News release from Ivy Tech Community College Southeast
The Ivy Tech Community College expansion in Batesville is on schedule as workers continue to renovate the 120,000 square feet Forethought building. Students planning to attend the Spring, Summer and/or Fall 2013 Semesters will be able to enroll at the new facility.
(Batesville, Ind.) – Ivy Tech Community College’s progress, both in fund-raising and in renovations to the recently-purchased Batesville Forethought Building, is on schedule, according to Jim Helms, Chancellor. The College is planning to utilize the facility for the Spring Semester, which starts January 14, 2013.
“Ivy Tech is progressing nicely on the renovation of its new Forethought facility,” says Helms. “The Ivy Tech/Batesville partnership continues to be a very successful venture for the City of Batesville, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Batesville Community School Corporation.”
As a result of the acquisition of the Forethought building, College and community leaders embarked on a capital campaign, joining forces in the only available option that would lead to achieving a new college campus. To date pledges have been made by a variety of individuals, businesses, industries, the Batesville Community School Corporation, and the City of Batesville.
“We are excited about the community support we have received and are optimistic the capital campaign will be successful,” states Helms. The Ivy Tech Chancellor explained, “This community’s investment will provide the residents of southeastern Indiana the opportunity to attain a quality education that is affordable and close to home, work and family. Whether as an individual or as a business, an additional benefit of making a pledge is the tax advantage gained as all pledges and donations are going to Ivy Tech Community College, a non-profit entity. Individuals and businesses are urged to consider the wisdom of a pledge of support, a worthwhile community investment that reaps an additional incentive when the tax advantage is calculated. A pledge distributed over three or four years of payments can reap even greater tax savings.” Helms said more information concerning the benefits of contributions and pledges is available by contacting Paula Heiderman, Ivy Tech Southeast Executive Director of Development, at 812-265-2580, ext. 4233, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivy Tech, for the past 12 or more years, has operated a small facility in Batesville, most recently at 920 County Line Road. However, existing space cannot satisfy the demand for medical labs, science labs, and other instructional needs required to expand curriculum and educational programs. Thus, Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder joined Chancellor Helms to declare the College would fully support the Batesville Forethought project if the community would join in the process. College and community coalitions have been instrumental in Ivy Tech expansions elsewhere in Indiana. The College commitment prompted meetings with various Batesville leaders, each offering active support. The level of support assured by the community prompted Snyder to assert Ivy Tech would make the expansion project happen.
It was announced at a June 19, 2012 news conference that an Ivy Tech Foundation loan enabled the purchase of the 120,000 square feet Forethought facility. In an effort to inform area residents of expansion plans a number of press releases were issued to the media and a one-hour, live radio program was broadcast from Ivy Tech.
After architects designed the project to satisfy Ivy Tech specifications the construction bid phase was conducted and a construction contract awarded. Construction is under way and is scheduled for completion in December 2012 with Ivy Tech moving into the building in order to begin classes for the Spring 2013 term, at which time students beginning college in 2013 in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters will be able to enroll in the new Batesville building.
“By the arrival of 2013, Batesville and Ripley County residents can take advantage of Ivy Tech’s low tuition, credit transfer opportunities, and free high school dual credit offerings more than ever before,” Helms says. “Paying only about $3,300 per year for tuition at Ivy Tech opens the door for many people to achieve their dream of a college education. Too, the ability to transfer as many as two years or more of Ivy Tech credits to other colleges and universities significantly reduces the cost of earning a four-year degree. Ivy Tech is, indeed, Changing Lives.”
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary 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 local community needs along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Community College Southeast serves Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson Counties as well as bordering areas in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.