Schedule set for spring semester non-credit culinary classes

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

PERU, Ind. – From updating your party repertoire to perusing the delicacies of the Orient, the spring schedule of non-credit culinary classes at Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru culinary arts lab is designed to offer edible education.

Four sessions are on tap at the College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., and include:

Saturday, March 12: Amy Black’s Take on Appetizers

Wednesday, April 6: Exotic Offerings of the Far East

Saturday, April 30: A Very Special Mother’s Day Brunch

Saturday, May 14: The Ninja Soldis Ride Again

Registration for any of the four sessions in the spring semester series is $85. To register or obtain more information, contact Patricia Kindig by phone at 765-460-9211 or by email at pkindig@ivytech.edu .

Here’s the complete list of culinary classes being offered during spring semester 2016 as described by series coordinator Alayne Cook:

Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon

            Amy Black’s Take on Appetizers, featuring chef Amy Black

Do you seem to make the same set of appetizers over and over again? Now, just in time for spring parties and receptions, Amy Black returns to the Ivy Tech culinary series to lead us to a new repertoire of appetizers. There will be fresh flavors, new techniques and delightful recipes to take home…. all with Amy’s special touch. A day with Amy is always a great learning experience.

 

Wednesday, April 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

            Exotic Offerings of the Far East, featuring Huey-Ching Ewbank, owner of Kokomo Asia Mart

Have you ever wandered down the aisle of an Asian market and felt completely lost as you looked at all the exotic spices and sauces? Huey-Ching Ewbank to the rescue! She is the owner-manager of Kokomo Asia Mart, and she will spend the evening teaching us about many of the items in her shop. We will explore many Asian cuisines. Best of all, Huey-Ching will give us hands-on instruction on how to make delicious pork dumplings, a great skill to take home at the end of the evening.

Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon

A Very Special Mother’s Day Brunch, featuring Noah Peconga

A very special mother deserves a very special menu for her special day. Noah returns to the Ivy Tech kitchen to give you recipes and tips on creating that memorable meal for your mom. We will have a complete experience … from that welcome drink to an elegant dessert. Spring will be in the air and fun will be had by all.

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon

The Ninja Soldis Ride Again, featuring Tish and David Soldi

David, chef of Smitty McMusselman’s Irish Pub, and Tish want to re-introduce you to your Ninja or your food processor. They have a boatload of ideas to perk up your spring and summer meals. There will be smoothies, soups, salad dressings, salsas and more. Turn that machine into your personal kitchen servant! Tish and David always give us a hands-on experience, with lots of new ideas and fun.

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Ivy Tech sets additional Parent Night in Kokomo

Goal: To help parents know and understand postsecondary options

KOKOMO, Ind. — After a standing-room-only response in January, Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus is scheduling an additional Parent Night to help parents of area high school seniors get ready for life after graduation. The session is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St.

At Parent Night, participants can choose from a schedule of 15-minute break-out sessions where Ivy Tech staff members will be available to answer questions. Session topics include:

  • Paying for College 101: Tips, tricks, strategies to minimize student debt
  • Transfer Pathway: Transfer options for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees
  • Accelerated Associate Degree (ASAP): Complete a two-year Liberal Arts degree in 11 months
  • Dual Credit: Putting to use the Ivy Tech credit your student is already earning

The evening will include information about the admission process and a tour of the Kokomo campus.

“Parents understand a college education is a huge investment – in money, time and effort,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing & Communications for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “We had a great turnout for our January Parent Night and want to make sure everyone who is interested has the opportunity to learn more about the options available to their children as they get ready to graduate from high school.

“Parents and their seniors have a lot of big decisions to make to be sure the investments they make pay off. It’s critical that they know and understand all their options,” she continued. “The Parent Night program is designed to give parents the information they need to guide their children to choose options that are the right fit – financially, academically and socially.”

At Ivy Tech, available options range from short-term certificate programs that move grads right into the workforce, to degrees and credits that transfer to four-year colleges, to courses as a visiting student in the summer to stay on track for on-time completion and save money at another school. The Parent Nights offer an opportunity to explore the options right here in local communities — at Indiana’s community college.

“And if your student is saying, ‘I’m taking a year off,’ it’s even more reason to attend!” Worland added, noting the relationship between postsecondary education at any level and success in the workforce.

Those interested in attending should sign up with Sarah King, assistant director of admissions, by email at sking16@ivytech.edu .

“Whether your student is considering ways to get hands-on training to get into the workforce as soon as possible, planning for an associate degree or looking forward to advanced education, Ivy Tech has options you as a parent should know about,” Worland said. “It’s not too early, or too late, to have those important discussions about opportunities – and their benefits and costs. In fact, now is a great time for those conversations to intensify as the last semester of high school gets under way.”

