Ivy Tech offering Express Enrollment Day at Kokomo and Logansport campuses

Statewide event on June 24 lets students complete enrollment for fall semester

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport will be among sites participating in a Statewide Express Enrollment Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Statewide Express Enrollment Day provides 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 fall semester.

“This is a great opportunity to get all the steps completed so you’re ready to start fall semester classes in August,” said Fran Hardin, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs and director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center in Kokomo. “We will have additional staff on hand to help prospective students wherever they are in the enrollment process – from applying for admission to actually registering for classes.”

At Statewide Express Enrollment Day, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the FAFSA, learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, register for the upcoming semester, and find out about orientation. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2015 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts.

For additional information and to RSVP, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/EEStatewide/ or contact Fran Hardin at fhardin@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5478 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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Ivy Tech Kokomo student one of 20 named to national academic team

Trisha Norfleet (fifth from left in front row) is one of 20 members of the 2017 All-USA Academic Team

Trisha Norfleet honored at All-USA team gathering in New Orleans

Trisha Norfleet

KOKOMO, Ind. – Trisha Norfleet, a recent graduate of Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus, is one of 20 two-year college students who have been named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. The students, recently honored for their outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership at a ceremony in New Orleans, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue their educations.

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and for demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth. The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their surrounding communities.

This is tops among many honors earned by Norfleet, who received an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree from Ivy Tech Kokomo in May and was recognized with the Dean’s Award as the top student in her program.

Norfleet also is one of just 10 students nationwide awarded the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education through Phi Theta Kappa, which includes $5,000 to assist in the completion of an associate degree and to push students to begin a bachelor’s degree. She also was among the 597 top community college students from across the nation selected as semifinalists to compete for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

A United States Air Force Reserve veteran who hails from Illinois, Norfleet has been active in student veteran affairs, as well as the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society for community college students, and served as president of the Student Government Association at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. She was one of the first three students statewide named to serve as student representatives to the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and she also served as the State of Indiana’s representative to the Heads Up National College Promise Campaign.

She will be continuing her studies this fall at Indiana University Kokomo’s School of Business where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management. She plans a career as a human resources manager where she can continue to advocate for others, especially military veterans.

“Trisha is very deserving of this recognition, not only for her academic achievement but also for her leadership skills,” said Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus who nominated Norfleet for the award. One example Simmons cited was Norfleet’s efforts to encourage her fellow students to take advantage of financial aid opportunities.

“Through Trisha’s vision and coordination, the Kokomo and Logansport campuses held their first ‘Scholarship Day’ this spring, with the goal of increasing student awareness of scholarship/grant opportunities,” Simmons continued. “Trisha garnered the support of her fellow Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association members and worked collaboratively with the administrative departments of Student Life, Resource Development and Marketing.

“I greatly appreciated Trisha bringing the project forward, and believe it can be easily sustained in years to come. She has been a wonderful asset to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus and we are all so very proud of all of her accomplishments.”

For Melissa Dwight, financial aid advisor and veterans’ benefits coordinator for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region, Norfleet’s involvement with SGA and Phi Theta Kappa greatly benefited her fellow veterans through projects aimed at easing the transition from military service to college life.

“Trisha is an amazing student. She started at Ivy Tech as a Veterans Affairs (VA) work study and joined our Stars and Stripes Student Veterans Association. From there on, I knew she was special,” Dwight said. “I am very proud of her scholarly achievements, and her contributions to our student body and college. I think she is an excellent alumna and wish her all the best at IU Kokomo and in her future.”

The 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, which furnishes the scholarships, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Student winners were introduced at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast held during the recent AACC Convention in New Orleans. In addition to scholarship funds, each All-USA Community College Academic Team member was presented with a special medallion. Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann, who attended the conference with Norfleet, was among the representatives of the team members’ schools who received a commemorative obelisk in recognition for their leadership.

The team of 20 was selected by an independent panel of judges from colleges, community and national organizations and foundations. Judges considered grades, leadership activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Phi Theta Kappa also awards additional scholarships through the New Century Scholars Program, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets summer series on business leadership skills

Five-session program designed to develop leaders for business, industry

KOKOMO, Ind. — As part of its efforts to meet Hoosier workforce needs, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is offering a five-week summer series designed to develop leaders in business and industry.

