* College of Technology at Kokomo

April 15, 2009

Purdue to offer 2-year bachelor's degree in Kokomo starting in June

KOKOMO, Ind. - Beginning in June, the Purdue College of Technology at Kokomo will offer a two-year accelerated bachelor's degree program, targeted toward displaced workers in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Those interested in learning more are invited to attend information sessions at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 20 at the College of Technology at Kokomo's Kelley Center.

Christy Bozic, director of the College of Technology at Kokomo, said they are looking for 25 students for the first group in the program. Students who complete the program will earn a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision with a concentration in industrial technology in spring of 2011.

Bozic said that through the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act, part of the stimulus package that President Barack Obama signed into law in February, many workers may be eligible to have tuition, fees and books paid for, along with continuing to receive their unemployment benefits during the two-year period.

To find out which companies are eligible through the federal act, those interested should contact a local WorkOne office.

The courses for bachelor's degree will be offered at the College of Technology at Kokomo campus, which is located on the campus of Indiana University Kokomo. Students in the program will attend classes four or five days a week, for about five hours a day, mainly during the day. General education courses, such as math, speech and English, will be provided by Indiana University Kokomo faculty, and the organizational leadership and supervision and technical electives will be provided by Purdue faculty.

"This is a very concentrated, challenging, robust program," Bozic said. "Those who enroll should treat this like their full-time job for the next two years, but the end result will be a much more qualified, marketable worker."

She said that a bachelor's degree in leadership will position graduates for management careers in a variety of fields, such as health care, banking, retail, government and manufacturing.

Those interested in the enrolling in the program can contact Marcia Miller at the College of Technology at Kokomo at 765-455-9339 or

Writer: Kim Medaris, 765-494-6998,

Source: Christy Bozic, 765-455-9339,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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