A Game Changer
Ivy Tech Community College is a game changer for Indiana. The opportunities students have at Ivy Tech Community College expand their horizons, allowing them to see the world in new ways, to dream bigger, and to achieve those dreams. As an integral part of their communities, Ivy Tech Community College campuses and instructional sites provide talented graduates to fill the growing needs of area employers for highly skilled employees. And those jobs create better lives, better families, and stronger communities. Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region is providing what students and employers need in Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties—and its impact continues to expand.
Meeting Area Needs
As a part of the Ivy Tech Community College family, Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus has been preparing students for further education or careers in the region for more than 40 years, now offering more than 30 academic, technical, and professional programs. During that time, it has expanded beyond its 1976 “Main Building,” acquired new and repurposed buildings around the city, renovated space, shifted functional areas from one building to another, all to accommodate changing needs and growth, without a major investment in the Kokomo physical plant for more than 25 years. Classes and labs have been scattered around the community, which is neither convenient for students nor conducive to a cohesive academic experience. Ivy Tech has long recognized the importance of updating the Kokomo Campus and has been planning for major improvements for a number of years.
An Opportunity for Transformation
Thanks to a $40 million appropriation in state funding approved by the Indiana General Assembly in June 2017 and an expected $3 million in philanthropic support from friends and supporters, the years of anticipation are over. Over the next 18 months, Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus will undergo a $43 million transformation into a vibrant, highly functional campus that reflects the excellence of the institution. Key instructional areas that will be impacted by the investment in students and outcomes include:
- Health Sciences and Nursing programs - $12,000,000
- Automotive, Diesel Lab and Agriculture programs - $7,000,000
- Technology programs - $8,000,000
- Campus Infrastructure - $16,000,000
The Time is Now
This one opportunity will redefine Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus as an educational leader, an economic development power, and an innovator in meeting workforce needs in the region. The importance cannot be overstated. By supporting this once-in-a-lifetime project, you can be a part of the positive impact for years to come.