KOKOMO, Ind. – Representing a family that has long supported Ivy Tech Community College, brothers David and Kyle Rayl are honoring the memory of their late father Richard Rayl with a donation to the massive project currently transforming the Kokomo Campus. Thanks to that gift, the new Cyber Security Lab/Computer Data Center in the Main Building will be named in Dick Rayl’s honor.
“It’s our intention to continue our father’s legacy by investing in projects that make our community stronger,” David said. “Kokomo is our home and we care about the opportunities that people have to succeed. We believe Ivy Tech is becoming one of the greatest assets in our community and that’s why we want to support its growth.”
David and Kyle are business partners and owners of Dick Rayl & Associates, a real estate development firm, and Soupley’s Wine & Spirits, carrying on the businesses founded by their late father. They have continued in his footsteps since Dick passed away Dec. 17, 2006.
“If our father was here today, he would support this project,” Kyle said. “He taught us to give back and invest in our community. We are happy to support this project by making possible the new Cyber Security Lab and Computer Data Center in his honor.”
The Rayl family’s history of partnering with Ivy Tech began in 2005 when Ivy Tech Foundation purchased the former EDS building from the Development Group of Kokomo Inc. The building, located southeast of the main campus at Touby Pike and Trialon Court, was purchased in a bargain sale transaction that equated to a $500,000 gift to the College. Dick Rayl was the secretary of the Development Group of Kokomo Inc. It was Chancellor Steve Daily's vision that the building would one day be included in a new, comprehensive, connected campus footprint. That vision is becoming a reality in the Kokomo Campus Transformation as the old EDS building will become the new home of the agriculture and automotive programs.
In 2010, David and Kyle established the Richard "Dick" Rayl Memorial Scholarship fund during the Ivy Tech “Building Communities. Changing Lives.” Campaign. This scholarship has been awarded since 2011 to a Howard County student majoring in business. The brothers have continued to build the fund in their father’s memory and now two or three Howard County students receive the scholarship annually.
“The opportunities students have at Ivy Tech expand their horizons, allowing them to see the world in new ways, to dream bigger, and to achieve those dreams,” David said. “We are counting on talented graduates to fill the growing needs of area employers.”
Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, expressed the College’s gratitude for the Rayl family’s continued investment in the Kokomo community. “Theirs is an important contribution toward our goal of $3 million in community support to complete this historic $43 million campus transformation,” Karickhoff said. To find out how you can be part of this future, contact Karickhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-252-5501.
SIDEBAR ON IVY TECH CYBER SECURITY PROGRAM
Ivy Tech’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance program prepares students to work in areas related to information assurance, network and computer security. The Kokomo transformation project includes an ultramodern cybersecurity lab outfitted with the newest hardware technology that will allow students to develop their security and networking skills.
“It’s vital for our students to have the tools necessary to understand cybersecurity content,” said Robyn Schmidt, department chair for Cybersecurity at Ivy Tech Kokomo. “This new lab will give them the confidence they need through hands-on learning to secure a technical job.”
The growth in cyberwarfare, IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence, and the Cloud have increased the need for cybersecurity employees. Sally Vyain, dean of the School of Information Technology, said, “With cyber-attacks happening approximately every 39 seconds, Ivy Tech needs to help in producing strong cybersecurity students to align with our workforce.”
Ivy Tech students can study to receive industry certifications, certificates, technical certificates, and associate degrees to prepare for jobs with an average starting salary of close to $40 per hour.
For more information on the cybersecurity program, contact Robyn Schmidt at 765-459-0561 or email@example.com .
Fun facts about Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Cyber Security Classroom:
- Ivy Tech’s cyber security program is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA).
- The Cyber Security Lab provides hands-on learning with industry equipment. It includes more than 75 Cisco networking and security devices for students to learn and practice the skills necessary for jobs in the cyber security field. (Cisco devices account for more than 54 percent of the market share in the global networking industry.)
- The data center is equipped with a raised floor. Installing the electrical and networking cabling installed below the floor allows for flexible design and redesign as well as optimal cooling and protection for the system.
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 Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, and Tipton.