Ivy Tech Kokomo signs on as FCA US training partner

Joint effort with Mopar CAP, NC3 to train technicians for FCA US dealers nationwide

2015-08 Mopar CAP LOCALKOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Automotive Technology Institute on the Kokomo Campus will serve as one of 11 pilot programs for a new national training effort aimed at developing the stream of highly trained technicians needed for FCA US LLC dealers nationwide.

“We are very proud to announce Ivy Tech Kokomo is joining in the partnership involving FCA US and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3),” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “This effort builds on our nationally certified Automotive Technology program by offering additional high-tech training that will lead to FCA US-certified technicians ready to fill service jobs for Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealers throughout the United States.”

FCA US recently announced the Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL program in partnership with NC3. FCA US said it was establishing the program to train more than 1,000 students per year across more than 100 colleges. The program builds on FCA’s traditional Mopar CAP LOCAL program providing a larger geographic footprint to serve more dealers in a highly scalable, online certification model. Through this program, general automotive students enrolled in select two-year programs across the country will simultaneously be certified as Level 1 technicians. Ivy Tech Kokomo is one of 11 programs picked to serve as pilot sites.

According to John Fox, director of the FCA Performance Institute, “Leveraging NC3’s network of outstanding educational members and rigorous performance standards, the Mopar CAP LOCAL Program will allow FCA US to reach the corporation’s goal of adding over 5,500 additional skilled service technicians by 2018.”

“Not only will our dealerships gain much-needed, highly-skilled technicians but each will have the specialized training and familiarity with FCA dealerships to make them highly effective on Day One of employment,” Fox continued.

The program aims at addressing what FCA leadership has called “a great and growing need for skilled technicians.” Noting that in-house training programs run by automotive manufacturers are costly to run, are available at only a limited number of schools and produce relatively few technicians, FCA decided to tap into the hundreds of community and technical colleges across the United States that offer “general service” automotive programs.

Twelve Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships in Indiana have signed on to support the program at Ivy Tech Kokomo, including Tom O’Brien in Greenwood; Tom O’Brien North and Eastgate in Indianapolis; Westgate in Plainfield; Kahlo in Noblesville; Ed Martin in Anderson; Button Motors in Kokomo; Mike Anderson in Logansport, Marion and Rochester; Hendrickson in Monticello; Wabash Valley in Wabash; Twin City in Lafayette; and Bob Schwartz in Bunker Hill. The dealers recently participated in a kick-off meeting for the program that included tours of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Automotive Technology facility.

“Having a CAP facility just minutes away is a wonderful thing for our dealership,” said Bob Schwartz, owner of the Bob Schwartz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Bunker Hill. “Thanks to Ivy Tech for getting its program in a position to be chosen as a CAP school.”

Mike Erny, director of Automotive Technology at Ivy Tech Kokomo, said his program was ready to take advantage of the Mopar CAP LOCAL opportunity, having already been certified by NC3 as meeting all NC3/Snap-On equipment, training and curriculum requirements and having all the required equipment needed to hold the Center of Excellence distinction.

“The Mopar CAP LOCAL program is a positive addition for Ivy Tech students, giving them access to all the curriculum modules offered by this special dealership training effort,” Erny said. “The success of the partnership here will pave the way to expand the program to Ivy Tech’s statewide system a year from now.”

Under the agreement, Ivy Tech Kokomo will begin offering the Mopar CAP LOCAL modules this fall to students in the Automotive Technology program. Students successfully completing the program will have the training and certifications required to begin working as service technicians in FCA US dealerships.

In conjunction with FCA’s New Hire Technical Training Warranty Exemption Program, incoming Mopar CAP LOCAL employees of FCA US dealerships will be able to undertake Level 2 Technician service jobs, allowing them to gain accelerated technical experience while providing dealerships much-needed service support.

Reflecting on the new Mopar CAP LOCAL partnership with FCA US, Roger Tadajewski, executive director of NC3, noted, “The foresight and national leadership that FCA has taken toward training the next generation of skilled professionals puts it in a class of its own across all industries beyond automotive. Combined with the deep commitment of NC3’s colleges to industry-education partnerships and industry-driven education, the Mopar CAP LOCAL program sets a new bar in America for how training should be conducted.”

For more information on Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology program, contact Mike Erny at 765-459-0561, ext. 7701, or by email at merny1@ivytech.edu. For questions about the national FCA/NC3 partnership, contact Dan Ramirez, director of Marketing & Development for NC3 at dan.ramirez@nc3.net.



FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers,

manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”


About NC3

NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances, and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation, and energy industry sectors. NC3 develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skill standards. Learn more at www.nc3.net


About Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Wabash and Tipton.

