INDIANAPOLIS –Officials from Ivy Tech Community College and the Mooresville Redevelopment Commission have agreed on the terms of a partnership that will allow the college to offer classes beginning in the spring of 2013 in space renovated with the assistance of local redevelopment funds.
Ivy Tech will move from its current location at Mooresville High School to a storefront in the Southbridge Crossing Shopping Center, located at 200 Southbridge Street. Under the agreement, the Mooresville Redevelopment Commission will provide up to $825,000 to assist with renovating 9,600 square feet in the front of the facility, a former ACE Hardware store, into four 30-seat classrooms and two 30-seat computer labs. In addition, the Mooresville Redevelopment Commission will also provide up to $60,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment to be used exclusively at the site.
Dr. Kathleen Lee, Interim Chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana Region, applauded Mooresville’s investment. “Mooresville High School has been a great partner and we are appreciative of the support and assistance that we have received from them,” said Lee. “We have outgrown our current location and need the new space to meet the growing educational needs of Mooresville and the surrounding areas. This new location will allow us the opportunity to schedule additional day, evening and weekend courses, as well as new courses that we are not able to provide at the current location due to space and time constraints.”
“The Mooresville Redevelopment Commission is pleased to be in a position to assist Ivy Tech Community College grow and expand in the community,” said Commission president Harold Gutzwiller. “This larger facility will allow better visibility and accessibility to Ivy Tech by all area residents.”
The Redevelopment Commission is in the process of purchasing all of the former Southbridge Crossing shopping center for redevelopment with Ivy Tech Community College serving as one of the complex’s anchor tenants.
“A frustrating reality has been a shortage of individuals with training and education beyond high school to meet employers’ needs,” said Town Council president George Watkins. “The Mooresville school system recognized this years ago and partnered with Ivy Tech. This expansion is a natural outcome of that successful partnership. I’m convinced that our citizens and community will continue to benefit from our ongoing relationship with Ivy Tech for many years.”
The Mooresville Redevelopment Commission is in the process of securing scholarship funds to be used exclusively by Morgan County residents at the new Ivy Tech location.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Morgan County Economic Development Corp. (MCEDC) is Morgan County’s countywide economic development corporation funded by local private and public sectors that is committed to enhancing the economy of the county by assisting existing companies in staying and growing in Morgan County, supporting and educating local entrepreneurs, attracting new quality companies to the county by assisting them with all the tools available for their local success and encouraging the education of county residents so there is a workforce ready for employment at new and existing companies.