 11, 18 and 25 and Sept. 1 and 8 at the Kokomo main campus.

The class will include information about:

Types of cameras

  • Storage devices
  • Basic camera options
  • Camera connections
  • Basic photo tips
  • Basic composition tips

Fee for the class is $60. To register, contact Becky Burke by phone at 800-459-0561, ext. 7233, or by email at bburke10@ivytech.edu .



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Ivy Tech Community College Night with Kokomo Jackrabbits

 Ivy Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff invited to new stadium event

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Kokomo Jackrabbits will welcome Ivy Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff and their families to “Ivy Tech Community College Night” Friday, July 31, at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

The tailgate party will begin at 6:05 p.m. in a tent at the stadium, 400 S. Union St., in advance of the 7:05 p.m. start of the Jackrabbits’ game with the Hannibal (Mo.) Cavemen.

Tickets are $20 per person, which includes admission to the game, unlimited ballpark food, soft drinks and water for one hour prior to the game, and a free Jackrabbit hat.

Tickets are available to purchase at kokomojackrabbits.com/groups. Enter code: ivytech.

For any questions or additional information, contact Kokomo Jackrabbits representative, Jenna Plummer at 412-977-2504 or email mworland@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech sets grand opening for Express Enrollment Center

July 30 ribbon-cutting officially opens one-stop shop for students

KOKOMO, Ind. — The new Express Enrollment Center at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus will officially open Thursday, July 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

More than 9,000 square feet in the campus’ main building at 1815 E. Morgan St. has been extensively renovated over the last six months to create the new center, which brings together a wide range of student services. Guests at the grand-opening event will be able to tour the new facilities, meet faculty, staff and administrators, and enjoy refreshments compliments of the Ivy Tech Foundation.

“The Express Enrollment Center offers a one-stop shop designed to deliver a range of student services in an integrated, seamless way,” said Fran Hardin, a veteran Ivy Tech faculty member and administrator recently named director of the new center.

“The goal is to provide increased access with a focus on the customer – like what you’ll find in an Apple Store,” she continued. “Our ‘customers’ are students and prospective students and campus guests and we want them to get the information and services they need as conveniently and easily as possible.”

The new center, located adjacent to the main entry, creates a more seamless registration area and a “one-stop shop” for student affairs, financial aid, academic advising, career services and the business office. Previously, many of these offices were scattered throughout buildings away from the main campus.

“We are committed to reducing barriers for students by creating a more welcoming and supportive area for both students and guests,” said Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons. “With the new facility, we believe we can provide services that are high quality, efficient and effective in an environment that’s bright and inviting – right here in the building where students already gather for class.”

The center serves as home base to Ivy Tech student services professionals who can help students with financial aid, enrollment and admissions; assist in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and help with financial aid verification; and set up payment plans. Other student services now part of the newly renovated space include advising, career services and the registrar.

“With all these offices in one place, we can immediately handle probably 90 percent of the issues on the spot,” Simmons said. “We can reduce wait times and minimize frustration. Our goal is to increase student satisfaction, enrollment and retention. And we know from experiences at other Ivy Tech regions, these co-located services not only lead to less effort on the student’s part but also lead to employees learning more from one another.”

Much of the project has been underwritten by substantial donations from area businesses and individuals interested in helping Ivy Tech meet its mission of educating and training students to improve their lives and the lives of their communities.

“During the open house, we will be unveiling a recognition board in the main entry to acknowledge the generous donors who have helped make possible this renovation as well as additional work that will be rolled out over the next few months ,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. She announced the naming of several rooms in honor or in memory of these donors:

  • Mid-America Beverage – creation of Express Enrollment computer center
  • Syndicate Sales – creation of computer classroom near bookstore
  • Kokomo Grain Co. – remodeling of an existing computer lab to house the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP)
  • Don and Louise Thomas – remodeling of the student commons
  • Haynes International – renovation of space to allow the return of the library and tutoring and testing operations from the current LRC (Learning Resource Center) on Touby Pike
  • Jean Heinemann-Koch – renovation and equipping of testing computer lab in Express Enrollment Center

The College also is working with Kokomo Opalescent Glass on an installation of blown glass globes to enhance the renovated main entrance. The artwork will represent Kokomo Region and the other 13 regions that make up Ivy Tech’s statewide presence.