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Mike Bolinger Memorial Scholarship to aid Ivy Tech students

Support for ASAP students honors Kokomo attorney, Ivy Tech instructor

The late Mike Bolinger honored with memorial scholarship in his name

The late Mike Bolinger honored with memorial scholarship in his name

KOKOMO, Ind. — The late Mike Bolinger, a longtime Kokomo attorney and popular adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus, is being remembered through a scholarship fund aimed at helping students in the school’s new ASAP program.

“Teaching at Ivy Tech gave my husband such joy,” Lynne Bolinger said recently. “To honor his memory by establishing this scholarship is incredibly appropriate.”

ASAP, Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s new Associate Accelerated Program, is a quicker, more affordable path to a bachelor’s degree. ASAP provides Ivy Tech students with the opportunity to earn a degree in one year instead of the traditional two-year track.

Recipients of the program’s first $500 scholarships are Hayley Ronk of Galveston and Garrett Roe of Kokomo.

“This is the first designated scholarship for our Associate Accelerated Program,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “We are grateful to the Bolinger family for their dedication and commitment to Ivy Tech and our students.”

Bolinger, who passed away from cancer in 2013 at the age of 61, grew up in Greentown and Kokomo. He had a place in his heart for Ivy Tech students. “They are my heroes,” he said.

He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1969 and Wheaton College in Illinois in 1973. Earning his advanced degree from the Indiana University School of Law, he began a legal career based in Kokomo, taking his skills to counties around the state.

In early 2009, doctors found metastatic gallbladder cancer and Mike closed his law office.

“One of the beautiful things that happened after Mike got sick was a call from Jim Fitzgerald (chair of Ivy Tech’s Business Administration program in Kokomo) saying he needed some help and asking Mike if he would fill in as an instructor,” Lynne said. “Like Mike said at that time, ‘I can now but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to.’”

Teaching that first class in the spring semester of 2010 turned into seven semesters as a part-time instructor in both the business and paralegal programs – three and a half years of sharing his knowledge and life skills with scores of students. In 2013, Mike was honored as Ivy Tech’s adjunct professor of the year.
“God gifted Mike with more time and, when he didn’t die in six months, teaching at Ivy Tech was a new career for him,” Lynne continued with the faith and good humor that both Mike and Lynne have been known for. “That last semester, he was weak and he was sitting down a lot, but he put on his suit and plodded along and never missed a class and got to end the semester.” He died on June 14, just a month after the last class.

“Mike loved it. He loved teaching at Ivy Tech,” she said. “He had so much admiration for the students he met there, often people years out of high school, who had full-time jobs and families, who hadn’t had the kind of advantages he’d had in life. He was so impressed with how they overcame so many adversities just to get started in college and how hard they worked. The fact we can now help students attend Ivy Tech is perfect.”

Aiming the scholarship fund at ASAP students also made sense given Lynne Bolinger’s 40 years of service as a high school English teacher and her own teaching experience at Ivy Tech. The Bolingers’ daughter, Allyson, also taught at Ivy Tech in the past.

The ASAP program is open to students no older than 21 who have been nominated by their high school counselor, who have achieved a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 with a strong attendance record, and who have a parent or guardian who agrees to provide room and board. Admitted as part of a “cohort” (a group of students going through the program together), students attend classes or enrichment activities Mondays through Fridays full-time from June of one year through May of the next year. The one-year commitment to the intensive, accelerated program is for students who are serious about their education and who want to minimize student debt.

“Successful completion of the program means they graduate with a 60-credit-hour associate degree that has a 100 percent transfer acceptance rate to Indiana’s universities and beyond, and that costs less than $8,000,” said ASAP coordinator Beth Chaney.

“Graduates can then go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in a total of three years after high school,” Chaney continued. “Completing this rigorous program will make for a smooth transition into their choice transfer university while giving them numerous transfer scholarship opportunities.”

After kicking off the program in June, the first ASAP cohort at Ivy Tech Kokomo is now starting its second term of classes as the fall semester begins.

“ASAP is a wonderful program. It’s a perfect fit,” Lynne said. “I love high school students and I will forever. As a retired high school teacher, I think, ‘What a terrific thing.’”

For more information on supporting Ivy Tech students through scholarships, contact Karickhoff, at 765-459-0561, ext. 7296, or by email at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu . For more information on the ASAP program, contact Chaney at 765-459-0561, ext. 7397, or by email at bchaney1@ivytech.edu .

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Steve Daily, Ivy Tech honored by Indiana Leadership Association

Awards presented at ILA’s annual meeting in Kokomo

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Tom Snyder, Keith Kirkpatrick, Lynn Miller-Pease and Steve Daily were winners of 2015 Indiana Leadership Association awards

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College and Steve Daily, chancellor emeritus of the College’s Kokomo Region, were honored today during the 2015 annual meeting of the Indiana Leadership Association (ILA) in Kokomo.

