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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 09:56 am: Edit Post

Richmond is Jazzed by Super Bowl Celebration Site Designation

Richmond, Indiana -- Richmond has been selected by the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee as a Super Celebration Site. The 20 sites, selected with the visitor in mind, are natural gathering places which provide opportunities for NFL fans -- residents and visitors -- to get information about the many activities surrounding the Super Bowl, in addition to lodging, dining, shopping, recreational and cultural activities and amenities.

“The Tourism Bureau has been working in conjunction with the Indiana Football Hall of Fame on this project. We’re excited to welcome NFL fans and get them “jazzed up” for the big game in nearby Indy. Our area restaurants, pubs, lodging accommodations, shops and cultural attractions look forward to hosting our Super Bowl visitors and offering Super Celebration activities, such as live music, food & drink specials, games, and other Super Celebration related activities,” explained Mary Walker, Executive Director for the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

Richmond/Wayne County, with its close proximity to Indianapolis, is expected to receive a tremendous economic boost prior to the Super Bowl as NFL fans travel to and from Indy on Interstate 70 and US 40. Many will stay overnight at Richmond’s accommodations, eat at local restaurants, enjoy our area attractions and partake in special Super Bowl-themed activities which are being planned. Residents are also invited to take part in the festivities.

There will be two official Super Celebration welcome areas in the Richmond area: The Old National Road Welcome Center on US 40 and the new Centerville Rest Area on westbound I-70 west of Richmond. Visitor information for Indianapolis, the Super Bowl, and an area Super Celebration schedule will also be available online at http://www.visitrichmond.org/supersite.

Only seven of the Super Celebration Sites are located outside of the Indianapolis metro area: Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, and Shelbyville. The other sites are specific locations within Indianapolis or communities adjacent to Indy, such as Fountain Square and Carmel.

A Super Service Training for those in the hospitality/service industry (those who will be interacting with Super Bowl visitors) is scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2012, 1 p.m. at the Richmond Downtown Innovation Center. Each attendee will receive a Super Service lapel pin and a certification of achievement. Those who are interested in becoming “Super Service” certified should call the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau at 765-935-8687 or email: askus@visitrichmond.org to register for the Super Service training session.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:36 am: Edit Post

Additional Super Bowl Super Service Training Sessions Being Offered

The Center City Development Corporation and the Wayne County Tourism Bureau are offering two additional FREE Super Service Training programs which are designed to prepare Richmond’s hospitality/frontline community with valuable information, tools and resources needed to meet our NFL visitors’ needs and questions. Because Richmond restaurants and pubs will be natural gathering places for Super Bowl visitors and travelers, and our lodging facilities will be at full capacity, all area staff who will be interacting with Super Bowl Visitors are encouraged to attend a Super Service Training session.

Both Super Service Training programs will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8:00-10:00 a.m. OR 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Uptown Innovation Center, 814 E. Main St., Richmond (downtown). There is FREE 3-hour parking available at the City Parking Garage between S. 7th and 8th Streets. The presentations will cover:

Richmond has been designated as a Celebration Site by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee because of its location on I-70 and US-40 and its close proximity to Indianapolis. Two Eastern teams will be competing in the Super Bowl - New York Giants and New England Patriots – so Richmond will have an influx of football fans heading to the big game who will need lodging, food, fuel, etc. The Super Service Training will help frontline/hospitality staff exceed visitors’ service expectations. A Super Service Training was previously held on January 6th with 50 participants.

If you or your staff would like to attend the Super Service program and become “Super Service” certified, register via: Call the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau at 765-935-8687. Or, email: askus@visitrichmond.org to register for the Super Service training session.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 02:56 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Covers All Routes

GREENFIELD, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) currently has drivers dispatched to every state highway and interstate route in the Greenfield District.

The drivers will maintain more than 5,300 lane miles and nearly 1,100 bridges on 179 snow routes throughout the district. INDOT will keep drivers on duty throughout the day until the snow and wind subside. If necessary, a second shift will replace drivers at midnight.

Winds have calmed in most areas and de-icing agents appear to be working well. Drivers should remain cautious, alert of their surroundings, and drive at a safe speed and a safe following distance—especially behind snow plow trucks.

