Leadership Kokomo Alumni to celebrate 35 years at reception Oct. 5

Event at Celebrations Banquet facility open to alumni, sponsors and friends

KOKOMO, Ind. — Leadership Kokomo alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary Oct. 5 at Celebrations Banquet & Conference facility, 3437 W. Sycamore St.

A reception, with hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments, is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. for alumni, sponsors and friends. A short program at 5 p.m. will include recognition of participants and information about further leadership development as well as opportunities to donate to the Leadership Kokomo alumni organization. Tickets, at $15 each, will be available at the door.

Four members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2015 – Chris Hummel, Donta Roger, Aimee Romero, and Lisa Simmons – have banded together to provide musical entertainment for the event.

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Kokomo. It aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations.

For more information about the anniversary celebration, contact Sharon Reed-Corbett at 765-419-4140. For more information about LK, visit www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact Carrie Giannakos, Leadership Kokomo director, at 765-252-5498 or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .


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Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport campuses induct students into Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership for their scholastic achievement

KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Twenty-five students in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi (Kokomo) and Beta Gamma Zeta (Logansport) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the summer ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Amboy: Elizabeth Smith, Logansport Chapter

Arcadia: Teri Stokes, Kokomo Chapter

Elwood: April Wright, Kokomo Chapter

Galveston: Angie McKinney, Logansport Chapter

Kewanna: Catherine Diveley, Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Cynthia Dulin, Kayla Foor, Rosa Hobbs, Candace Jarvis, Peyton Neuzerling, Henly Page, Serena Reed, Landon Scena-Bolan, and Emily Working, all Kokomo Chapter.

Logansport: Sunday Htoo, Taylor Justice, and Ashley Packard, all Logansport Chapter

Mulberry: Jay Brooks, Kokomo Chapter

Peru: Breonna Bradley and Morgan Wade, Kokomo Chapter, and Mackenna Dawalt and Kimberly Townsend, Logansport Chapter

Star City: Cierra Grubbs, Logansport Chapter

Tipton: Jessica Burkett, Kokomo Chapter

Winamac: Haylee Gilbert, Logansport Chapter

Julie Kitchell, a 2014 graduate of Ivy Tech’s Associate of Science in Nursing program in Logansport, was guest speaker at the induction ceremony. While at Ivy Tech, she served as an officer of Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter and was a regional officer for the state of Indiana. She spoke about the pursuit of knowledge and lifelong learning, sharing how Phi Theta Kappa can take students to new places and challenge them to think about new perspectives. She also emphasized the impact students can have when contributing to their communities but how much greater impact can be made when students come together as Phi Theta Kappa members and act collectively.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.


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Student Success speaker coming to Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport

Dr. Leslie Nwoke to discuss importance of emotional intelligence

Dr. Leslie Nwoke

KOKOMO, Ind.— Dr. Leslie Nwoke, a physician, executive coach, and speaker, is coming to Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Logansport and Kokomo Oct. 4 to talk with students about emotional intelligence and college success. Members of the community are invited to attend.

“Dr. Nwoke is a popular and entertaining speaker with a great message of the importance of engaging not just our heads but our hearts as well if we are to be truly successful,” said Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “We regularly bring in enthusiastic speakers to give our students new ways to think about achieving their goals and Dr. Nwoke comes highly recommended.”

Her presentations are scheduled for Oct. 4 at noon in the Community Room at the Logansport Campus and at 6 p.m. in Room M206 in the main building of the Kokomo Campus.

In previewing her remarks, Nwoke wrote, “Today’s students are more influential than ever before. From YouTube stars to millennial entrepreneurs, this generation is changing the norms of leadership. The most effective of them realize that being successful means engaging not just your head, but your heart. Emotional intelligence is the process of becoming self-aware by engaging our challenging and messiest emotions and choosing to face them bravely.” She will be sharing her message that being emotionally intelligent can help you in college – and beyond.

Among her many achievements, Nwoke is creator of HeartWork Now, an online personal development platform offering courses and videos to promote emotional agility, courage, and resilience in women entrepreneurs and leaders. She has a diverse background in global health, nonprofit leadership, and psychiatry. She co-founded The Ruby Project, a nonprofit and mentorship programs for girls with a trauma background, and Making Noise, Inc., an advocacy organization highlighting African social justice issues. Her dedication to tackling social justice issues includes providing health education and rehabilitation efforts for tracking survivors in Ethiopia and Italy.