The series, to be taught by Jim Mullins, a veteran of more than 30 years in human resource management with Chrysler Corp., will meet from noon to 4 p.m. each Friday from July 14 to Aug. 11 on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus. Cost of the five-session program is $550.

“This is a great opportunity for companies to invest in their employees and develop the leaders they need, leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today’s complex environment,” said Stephanie Reitan, workforce alignment program manager for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “This course will help develop front-line leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others.”

The course uses the Interaction Management global leadership training curriculum from DDI (Development Dimensions International) and serves as a foundation for many follow-on courses designed to help leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action in others.

Mullins, an adjunct professor at Purdue Polytechnic Institute Kokomo, Indiana Wesleyan University, DeVry University, and Ivy Tech and a certified DDI facilitator, shares more than 40 years of manufacturing experience with his students. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from General Motors Institute, a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan, and a doctorate in organizational development and human resources from Capella University.

The five sessions will cover these leadership skills: Communicating for Leadership Success, Building and Sustaining Trust, Working as a High-performance Team, Addressing Poor Performance, and Resolving Workplace Conflict

For more information on the course and to register for the course, contact Reitan at sreitan@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5476.


Topics to be covered in Ivy Tech’s five-session leadership series include:

July 14: Communicating for Leadership Success

Organizations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today’s complex environment. They need front line leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others. This foundation course for most Interaction Management® courses helps leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action in others. The course teaches leaders the Interaction Essentials they need to handle the variety of challenges and opportunities they encounter every day in the workplace and beyond.

July 21: Building and Sustaining Trust

What does trust have to do with business success? Everything. Trust is directly linked to employee engagement, retention, productivity, and innovation. Leaders who demonstrate trust and trustworthiness inspire higher levels of performance and commitment to team and organizational success. This course introduces Trust Builders, actions leaders can take to build and sustain trusting relationships, as well as common Trust Breakers that can erode or quickly break trust. Applying these skills to build trusting relationships enables people to take risks, identify and solve problems, and collaborate to achieve business results.

July 28: Working as a High-performance Team

For a team to achieve peak performance, its members must involve, support, and trust one another. And they must share information and commit to a process that will lead to success. This course will enhance team effectiveness and maximize not only performance, but also impact on the organization as a whole. Participants learn the personal, interpersonal, and business advantages of working together as a unit and are introduced to a set of best practices for optimal results.

Aug 4: Addressing Poor Performance

A single employee with chronic performance problems can dominate a leader’s time, and drag down the productivity and morale of an entire work group. This course builds leaders’ skills in handling chronic performance problems. They learn how to document and present a solid case for needed improvement and use effective interaction skills. Leaders identify the steps to take after the performance problem discussion to provide ongoing feedback and support, and determine if it is necessary to impose formal consequences.

Aug. 11: Resolving Workplace Conflict

Today’s business environment challenges organizations to increase productivity, improve quality, shorten cycle time, and reduce costs. An unfortunate but natural byproduct of these challenges is conflict. While conflict can lead to discoveries such as new ideas and innovative breakthroughs, it can, if allowed to escalate, result in damage to critical working relationships. This course teaches leaders how to recognize the signs of escalating conflict and take appropriate action to minimize damage. Leaders are introduced to two resolution tactics— coach and mediate—and practice using the Interaction Essentials as they coach then mediate to resolve a conflict.


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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets welding, manufacturing tech courses for summer

Training programs prepare students for skilled jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering training opportunities in welding and advanced manufacturing this summer, courses that will prepare students for good-paying, in-demand skilled industrial jobs in north central Indiana.

Certified Production Technician

The MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) program is a seven-week training program offered by Ivy Tech Community College that prepares students for certification in the advanced manufacturing skills needed to succeed in the high-growth, technical jobs of the 21st Century. The program will run June 12 to July 28 and meet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) course, offered under the auspices of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), will meet in the Corporate College Building on the Kokomo Campus at 1701 Touby Pike. Students who pass the four manufacturing-related modules – manufacturing process and production, quality and continuous improvement, maintenance awareness, and safety – achieve CPT certification.

Employers also can benefit by allowing current employees to upgrade and certify their skills through this program, according to Stephanie Reitan, program manager for Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment in Kokomo.

AWS Welding Preparation

Ivy Tech also is offering an 84-hour, eight-week American Welding Society (AWS) Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) Welding Preparation course.  This class will meet in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s welding lab at 1942 E. North St. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June 5 through July 31.

