Indiana Public Media
By Kat Carlton
Posted May 15, 2014
Officials held a ceremony announcing how the campus on Daniels Way will meet growing demands for space.
Ivy Tech officials broke ground Thursday in Bloomington for an 85,000-square-foot expansion plan that began in 2006.
Chancellor Jennifer Vaughan says the expansion will add instructional spaces, labs and much-needed commons areas to the campus on Daniels Way. Vaughan says it took eight years to get funds appropriated from the state.
“But finally, with strong leadership, the legislators behind us one hundred percent, our president and his team behind us one hundred percent, we made the argument that this campus needed- we’ve grown so fast- we needed this expansion,” says Vaughan.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Board of Trustees Chair Connie Ferguson said the project will bring over 500 new parking spaces and save the school over $400,000 in rent per year.
“We’re going to make the state proud of the money they invested in Region 14,” Ferguson said during the ceremony.
Ferguson also said the expansion will improve Ivy Tech students’ ability to transfer credits, something that didn’t exist when the school started in 1981.
Tony Heath, project manager with the Skillman Corporation, said during the presentation this is the second phase of expansion Ivy Tech hired Skillman to develop. He also said they hopes it wouldn’t be the last, as the campus continues to grow.
Photo: Kat Carlton
Photo: Kat Carlton
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.