On Wednesday, June 12 the Ivy Tech Community College Henry County campus celebrated the dedication of its new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder, Ivy Tech East Central Region Chancellor Andrew Bowne, community leaders and supporters and Ivy Tech staff were in attendance.
The new Ivy Tech campus, formerly an auto dealership located on Ind. 3 South, is more than 20,000 square feet with plans for an additional wing being added. The wing will expand the general educational classrooms as well as respond to changing economic development and workforce needs of the community. The current site hosts 10 classrooms, 3 computer labs, and 3 health labs and will offer courses in Liberal Arts, Business, and Health Sciences.
The community has supported this project that started mid-2012 with the Henry County Commissioners leading the way. Their stewardship and investment of public funds was instrumental in securing the building and remodeling of the dealership. The Henry County Foundation also contributed to the project by supporting the second phase and the additional health care wing onto the south of the existing building.
“This is a perfect example of a community coming together and investing in itself,” said Andrew Bowne, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s East Central Region. “Research shows that 90 percent of community college students remain in their community after graduating. An investment like Henry County has made in higher education is truly an investment in the future.”
Ivy Tech has been offering classes to Henry County residents for more than 30 years. Classes have been held in several locations including the Pritchett Building, New Castle High School, Henry County Hospital and most recently the Danielson Center. Enrollment is currently around 300 students with hopes of reaching 1,000 within in the next few years.
The opening of the new campus contributes to the celebration of Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th anniversary of serving students and our communities. Summer classes are currently in session but students can enroll for fall classes now. Fall semester begins August 19.
Henry County Dedication Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, June 12, 2013