Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 27, 2014


Kokomo Tribune

---- — This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021

Student’s name:

Boyce Johnson


Nickie Osborne

High school:

Tri-Central High School senior

Career plans:


KACC instructor:

Mike Miller, strategic marketing

Internship Placement:

List Lawn Care, 2734 W. 600 North, Sharpsville.


Tom List, president; and Jan List, vice president of List Lawn Care

Boyce Johnson’s thoughts:

The List Lawn Care owners are family friends, and I started doing odd jobs before working into part-time when I began my strategic marketing class at the Kokomo Area Career Center. My boss, Jan, is great, and she has made it easy to learn the job. I do bookkeeping, prepare checks for deposit and file information into the company computer. Ms. List treats me like an assistant. I plan to minor in business in college, so this experience and my class at the Kokomo Area Career Center are preparing me for that career option. Marketing also is required for my nursing degree. I highly recommend the career center for students preparing for the work world. Last school year, I took a CNA class and now I am working at Century Villa, too. Both my Kokomo Area Career Center classes have helped prepare me for college.

Jan and Tom List’s comments:

I (Tom List) received my degree in turf management at Purdue University and this is our 25th year in the lawn care business. List Lawn Care does chemical applications to make yards healthy, such as fertilization, weed control, crab grass pre-emergent, grub control, vegetation control, aeration and over seeding.

I (Jan List) definitely believe the Kokomo Area Career Center does beneficial work for our area students. We know several students who have attended the career center and they all have received a head start on their careers. Boyce already has learned all the office duties at List Lawn Care with the exception of payroll and answering the phone. Boyce completes accounts receivable and payable, filing, enters tax collections in the computer and collects paperwork for the business taxes. This experience at List Lawn Care has given Boyce opportunities in areas he did not know before he came to work here. Since Boyce plans to attend college and earn a business minor, this experience also will help him with organization on the job, as well as his own personal business affairs.