School of Computing and Informatics open in new downtown Kokomo home
KOKOMO, Ind. — Veteran information technology manager and educator Lou Ann Stroup has been named department chair of Ivy Tech Community College’s new School of Computing and Informatics in the Kokomo Region. Stroup, who has been on the faculty since 2011, brings international training and job experience to her role as a Kokomo Region leader for the recently announced school.
“I am excited to be in on the launch of this great new educational opportunity,” Stroup said. “Where before the School of Business offered Computer Information Systems and Computer Information Technology programs, we are now a new standalone school with new equipment, new classes, new programs and even a new location.” She noted the fourth floor of the First Farmers Bank & Trust building at 101 W. Sycamore St. on Kokomo’s courthouse square has been transformed into the home of the new school.
“These changes are designed to better serve our students …. and the needs of the IT industry,” Stroup said. “People qualified for jobs in the computer and informatics industries are in high demand. In our new programs, students will get the hands-on experience that will put you at the head of the information technology employment line.”
Stroup will be on hand to talk with potential students and interested community members during the “grand reveal” of the new program’s facilities from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. The open house will be part of Downtown Kokomo’s November First Friday event.
As department chair, Stroup will oversee instruction and advising of students in academic study that leads to Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates and short-term certificates in seven computer and informatics programs. The programs have been developed with the guidance of a business and industry IT task force and directly link to Ivy Tech’s new academic division structure of providing focused workforce-relevant career pathways for students.
Degrees granted to Ivy Tech students through the School of Computing and Informatics will allow graduates to be prepared for careers that are in high demand. Opportunities to earn IT certifications are incorporated throughout the program curricula and pathways are available for students to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree and more.
Stroup joined Ivy Tech in 2011 as an adjunct faculty member in Computer Information Technology and quickly put her years of training and professional experience to work. In addition to serving as department chair of the School of Computing and Informatics, she also is an assistant professor and statewide lead for Ivy Tech’s computer science program.
After earning associate degrees from Ivy Tech in accounting and computer information systems, Stroup graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in information and communication sciences from Ball State University where she earned a number of honors.
Stroup has years of experience in the field with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Hewlett Packard (HP) and Delphi. She has also worked with computers in the fields of banking and not-for-profit organizations. She holds multiple certifications and awards and is a published author, researcher and presenter in the field of computing and informatics. She belongs to multiple academies, industry organizations and publications.
Among the strengths Stroup brings to the classroom is her global perspective, developed through her work with international auto supplier Delphi and her study abroad at Telecom Bretagne in Brest, France, a sister university for Ball State.
“My work with the new school gives me the opportunity to bring my education and experience to offer real-life instruction to Ivy Tech students,” Stroup said. “And the subject matter is ripped right out of the news. Our students can work to address everything from the development of mobile apps to how to find and thwart hackers and cyber criminals threatening our privacy and our economic security. It’s an exciting place to be!”