This year’s program featured a panel of statewide leaders including Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and State Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, who discussed the future of community leadership development in Indiana as well as a keynote address by Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder.

ILA, based in Indianapolis, was founded in the mid-1980s to promote networking among Indiana’s diverse and local community leadership programs. Its mission is to promote and facilitate best practices of leadership in Indiana for the good of Indiana communities and their people and its annual meeting serves as an opportunity to share new ideas and generate new energy for community leaders around the state. The annual meeting, held in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, was sponsored by Ivy Tech and hosted by Leadership Kokomo.

During the awards presentation, Daily received the ILA’s 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award for his decades of commitment to leadership development. While mayor of Kokomo from 1980-87, Daily implemented the “leadership” program in the city and throughout career changes and retirement, he has continued his engagement with the program. In 2008, when the Chamber of Commerce could no longer afford to fund Leadership Kokomo, Daily, as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, committed College resources to join with City of Kokomo support to keep the program going.

In nominating Daily, Sharon Reed-Corbett, director of Leadership Kokomo, cited the results of his many efforts on behalf of the community leadership program, including marketing and web support and helping to bring in motivational speaker and author Stedman Graham as the keynote speaker to celebrate Leadership Kokomo’s 30th anniversary.

“Some of the Leadership Kokomo graduates have gone on to work in our city and state governments as well as profitable business ventures internationally,” Reed-Corbett said. “The leadership tools provided to them through this program have been invaluable.”

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder accepted the ILA Board of Directors’ Special Award on behalf of the College. This award is presented periodically to recognize accomplishments made in the spirit of collaboration by a person, an organization or a project. Ivy Tech was honored for partnerships in both Kokomo and Lafayette in support of community leadership training. The Kokomo Region partnership begun under Daily’s tenure was cited as a prime example of monetary, staff and in-kind support for Leadership Kokomo through providing office space and clerical support; meeting spaces for classes, special events and graduation; and marketing expertise.

“Ivy Tech has demonstrated its commitment to leadership in Indiana as well as to our community,” Reed-Corbett said in her nomination letter.

Other awards presented at the luncheon included:

  • ILA Marjorie Klinck Outstanding Leadership Award – Keith Kirkpatrick, South Shore Leadership
  • Excellence in Innovation Award – Leadership Evansville, accepted by CEO Lynn Miller Pease

In his keynote address, Snyder presented “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”

Goodnight and Karickhoff were joined in the panel discussion by Marissa Manlove, president and CEO of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance; Dr. Raymond Scheele, co-director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University; and Angie Nelson Deuitch, public affairs manager at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Together, they offered ideas on how leadership programs can remain effective.

Afternoon sessions included a review of leadership best practices from the national meeting of the Association of Leadership Programs as well as a discussion of effective board governance by ILA President John Shertzer, chief program officer at Kiwanis International.

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Ivy Tech sets extended admissions/advising hours for fall semester enrollment

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is extending admissions/advising office hours at its Kokomo, Logansport and Wabash campuses to assist students during the final two weeks of enrollment for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug.24. Prospective students may go through the admission process at any Ivy Tech site regardless of where they plan to attend classes.

The new Express Enrollment Center and Student Affairs office on the Kokomo Campus and the Student Affairs offices at the Logansport and Wabash campuses will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Hours are being extended to include Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all three campuses. Offices at the Kokomo and Wabash campuses  also will be open those hours on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Accuplacer testing for students who need to take any or all of the College’s placement assessment will be offered at both sites. For information on Kokomo testing hours, call (800) 459-0561. For information on appointments to take the testing in Logansport, call (574) 753-5101 and for Wabash, call (260) 563-8828, ext. 4319.

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Tickets available for Aug. 28 Celebration for Student Success

‘Blue Jeans and Bling’ Event will support Ivy Tech’s Kokomo students

2015-08 Blue Jeans and Bling at Ivy TechKOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo will host its annual Celebration for Student Success from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, dinner, and activities to raise funds for student scholarships at the Kokomo Campus.

With the theme of “Blue Jeans and Bling,” guests are invited to break out their favorite pair of blue jeans and whatever “bling” they want to add for an evening of fun designed to support Ivy Tech education in the Kokomo community.

The Jhonny and Sallie Show, an award-winning, crowd-favorite duo from northern Indiana, will provide live entertainment from their wide repertoire of country classics and almost-forgotten tunes from the hippie days of the 1960s. The night will also include a raffle with prizes from local businesses and individuals who support students, a live auction, and a full cash bar. The barbecue dinner by Rozzi’s Catering will feature pulled pork sandwiches with their new toppings bar, loaded baked potatoes, vegetarian green beans, and a selection of summer vegetables, finished with cake served at the table by Windmill Grill.

