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.
Ivy Tech serves over 8000 students enrolled in programs in Applied Science and Engineering Technology, Business, Computing and Informatics, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Public and Social Services, and Technology. The Lafayette campus includes a library, building trades training center, two academic buildings and an administration building. Ivy Tech also offers classes at Ivy Tech Crawfordsville, Kaspar Hall in Frankfort, and the White County Instructional Center in Monticello. The college employees 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, in addition to one-year technical certificates and short-term certificates. Ivy Tech Corporate College also offers specialized training services for business and industry.
Ivy Tech will continue to grow in enrollment and education opportunities. New degree programs are regularly introduced to meet the employment demands of the community. 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.