[r24] McClain Lauds Logansport Ivy Tech Community College Expansion (3/24/2008)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Start Date: 3/24/2008 All Day
End Date: 3/24/2008

The State Budget Committee met today to approve the Logansport Ivy Tech Community College future construction project. Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) was delighted to see that the $16.6 million project was given the go-ahead.

"I am thrilled to see much-needed funds come to our community's educational centers," said Rep. McClain. "I am a proud advocate for any efforts made toward providing an opportunity for individuals to further their education."

The project will construct a new 81,880-square-foot building on approximately 59 acres of land that has been donated to the college. The new building will replace existing leases of approximately 30,000 square foot of space in Logansport. Currently, the leased space is in Eastgate Plaza, a strip mall in Logan Square. Rep. McClain oversaw the remodeling of the Eastgate Plaza Ivy Tech Community College in the early 1980s.

"Some 25 years after assisting in the improvement of the Eastgate location, I am happy to report that we have outgrown the old facility," said Rep. McClain. "I am very excited to move forward on a development that will facilitate the creation of more jobs and improve our workforce. The expanded space and improved facilities this new construction offers will effectively address our area's growing educational needs."

When completed, the campus will house six of the college's eight academic schools and an academic skill center. Support spaces will include faculty offices, a student commons, study areas, a library, a bookstore, meeting rooms and a wellness center for students, faculty and staff.

The future development is one of the top three priorities of Ivy Tech Community College and was recommended by the Commission on Higher Education to the General Assembly and governor for authorization in the 2007 budget.