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Ivy Techs Kokomo Region to honor Karen McCoy with Alumni Achievement Award


Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Alliance & Chamber Operations Manager Karen McCoy with the region’s 2016 Alumni Achievement Award during its commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7. The award is presented annually by Ivy Tech Kokomo Region to honor a single alumnus or alumna who exemplifies a dedication to work, an appreciation of lifelong learning and a commitment to community.

The 2016 honoree is a Kokomo native and former owner of The Gallery, a small business specializing in art, framing and interior design. Recognizing the need to expand her knowledge if the business was to grow and prosper, McCoy enrolled in Ivy Tech Community College, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer programming technology in 1989. She put that degree to good use, increasing revenue by 40 percent and developing and implementing a computer inventory system that enhanced the business’ profitability.

Committed to the value of lifelong education, McCoy earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with summa cum laude honors, from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011. She also is a 2014 graduate of the Ivy Tech co-sponsored Leadership Kokomo program, where she enthusiastically supported the program’s focus on business professionals giving back to the community.

McCoy has a long career in business development, operations management, and community relations. This career has included being a sales representative for Bona Vista Programs, a project supervisor for a home construction firm, and several years as a real estate broker and sales agent. She then put all her talents and experience to work as the events and operations manager of the Greater Greenwood (Ind.) Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, she returned to Kokomo to serve as Alliance and Chamber operations manager of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce. This role has offered the opportunity to be professionally involved in virtually every business, industry and non-profit entity in the community, including Ivy Tech Community College.

Since 2013, McCoy has shown dedication to the community-building mission of the Alliance and Chamber. Through her ingenuity, she has been instrumental in adding new Chamber members, reengaging others, and adding programming that has been vital to growth and progress in the Kokomo community. She understands the importance of person-to-person connections and relationship-building as cornerstones for economic development.

“With her history of personal business success and her service to her community through her leadership of the Chamber of Commerce, Karen embodies both the spirit of Ivy Tech and the excellence to which we want our graduates to aspire,” said Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “She is an exemplar for our students and deserving of this recognition.”