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Miami County government officials tour Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

Officials approved funding to support technology program

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TECH TOUR — Brooke Robertson, director of business retention for the Miami County Economic Development Authority; Miami County Auditor Mary Brown; Ethan Heicher, Ivy Tech vice chancellor for academic affairs; Miami County Commissioner Larry West; Miami County Councilman Dave Sailors; and Ivy Tech Chancellor Ethan Heicher pose in technology space in Ivy Tech’s transformed Dupont building.

KOKOMO, Ind. — Students in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program will have brand new classrooms and labs by the end of next year, thanks in part to a $50,000 appropriation from the leadership of Miami County government.

Through an appropriation approved by the Miami County Council and the county commissioners, this money will support a program that offers training in a high-demand career field perfect for people who like to work with their hands while applying their math and communication skills. According to Indiana Department of Labor statistics, the median salary for mechanical engineering technicians in Indiana is $31.25 per hour.

After a recent hard-hat tour of the construction site, Miami County Commissioner Larry West said Miami County leaders are excited to contribute to the Kokomo Ivy Tech Transformation Project and the benefits it will provide to its citizens. He noted that Ivy Tech has been a very important asset to his community.

“Miami County residents have completed coursework at Ivy Tech for many years and the addition of the Ivy Tech facility in Peru several years ago has been extremely beneficial,” he noted. “The current Kokomo Ivy Tech Transformation Project is another terrific advancement that will provide even more invaluable educational opportunities for the people of Miami County.”

Brooke Robertson joined the tour as a representative of the Miami County Economic Development Authority, where she serves as director of business retention.

“I really enjoyed the tour and look forward to seeing all of the improvements on campus,” she said. “Ivy Tech is a great asset for the region and Miami County. We look forward to working with the college in the future.”

The Miami County contribution is earmarked for Mechanical Engineering Technology space to be created during the next phase of the Ivy Tech Kokomo project, which will begin after work on the main building and the new Health Professions Center is completed. This will include the transformation of Ivy Tech’s current Technology Building into up-to-date, high-tech classrooms and labs with equipment that supports the experiential training that will prepare students to be ready to work on Day 1 of their careers. This also includes Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology and Industrial Technology.

Along with a classroom for lectures, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will have a specialty classroom that includes a CAD (computer-aided design) lab and 3D printers, where students can design and build prototypes and projects with the new technology. The building also will include a metrology lab that will hold all the program’s destructive testing equipment. Students will learn about crystalline structure of metals and how to conduct structural stress analysis utilizing tension, compression and flexure testing procedures. 

Students in the program can pursue a range of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees to go immediately into the workforce or transfer to a four-year program. For information, contact program chair Tony Tony at ttony@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5550.

The Miami County appropriation is part of the #KOKOMOCAMPUSTRANSFORMATION campaign that is working to raise $3 million in contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals in area communities to complete the $43 million project. To find out more about the project, go to ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation or contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

 

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.