“Every year, we try to make this night the most entertaining and festive night possible, and this year, with live music and countless opportunities to win prizes, we’ve got everything we need for an unforgettable night,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region.

“This event raises money for students at the Kokomo Campus, and our goal is to raise $50,000,” she continued. “More than $35,000 has already been raised in scholarships through sponsorships. This is a great opportunity to help deserving students continue their educations without adding more to their student debt.”

As part of the celebration, Strickler Jewelers is sponsoring a diamond give-away. Each $25 purchase of a special Blue Jeans and Bling beverage will include a “blinged-out” glass and a chance to win a pair of diamond earrings. Guests will receive an earring to take to Strickler Jewelers to receive its mate. Of the 50 pairs of earrings being given away, 49 cubic zirconia pairs are valued at $50 each; the diamond pair is valued at $500.

Tickets for Celebration for Student Success are $30 each and may be purchased at ivytech.edu/kokomo/celebration15.html or by calling Miriam Thomas of the Ivy Tech Foundation staff at 800-459-0561, ext. 7295. Reservations must be made by Aug. 21.

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Kokomo’s Ibn Saud Grotto scholarship to support Ivy Tech dental assisting students

Donation follows on organization’s mission to aid special needs children

KOKOMO, Ind. — Members of the Ibn Saud Grotto, a fraternal organization in Kokomo, have pledged $10,000 to establish the Ibn Saud Grotto Scholarship for students in the dental assisting program at Ivy Tech Community College.

The new scholarship program is part of the Ibn Saud Grotto’s ongoing commitment to provide much-needed dental care to children with special needs, the focus of the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottoes of North America, an umbrella group for the organization that is an offshoot of the Masonic Order.

“As part of the Grottoes of North America, the membership of Ibn Saud Grotto has embraced the Humanitarian Foundation’s belief that children with special needs should live as fully and as independently as possible,” said Don Warnock, monarch of the Kokomo organization. “We are committed to helping to alleviate the suffering and to improve the quality of life by providing dental care for those who otherwise may go without – ‘one smile at a time.’”

After touring Ivy Tech’s dental assisting instructional facilities in Kokomo and hearing from program chair Kristy Parker and two of her students, the local grotto leadership decided that support of local students preparing for careers in dental care was a great way to advance their mission.

“Ivy Tech’s dental assisting program has a great track record of success,” Warnock said. “We hope our support of students will lead to graduates who will share their skills by helping those in need in their communities.”

Ibn Saud Grotto has pledged to complete funding to allow $500 scholarships to be awarded starting with the fall semester of 2018. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a resident of Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton or Wabash counties, and must have completed at least 15 hours in the Dental Assisting program at an Ivy Tech site within the Kokomo Region with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Ivy Tech has offered the dental assisting program at its Kokomo campus for 12 years. Designed to respond to needs of local dentists, the program consists of two semesters and one summer session and includes lecture and laboratory instruction as well as supervised experience with dental professional and patients in the clinic setting. The program has limited enrollment of 24 qualified students per year, as required by its accreditation by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Its students annually participate in The “Happy Teeth” Sealant Clinic, a collaborative effort involving a local community church and its members, area dentists, the Ivy Tech Dental Assisting program students and faculty and the Kokomo School Corp. to provide the important dental service to under-served children.

“We are proud of the service our students provide as they complete requirements for their technical certificates and associate degrees in dental assisting,” program chair Parker said. “Our graduates are well-prepared and successful in their careers. In 2014 and 2015, all of our graduates were hired full-time in area dental offices immediately following completion of the program.”

Demand for certified dental assistants continues to increase, Parker said, especially as many current local dental assistants prepare to retire within the next few years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries for certified dental assistants in Indiana range from $28,844 to $45,770 per year.

Five openings remain in the class that will begin in August. For more information on Ivy Tech’s Dental Assisting program, including the prerequisites for registration, contact Kristy Parker at (765) 457-0858, ext. 6104, or by email at kparker69@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech to offer introductory sign language classes at Tipton site

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

TIPTON, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an eight-hour Basic Introduction to American Sign Language class for those with little or no experience who want to learn its basics.

The class, taught by Kerri Downey, is being offered twice in two different sessions at Ivy Tech’s Tipton Outreach Site, 221 N. Main St. The first session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, 13, 20, and 27; the second session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22.

The fee for each session is $70. To register, contact Becky Burke by phone at 800-459-0561, ext. 7233, or by email at bburke10@ivytech.edu .


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