To check highway conditions before departing, visit www.TrafficWise.in.gov or www.indot.in.gov for links to INDOT news and information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:47 am: Edit Post

Reid cardiac surgery program again tops in national ratings

For the second time, the Reid Heart & Vascular Center’s heart surgery program has received the highest rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), putting the Reid program in the top 12% nationally.

The STS uses a comprehensive rating system that allows comparisons of the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. “The cardiac surgery program performance from Reid Hospital was found to lie in the highest quality tier,” said E. Paul Howanitz, M.D., chief cardiothoracic surgeon at Reid. The analysis is based on national data from July 2010 through June 2011 of approximately 900 programs that participate in the STS database. Approximately 75% receive a two-star rating and 12% get a one-star rating.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,800 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensure the best possible heart, lung, esophageal and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, advocacy and database review.

“Our team again has demonstrated that they provide a level of care that is second to none. The communities we serve can continue to be confident that they can choose Reid to receive top quality care with a dedicated team of providers, at a nationally ranked facility, and stay close to home when they find themselves in need of cardiac care,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president/CEO.

The evaluation is based on four key quality indicators:

· Low mortality rates

· Low number of complications (avoidance of morbidity, including reoperation, kidney failure, wound infection, stroke, prolonged ventilation/intubation).

· Optimal surgical technique – use of the internal mammary artery.

· And proper use of medications before and after surgery.

“This three-star rating reflects the commitment of our surgeons and cardiologists who consistently provide the highest level of care for our patients,” Dr. Howanitz said. “This recognition is a reflection of what is done in surgery, but is also related to the care given before and after the surgery from the entire heart and vascular team. The fact that Reid has again earned the three-star rating is further evidence that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at Reid Hospital receive outstanding clinical care along with the caring environment that the cardiovascular unit at Reid is known for.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 10:14 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Spring Term Welcome Week Features Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Commit to Complete Campaign

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) continued its campaign to have new and returning students commit to complete a certificate and/or associate degree. Fall term 2011 over 600 students signed commitment forms and a banner displayed in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus

I CommitSpring Welcome Week Jan. 9 – 13 activities include daily opportunities on the Richmond and Connersville campuses for students to sign the commitment pledge, receive buttons and wrist bands identifying their comment to the goal. The campaign, Commit to Complete, is a national effort to increase community college graduates by 5 million by 2020. The week will end with a celebration and pizza in Connersville Thursday and Richmond Friday.

In addition to Welcome Week activities the Phi Theta Kappa chapter has nominated two members for the All-USA Community College Academic Team/Indiana Academic Team. Lynn Baldwin, Centerville, and Jennifer Scantland, Palestine, Ohio, are the Society’s 2012 nominees. The state and national winners will be announced at the Phi Theta Kappa national convention April 12 in Nashville.

New Society members inducted in December include: Cambridge City: Jeanene Hensley, Centerville: Xavier Mullins, Eddie Wheeler, Connersville: Lisa Armstrong, Susan Bishop, Peggy Lingg, Melissa Rowe, Karen Schube, Hagerstown: Rebekah LaVere, Richmond: Danny Capps, Uzochukwu Ekwealor, Rebekah Johnson, Michelle Lewis, Megan Liebert, Sarah Phillips, Daniel Story, Claudia Stuckey, Regina Thompson, Juliana Todd, Angela Yates, Dana Grimm, Union City: Craig Thomas, Williamsburg: Michelle Day and Ohio members Arcanum David Laughead, New Paris: Kylie Richie and Union City: Robert Sanders.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:05 am: Edit Post

Women’s Networking Luncheon

We will be partnering with the Indiana Commission for Women which recently held listening sessions to facilitate conversations with Hoosiers across the state to identify the primary issues affecting women regionally and statewide. The ICW looked to these dialogues to help them prioritize the needs that should be addressed. From this, they plan to create a ‘shared action plan’ to address those needs.

They are coming to Richmond on Monday, January 30 to share with us the findings of the project, and to give us the opportunity to provide feedback and add to the action plan to improve the lives of Hoosier women.

We’ll meet in the banquet room at MCL. A buffet lunch – consisting of Swiss steak, rosemary garlic roasted potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and assorted desserts - will be served in the room beginning at 11:15. The cost is $10. We can accept cash or checks made out to the Wayne County Foundation.