 

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Ivy Tech Logansport offering FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

2015-02 College Goal Sunday_LogoINDIANAPOLIS Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way, and 41 other Indiana sites to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday, set for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its 27th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

Program assists students

“Far too often families don’t know who to ask for help with their FAFSA,” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “This event helps families across the state file the FAFSA, and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to SFA statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“There is significant disappointment for students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time,” said Wozniak. “That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association continues to provide College Goal Sunday. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

What students should bring

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents should bring completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2015 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2015 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Attendees may win educational prizes

Students may also win one of 10 $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

21st Century Scholars benefit

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model

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

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

College Goal Sunday is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). It is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

 

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Leadership Kokomo announces Class of 2016

22 people begin year-long leadership development program

LK logoKOKOMO, Ind. — Twenty-two members of the Kokomo community have been named to Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2016. Representing industry, higher education, city government, healthcare, ministry and the non-profit sector, the 22 make up the 34th edition of the annual leadership development program.

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2016 and their sponsors include:

Anna Brown, Kokomo Rescue Mission

Duane Carlisle, Main Street United Methodist Church

Alexandra Daniels Durham, Daniels, Alexander & Daniels/Freedom Financial Group

Andrew Durham, Center Township of Howard County Trustee’s Office

Mandie Gould, Sharpsville United Methodist Church

Karn Hall, In-Home Services

Reba Harris, Gilead House

Angela Heckman, Indiana University Kokomo

Jon Hendricks, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz LLP

Sharon Johnson, Community Howard Regional Health

Kathleen Keppner, First Farmers Bank & Trust

Laura Lanning, Ivy Tech Community College

Wendy Layden, The Excel Center

Tracy Martino, Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc.

Brandi McClain, Community Health Network

Erin Miller, City of Kokomo

Gary Mitchell, General Motors Kokomo

Rita McCloskey Payne, St.Vincent Health

Tara Scott, Indiana University Kokomo

Kwan Shim, Delphi Electronics & Safety

Lanell Thomas, Haynes International, Inc.

Carman Toler, United Way of Howard County

Leadership Kokomo program director Carrie Giannakos said Carman Toler received the Melanie Showalter Scholarship to attend the class. Karn Hall, Reba Harris, and Tracy Martino received the LK Alumni Scholarships.

Recently, class members participated in Leadership Kokomo’s Government Day where they reported on their interviews with employees of the City of Kokomo. Class members also heard from Beth Garrison, corporation counsel for the City of Kokomo, and Tom Miklik, who represents the Sixth District on the Kokomo Common Council.

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Kokomo. It aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations. Among upcoming activities, Leadership Kokomo participants will attend Mayor Greg Goodnight’s State of the City address on Feb. 22.

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Ticket deadline coming up for program with John Quiñones

Emmy winner will keynote annual Ivy Tech events

John Quiñones

John Quiñones

KOKOMO, Ind. – John Quiñones, whose Emmy Award-winning career includes nearly 30 years with ABC News, will be premiering the new season of his highly rated What Would You Do? TV series two days before he visits Kokomo to keynote Ivy Tech Community College’s “Doing the Dream 2016” events. Tickets for the community banquet where he will speak on Thursday, Jan. 28, are on sale through Jan. 26.

Quiñones is perhaps best known for his work on the WWYD series, which is billed as “the ultimate reality show – but this one makes you feel good about the world” and is one of the highest-rated newsmagazines in recent years. The new season will air on the ABC network at 10 p.m. Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 26.

Quiñones’ work for What Would You Do? captures the way people react when confronted with dilemmas that compel them to either take action or walk away. His most recent book – What Would You Do?: Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing” – is based on lessons drawn from the show’s first 10 years on the air.

Individual tickets for the “Doing the Dream 2016” community banquet, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road, are $50 and can be purchased online at https://ivytech.edu/kokomo/dream.html .

The “Doing the Dream” events at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus are an annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As part of the program’s 12th edition, Quiñones also will speak to an expected audience of more than 1,000 high school and college students at a free convocation on Friday, Jan. 29.

Quiñones will share the impact education has had on his life. A boy who worked South Texas cotton fields beside his Latino migrant worker parents and who was unable to speak a word of English when he entered first grade in San Antonio, he eventually connected with an English teacher in high school who saw something in him. He entered the federal program Upward Bound and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Quiñones says hardship and hunger gave him the determination to turn disadvantages into assets and he plans to challenge his audiences in Kokomo to overcome any barriers and achieve success.

