INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College celebrated the opening of its newest community site in Shelbyville on Tuesday. With students, employees and community members watching, Central Indiana chancellor Dr. Kaye Walter and Honorable Scott Furgeson, Mayor of the City of Shelbyville cut the ribbon, officially opening the doors to the new site.
“Ivy Tech is excited to be a part of this collaborative effort with the City of Shelbyville, providing for the educational and training needs of the business and industry in the area, “ said Dr. Kaye Walter, chancellor for the Central Indiana region of Ivy Tech. “The move to the new location provides Ivy Tech with the space to expand the number of classes and services we offer. Partnerships such as this one in Shelbyville demonstrate Ivy Tech’s commitment to supporting economic development in Indiana’s communities, as well as ensuring that an education remains affordable.”
There are 410 students enrolled in 25 classes at the new site. As part of a partnership with the City of Shelbyville, Ivy Tech relocated to the accelIN Intelliplext Business Accelerator in August, just in time for the start of the fall semester. The move has allowed Ivy Tech to increase the number of classes offered at the site, leading to an increase in enrollment of 50% over this time last fall.
“The increase in educational opportunities and training is a benefit to our citizens and the businesses in the community,” stated Mayor Scott Furgeson. “Moving and expanding to a visible location in a high tech, beautiful new building in Intelliplext Technology Park communicates that Shelbyville is aggressively pursuing economic development and quality of life projects to keep our community moving forward.”
The new site is part of a collaborative effort between the City of Shelbyville and Ivy Tech Community College as an effort to attract new businesses into the area. Under the agreement, the City of Shelbyville paid for the construction of the building, leasing 8,103 square feet to the College. The city also invested money for furniture, fixtures and equipment, including equipment for the two computer labs and wet lab. The city also provided $50,000 in scholarships to help students attain their educational goals.
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.