New program chair emphasizes value of communications in job success
KOKOMO, Ind. — Alison Toren has joined Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region as chair of the region’s Professional Communication program.
Toren, a native of Solon, Ohio, has more than 10 years of experience in adult higher education and brings a strong educational background to the job.
“My goal as chair of the Professional Communication program is to connect students with life skills they can put to use right away in a wide variety of career opportunities,” Toren said. “Whether the goal is a job in the corporate world or nonprofit segment, in education or retail sales, in a service industry or, well, just about anywhere, a solid foundation of Professional Communication will help you get on your way. Where there are people, having effective communications skills is required!”
Toren first worked with Ivy Tech as an adjunct professor at the Kokomo and Marion campuses from 2005 to 2009. She came to Ivy Tech from Indiana Wesleyan University’s Kokomo center, where she had served as an academic advisor since 2006 and as an adjunct professor since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Communication from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
Ivy Tech’s Professional Communication program, as part of the School of Liberal Arts, provides students with a rich background in the arts and sciences. Through its coursework, students gain problem-solving skills, communication and writing abilities and experience in communicating and designing texts using information technologies. An interdisciplinary program, it includes coursework in the fields of communication arts, English, and electronic media.
The Professional Communication program leads to an Associate of Science degree and opens the door to further education. Articulation transfer opportunities are available with the public four-year universities in Indiana and additional opportunities for courses and program transfer may be available at a wide range of other four-year institutions.
“I am committed to helping students achieve their dreams,” Toren said, “and I look forward to helping more students navigate the systems of higher education with an eye on the ultimate goal of graduation.”
For more information on Ivy Tech’s Professional Communication program, contact Toren at 765-459-0561, ext. 389.