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Leadership Kokomo to kick off new curriculum with new class in August

Update of popular program aims to meet participant, employer goals

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Kokomo’s popular Leadership Kokomo program is undergoing an update this year designed to create a curriculum aimed at better meeting the personal development needs of Howard County employers and employees.

Ivy Tech Community College is working with the Leadership Kokomo Advisory Committee and partners from the City of Kokomo and the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance with the goal of launching the new Leadership Kokomo this August.

“Based on participant and employer input, the advisory group is working to create an exciting new curriculum aimed at the 21st Century workforce,” said Jake Adams, workforce development consultant for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “The new curriculum will focus on rigorous leadership training designed to offer a richer return on investment from the program for both employers and participants.”

Adams said the group is building on the strong program that has served more than 500 people in its last 37 years.

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“Leadership Kokomo, a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech, GKEDA, and the city, has built a legacy of service to our community,” he said. “We are looking forward to a revamp that takes the Leadership Kokomo foundation to a new level of impact on Kokomo businesses and non-profit organizations.”

Members of the Leadership Kokomo Advisory Council include Sherry Rahl of Turning Point – System of Care, president; Polly Bray of the City of Kokomo; Kyle Ennis of Community First Bank; Karen Gardner of The Hardie Group; Ethan Heicher of Ivy Tech Community College; Aimee Romero of Ruoff Mortgage;, and Charlie Sparks of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.  

An alumni/new recruit information session has been set for 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the auditorium at Inventrek, 700 E. Firmin St. Leadership Kokomo alumni and interested community are invited to come to learn more about plans for the new LK and to provide input.

The new program will involve 100 hours of participation over nine months. Details of the program will be announced later this spring with a registration deadline of July 1. For more information, contact Adams at 765-252-5495 or email jadams373@ivytech.edu .

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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 Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, and Tipton.