Nwoke has been honored for her work, selected as a 2017 StartingBloc Social Innovations Fellow, joining a premier group of innovators and leaders. She was crowned as Miss Nigeria in America in 2004 and later given the “Woman of Excellence Award” by the same organization in 2009. She was honored as one of the “The Women of the Week” in The Sun News, one of the largest newspapers in Nigeria. Nwoke received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine, her Master in Public Health degree from George Washington University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Spelman College.


For more information, contact Dani McQuaide at 765-252-5493 or email her at dmcquaide@ivytech.edu .

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MFG Day job fair set for Oct. 6 at Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

Open houses scheduled at both Kokomo and Logansport tech training centers

KOKOMO, Ind.—Skilled technology workers ready to pursue new job opportunities should be polishing up their resumes so they’re ready for the National MFG Day job fair set for Friday, Oct. 6, at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus.

The job fair will be part of the College’s annual observance of “National Manufacturing Day,” a national celebration of America’s modern manufacturing industries. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, the Technology Centers at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus (1915 Trialon Court, Kokomo) and Logansport Campus (1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport) also will be open to the public for tours of all the technology education opportunities they offer.

The Kokomo Campus job fair will be open without charge to both area employers and people seeking employment. Employers will be available to speak with students, parents and job seekers about what they are looking for in potential employees – what credentials, skills, and training they need to fill open positions. They will be accepting applications for jobs in such high-wage, high-demand fields as advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Employers who have signed up to participate in the job fair in Kokomo include FCA US, CoTronics Inc., Coan Engineering Inc., Dilling Group Inc., Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. LLC, Logan Stampings, Material Processing Inc., Park 100 Foods, Renewed Performance, Smithfield Foods, Syndicate Sales Inc., Trane, and Tyson Fresh Meats, along with WorkOne, the career center for Indiana’s workforce development system. More information, and the latest list of participating employers, can be found at https://www.ivytech.edu/mfgday/ .

At both locations, Ivy Tech faculty, staff and students will be available with demonstrations and hands-on experiences to share the training and educational opportunities available through the College’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Technology. Areas of interest include industrial maintenance, robotics, manufacturing, HVAC, CNC, and electrical and mechanical skilled trades.

The MFG Day event is part of Ivy Tech’s focus on meeting the workforce needs of Indiana communities.

“The open houses will offer a great look at what skills employers say are needed for future success and what Ivy Tech offers in the way of training and education,” said Kim King, acting chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “We encourage families of home-schooled children to participate and suggest that this would be a great use of a college visit day for public school students who aren’t coming with a class. Parents will also find they can learn a lot by attending.”

Also on hand will be advisors who can answer questions about Indiana’s recently announced Workforce Ready Grant that provides funding for qualified individuals to cover tuition and fees for short-term training in selected high-demand career fields, regardless of income level. To be eligible, a person must be an Indiana resident at least 24 years old or defined as “independent” by FAFSA guidelines and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. People who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, or certification in a high-demand field are not eligible. To begin the application process, visit nextleveljobs.org.

For more information on the open houses, contact Tammy Herschberger at (765) 252-5487 or therschberger1@ivytech.edu (Kokomo), or Jovita Flores at (574) 398-6097 or jflores26@ivytech.edu (Logansport). Employers who want to participate in the events should contact Chad Lewis at clewis97@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5483.

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‘Return 2 Learn’ event offers guidance for adults ready to continue their education

High school seniors also invited to event in Logansport/Cass County Public Library

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University Logansport are sponsoring a “Return 2 Learn” event in Logansport Thursday, Oct. 5. The event is aimed at encouraging area residents to continue their education, no matter where they are in their pursuit, and to offer the information and resources they need to get back on track.
The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Logansport/Cass County Public Library. Area high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend, along with adults who are wanting to either complete their high school equivalency or pursue a college degree.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a better future by continuing their education,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus. “Whether you need to complete your high school credential, are seeking better employment options, or are working to succeed in a new country, you will be able to learn more about your educational options at this event.”

