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County, Ivy Tech discussing possibilities

Aaron Blevins ablevins@reporter-times.com
March 21, 2011

MOORESVILLE

Morgan County officials and representatives of Ivy Tech have been discussing the feasibility of the post-secondary institution opening a learning center in the county.

The Morgan County Economic Development Corp. and Ivy Tech held a meeting on Feb. 16 in Mooresville, and last week, MCEDC Executive Director Joy Sessing told the Mooresville Town Council that Ivy Tech might be interested in bringing a physical presence to Morgan County.

“That is something that is being considered, and we are trying to move forward,” she said.

According to information supplied by Ivy Tech, the institution has been offering classes at Mooresville High School since 1983. These include both regular college courses and dual credit courses, which can be taken by high school students.

Classes include Intro to College Writing, Concepts of Mathematics, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, English Composition, Fundamentals of Algebra, Intro to Sociology, Essentials of Algebra, College Algebra and Intro to Psychology. Currently, the only dual credit course being offered is Exposition and Persuasion.

“What Ivy Tech is doing in Indiana is amazing,” council President George Watkins said, referencing the classes at MHS. “We’re in the courting stage. I imagine we’ll start dating soon.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some good news down the road.”

According to Ivy Tech, 954 Morgan County students are currently enrolled in the institution’s classes at its various locations.

Ivy Tech celebrated the grand opening of its newest site in Avon in September, according to a press release. The release states that the college consolidated three of its west side locations: Ameriplex, the Hendricks County 4-H Fairground and Avon High School.

The site has 2,091 students enrolled in its 142 classes, making it the largest of the 15 Ivy Tech campuses in central Indiana, the release states.

“Ivy Tech is committed to making an education affordable and accessible to all residents of Indiana,” Dr. Kathleen Lee, interim chancellor for the central Indiana region of Ivy Tech, said in the release. “We hope that the success and support that we have experienced here in Avon will act as a model for other communities.”

For the college to bring a learning center to Morgan County, it will likely need an investment from the county, Sessing said. For the Avon site, the town invested $250,000 to help renovate a 15,000-square-foot store that was once a Bedroom One, the release states. The town also created a scholarship program.

“The new Ivy Tech campus in Avon is a great addition to the town and will provide educational opportunities for our residents and businesses,” Avon town council President Greg Zusan said in the release. “The location of the campus has already enhanced the quality of life in Avon.”

Copyright: Reporter-Times.com/MD-Times.com 2011

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