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Ivy Tech life sciences center critical link to success

Our Opinion

January 14, 2009

The new life sciences training center at Ivy Tech Community College, featured in a front-page story Monday and pictures Tuesday, is the sort of investment that must continue to be made if we’re to climb out of the economic hole that the state and nation find themselves in.

The 20,000-square-foot building on Bloomington’s west side will house classrooms and laboratories that will train Ivy Tech students in specific skills that our large and growing life sciences community needs. It will also be where current employees of those businesses — large employers Cook, Baxter and Boston Scientific among them — will go to upgrade and expand their skills and to work on official certification for advancement.

The center, which particularly targets the needs of local business and of the part-time adult student, is a cooperative venture among those businesses, Ivy Tech and Monroe County government.

It’s true that even high-tech jobs can and do migrate overseas. Even best-paid engineers or radiologists work for less in India than in America — and the Internet permits supremely efficient data transfer in such fields. Few career choices are completely safe in this new century, especially as the economic pinch makes job migration more attractive for employers.

This building and the public-private partnership that spawned it are critically important to the flexibility required in such a world market, not only for our home-grown industries but for the workers who live here.