The course is designed for beginning to intermediate welders and fabricators and those seeking welding certification. It prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in various gas tungsten welding (GTAW) processes. It includes detailed study of the techniques of making welds in all positions using the GTAW applications. Lectures and discussion provide additional background information essential to a qualified GTAW welder. Instruction includes emphasis on safe practices in gas tungsten arc welding.

Costs are $2,900 for the CPT program and $1,995 for the welding program. Funding may be available through WorkOne for qualified students.

For more details on course schedules, cost, and potential financial support through WorkOne, contact Stephanie Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region celebrates 2017 commencement

Nearly 830 degrees and certificates conferred on 530 graduates

Angela Bailiff
Student speaker

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region – which includes campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester – celebrated its 2017 commencement Friday, May 12. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center as the College conferred 827 degrees and certificates on 530 recipients.

David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, congratulated the graduates for perseverance in achieving their credentials despite the challenges and sacrifices they faced.

“I know I speak for all of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s faculty and staff in expressing our pride in these students and their accomplishments,” Bathe said. “We also see the ceremony as an opportunity to acknowledge the support of family and friends who helped make these accomplishments possible.”

Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana, the state’s online, competency-based university, gave the address to the candidates. In her role with WGU, Barber, an Indiana native, champions college attainment for working Hoosiers who have some college but have not yet earned a degree.

Angela Bailiff of Greentown represented the graduates as student speaker at the commencement. Bailiff came to Ivy Tech as an adult, 30 years after she dropped out of high school. The daunting decision to go back to school was a life-changing one. Graduating with an Associate of General Studies degree, she will begin work this fall on a bachelor’s degree in the School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo. Her goal is to become a college English instructor, perhaps returning to Ivy Tech, and a children’s author. While at Ivy Tech, she earned Dean’s List status every semester and induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community college students, serving as general vice president of the Alpha Pi Phi chapter in Kokomo.

Those honored during Friday’s ceremonies included John Adler, retired United States Air Force colonel and owner of Adler Feed Express, recipient of an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of his contributions to the College, the state, and the nation; Gwenn Eldridge, department chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction; Dr. David Sturgeon, adjunct instructor in Dental Assisting, recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction; Yesenia Martinez of Logansport, a 2010 Ivy Tech graduate who currently serves as a case manager with Counseling Partners LLC of Lafayette, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award; and graduating student Bailey Pownell of Peru, recipient of the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence.

Members of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s graduating class of 2017, listed by hometown, include:


Elisia Orianna Chairez
Timothy Paul Czarnecki

Brittany Meier

Dustin J. Heath

Elizabeth Smith

Rachel J. Sprong
Savannah Marie Vincent
Jason S. Shenefield
Sarah Elizabeth Lawhorn
David J. Martin
Elijah Kristopher Schroeder
Melissa Ann Scott
Alyssa Lynn Lytle
Charlotte Hannah Bailey
Bunker Hill
Rachel E. Colwell

Daylan E. Guffey

Tayanita Ann Hodges

Chelsea D. Rose
Hayden Mathew Crume
Natasha R. Benedict

Katlyn Elizabeth Emery

Brandy N. Martin


Candice Nicole Gatchel
Megan R. Murray
Abigail L. Reed
Nicholas D. White
Raechelle L. Ewing
Christopher P. Kelly
Megan Ann Patterson

Emily Susan Wuerch

Nathaniel C. Shoop
David A. Yoder
Amy J. Ashley
Emily Kathrynn Green
Natasha Calisto

Jessica L. McVay

Mindy D. Jaberg
Kayla J. Madden
Allison Marlee Paige Myers
Andrew T. Myers
James R. Borum II

Griffin Alexander DeBaun

Lisa Renae Pope
Joseph I. Greentree
Justin Allen Harshman
Shannon L. Lawler
David Monticue

Susan Lynn Turrill

Fort Wayne
Mariah K. McFarlane
Jennavive M. Magnum

Cullen A. Smith

Christopher Thomas Burke
Carol Sue Craw
Kathryn Einstein
Haley Rochelle Maxwell
Courtney Alexis McCloskey