To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Leo Studach, associate professor of science at Ivy Tech and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 574-398-6115 or lstudach@ivytech.edu. Information about the banquet is available at https://connect.ivytech.edu/events/doing-the-dream.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on six free seminars to be offered in region

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present six free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture. Sessions will be held in February and March in Peru, Kokomo, and Logansport.

The weekly series begins Feb. 1 and each session will include light refreshments. Seminars will focus on several agricultural finance topics as well as farm safety and the use of drones in farming.

For more information or to register for any or all of the free sessions, contact Ivy Tech’s Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or sturrill@ivytech.edu.

The schedule of sessions includes: 

Preserving the Farm for Your Family: Avoiding Tax Collectors, Nursing Homes, and Other Troubles

Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Peru Ivy Tech Campus, auditorium, 425 W. Main St., Peru

Instructors: Ted Waggoner, Peterson and Waggoner Law Firm, and Matt Folz, Dobbs Legal Group

Trends in Farmland Values and Lease Terms in 2016

Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Peru Ivy Tech Campus, auditorium, 425 W. Main St., Peru

Instructor: F. Howard Halderman, president of Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services

Safety around the Farm; It’s not just for you

Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Logansport Ivy Tech Campus, Room 215, I Ivy Tech Way, Logansport

Instructor: Butch Hendrix, safety director for Kokomo Grain Company

Risk Management with Crop Insurance

Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kokomo Event & Conference Center, Room 814, 1500 N. Reed Road, Kokomo

Instructor: Michael Silver, senior grain merchandiser for Kokomo Grain Company

Ag Finance for Beginners

Feb. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kokomo Event & Conference Center, Room 814, 1500 N. Reed Road, Kokomo

Instructor: Cary Mawbey, senior ag loan officer, First Farmers Bank, and Michaele Wiegert, loan officer, Farm Service Agency Marion

Drones and Farming

March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kokomo Event & Conference Center, Exhibition Hall, 1500 N. Reed Road, Kokomo

Instructor: Jim Love, light robotics manager, Beck’s Hybrids and Beck’s Hybrids FARMserver Team

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Ivy Tech sets Parent Nights in Kokomo, Logansport, and Wabash

Goal: To help parents know and understand postsecondary options

 KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region has scheduled three “Parent Nights” in January to help parents of area high school seniors get ready for life after graduation.

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing & Communications for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the students puts into attending class and studying, transitioning from high school to college-level coursework and expectations, and for many, living away from home for the first time.

“Parents and their seniors have a lot of big decisions to make to be sure the investments they make pay off. It’s critical that they know and understand all their options,” she continued. “These Parent Night programs are designed to give parents the information they need to guide their children to choose options that are the right fit – financially, academically and socially.”

At Ivy Tech, available options range from short-term certificate programs that move grads right into the workforce, to degrees and credits that transfer to four-year colleges, to courses as a visiting student in the summer to stay on track for on-time completion and save money at another school. The Parent Nights offer an opportunity to explore the options right here in local communities — at Indiana’s community college.

“And if your student is saying, ‘I’m taking a year off,’ it’s even more reason to attend!” Worland added, noting the relationship between postsecondary education at any level and success in the workforce.

At the Parent Nights, participants can choose from a schedule of 15-minute break-out sessions where Ivy Tech staff members will be available to answer questions. Session topics include:

  • Paying for College 101: Tips, tricks, strategies to minimize student debt
  • Start Here. Go There: Transfer options for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees
  • Accelerated Associate Degree (ASAP): Complete a two-year Liberal Arts degree in 11 months
  • Dual Credit: Putting to use the Ivy Tech credit your student is already earning
  • Integrated Technology Education Program: Opening doors to a future in technology

The Parent Nights are scheduled at these locations on the following dates. Parents can choose the location convenient for their schedule; information at each location will be the same.

  • Thursday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. – Wabash Campus, 277 N. Thorne St., Wabash
  • Monday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo

Those interested in attending should sign up by email at kokomoadmissions@ivytech.edu or by phone at 765-252-5487. Reservations should be made by Friday, Jan. 15, for the Wabash meeting and by Friday, Jan. 22, for the Kokomo and Logansport meetings. Please include names of those attending and the date/location you plan to attend. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a 3-credit hour scholarship (one will be given away at each event) as well as a drawing for a Samsung tablet (the winner will be notified Jan. 30).

“Whether your student is considering ways to get hands-on training to get into the workforce as soon as possible, planning for an associate degree or looking forward to advanced education, Ivy Tech has options you as a parent should know about,” Worland said. “It’s not too early, or too late, to have those important discussions about opportunities – and their benefits and costs. In fact, now is a great time for those conversations to intensify as the last semester of high school gets under way.”

 

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