Ivy Tech-Lafayette

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The Arconic Foundation hopes a recent donation to Ivy Tech Community College's Lafayette campus will help address the skills gap facing the manufacturing industry.

The college plans to use its $100,000 grant to start a new 3-D printing course and buy two 3-D printers. The school also plans to purchase laser cutters and engravers, all to be housed in a new lab space.

Ivy Tech Lafayette vice chancellor Todd Roswarski says he expects the program to simulate real-world experience.

Manufacturing companies all over the state have open positions and can’t find qualified workers to fill them. These jobs require specialized training because the new world of manufacturing requires more technology-based skills. So companies are finding new opportunities to teach them.

THE PROBLEM IN ONE MANUFACTURING TOWN

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Ivy Tech-Lafayette’s Director of Financial Aid says President Obama’s plans to make the burden of student debt a little lighter likely won’t have much of an impact on the community college or its students.

Bev Cooper says the executive order announced this week mainly benefits borrowers with higher debt relative to their income.

She says Ivy Tech students generally have a lower debt load because tuition costs less.

Nearly $12-million has been raised for a new community building on the Ivy Tech- Lafayette campus.

The project is being spearheaded by The Intersection Connection, a collaboration among community organizations.

The 120,000 square-foot structure will be occupied by the YMCA, Junior Achievement, and an IU Health Arnett clinical practice.

Ivy Tech Chancellor David Bathe says the facility will help with enrollment and retention efforts.

Ivy Tech students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting on the Lafayette campus.

The community college has entered into a partnership with St. Joseph’s College in Rensselear to allow Ivy Tech grads to transfer to Saint Joseph’s and complete a bachelor’s degree on the Ivy Tech campus.

Students entering the program this August would be enrolled as St. Joseph’s students and take classes at Ivy Tech taught by St. Joseph’s faculty.

Courses will be offered evenings twice a week.

Lafayette coworking studio partnering with Ivy Tech

Jan 23, 2014

MatchBOX Coworking Studio is partnering with Ivy Tech in Lafayette to help prepare students to join the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Officials say the arrangement is intended to be mutually beneficial.

Students in the Entrepreneurship Program will have access to guest lectures, field trips, and mock business pitch competitions, while MatchBOX will be able to work with students who may have ideas for new business ventures.

Ivy Tech Lafayette Chancellor David Bathe says the real-world experience is invaluable.

Ivy Tech Lafayette creating One Stop Center

Aug 20, 2013

Ivy Tech-Lafayette is planning a smoother transition for incoming students. The community college is creating a One Stop Center designed to improve customer service.

Dr. John Laws, vice chancellor for student affairs, says the move will increase efficiency and improve service to the students.

“Right now, we’re similar to this One Stop concept with all of our services being located close to each other,” he says. “The future is to cross-train our employees, so the students will not have to move between offices, rather just this one office area.”

Ivy Tech Lafayette dedicates Porter Energy Center

Jul 24, 2013

Ivy Tech-Lafayette is celebrating the life of one of its instructors who died on the job.

Energy technology program chair Craig Porter suffered a fatal fall from a training tower in November, 2011. Wednesday, family, friends and administrators dedicated the Energy Center on campus in Porter’s honor.

School of Technology Dean Susan Ely says the lab and the work done there will continue his legacy.

Ivy Tech- Lafayette dedicates new ag technology center

Jul 11, 2013

Officials at Ivy Tech-Lafayette are celebrating the dedication of the Bane Agriculture Technology Center.

A $250,000 gift from Bane Equipment is allowing the community college to renovate an existing structure to make it a hands-on learning lab for students.

Company owner Phillip Bane says it’s important to provide real-world experiences, since the field of agriculture technology is always changing.

The agriculture program at Ivy Tech-Lafayette began six years ago.

There are currently 200 students enrolled.

Ivy Tech opening new instructional site this fall

Jun 24, 2013

Students in the northern counties of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Region will have more options for taking a class. The community college is opening an instructional center in Morocco.

Andrew Muffett is the site director for it and the downtown Lafayette location. He says they will have four to five classrooms in the Newton County Government Center.

“They are providing the space. Basically, we have a memorandum of understanding of how we use the space,” he says. “Those classrooms are given to us as open space to do the courses at the moment – definitely a low-cost option.”

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