Reservations will be accepted until 5:00p Monday, January 23. Please note that because we have to guarantee a number with MCL, if you make a reservation and do not cancel prior to that date and time, you will be invoiced for your meal.

To reserve your seat, reply to this email or call the Wayne County Foundation office at 765-962-1638.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 09:50 am: Edit Post

A Celtic Celebration of the Winter: Music, poetry & stories from the Celtic lands

4 SHILLINGS SHORT - Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin
Friday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
at Common Grounds Coffeehouse
609 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana


Travelling musicians with a carload of instruments is nothing new in the world of folk music, but what if one of those instruments is a Sitar from India or a Renaissance Crumhorn? Going out on a musical limb is common for the Four Shillings Short. With an ever-increasing array of instruments (over 30 at last count), including hammered dulcimer, mandola & mandolin, tinwhistle & woodwinds, sitar, banjo, percussion and vocals, their music is always varied and captivating.

Their sound has been described as "wondrously diverse", "truly refreshing" and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order". 4 Shillings Short has played several times at Common Grounds, always to a standing-room-only audience. Don't miss this one!

Now open for its 8th season, Common Grounds Coffeehouse provides a safe, friendly space to feed the body and soul through food, fellowship, and artistic expression. We are the only weekly coffeehouse in town offering live entertainment in a smoke-free, alcohol-free, family-friendly environment!

For more information, please call (765) 962-4485 or visit www.westrichmondfriends.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 09, 2012 - 10:30 am: Edit Post

ESPN’s Sage Steele to keynote IU East’s MLK Jr. Celebration

Sage Steele, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and Indiana University alumna, will be the featured speaker for the annual Indiana University East Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Steele’s presentation, “How diversity and challenges make us stronger and with our own foundational standards, we can make a difference and succeed,” is the keynote address for the celebration to be held Wednesday, January 11, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Steele joined ESPN in 2007 and is a co-host of ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter. Most recently, Steele served as update host during live daytime SportsCenter editions, which debuted in August 2008. She also contributes to First Take and previously anchored SportsCenter updates on Mike & Mike in the Morning and has served as a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation.

Steele graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Communication.

Prior to the presentation, Steele will meet with 35 students from Girls Incorporated of Wayne County for a session about empowering young women of all backgrounds. Career and Experiential Learning Coordinator Patty Crawford said IU East’s Interfaith and Service program, as part of the White House Campus Challenge, has been partnering with Girls Inc. as part of its service initiative.

“In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, IU East is hosting a program with 35 Girls Inc. members to have a private session with Sage Steele and then IU East students will lead a program about Martin Luther King Jr. and encourage the girls to learn and write about their own dreams, as empowered young women,” Crawford said.

Interfaith AmeriCorp members and IU East students Emilee Hammond and Maryann Deatline will lead an activity for the girls titled “I Had a Dream: Me Being Me.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 05:52 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Byway Association to Host Annual Dinner

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) will be hosting its annual dinner January 11, 2012.

After a busy and successful 2011 that included the official designation of the three loop routes in the Whitewater Valley as part of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway to the $60,000.00 award of a grant from the National Scenic Byway Organization for the development of a corridor management plan, the WCBA is poised to accomplish even more in 2012.

Joining us at our annual dinner as our keynote speaker will be United States Congressman Mike Pence who has been a supporter of the WCBA since its conception.

Included in the night’s festivities will be the presentation of the Spirit of the Byway award. This prestigious award is given each year to that person or persons who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer support of the WCBA and its mission.

The public is invited to attend but reservations are required and seating is limited. The dinner will be held in the old depot at the Whitewater Valley Gateway Park on US 52 in Metamora and will begin at 6:30 PM, cost per person is $13.95. To make a reservation contact Candy at the office of the Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, 765-647-2541 or by email at copperron@aol.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 02:03 pm: Edit Post

Recycling project raises $2,585 for Ivy Tech Richmond’s Green Technology Scholarship

Richmond – The fall semester Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class recycling project at Ivy Tech Community College added $2,585 to the funds raised by previous classes’ recycling projects. Together the classes have raised almost $7,900 of the $10,000 needed to endow the Green Technology Endowed Scholarship. The spring 2012 class recycle project is underway.

