Ivy Tech Pursuing Batesville Expansion
Press release from Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is pursuing the Forethought Building on State Road 46 as its new Batesville location.
(Batesville, Ind.) – For the past several years Ivy Tech Community College has continued efforts to grow and achieve additional space in Batesville, including obtaining additional space to enable expanding the number of classes, programs, certifications, job training, and total educational opportunities.
Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Chancellor Jim Helms says the College has been considering many options over the years and that within the last year the possibility of the Forethought facility, One Forethought Center, came under discussion. Talks have progressed over the last few months and have included various discussions of lease space all the way through, perhaps, a purchase of the facility. Discussions and further negotiations between Ivy Tech Community College representatives and Forethought representatives have progressed to the standpoint of pursuing a purchase. Progress to pursue the purchase has been endorsed by the Regional Board of Trustees and the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees, as well as financing, which is being arranged through the Ivy Tech State Foundation Board.
Ivy Tech officials have a great desire to bring a total “Signature Educational Program” to Batesville, in cooperation with the school corporation, businesses and industries, health care providers, city council, chamber of commerce, economic development, and the entire area. This total endeavor, with all entities, is an approximate $6 million project of educational and economic development, including the purchase, renovation, expanded cost of programs and curriculum, equipment, and operation, with additional investments to be added in the future by Ivy Tech.
There has been a great support from many stakeholders. The City of Batesville, the Batesville Community School Corporation, and Ivy Tech Community College are all stepping forward to make these educational and economic development initiatives become a reality. In addition to the support of these three entities toward the total $6 million initiative, other sources to help complete the funding are being pursued, including possible grants, businesses, industries, individuals and other sources in this futuristic plan.
Tom Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College, and Jeff Terp, Vice President, have joined Chancellor Jim Helms in stating the college is fully committed to make the initial investment in the future of Batesville, the entire community and area, and the I-74 corridor movement. President Snyder stated, “The College is stepping up front to make this purchase happen for the future of Batesville and the area because Ivy Tech believes in the Batesville community commitment to come forth with the additionally-needed financial support to totally complete this investment project. And, all of this became necessary because achieving new buildings today through State of Indiana funds is virtually impossible. At the same time the College appreciates the cooperation with Forethought and has been sensitive to structuring an agreement which continues Forethought’s ongoing use of the facility, thus remaining in Batesville.”
Chancellor Helms further stated there is a significant total educational plan being structured to become a marquee program to be offered in Batesville. Helms expressed appreciation to Batesville Superintendent Jim Roberts, Mayor Rick Fledderman and the City, Forethought representatives, and numerous Batesville stakeholders for their support of this entire educational movement. According to Helms Ivy Tech Community College, itself, becomes a major economic development for the community through expanded jobs, enrollments, and all related activity with the growth of a campus.
Helms said, “Education is rapidly changing and we welcome this challenging opportunity to be on the leading edge of progress with Batesville in developing such a notable, unique, new program of educational opportunities to best meet the needs of the future for all of our stakeholders.”
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 is a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Southeast serves Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson Counties as well as bordering areas in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.