CRAWFORDSVILLE – Ivy Tech Community College’s instructional center in Crawfordsville is expected to grow thanks to the City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, who together have agreed to equally share expenses and construct a building for Ivy Tech in the city’s Commerce Park. The new building will be built to Ivy Tech’s specifications and leased to the college.
The college’s current Montgomery County Instructional Center is at capacity and parking is limited.
“The site has grown tremendously since moving to our current location near I-74 and US 231 in 2006,” said Site Director Geoff Knowles. “We have outgrown our space and are unable to meet the demand for more classes.”
The college first opened an instructional center in Crawfordsville in 2003. Commerce Park is also located near the I-74 interchange, and will provide the same ease of access to communities along the I-74 corridor in western Indiana from Covington to Brownsburg. The lot that Ivy Tech will occupy within the park will also offer ample parking and room for expansion.
“Ivy Tech offers several avenues for growth,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Phil Bane during a recent commissioners’ meeting. “First, it has the potential to keep county students here and to draw others from surrounding communities. Secondly, Ivy Tech will raise the education level of Montgomery County citizens and make our community more attractive to new businesses.”
Steve Golliher, president of the Crawfordsville Redevelopment Commission, spoke in favor of the project during a recent City Council meeting. “A cooperative effort by our city and county sends a strong message to potential new companies, as well as existing local businesses, that our community is very serious about combining resources to invest in education – the most essential ingredient in the recipe for our long-term economic development,” he said.
The city is in the process of choosing a construction management firm. Then Ivy Tech and city officials will meet with architects to begin designing the building and estimating the construction costs. Once appropriations are approved by the City Council, construction may begin as early as spring of 2012. The college hopes to offer the first classes on the new campus beginning January 2013, according to Knowles.
Last year, Ivy Tech worked out a similar agreement with the town of Avon in Hendricks County to consolidate three of Ivy Tech’s instructional sites on the west side of Indianapolis into a new 15,000 square foot facility along U.S. 36 in Avon. The Town of Avon invested $250,000, while the Avon Redevelopment Commission provided industry training dollars and student scholarships to Avon residents who attend classes at the location in the amount of $60,000 per year for the first three years, and $30,000 a year for the next seven years.
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.