Kokomo native Steve Whikehart has been named program chair of the education program in the School of Education at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.
In this role, Whikehart will direct the Ivy Tech program that leads to an Associate of Science degree in education. The program prepares graduates for jobs as substitute teachers and teacher’s aides and offers the foundational courses to serve as the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree to become a teacher.
Along with teaching education courses, Whikehart will oversee adjunct faculty teaching in the program, recruit prospective students, assist in the design and implementation of new courses in conjunction with the state curriculum committee, and work with local four-year institutions to effectively serve students transferring credits to earn their bachelor’s degrees.
“This is a role I look forward to with great enthusiasm and one I’ve been preparing for throughout my own educational and professional journey,” Whikehart said in a press release. “I am passionate about education and, as a lifelong student, I am someone who enjoys putting new knowledge into practice. When working with groups, whether in a formal or informal setting, my focus centers on engaging my audience as a way of creating a meaningful lesson.”
Whikehart has earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in adult and community education from Ball State University. He is working on a doctorate in education with a focus on community education. He has been with Ivy Tech Community College for more than three years, most recently serving as the director of admissions for the Kokomo Region before a brief turn as director of development for the City of Kokomo. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Whikehart spent five years teaching social studies at Westfield (Indiana) High.
He and his wife, Leslie, live in Kokomo with their son, Jonathan.