Innovative Partnership With City Helps Ivy Tech Grow
In recent years, Ivy Tech Southeast has been one of the more conspicuous examples of the College's growth. In 1999, Ivy Tech opened of a lakefront campus on Industrial Drive in Lawrenceburg. In 2008, a $19 million, 85,000 square foot facility was dedicated in Madison. Then, in 2006, with the Lawrenceburg lakefront facility at capacity, Ivy Tech began offering classes at a riverfront facility on Walnut Street.
Amid all this growth, however, there was one missing piece in the puzzle: Batesville. While the College had offered classes at a campus on Highway 46 since 1999, more space was needed.
Enter the City of Batesville. Just as it had when the Ivy Tech campus first opened, the City has stepped forward to ensure that students have more convenient access to the College. As part of this innovative community partnership, the City of Batesville has provided a $1 million pledge that will allow Ivy Tech to expand its programs. The City’s support will go toward the acquisition and renovation of the former Forethought Insurance Building, which will help foster economic development and job creation in Batesville and the entire southeast region.
Rick Fledderman, Mayor of the City of Batesville and an Ivy Tech campaign cabinet member, emphasized how critical collaboration has been in the development of the project.
"It is important for the City of Batesville to be a part of this project - and we are," Mayor Fledderman says. "Together, this partnership can make great things happen for our community for generations to come. Together, we can change the lives of our community's youth and provide a college campus in step with the image and structure of Batesville."
Ivy Tech Southeast Chancellor Jim Helms agreed, saying the College has long valued its partnership with the City and is looking forward to doing even more to help bring new opportunities to Batesville.
"By obtaining the Forethought facility," Chancellor Helms said, "Ivy Tech Community College becomes a major community influence in economic development through expanded jobs, enrollment, and activity related to the growth of a campus. The City of Batesville has partnered with Ivy Tech and committed community leaders to welcome this challenging opportunity to be on the leading edge of progress in Batesville and Ripley County."
The redesigned facility will include multimedia classrooms; health, nursing, science, and computer labs; a manufacturing job training center; and a conference center. Its location makes Ivy Tech the only full campus, community college on the I-74 corridor between Ohio and Indianapolis.