Ivy Tech Community College was approved on Wednesday, July 10 for $20 million in funding to support a new building in Anderson by the State Budget Committee. The campus will reside on 38 acres of land with visibility from Interstate 69. The building is proposed at 85,000 square feet with classrooms, lab space, faculty and staff offices, student lounge and a library.
“This new campus is wonderful for Ivy Tech Community College, residents of Anderson, Madison county and East Central Indiana,” said Andy Bowne, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region. “I am honored to be a part of such a monumental time for the College. The future is positive and the student will benefit the most from our partnership with the City of Anderson.”
Anderson’s campus currently has three locations – Anderson Instructional Center on 53rd Street, Ebbert on 38th Street and Anderson North Conference Center on North State Road 9. Construction on the new facility is slated for completion by summer 2015.
“Our facility on 53rd Street will be fully committed to the School of Health Sciences,” said James Willey, vice chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region’s Anderson campus. “With the generous donation of Saint Vincent’s Hospital and our new sim lab, we have every intent to grow that facility and dedicate it solely to Health Sciences.”
The Ebbert facility on 38th Street will operate on an extended lease with Anderson Community Schools for a minimum of an additional year while the new facility is under construction. The Anderson North Conference Center will remain and continue to house Ivy Tech Corporate College for the East Central Region.
“The Ivy Tech family, City of Anderson and Madison County communities have been anxiously awaiting this day,” said Nancy Ricker, corporate vice president of Ricker Oil Company and vice chair of Ivy Tech Community College’s Regional Board. “We are blessed with so many wonderful people who have been there from the beginning and remain committed to the campus.”
The next step for Ivy Tech is to prepare for fundraising partnerships to continue to make this dream a reality. “We celebrate this announcement and look forward to working with our community friends,” said Sally DeVoe, executive director of the Madison County Community Foundation and board trustee of Ivy Tech Community College’s Regional Board. “My dream and vision is for the new facility to be a vibrant, state-of-the-art landmark for our city, county and state.”