Floyd D. McCoy

Angie L. McKinney

Jade Alexandra Munsey

Sarah Beth Schutt

Brittanie D. Seals

Gas City

Kate Leigh Ann Duecker

Susan Capri Ellis

Tiffany K. Geiger

Jeremy Lane Herring

Jacob Andrew Wright
Jesse L. Kerfoot


Angela J. Bailiff
Jonathan Cordell
Kylie E. Freeman
Brittani L. Hinson
Brock E. Newton
Curtis M. Siler
Corey M. Sommers
Kathy Sue Sparling
Hartford City
Stacy Lynn Bole
Lincoln D. Jasper
Kelly E. Circle

Sherelle Clark

Gloria Ekissi
Lucas W. Myers
Katey Jo Rice
Caitlynn Gourley
Rachelle Marie Sherman
Johnny Leif Alvarado
Jason Allen Andreas
Camry M. Archer
Samantha Jo Baker
Elizabeth Maegan Bales
Eliot E. Banaszak
Josephine Banaszak
Kaitlin N. Banush
Theresa Lavern Bates
Caitlyn M. Beck
Abigail M. Bell
Adam Bird
Tyler Jacob Bird
Tiffany A. Blackburn
Shane Micheal Boles
Alaina Renee Bradley

Tonya J. Bradley

Kenneth E. Broniak
Ciera L. Brown
Nicole L. Bumgardner
Paul A. Butzin
Carla Lynn Calvert
Matthew B. Campbell
Rheticia A. Cannon
Lisa Marie Barnett-Carpenter
Keyton John Charlesworth

Joseph L. Chauvaux

Kimberly Chavez
Audriana Clark
Brandy R. Coak
Bret Coleman
Tiffani Lynn Collins
Stephanie Denise Cosley
Sally L. Crider

John R. Danley

Amanda L. Day
Logan M. Day
Shannon Kazuyoshi Derks
Andrew J. Dougherty
Codie A. Dowell
Hali R. Downs
Leota Irene Duke
Cynthia M. Dulin
April Dawn Duncan
Patience O. Ebikwo
Amy Marie Edwards
Kelli A. Elkins
Tristan E. Fausett
Deborah K. Fortier
Charlie L. Fourkiller

Andrea Nicole Lynn Fulton

Ariana Jewel Getts
Heather Gonzalez
Kynzee R. Halter
Elijah James Hammel
Mark Bennett Hardy
Gage D. Hayden
Chryl L. Hayes
Kiara J. Haynes
John Philip Heffernan
Benjamin D. Henn
Jason Clyde Henry
Michael Herr
Bernadine M. Higgins
Dustin Max Hinkle
Danielle R. Hobson
Jacqueline M. Holloway
Brittony Rian House
Patricia Humphrey
Damon G. Huntley
Roegena L. Ile
Zachary Adam Jackson
Martha Stacy Johnson

Cortney M. Justice

Jessica L. Keel
Ryan Matthew Kendall
Lowen Q. Killibrew
Eun-Sung Kim
Chelsea Autumn Leigh King
Danielle M. Lackowski
Alexis R. Lawhead
James A. Lawson
Xuan Li
Joshua Lindley
Craig Anthony Louks
Teri L. Marks
Christopher Micheal Marr
Madison A. Marshall
Mark Anthony Martinez
Tori R. McAninch
William Mac McCartney
Amanda S. McDaniel
Joseph V. McGowen
Cassie J. Mckillip
Loretta L. McNally

Bria Symone Merriweather

Natalie Lyn Meyers
Alexandria Elaine Millikan
James Earl Montgomery
Jerrad E. Moore
Karissa Ann Morris

Owen Munson

Scott Myers
Alexandria G. Name
Melissa M. Name
Brandon M. Nibert
Shelly Dawn Nile
Trisha Norfleet

KeeJoh Patrick Deem O’Hearon

Katherine Renee Orzech
Joseph Nelson King Osborne
Jasmine A. Overman
William Anthony Overton
Maddisen Padden
Arielle Nicole Pagan
Darral Gene Peoples, Jr.
Jeffrey A. Philapy

Alexander Donald Thomas Plude

Micheal P. Plummer
Ashton N. Poynter
Justin Kyle Raborn
Lucie LeaAnn Rance
Adam S. Reed

Clayton D. Reed

Luke T. Reed
Kasey Ann Reeve
Kelsey L. Reinhart
Alexander J. Reith
Erica J. Rickner
Bradley Dean Riggs
Micale Robinson
Timoa J. Roler

