ROCHESTER, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Rochester Instructional Site recently received two awards from the Rochester and Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce. Officials from the Chamber presented Ivy Tech with the Shining Star award and the Double I award on October 6. This is the first time both awards have been given at the same time to an individual or organization.
The Shining Star award is given to businesses and individuals who demonstrate goodwill in the community. Two years ago, the Rochester and Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce started the Double I award for investment and improvement in the community.
“Typically those are a structural improvement or something visible. We think with Ivy Tech’s presence here in the new building, it’s more than either one; it’s both of them together. It’s the first time that we have given both awards at the same time to the same entity,” said Rochester and Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alison Heyde.
Ivy Tech has been offering classes at Rochester High School in the evenings for nearly 20 years, but never had a visible, permanent facility. Ivy Tech occupies 7,000 square feet of the roughly 15,000 square feet at the new site, owned by Rochester School Corporation, located at 1820 Park Road. The space features three general purpose classrooms, two science labs and one computer lab. Site Director Gloria Carvey says current enrollment is 125 students and that number is expected to grow. Carvey says the Rochester Instructional Site’s vision is that all high school students would graduate with one or two semesters of college-level classes completed.
“We have had a 20 year presence here, every spring and fall. Now, we are opening up the gates and not only providing higher education for the high school students, but for the adults in the community as well,” said Carvey.
The Rochester School Corporation also received the Double I award. Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site provides Rochester High School students the chance to receive dual-credit while in high school. Students can graduate high school often with one to two semesters of transferable college credits already completed. The site offers credit and non-credit classes as well as certification training through a partnership with local companies to provide on-site corporate contract training. The general public is also able to take courses inside the new facility. Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site is currently offering nine classes this semester and will offer 16 classes next spring.
“Education is important. We value it. We want our community to value it. We want to give them the opportunity to take classes right here and not have to travel and make it convenient for people. People are up against a lot of hurdles and we want to take transportation and location out of that equation,” said Heyde.
An open house at Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public. People interested in enrolling for the spring semester or to learn more information about the site can call Beth Clair, Rochester site academic advisor, at 574-223-3228 or email@example.com.