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Ivy Tech -Bloomington is Co-Recipient of Workforce Development Award

September 25, 2008               

Bloomington, Ind. Officials at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington announced today that the Bloomington campus is the co-recipient of the "Workforce Development Award," with Monroe County Government and the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission. The award was announced yesterday at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 

The Workforce Development Award was presented in recognition of the partnership that made possible the new Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, and for recognition of the life science education and training programs that Ivy Tech-Bloomington will deliver.

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, says that the Chamber award is further recognition of the College’s commitment to work with community partners to impact workforce development. “Our partnership with Monroe County Government and the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission is the result of our collective commitment to this community.  As the area’s community college, it is our mission to grow a workforce that can meet the needs of local employers.”

Whikehart also recognized Monroe County Commissioner Joyce Poling for her support. "I fully credit County Commissioner Joyce Poling for both the vision and leadership to bring all three parties together in the collaboration, and securing the governmental support needed to make it reality."

The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences will house state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms, offices and industry training space. The building is currently under construction and is slated to be completed later this year, with an anticipated spring semester opening. The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences is located on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus at the intersection of Zenith Drive and Profile Parkway, on the west side.

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is the third, fastest growing community college in the nation, according to Community College Week.  Growth at the Bloomington campus is unique – its students represent 84 counties in Indiana, with significant populations coming from the Indianapolis metro area. Of all students attending, more than 20 percent come from outside of the College’s six county service area.