Each semester the Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class has taken the course recycling project to a new level. The first class raised $25 for scholarships and each class project since has raised several thousand dollars more.

Krista Morisen’s class organizes the recycling project as part of their class work each semester. The students create brochures and fliers, send letters to area businesses to promote the project. and have local drop off point events. The drop off points on several Saturdays in both Richmond and Connersville is for smaller recyclable items.

Area residents and businesses contribute to the recycling efforts. The class accepts: paper, cardboard, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery from the donors.

“We continue to have incredible results with this project. Each class works really well together. Thanks go to the residents and businesses in Wayne, Union and Fayette counties that support the project,” Morisen said.

Students leading the fall recycle campaign included: Shane Shook, Thomas Snowden, Tyler Collins and Aaron Haller. For additional information about the 2012 spring project contact Morisen at kmorisen@ivytech.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 04:13 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond recognizes 653 Dean’s List students for fall semester

Richmond – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond named 653 students to the Dean’s List from among the 4,000 students enrolled in fall 2011. More than 15,000 students statewide were named to the Dean’s List for fall semester.

The Dean’s List recognizes degree-seeking students with 12 or more credit hours in their program of study at Ivy Tech who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the semester and earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Chancellor James Steck said, “Our students work exceptionally hard to balance their jobs, family and class obligations. We are proud of their accomplishments and determination to succeed.”

“I’m so proud of the hard work these students have put forth through the fall semester,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “The Dean’s List recognizes an incredible accomplishment by each one of these students, and to have more than 15,000 students named to the Dean’s List shows just how dedicated Ivy Tech students are to their education.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 04:28 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Drivers Reporting Early Wednesday, February 8th

GREENFIELD, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to call in its truck drivers beginning at midnight. Forecasts indicate the potential for snow accumulation through Wednesday morning, and INDOT drivers will be on duty before precipitation is expected to arrive.

Although precipitation and accumulation are not expected to be significant, INDOT is calling in drivers to prevent and treat the development of any slick pavement. The number of trucks on patrol is determined by expected precipitation levels, and additional drivers will be called in if the need is anticipated.

INDOT encourages drivers to use caution and plan for the potential for snow during Wednesday morning commutes. Allow extra travel time to safely reach destinations and drive appropriately for road conditions.

Once again this winter, drivers are able to check road conditions before departing. During snow and ice events, www.TrafficWise.in.gov will be updated to let drivers know if road conditions are good, fair or difficult. The information will also be available by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623).

Links to safe driving tips, roadway conditions, as well as the latest news and information about INDOT can be found at www.indot.in.gov


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

At 10:15 a.m. on February 7, 2012, millions will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever! Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise) at 10:15 a.m. on 2/7!

More than 1 million people in communities throughout the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee will participate in this event. People and organizations in other states are also encouraged to participate.

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel in the Central U.S. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? As with anything, to act quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register.

Register today at ShakeOut.org


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 09, 2012 - 10:27 am: Edit Post

IU East art exhibit documents the life of the homeless in Cincinnati

Indiana University East will exhibit “A Place to Call Home: The Camps & Domiciles of Cincinnati’s Urban Homeless” in The Gallery from January 9 to February 17. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Three journalists spent a year documenting the lives of people in homeless camps in Cincinnati: their handmade shelters, their struggle for subsistence, their relationships with one another and with the larger society. In photographs, audio and stories, “A Place to Call Home” shows their experiences over the course of four seasons, including the joy of a wedding and the tragedy of a fatal fire — the stuff of life, lived outdoors.

The exhibit includes works of photography by Jon Hughes, narrative by Gregory Flannery, audio by Margo Pierce, and digital transfers by Sean Hughes.

This exhibit is part of the A Place to Call Home project. Research support provided in part by University of Cincinnati Taft Department Research Grants.

A reception will be held for the artist at 7 p.m. on January 11.

For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605 or visit iue.edu/gallery.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 05:15 pm: Edit Post

Richmond, Indiana Hosting Denver Broncos Super Indy Car During Super Bowl Weekend

Richmond, Indiana – The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee announced the Super Celebration Sites, along with key locations around Indianapolis, will be hosting Super Cars during Super Bowl weekend. The Super Cars program will showcase 33 Indy Cars, with 32 cars representing each NFL franchise team and one car representing Super Bowl XLVI. Richmond is proud to host the Denver Broncos Super Car.

