History and the Future

Ivy Tech State College began in 1968 as Tippewa Technical Institute with 17 students studying health careers. The college leased or borrowed facilities to house their programs, including buildings at Home Hospital, St. Ann’s Church, and the “Old Jeff” building in downtown Lafayette. Thanks to the generosity of Tippecanoe County, the college established a location on Lafayette’s south side, and built a facility to house its technology programs in 1977. A land swap with the county in 1991 resulted in ownership of a 50-acre campus.

With the passage of state legislation in 2005, Ivy Tech Community College became Indiana’s community college system. Ivy Tech offers accessible and affordable educational with a seamless transition from a two-year degree to a four-year degree.

Ivy Tech serves over 8000 students enrolled in programs in Applied Science and Engineering Technology, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Public and Social Services, and Technology. The Lafayette campus includes a joint college/county library, building trades training center, two academic buildings and an administration building. Ivy Tech also offers classes in the Renaissance Center in downtown Lafayette, Kaspar Hall in Frankfort, White County Instructional Center in Monticello, Montgomery County Instructional Center in Crawfordsville, and the Newton County Government Center in Morocco. The college employs over 500 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Ivy Tech’s curriculum includes associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees, and technical certificates. Many courses and entire degree programs transfer to four-year institutions, providing further opportunities for graduates. Ivy Tech also offers specialized training services for businesses and industry, and public continuing education classes for adults and children.

Ivy Tech will continue to grow in enrollment and educational opportunities. Projections of enrollment growth predict that Ivy Tech campus one day serve 12,000 students, the Lafayette campus will cover over 80 acres, and a degree-granting campus will be located in Montgomery County. Ivy Tech is poised to continue to fulfill its mission of enabling individuals to realize their full potential, and to support the economic development of Indiana.