Agreement details Elkhart County's $500,000 contribution to Ivy Tech's new training center

Ivy Tech Community College plans to add a new manufacturing training center to its Elkhart campus.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:49 p.m.

GOSHEN — A new agreement between Ivy Tech Community College and an Elkhart County board spells out the terms of a $500,000 contribution to the school for a new addition for its Elkhart campus.

The Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission signed an interlocal agreement with Ivy Tech on Thursday, March 27, that would give the school $500,000 once the construction of its new World Class Lean Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is complete. The center will offer training and certifications for people interested in working in the automotive and recreational vehicle industries. The county council approved the contribution in January.

The county’s contribution will be taken from funds generated by the Northeast Corridor Tax Increment Financing District.

“I think it’s an interesting way for us to participate in the overall challenge that we’re after, to increase the educational level of everybody that lives here and goes to school here,” redevelopment commission member Jim Skillen said. “That’s a goal we’ve been working on for 20 years.”

The interlocal agreement signed Thursday gives details on the $500,000 donation, explaining that Ivy Tech would be responsible for the project’s design, engineering work, bidding, real estate acquisition and construction.

County redevelopment coordinator Laura Coyne said Ivy Tech’s new training center is “an economic development project.”

“Every month we get from the Bureau of Labor Statistics a sheet of jobs where there’s a significant gap between the demand on the manufacturing side and what we have to offer,” Coyne said. “There are dozens of areas where the CEOs are telling us they don’t have enough people trained, so this center is supposed to be different in terms of being very flexible and able to respond very quickly to the needs of the marketplace.”

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