ANDERSON – A new building for Ivy Tech Community College’s Anderson campus took a step closer to reality on Tuesday with the site dedication and design unveiling for a new 85,000 square foot structure.
College and community officials, along with area residents and supporters, were on hand for the “Anderson Start Your Engines” event at the building site on 60th Street, fronting I-69 between Main Street and Columbus Avenue. Special guests included Rev. Jim Lyon, senior pastor, Madison Park Church of God; Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon; Ivy Tech student, Rhonda Himes; Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder; Ivy Tech East Central Regional chancellor, Gail Chesterfield; and Ivy Tech Anderson campus vice chancellor, James Willey.
“The event provided an opportunity not only for the community to visit the site and get a glimpse of what the new campus will look like, but it was also an opportunity to thank the City of Anderson for its generous donation of land and its tremendous support of the important contribution Ivy Tech makes in educating and training its citizenry,” said James Willey, vice chancellor of Ivy Tech Anderson.
“Ivy Tech Community College is a key economic development asset for Anderson,” said Ivy Tech president Thomas J. Snyder. “We want to let the members of the community know that Ivy Tech and the city now have the property ready and we’ll be looking for support going forward for the further development of a new campus. This is an ideal location for Ivy Tech and for Anderson.”
The next step is to get the $20 million in funds released by the State Budget Committee so that construction can begin. Once the funds are released, the new campus could be a reality within 18 months to two years, said Gail Chesterfield, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s East Central Region.
The city’s gift, and the site of the two-story academic structure, consists of 38 acres of land, along with infrastructure, fronting I-69 at exit 26 in south central Madison County. The contribution is valued at more than $1.1 million.
The building, equipped to house 2,500 students, will contain general classrooms, teaching laboratories, science labs, a bookstore, student gathering spaces and support spaces. The campus will have an emphasis on classrooms with integrated instructional technology and hands-on learning laboratories with state-of-the-industry equipment.
Like most of Ivy Tech’s 23 campuses, Anderson has seen double-digit enrollment growth over the past two years. Enrollment has grown more than 30 percent in the past five years.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled 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.