WABASH VALLEY – The Ivy Tech state and regional boards of trustees recently approved the purchase of the Doughmakers Building at 1650 East Industrial Drive on U.S. 41. The Ivy Tech Foundation has now finalized that process by purchasing the facility, which it will then lease to the College.
The Doughmakers Building which was constructed in 2000 was previously used to manufacture gourmet bakeware. The purchase is an important step in Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Valley regional commitment to delivering state-of-the-art educational and training opportunities to meet the local workforce needs. Ivy Tech’s immediate plans are to move the School of Nursing to the new location. This step is transitional for the School of Nursing as the College is discussing joint planning with local partners for a health sciences education complex in the RHIC district. The immediate move for nursing to the Doughmakers’ location will allow for additional course offerings at the new facility and alleviate some of the capacity constraints at the main Terre Haute campus.
Benefitting from the expanded space, the College is exploring a number of new educational and training opportunities consistent with current local workforce demands including veterinary technician services, animal-assisted therapy, kennel management, grooming and allied enterprises. Other opportunities under consideration include agri-business and diesel.
“Our mission is to prepare our graduates for participation in the competitive global economy, and the purchase of the building demonstrates our commitment to the Wabash Valley,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “We will not only continue to provide the educational opportunities that helped establish Ivy Tech in this community more than 40 years ago, but we will continue to grow in our programs and partnerships to positively impact the lives of our students and provide a trained and educated workforce for Terre Haute and the surrounding communities. We want to provide an environment that helps ensure the success of our students and the communities we serve.”
In addition, the College has identified a viable way to establish a fitness center at the Doughmakers site for students and staff wellness which will be introduced as the planning is finalized.
Doughmakers is a 49,607 square foot facility on over 8 acres of the 1500 acre Industrial Park on U.S. 41. It is near Ivy Tech’s Center for Workforce Development, which is also in the Park.
As a part of the College’s exploration, Ivy Tech and the Terre Haute Humane Society have started preliminary discussions to see if there are ways that the organizations can collaborate that will be mutually beneficial.
“We see the Doughmakers purchase as the beginning of an exciting phase in the history of Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley,” said Chancellor Ann Valentine. “We are looking forward to exploring a partnership with the Terre Haute Humane Society. The legacy of Ivy Tech Community College has been built through partnerships. We partner with employers to make certain our programs are aligned with their needs. We partner with community leaders to make education available close to home in cities and towns across Indiana. And we partner with our students to ensure we are doing everything we can to help them succeed.”
“When Ivy Tech asked if we would consider talking to them about the possibilities of us working with them to explore partnership opportunities, we didn’t hesitate,” said Terre Haute Humane Society Board President Debbie Floyd. “We are looking forward to continued discussions with Ivy Tech and how together we might be able to provide the best services and support for our community.”
Chartered in 1913 by a small group of concerned citizens, the Terre Haute Humane Society’s goals are to work toward the prevention of all unnecessary animal suffering and to teach kindness toward all living things through an area-wide education program. It maintains the highest standards of humane care and treatment for our animal friends by providing assistance to owner-surrendered, mistreated, abandoned, and neglected animals.
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.