Participating agencies, and their areas of interest, include the following:

• Ivy Tech Community College Logansport – certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees
• Trine University – bachelor’s and master’s degrees
• Logansport Community School Corporation Adult Learning Center – HSE (high school equivalency/formerly known as GED) and ESL (English as a Second Language)
• WorkOne Center – information on educational funding opportunities through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Ivy Tech and Trine representatives will be focusing on the importance of higher education, with information on various degree programs and the enrollment process as well as options for financing higher education that make going to college more feasible for working adults and parents.

Of particular interest this year are the opportunities being made available through the Indiana Workforce Ready Grant, which pays the tuition and fees to allow qualifying working-age Hoosiers with high school diplomas to earn certificates in high-demand jobs.

“The Workforce Ready Grant is designed to help meet the state’s need for highly skilled workers to fill in-demand jobs,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus.

“Statistics indicate 2 million Hoosier adults lack the education and skills needed in the 21st Century workforce,” she continued. “At the same time, retirements and the creation of new jobs will lead to 1 million job openings in Indiana by 2025. For students who qualify, the Workforce Ready Grant will help them get the certifications that can make a big difference in their lives. It’s estimated that, on average, people who earn certificates will make $240,000 more in lifetime earnings over the course of their careers.”

Ivy Tech advisors will be on hand to talk about the requirements to use Workforce Ready money to earn certificates in a wide range of career fields.
For more information on “Return 2 Learn” at the Logansport/Cass County Public Library, contact Suzanne Dillman at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu ; or Betsy Ulrich at 574-516-1218 or ulrichb@trine.edu .

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 14


Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, Main Building, Room M406, 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, Indiana, the Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

Dated this 12th day of September 2017.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary
Regional Board of Trustees

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Ivy Tech offering first Workforce Ready-eligible classes starting Oct. 16

Technology programs covered by new state grant will prepare workers for jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling classes eligible for full state funding for qualified students under the new Workforce Ready Grant program. The first courses offered under this program will be offered during the fall semester’s second eight-week session, which begins Oct. 16.

Details of the Workforce Ready Grant program, a new financial aid opportunity for Hoosier working adults to gain the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century economy, were shared by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in an Aug. 14 press conference. As he announced, the grant will pay full tuition and fees to allow qualifying working-age Hoosiers with high school diplomas to earn a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech in one of the five sectors that align with Indiana’s economy: advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, information technology and business services, and transportation and logistics. More than $14 million in state funding has been provided for this initiative by the General Assembly and Commission for Higher Education over the next two years.

Ivy Tech Community College is a key partner in this effort, with the mission of providing the training to prepare students to gain the certifications they need. In the Kokomo Region, Ivy Tech is offering 18 programs covered by the grant.

To be eligible, a person must be a working-age Indiana resident with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants may not have previously received either an associate or bachelor’s degree and must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The place to learn more, and to apply, is NextLevelJobs.org. Former or current Ivy Tech students can learn more about their eligibility by contacting the Kokomo Express Enrollment Center at 765-252-5481.  In Logansport and Peru, prospective students may contact Suzanne Dillman at sdillman@ivytech.edu.

To kick off the program, Ivy Tech Kokomo Region is offering 12 classes covered by the grant, starting Oct. 16. Courses in the structural welding certificate program will be offered in Logansport, while courses in the following certificate or technical certificate programs will begin in Kokomo: health care specialist, outpatient insurance coding, phlebotomy technician, automotive technology, online business operations, applications and technology, Microsoft office specialist, online information technology support, and information technology support help desk. Many more will be scheduled in January.

“We expect more people will be able to qualify to begin classes in January,” said Kim King, Acting Chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region “but anyone who is interested and can meet the qualifications by Oct. 16 can get a head start in achieving certifications that will open doors to new careers or career advancement.”

Workforce Ready is managed in partnership by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and is one of two grant programs under the umbrella of the Indiana Next Level Jobs initiative that is aimed at upskilling Indiana adults for high-wage, high-demand jobs.

In talking about the significance of this effort, Gov. Holcomb said:  “Indiana’s unemployment rate has reached historic lows, and we currently have about 95,000 job openings around the state. Now more than ever, our state needs to ramp up efforts to prepare Hoosiers for the jobs available today—and for the one million more we expect over the next decade. Next Level Jobs will drive our efforts to meet that demand and will put hardworking Hoosiers in high-need, high-wage careers.”

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