Angela Mae Ione Ross

Jennifer M. Rush
Maranda L. Russell
Kabrina K. Scardino
Sarah R. Schwartz
Tamara M. Shannon
Anna K. Sharp
Katelyn Irene Shelley
Briley Ann Shellman
Gayle A. Sherman
Dennis R. Shoaf
Styles D. R. Small
Shamar T. Smiley
Andrea Smith
Erin M. Stapleton
Brooke Nicole Stewart
Cherice N. Stigger
Meagan Rose Stonebraker
Kasey M. Taylor
Natasha LeAnn Thieke
Johnny Vargas Tubia
Joseph A. Turner
Heather Renae Underwood
Paige Van De Velde
Lyndsy R. Varnado
Rachel Marie Vega
Sierra LaShay Waggoner
William P. Walker
Dionne R. Wallace
Angela L. Washington
Tracy Louise White
Lauryn A. Wiles
Danielle Elaine Williams
Jimmy Lee Williams

Sarah B. Williams

Amanda D. Wilson
Anita K. Wooldridge
Andy J. Wright

Breanna Dawn Wright

Theresa L. Wright

Jenna Diane Yeakley
Amber R. Zehringer
Heather Rene Zeis-Forrey
Alana Ann Curtis
Tina L. Davis-Brown
Taylor R. Decker
Sydney Renee McKinney
Kayla Jean Salsbery



Kaylee Marie Cummins



Debra E. Shepherd

Christie Lynn Edwards
Shaley Kathryn Kosel
Eduardo Aguilera Arellano
James I. Balbuena
Jessica Michelle Boots
Anthony A. Botsford
David E. Boucher
Amy M. Brannick
Michell A. Chanley
Danny Lee Cole, Jr.
Alexandria N. Corcoran
Chelsea Renee DeBarge
Shayla L. Doty
Anastasia Alexa Evers
Tyrone E. Flowers
Lucia Rosario Garcia
Melissa L. Gleitz
Angel J. Gonzalez
Bradley L. Grigsby
EmmaLeigh M. Gunther
Lacey Lynn Harrell

Nicole M. Heckard

Minerva Hernandez
Flor Maria Hernandez-Luis
Jason W. Huff
Elizabeth Marie Humphrey
Robert P. Irwin
Marisol Islas Hernandez
Jessica R. James
Jordan Alexander Johnson
Amanda C. Jones
Bailey N. Kelley
Kayla D. Kennedy
Brett J-T Kepner
Julie A. Kestle

Venus Lia Kinkade

Tammy Krpan
Madison Shae LaOrange
Daniel Lopez Morales
Mu Lwee
Alexis Lane Lytle
Marcelo Martinez
Christina H. Miller
Tera L. Montgomery
Jennifer L. Moss
Sierra Mughmaw
Matthew Thomas Nelson