Along with bringing the library, testing center, tutoring, disability services and ASAP back to the main campus, near-term plans include renovating the science labs and classrooms in the west hallway to provide up-to-date facilities for chemistry, biology, physics and earth sciences.

To register for fall term that begins Aug. 24 or to get more information about Ivy Tech’s new Express Enrollment Center, call 765-459-0561, ext. 7239.


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Subaru of Indiana donates five vehicles to Ivy Tech automotive program

Late-model cars offer opportunity for high-tech educational experiences

KOKOMO, Ind. – Students in the Automotive Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus will have the benefit of dismantling and reassembling five additional late-model vehicles, thanks to a recent donation by Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette.

SIA donated four Subaru Outbacks (one each from model years 2010 and 2012 and two 2011s) and one 2011 Subaru Legacy to the Kokomo Region’s Automotive Technology program. This brings to 15 the total number of vehicles SIA has donated to Ivy Tech Kokomo Region over the past 10 years.

Mike Erny, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Technology program at Ivy Tech Kokomo, said students will benefit in many ways from the donation.

“With these cars, students will be able to diagnose electrical, mechanical, and drive-ability problems like they’ll face when they are out working in a garage or dealership,” Erny said. “The students take the various subsystems of the vehicle apart and then reassemble the components to practice common industry repair procedures and situations.

“The vehicles provide the students with live hands-on activities so that they can experience and practice the repairs they will have to master when they enter the workforce,” he continued.

The Ivy Tech Kokomo Automotive Technology program has earned accreditation at the Master Automotive Service Technicians (MAST) level through the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide. To achieve accreditation, schools must pass NATEF’s comprehensive examination of the structure, resources and quality of its program evaluated against standards established by the industry.

“To comply with their standards, our students must perform several hundred tasks on late-model vehicles,” Erny said. “Without the support and donations from industry partners such as SIA, we would not be able to supply our students with the current and relevant industry experience they need to be successful in the automotive field.”

Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment with companies that require training in such areas as electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning systems, and engine repair. Students are prepared to take industry-standard certification exams from ASE (the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence). Students can pursue programs ranging from 18-credit-hour certificates in specific vehicle technologies to 34-credit-hour technical certificates in specific vehicle service areas to 60-credit-hour associate degrees.

“SIA is proud to assist Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology Program in creating a great hands-on experience for students by donating an additional five Subaru vehicles to Ivy Tech,” said Tom Easterday, executive vice president of Subaru of Indiana Automotive.

“SIA’s Vehicles for Learning Program has provided more than 100 vehicles to high schools, colleges and other vocational training programs across Indiana,” he continued, “with the goal of enhancing students’ knowledge of the advanced technology, innovative engineering and outstanding safety features on vehicles in use today on our roads and highways.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology in Kokomo, contact Mike Erny by phone at 765-459-0561, ext. 7701, or by email at merny1@ivytech.edu

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Ivy Tech sets Express Enrollment events in Peru, Wabash and Rochester

Opportunities for one-stop enrollment for fall semester

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling Express Enrollment events in Peru, Wabash and Rochester that allow prospective students a one-stop shop to complete the final steps to be ready to begin classes when fall semester starts Aug. 24.

“Early registration gives you the most options for scheduling classes that work for you,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing and Recruitment for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “These Express Enrollment events let you get ready without long lines and waits.”

Ivy Tech staff will be available on-site to assist with all these steps:

  • Applying for admission
  • Completing new student orientation
  • Assessing placement for beginning classes
  • Filing for financial aid (optional)
  • Meeting with an academic advisor to select courses

“Regardless of where you are in the enrollment process, it’s time to complete those final enrollment steps,” Worland said. “And regardless of where you plan to take classes, you can attend Express Enrollment at any of these locations.”

The schedule includes:

Peru Instructional Site

Wednesday, June 10

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Wabash Campus

Thursday, June 11

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Rochester Instructional Site

Monday, June 15

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Worland noted interested students can also visit the new Express Enrollment Center at the Kokomo Campus, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Application to the college, orientation, assessment and parking are free.

For more information on Express Enrollment and the assessment process, call 866-753-5102 or email questions to Diana Kerrigan, associate director of admissions, at dkerrigan@ivytech.edu .

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