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Ivy Tech classes to be held at OCU-Bedford

By Mike Lewis
Bedford Times-Mail
October 21, 2010

BEDFORD — City and education officials today are announcing a major partnership that will change the way some people attend college.

Ivy Tech Community College and Oakland City University have reached an agreement to bring Ivy Tech classes and students into the OCU building in Bedford, beginning in the spring.

The formal announcement is to be made at 11 a.m. at the OCU-B campus.

“I am pleased to announce this space agreement between Ivy Tech Community College and Oakland City University that will take effect at the beginning of the spring semester,” Mayor Shawna Girgis said in remarks prepared for the event. “This agreement is a chance for the college and university to refresh their transfer options and grow the potential opportunity for recruiting students into four-year degree programs at Oakland City University.”

Ivy Tech Community College classes will move from their current location at the Community Learning Center of Lawrence County in 16th Street to the Oakland City University building on I Street beginning in January. Ivy Tech’s spring classes will be offered at the new location.

“State appropriations for funding Ivy Tech space at the Community Learning Center ends in December, so now our Bloomington campus budget is absorbing the cost to move our classes to Oakland City University facilities,” John Whikehart, chancellor of Ivy Tech Bloomington, said in a prepared statement. “Mayor Girgis saw an opportunity to create additional educational options for residents in Lawrence County and for Ivy Tech students, and she pulled all of this together.”

Ray Barber, president of Oakland City University, also praised the arrangement.

“Oakland City University is pleased to have an opportunity to join with the city of Bedford, The Learning Center and Ivy Tech in this distinctive educational enterprise,” he said. He said Girgis, Whikehart and OCU Vice President Robert Yeager “have labored arduously in order to provide exceptional educational opportunities for the citizens of Bedford and the surrounding counties. Oakland City University has a lengthy history with the city of Bedford, and we look forward to our continued presence meeting the educational needs of its citizens.”

“The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council is pleased to be a partner in this alliance between the City and these two great educational institutions,” added Gene McCracken, council executive director. “What started out as a plan to save the Community Learning Center has become an even greater opportunity for educational growth within our county.”

Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based learning community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development for positive leadership.

Oakland City University, which is affiliated with the General Baptist denomination, was formed in 1885 and retains its Christian character while being open to all.

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It has campuses throughout Indiana.

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