Statement issued Monday:
Expanding to meet the tremendous enrollment growth of its Central Indiana region, Ivy Tech Community College broke ground this morning on a 229,000 square foot, four-story multimodal parking facility for its downtown Indianapolis campus. College officials and local dignitaries, led by Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder and Congressman Andre Carson, turned the first shovels of dirt today at the groundbreaking ceremony.
To be located between 27th and 28th streets, east of Illinois, the multimodal facility will add much-needed parking and programming space to the downtown Indianapolis campus. In addition to a 500-space parking garage, the facility will house the campus library, tutoring services, and an open computer lab on the first floor. An IndyGo transit stop will be located on the Illinois Street side of the building.
A combination of public and private funds will support construction of the multimodal facility. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation contributed $3.8 million to the project. Another $6.6 million was secured in federal funding. The facility is expected to open in October 2010.
"Partnerships, such as the one represented among Ivy Tech, IndyGo, the Fairbanks Foundation and the federal government, are fueling critical improvements in facilities and programs at Ivy Tech campuses across the state," said Snyder. "We're especially appreciative of this investment in our largest campus and the opportunities it offers for strengthening services to an increasing number of individuals turning to Ivy Tech for life-changing educational and career opportunities."
Congressman Carson noted that his grandmother, Julia Carson, whose 7th District seat he assumed upon her death in December of 2007, would be pleased to see construction on the multimodal project.
"The Congresswoman was passionate about ensuring greater access to educational opportunities for people across this district, so she was a strong supporter of this project from the start," said Congressman Carson said. "Sharing that same passion, I was pleased to continue advocating for the multimodal facility."
"Construction of the multimodal is an important step toward addressing the pressing need to make our downtown campus more accessible," said Dr. Kathleen Lee, interim chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. "Students will welcome the additional parking. As important, easier access to a state-of-the-art library with extended operating hours, computers, and tutoring services will provide students with more tools to achieve their educational goals."
Named in December by Community College Week as the nation's second fastest growing campus with an enrollment of more than 10,000, the Central Indiana campus of Ivy Tech continues to set enrollment records. For the spring semester, headcount grew 42 percent over spring 2009; from 17,605 to 25,051.Over the past five years, the number of students taking classes in the region has grown 120 percent.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled 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.