Leonardo Olridge

Dominique Orozco

Stephanie Lynn Overholser

Isle Palencia

Erika Amary Peltz

Cassidee Perry

Lucia Floridalma Ponce

Debra K. Powers

Sarah Ann Putnam

Amanda K. Raderstorf

Jessica J. Ramirez

Angel L. Rance

Mickayla Joan Rans

Alondra Lizbeth Reyes-Rivera

Adam B. Rivard

Stormie L. Rivera

Erika Salgado

Maria Del Carmen Salinas

Moon Say

Miranda Lynn Schmicker

Nicole M. Schroder

Andrea Louise Shepard

Carrie D. Sherer

Amanda K. Shively

Johnathan F. Shock

Caitlynn LeeAnn Sink

April M. Small

Hayden Oscar Smith

Travis James Steffel

Brooke R. Stotler

Soledad Tafolla Rodriguez

Evelyn R. Toloza

Traci Lynn Weida

Edward H. Wilkiinson

Sarabia L. Williams



Joshua M. Day



Martha L. Conrad

Alexis L. Lackman

Michael N. Rasmussen



Jane M. Hampton

Kaden Andrew Harrison

W. Ted Johnson

Michael R. Marley

Quinshanna S. Porter-Love

Chelsea Dee-Ahn Renbarger

Courtney M. Seeler

Tyler Allen Warren



Carl J. Clark




Jeanette Marie Breese



Brittany Renee Allen



Crystal Rouse



Kasha Danielle Kearney



Hannah J. Moody


New Castle

Danielle Elise Flagg



Ashley A. Garner

Karen D. Harding

Jeanne L. Henry

Sarah Reel


North Manchester

Chesney Louise France

Rebecca L. Hoffman

Ashley D. Robinson

Christina M. Smith



Shawn Michael Shepard



Melody Ann Anderson

Anne-Marie Elizabeth Bass

Lori A. Beattie

Andrew Lee Bishop

Jamie Michelle Bishop

Carmen Mae Boone

Joshua C. Boothby

Willean Bowen

Nathan Bowman

Sheila C. Briner

Megan M. Bryant

Angela Camuy

Cordelia Marie Cole

Christopher C. Cover

Lindsey Ann Dehner

Teresa M. Fitzgerald

Coda Fouts

John C. Frazier

Ethan A. Gahs

Debra L. Hipsher

Della K. Hoff-Barr

Kylie Noel Holland

Breona L. Hollarman

Christian Jewell

Jessica Marie Jobe

Mary L. Keaton

Alicia N. Maggart

Katiria E. Maldonado

Moriah Lee Grace Mercer

Rafael Antonio Molina

Corey Ann Monroe

Jon P. Oakley

Dustin D. Parks

Briana N. Pebley

Jeremy Dustin Phillips

Blake H. Pond

Briley Elaine Prater

Michael Alexander Reichert

Brittany H. Ritchie

David J. Roberts

Nicole E. Rorvik

James S. Seidle

Tiffane Dawn Sloan

Cheyenne A. Sons

Jacob Samuel Stevens

Robert M. Sucharski

Benjamin Thompson

Katie L. Townsend

Sheila Marie Wade

Shannon L. Walker

Alize K. T. White

Brandon S. Williams

Sierra A. Williams

Ashley Dawn Wold

Josiah Paul Wrightsman



Zachary J. Lee




Amanda Catherine Grewe



Stephanie R. Archer

Lucia Ann Click

Melinda R. Hudson

Robert O. Lynn, IV



Ryan C. Blocker

Ashley M. Chipps

Kristie D. Culp

Paige Marie Eriks

Leslee Lynne Goss

Travis S. Herrell

Austin Jarrod Howell

Rasma Jo Melton

Han Nguyen

Hannah J. Shaffer


Royal Center

Crystal R. Gunter

Ashley Nicole Scott



Kelli Rene’ Davis

Aaron B. Dukes

Catherine Sue Dukes

Hayley D. Faulkner



Heather Marie Santos



Tasha N. Cohee

Danielle M. Hale

Michael D. Pfeiffer

Autasha R. Stroud



Sara Marie Belcher

Miranda M. Rose


Star City

Brenda Jean Warner



Cody W. Grimme

Meaghan Breann McDaniel



Shawn R. Larrowe



Joy L. Dufendach



Crystal Dawn Richardson



James V. Altherr III

Kristen Boyd

Maia R. Calvert

Christina K. Chilson

Victoria M. Crail

Linda Michele Hendricks

Philip Hirtzel

Brittanie Nicole Jordan

Jordan K. Mahaney

Walter Trey Mauck

Dustin Lynn McCool

Alisha Rochelle Park

Ryan M. Schmitt

Michael P. Shuck


Twelve Mile

Tyler Lowe



Katharine N. Murphy

Amy Lynn Tague



Philip R. Balay

Robert W. Beets

Celesta A. Brown

Sarah D. Castle

Joshua D. Clark

Nicholas Dunn

Samuel G. England

Sheere Nadine Enser

Tanya Marie Gatchel

Amy Elizabeth Harden

Andrea N. Hill

Aaron Taylor Kelly

Megan Elizabeth Lane

Rachael Lee McDaniel

Angel R. Miller

Chandler Blaine Harold Murphy

Dana Denise Nelson

Chelsea Nickles

Kristen L. Poehler

Scott Alan Pretorius

Stephanie Ann Seymour

Michelle Renae Workman



Brenda Ivette Ayala

Bailey Sue Pownell

Jacob T. Seay

Jennifer Stine



Morgan Alexis Holsclaw


West Middleton

Benny R. Hillis



Monica Lauren Goldner

Bailey E. Hart

Brookly Miller

Kimberly Ann Overmyer



Angela K. Bennett



Stephanie Nichole Boomhower

Fred A. Furlano, Sr.

Kali J. Griggs

Alecia Mae Stamper



Mary Alaina Turner

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester.


