Feb. 13 Ivy Tech Express Enrollment event aims at preparing for high-demand jobs

KOKOMO – Employers around north central Indiana are nearly unanimous in expressing their need for skilled workers to fill good-paying jobs with a future. Anyone interested in seeing how they can connect with these high-demand jobs is encouraged to attend an Express Enrollment event set for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Kokomo Campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

“Ivy Tech is a premier training partner for the State of Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant program, which pays for training in selected high-demand areas for qualified students,” said Kates Brommeland, admissions director for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “With the WRG, you can get a credential – one that opens the door to a new career – for just the cost of books.

“This Express Enrollment event will allow students to get through the enrollment process so they can begin their journey to a new future when the next session of classes begins March 18,” she continued. “These are short-term programs. Students who begin in March, and complete two courses every eight weeks, can earn a career-changing credential by as early as this December.”

The Feb. 13 event includes information sessions on the Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St., at 10 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m., where details of the Workforce Ready Grant program will be reviewed. The event will include time to complete an Ivy Tech application and the opportunity to schedule time to complete all the other enrollment steps.

“Indiana developed the ‘Next Level Jobs’ initiative after determining there are two million Hoosiers who need additional training to compete in the 21st Century workforce and that more than one million jobs will open up in Indiana by 2025 due to retirements and the creation of new jobs,” Brommeland said.

“The Workforce Ready Grant is especially interesting because it targets students who don’t have other sources of financial aid, the people often fall through the cracks, including those who may be working but are interested in moving up and don’t have the extra income to cover educational costs. Getting tuition and fees covered through this program can be a game-changer.”

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area offers short-term programs covered by the WRG in more than 30 programs ranging from advanced automation to bookkeeping and accounting to health care specialist to software development. All are “stackable,” Brommeland noted, meaning the work completed toward a certificate covered by the WRG can serve as the foundation for more advanced degrees in the future.

Enrollment services will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport. Jovita Flores, assistant admissions director for the Logansport Campus, can answer questions in advance. Contact her at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097.

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 and 2017 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and/or high school or college transcripts. Participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP at IvyTech.edu/EEDay , where more information on the process can be found.

Members of the admissions team are available to ask questions in advance. Contact Carlee Cook at ccook183@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 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.

SOURCE: News releases from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region