Ivy Tech welcomes new Assistant Director of Career Services

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College recently added Jennifer Nichols as the new Assistant Director of Career Services. Nichols joined Ivy Tech after working at the University of Wisconsin Parkside in the Advising and Career Center.

As the new Assistant Director of Career Services, Nichols will help Ivy Tech students choose a program that fits their goals and skills. Nichols will spend much of her time helping students with resume building, cover letter creation, interviewing skills and career searches.

“I hope to continue to be able to go out in the community and network with companies and organizations so that we can provide them with skilled graduates, as well as provide our skilled graduates with excellent career opportunities.”

Nichols brings experience in academic advising, career development and work-study programs to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carthage College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. While attending Carthage College, Nichols worked closely with the college’s off-campus work-study program. She was able to increase Federal Work-Study campus-based funds from $117,000 to $450,000 annually as well as increase community service programs from two organizations to over 40 organizations and 100 off-campus work-study jobs for students.

“A lot of people think that Career Services is a department that you visit at the end of your educational pathway or after you have graduated, but I hope to create an atmosphere that students begin their relationship from the first day that they step on campus and really get a grasp on understanding how Career Services can be such a fantastic service for them as current students and as graduates and alumni.”

Nichols says she has high aspirations for her new role at Ivy Tech Community College. One role, she says, is to create a strong presence on campus that will provide students with a personal relationship with Career Services. Nichols admits she finds joy in helping students figure out what they are truly passionate about.

“It is an amazing experience to have students share with me their successes, as well as their trials and tribulations.  I am excited and thankful to be a part of their cheerleading squad!”

Nichols can be reached at 765-459-0561 ext. 222 or jnichols9@ivytech.edu.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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