Ivy Tech Kokomo sets auction of surplus items

Public invited to bid as campus readies for transformation

KOKOMO, Ind. – You’re getting ready for a major remodel and the garage and the attic and the basement are full of, well, extra stuff. What to do? Perhaps an auction?

That’s where Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo campus finds itself … getting ready for a $43 million capital project designed to completely transform the College’s physical presence in Kokomo … with a lot of surplus, used, outdated furniture, equipment and “miscellaneous items” that are no longer needed but that just might suit someone else. So an auction it is.

The auction is set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Ivy Tech building at 1901 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo.

Along with two firetrucks and two ambulances, a wooden trebuchet will go on the auction block. The trebuchet, defined as “a type of siege engine which uses a swinging arm to throw a projectile at the enemy,” was used for the popular “Punkin Chunkin” in years past during Ivy Tech’s Techknowfest event.

Also in the auction are a variety of wood shop tools, two mowers, an industrial metal lathe and industrial drill press, and a reception counter and window. For the more mundane, hundreds of various sizes of folding tables, hundreds of chairs and desks, file cabinets, metal shelving, and overhead lighting fixtures will be offered for sale.

Plans are being finalized for Ivy Tech’s complete redesign of the Kokomo campus. Faculty and staff will soon start moving to temporary locations so work can begin in May on the first phase of the project, the renovation of the north hall of the Main Building. The entire transformation is expected to be completed in early 2020.

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Michael Erny named dean of technology at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Erny to lead School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology

Michael Erny

KOKOMO, Ind. – Michael Erny has been named dean for the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology for Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area.

Erny brings to this assignment a wide range of educational achievement, industry experience and community engagement. He began his career with Ivy Tech in 2006 as an instructor in the School of Technology and progressed through positions as program chair for automotive technology and assistant dean of the technology school. A graduate of Ivy Tech’s Master Teacher Academy and Leadership Academy, he was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction in the Kokomo Region in 2014.

In his new role, Erny will oversee programs that include Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology, Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology, HVAC, Industrial Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Manufacturing Production and Operations.

“Mike is taking the helm of programs that are critical to the future success of both Ivy Tech and the State of Indiana,” said Kim King, acting chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “With Mike’s practical experience matched by his academic accomplishments, he is prepared to lead this organization through the next several years as we transform both the Kokomo Campus and our technology facilities.”

Erny’s roots at Ivy Tech are deep. His higher education journey began at Ivy Tech 30 years ago and he earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Service Technology in 1988. When he came back to Ivy Tech as an instructor, he brought professional expertise gained as a service technician, shop foreman and fleet maintenance specialist from 1988 to 2006 at an Indianapolis auto dealership and a Walton shipping and trucking company.

An advocate of lifelong learning, Erny earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Career and Technical Education from Indiana State University and he is working on a doctorate in the field at University of Wisconsin’s Stout Campus.

That commitment to lifelong learning has been cited as the foundation for his teaching success in a field where continuing education is a necessity. He has served as a model of the concept for his students by continuing to update his skills. Along with his academic degrees, he holds a number of National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications – the gold standard in automotive service credentialing – as well as certification as a full-service Cummins technician. He has been certified by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) to instruct the Certified Production Technician course and has earned “white belt” certification in continuous improvement.

As program chair, Erny transformed the automotive technology program at Kokomo into a leader in the state and, since 2008, he has been statewide lead chair for automotive technology at Ivy Tech. During his tenure, he secured donations of nearly $1 million in equipment, resources, and funding from a number of major corporations in North Central Indiana, including Snap-on, FCA US, and Subaru.

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‘A Night at the Museum’ coming courtesy of Ivy Tech

Festive Seiberling Mansion will be open without charge 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7

Feliz Navidad!

KOKOMO, Ind. – Feliz Navidad! Join in a Mexican-flavored celebration of the Christmas season Thursday, Dec. 7, when Ivy Tech Community College welcomes visitors to “A Night at the Museum: Christmas Around the World.” Courtesy of Ivy Tech, the festively decorated Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., will be open to the public without charge from 4 to 8 p.m.

This year, the mansion, home of the Howard County Museum, is filled with decorations featuring the traditions of countries including Russia, Norway, Ireland, and Holland. Ivy Tech took a fiesta approach with the colorful hand-made paper flowers, fringed garland, sombreros, and piñatas of South of the Border. The Dec. 7 event will even feature music by a mariachi band.

“This is the third year Ivy Tech has served as one of the sponsors for free community nights at the museum – and we are excited to be part of the 2017 edition,” said Kim King, acting chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “We hope families will take advantage of this great opportunity to bring their children and view the wonders of ‘Christmas Around the World’ as our guests.”

For more information about the Howard County Historical Society’s “Christmas at the Seiberling,” which runs through Dec. 29, contact the society at 765-452-4314 or check out its website at www.howardcountymuseum.org .


