Ivy Tech Community College formally opened their new culinary arts lab in Peru on Wednesday, Aug. 21 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. With Ivy Tech staff and community members looking on, Ken Licklider and his family cut a ribbon, opening another door of opportunity for Kokomo region students.
On Oct. 20, 2012 at the Ivy Tech Peru scholarship fundraiser, Ken Licklider, of Vohne Liche Kennels, presented Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily with a check for over $74,000. The purpose of the gift was to furnish a culinary arts lab/classroom at the college’s Peru Instructional Site. Now, nearly one year later, with the help of that monetary gift the lab is a reality.
“What gave us the final nudge, was a gift from Ken, his business and his family and we are so very much appreciative of that,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor, Steve Daily. “I think that we’re going to find that in this community and in this region, this is going to be a very popular program that is going to grow very rapidly.”
The lab offers credit and short-term, non-credit courses. Students who enroll in credit classes can earn a culinarian certificate that transfers to several Ivy Tech regions that offer the complete Culinary Arts degree.
For more information about the new culinary arts program in Peru, or for any other questions, call the Peru Instructional Site at 765-473-7281.