The Super Bowl Host Committee, partnering with Indy Racing Experience, will unveil the cars on Friday, January 27, 2012 along Meridian Street just south of Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Then, the Super Cars will race to their Super Bowl weekend destinations where ultimate NFL fans can visit their favorite teams’ car. The Super Bowl Host Committee has partnered with the smart phone application, FourSquare, to use its venue “check-in” feature.

The Denver Broncos Super Car will be located at the Firehouse BBQ & Blues, 400 N. 8th St. in the historic depot district, Richmond, Indiana. The car will be on display Thursday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 5, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Visitors will be able to take their picture with the one-of-a-kind Super Car. A complete list of each Super Car location is below.

Richmond has many Kickoff Events scheduled to get NFL fans and locals fired up for the big game . . . from a High Octane Blues Concert, Touchdown Tours @ Indiana Football Hall of Fame, Outspoken Comedy Tour to a Jersey Jog 5K Fun Run and more. Check out http://www.visitrichmond.org/supersite/ to view all Kickoff Events for the week leading up to Super Bowl.

For a complete list of cars and sites, visit http://www.indianapolissuperbowl.com/super-cars

Fans will be eligible to win prizes through a Super Car Scavenger Hunt by taking photos with the vehicles and then “checking in” on FourSquare.

Each of the following Super Celebration Sites, along with key locations around the city, will host a Super Car during the Super Bowl weekend. You can find all of these addresses, telephone numbers, and Super Car visiting hours on: www.indianapolissuperbowl.com/super-cars.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:14 am: Edit Post

NAMI Presents “Housing Assistance” Information Meeting

“Housing Assistance” will be the topic of a presentation on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the CTC Building on the Richmond State Hospital campus. Monica Wilson of Centerstone and Billie Shepard of the Richmond Housing Authority will discuss housing options for physically or mentally disabled adults with low income. Subjects to be covered are: what types of housing are available, what kind of financial assistance is available, who qualifies and how to apply. This meeting is open to the public, free of charge, and those who could benefit from this information are cordially invited to attend.

This presentation is offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness,) a nationwide organization dedicated to supporting, assisting and informing the mentally ill, their families and the community. The local chapter is headquartered in Richmond, and serves a five-county area.

NAMI provides many services to the local community, such as family support groups and patient support groups. They also offer the CIT Training Program for police and others who in the course of duty may be dealing with the mentally ill, Family to Family seminar for those with loved ones facing mental challenges; Body, Mind and Soul for pastors, parish workers and others in the religious community who may be working with the mentally ill. These programs are all offered free of charge for attendees.

NAMI is looking for volunteers to assist with the various functions of the organization for a few hours a week. Particularly needed are secretarial and computer skills. Other opportunities are also available. During the month of March, NAMI will conduct a membership drive.

For more information about NAMI, please call (765)966-4094 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. At other times, leave a message and your call will be returned.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 02:56 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Institute enrolling students now for 30-week Welding Program

Ivy Institute of Technology is enrolling students now for the 30-week Welding program that starts April 9 on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus.

The program is designed to prepare students in as little as eight months to find an entry to mid-level position in the manufacturing/welding industry. The Ivy Institute of Technology Welding program focuses on giving students the skills and knowledge required by industries where there is a high demand.

The 30-week program includes instruction and hands-on lab activities. Classes are technology focused, with math, reading and writing exercises embedded in class projects instead of traditional classroom settings. Classes meet 30 hours per week (6 hours per day).

After completing the program students take exams for industry certifications and credits that can be applied toward Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree programs at Ivy Tech Community College.

Financial aid and VA Benefits are available for this program. Modern welding and manufacturing requires highly qualified individuals with a specific skill set. Prospective students should contact: Jim Stokes, assistant professor/department chair, Welding Institute, jstokes@ivytech.edu, (765) 966-2656 ext. 4017, or Jason Abshear, Welding Institute Instructor, wabshear@ivytech.edu, ext. 4117, or go to ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. 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.