Linda Ferries | media relations coordinator | Marketing & Communications | 765-252-5509 | lferries@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Community College | Kokomo | Logansport | Peru | Rochester | Changing lives. Making Indiana great.



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Angela Bailiff



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Applications being accepted for apprenticeships with Tyson Foods

 Ivy Tech, WorkOne are working with Logansport job program

KOKOMO, Ind. — A new maintenance trainee apprenticeship program has begun at Tyson Foods in Logansport that provides individuals the opportunity to “get paid while you train.”

Tyson Foods is working with Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and WorkOne West Central to identify eight to 10 qualified applicants for this new tuition-free maintenance trainee program. Interested individuals may submit their resumes through Indiana Career Connect. (www.indianacareerconnect.com , Job Order 8868741)

New hires will start at $12 an hour, increasing after the first week to $18.50 per hour if they have no absences. After one year and at the conclusion of the training, those successful will make $21.50 per hour.

The apprenticeship includes classes at Ivy Tech in Kokomo or Logansport each morning that lead to a certificate in industrial technology with a concentration in industrial mechanical and hands-on training each afternoon at Tyson Foods in Logansport.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and three months of industrial maintenance experience in such areas as welding and pneumatics. Those who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to an information session to learn more about this opportunity with Tyson Foods.

All applicants must apply for admission to Ivy Tech Community College and meet minimum math competency on a college placement test. Applicants will also meet with WorkOne representatives to determine potential eligibility for the program. Qualified applicants will be interviewed and will be required to pass a physical and drug screen.

For additional information, contact Stephen Waddel, apprenticeship coordinator for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region at 765-252-5545 or swaddel@ivytech.edu; or Hannah Woodward, WorkOne Express Team Leader, at 574-722-6652 ext. 105 or hwoodward@workonewestcentral.org.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region honors Yesenia Martinez with Alumni Achievement Award

 2010 graduate now a case manager helping others throughout region

Yesenia Martinez
Alumni Achievement Award winner

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Yesenia Martinez of Logansport with the region’s 2017 Alumni Achievement Award during its commencement ceremony Friday, May 12. The award is presented annually by Ivy Tech Kokomo Region to honor a single alumnus or alumna who exemplifies a dedication to work, an appreciation of lifelong learning and a commitment to community.

The 2017 honoree, who earned her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ivy Tech Community College in 2010, is being honored as a person who has demonstrated excellence in accomplishment and character as a woman, a Hispanic woman whose native language is Spanish, a first-generation college graduate, a working mother of small children, and a domestic partner.

In recognizing Martinez, College officials said her dedication to helping others and service to the disadvantaged (including Ivy Tech students and former students) and their families, principally in Cass, Miami and Howard counties, has fulfilled for her a purpose-driven professional career. Additionally, Martinez is currently active in mentoring people in disadvantaged immigrant populations in north-central Indiana and directing them to helpful resources.

Martinez’ accomplishments were never “a given.” She was a high school dropout with one child and another on the way and working at a food-processing plant in Logansport when she decided she wanted more out of life. First, she earned her GED and took an office job; then, after the birth of her third child in 2007, enrolled at Ivy Tech.

At graduation from Ivy Tech in 2010, Martinez was recognized as the Criminal Justice Program Outstanding Student and nominated for Chancellor’s Award. Since then, she has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Technical Certificate in Forensic Psychology in 2014, all from Trine University. She currently serves as a case manager with Counseling Partners LLC of Lafayette.

Michael Holsapple, Martinez’s faculty mentor at Ivy Tech, describes her as a “poster child” for all Ivy Tech stands for as an institution of higher education – significant life learning; minority achievement; and service beyond self as a responsible parent, domestic partner, citizen, and practicing professional, as well as distinguished attainment and representation of the Lumina Foundation and Achieving the Dream principles to which the College has committed itself.

And Martinez isn’t done. She is thinking about pursuing an additional graduate degree with the intention of working in Indiana’s public education K-12 system as a counselor. In nominating Yesinia for the Distinguished Alumni Award, her mentor said, “I know no more deserving recipient of this recognition, nor one who will more capably continue to invest in her community at large as a dedicated servant-leader.”

She and her husband, Luis Hernandez, have four children – Daniel Martinez, 14; Brianna Martinez, 12; Mia Hernandez, 11; and Alejandro Hernandez, 2.

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