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This Week’s Program: Scott Sylvan – Millrace Developer

 
Week of June 17, 2019
Notes from last Friday’s meeting:
Jamie Stickel provided our opening prayer, and Gene Stutsman led our singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Sing Out a Song of Rotary,” “Li’l Liza Jane,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and “Smile.” 
Phil Straw was on-hand to introduce visiting Rotarians and guests.  Matt Lentsch, Doug Risser, and Kyle Hannon were present as visiting Rotarians.  Angie McKee was at the meeting as a guest. 
Sharon Risser announced that the Board meeting will take place this Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Goshen Chamber.  Stop by for an easy attendance credit.
Information was distributed for interested Rotarians seeking to participate on a Rotary service trip.  The Rotary Club of Ohio Pathways is currently organizing a number of service trips to Guatemala over the course of the next year.  If interested, check out the website at guatemalaliteracy.org.  You can also email questions to Jim Hunt at info@guatemalalitereacy.org .
David Birky announced that this month’s Rotary After Hours event will take place this Tuesday, June 18, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Goshen Brewing Company.  Join in the fun and receive an attendance credit at the same time.
Dave Daugherty introduced our program provided by Kyle Hannon.  Kyle is the Executive Director of the South Bend-Elkhart region of the Ivy Tech Community College.  Kyle served 20 years with the Elkhart City Chamber of Commerce.  He is a Ball State graduate and has been a city council member in Elkhart. 
Kyle noted that Ivy Tech has many programs statewide, and if the regional campuses do not offer the program desired, the chances are good that Ivy Tech would have the program available at other areas in the state.  Part of Ivy Tech’s strategic plan focuses upon its connection with the local community.  Current partnerships with Ivy Tech include the Boys & Girls Club, Career Quest with the HEA, the Boy Scouts, the Goshen Fire Department, and the Latino Business Expo.  These partnerships offer training, education, and career development for local kids, students, and adults.
Ivy Tech also offers connections with high schools through the dual credit programs it furnishes with up to 30 college credits available to high school students.  Ivy Tech provides high school Career Pathways and its Certified Production Technician program that can lead to internships, apprenticeships, as well as jobs and careers.  Kyle also highlighted its coordination with Goshen College where many Ivy Tech graduates can finish later with a 4-year degree. 
The South Bend/Elkhart campuses of Ivy Tech offer a number of programs including training and courses in supply chain/logistics, advanced manufacturing, robotics, welding, cyber security, nursing, CDL training, culinary arts, and other health care specialties. 
Kyle also noted that Ivy Tech is coordinating with Notre Dame in connection with the recently announced regional innovation Lilly Grant of $42 million in the region.  The grant is known as the LIFT grant which acronym stands for “Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation Network.” 
To support Ivy Tech, Kyle encouraged the group to hire its students, recommend programs, sign up for a course, recommend faculty, and donate to the local scholarships.  Thank you to Dave Daugherty and Kyle Hannon for the update on Ivy Tech in our area.
Quote for the week: “I wanted to race cars.  I didn’t like school, and all I wanted to do was work on cars.  But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading.  I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college.” – George Lucas 
 
                                                                                    Until next time.
Russell Hampton
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