GREENCASTLE – Ivy Tech Community College broke ground today on its Center for Workforce and Economic Development in Greencastle. This new facility, located at 1915 South Zinc Mill Road, at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway and Zinc Mill Road, is a crucial step in providing the residents of Greencastle and the surrounding community a state-of-the-art education and training center close to home.
Although Ivy Tech has had a presence in Greencastle since the late 1980’s, program and service offerings have been limited due to the lack of available space. This new 30,000 square foot facility will allow Ivy Tech to offer several new programs including those in health, business, liberal arts and early childhood education. The building will include state-of-the-art science and computer labs, a library, testing center and bookstore.
The facility will allow the College to expand upon its tradition of providing excellent technical and workforce education and training. It is known that a highly-skilled workforce serves to both retain and attract business and industry within an area, with the Center for Workforce and Economic Development, Ivy Tech will continue to be a valuable tool that assists area leaders with their economic development efforts.
The estimated construction cost of the new campus is $8.6 million. With $8.16 million earmarked by the State, the College will provide the remaining funds needed to complete construction. The City of Greencastle donated the 30 acres of land where the facility will be located.
The facility has been engineered and designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
Ivy Tech Community College has received tremendous community support for this project from area legislators, local elected officials, local business and industry, and community leaders.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 110,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.