Director of the KCI
Launched as a concept in August 2021, this exciting new initiative is a hub designed to connect local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies with faculty and student expertise on the Indiana University Kokomo campus. Already an emerging leader in experiential education, as embodied in the Kokomo Experience and You (KEY) program, IU Kokomo is taking hands-on learning to new levels with the KEY Center for Innovation (KCI). The program facilitates applied learning for students across campus, from business and communication to science and health. KCI strives to equip our students to succeed in the workplace and contribute to the economies in their communities.
Here for the Community
The KCI also will directly promote economic development in this six-county region, since its clients, including both entrepreneurs and industry, will be able to acquire assistance with business plans, marketing studies, data analyses, product development, and more at little or no cost. This work will be provided by university students under the close supervision of highly trained experts on IU Kokomo’s faculty in areas such as accounting, business law, public health, cybersecurity, marketing, art and design, geology, water quality, web development, education, public relations, and social media. The KCI will enhance economic development in the region.
The KCI aims to further enhance economic development in the region by offering badges and other forms of micro-credentials to support regional employers interested in helping their employees upskill for success in leadership roles and other positions. In addition to employees, individuals and high school students will be able to enroll in these low-cost courses, which will cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from interpersonal skills and email etiquette, to social media development and data analytics.
Course offerings will include both online and in-person, and all participants will be eligible to earn various forms of badges and certificates, including some that will be stackable for individuals interested in pursuing bachelor or graduate degrees.