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Ivy Tech offering Express Enrollment Days at Kokomo, Logansport campuses

Dec. 7 and 9 events are a chance to complete enrollment for spring semester

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport will be among sites participating in Statewide Express Enrollment Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 9. Statewide Express Enrollment Days provide an opportunity for students from across Indiana to visit one of the participating locations and complete the enrollment steps to become a student at Ivy Tech for spring semester.

“These two days are an opportunity to get all the steps completed so you’re ready when spring semester classes start on Tuesday, Jan. 16,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “And if you don’t get finished on Dec. 7, you can come back in Dec. 9.

“We will have additional staff available at both locations to help prospective students wherever they are in the enrollment process,” she added, “from applying for admission to actually registering for classes.”

Joshua Morrison, director of academic advising, noted that academic advisors will be available to help students understand how their prior college courses could apply to a degree or certificate program. “This can potentially save them time and tuition dollars,” Morrison said. “Our staff members are always happy to review official or unofficial transcripts for prior college credit, whether they are from Ivy Tech or another institution, and many students are surprised at how close they are to completing their academic program with us.”

At Statewide Express Enrollment Days, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, register for the upcoming semester, and schedule orientation. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts

For more information and to RSVP for these Express Enrollment Days, go to www.ivytech.edu/eeday .

To speak with a member of the admissions team, contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport

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Applications being accepted for second-semester Dukes Health Care scholarship

Aid is available to qualified Miami County students in the health sciences

KOKOMO, Ind. — Applications are being accepted for the Health Sciences & Nursing Impact Scholarship in Miami County for Miami County students pursuing degrees in the health sciences at Ivy Tech Community College. Funding is available for one qualifying student for the second semester, which begins in January.

The scholarship program was established earlier this year through a $60,000 grant awarded by Dukes Health Care Foundation of Miami County and is funding six $10,000 impact scholarships. Qualified students selected for the scholarship receive $2,500 a semester over two years.

Miami County students may apply by submitting the general Ivy Tech scholarship application by Dec. 31. The application is available online by selecting “Billing and Financial Aid” on the student dashboard on My Ivy and then clicking on “Apply for Scholarships.” Anyone who meets the scholarship criteria will be considered and selected candidates will be notified by Jan. 9.

The scholarship program is targeted at Miami County high school students and returning adult students interested in achieving a degree in the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing.  Among its goals are to permit student to pursue an affordable college education close to home, thus eliminating barriers faced by many students.

Covered programs of study include Dental Assisting, Healthcare Specialist, Paramedic, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting. Criteria for selection include being a resident of Miami County; being a full-time student in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, including sites in Kokomo, Logansport and Peru; and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

For more information on the scholarship, contact Mary King at 765-252-5463 or mking218@ivytech.edu  .


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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Kokomo

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course Dec. 11 and 13 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 611 of the Ivy Tech Corporate College Building at 1701 Touby Pike.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment. This course will prepare individuals to take and pass the 85-question, multiple-choice certification exam. Participants in this course will study sanitation management, food safety hazards, factors that affect food borne illness, personal hygiene, the use and calibration of temperature measuring instruments, and many more topics.

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certification and their name will be added to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years. The course fee is $199 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 13, and will be led by instructor Ed Norris of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and retired inspector and trainer with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program.

To register for the Certified Professional Food Manager Certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s workforce alignment staff, located at 1701 Touby Pike in Kokomo, provides high-quality, cost-effective, short-term, career-relevant training solutions aligned with the needs of today’s employers. Its academic programs and certifications improve its clients’ employability and earnings potential. To learn more about professional development programs available through Ivy Tech, call 765-252-5476.



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Cass County Democrats present scholarship to Ivy Tech student

Dakota Prilaman will use funds to support her paramedic training

From left-right are Mark Fair, Paramedic Science program chair; Connie Morgan, dean of Health Sciences; student Dakota Prilaman; and Paul Ulerick, chairman of the Cass County Democratic Party.

KOKOMO, Ind. – Dakota Prilaman, a student in the Paramedic Science program at Ivy Tech Community College, has been awarded the Cass County Democratic Party Scholarship for 2017-18.

Prilaman met recently with Paul Ulerick, chairman of the Cass County Democratic Party to extend her thanks for their support of her continuing education. Also in the meeting were Connie Morgan, dean of the School of Health Sciences for Ivy Tech Kokomo, and Mark Fair, program chair for Paramedic Science.

Prilaman, a graduate of Lewis Cass High School, is working to expand her skills as an emergency medical technician (EMT) to become a paramedic.

In 2014, the Cass County Democratic Party presented Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region with a $10,000 gift earmarked for an endowed scholarship in honor of the late Jim Weaver, a long-time leader in Logansport/Cass County education, government and economic development. Cass County residents who are attending any Ivy Tech campus in the Kokomo Region, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and who are registered voters will be eligible to apply for the $500 scholarship, which may be used for tuition, fees and books.

“Jim Weaver was committed to the betterment of our society and exhibited the highest values of the Democratic Party,” said Paul Ulerick, chair of the Cass County Democratic Party. “We are truly excited to establish this endowed scholarship.  It demonstrates the strong belief by the Democratic Party that it is important to continue your education.”


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