City of Kokomo supports ‘quality of place’ efforts at Ivy Tech campus

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy were joined by members of the city council and other Ivy Tech leaders to view progress on the central quad that is being completed with the support of the City of Kokomo.

 City appropriation adding landscaping, lighting, seating to new quad

Kelly Karickhoff leads tour through the Health Professions Center where construction crews are working to complete new classrooms and labs for health sciences, nursing, and advanced technology programs.

KOKOMO, Ind. — For a number of years, the City of Kokomo has been focused on creating a “Quality of Place” environment in the community through landscaping, redesigning traffic flow, and addressing areas of blight – all designed to make Kokomo a better place for its residents and businesses and more attractive for economic development. By earmarking $250,000 for a leadership gift to Ivy Tech, city leaders are helping to improve the “quality of place” at the College’s transformed Kokomo Campus.

Mayor Greg Goodnight and six members of the Kokomo Common Council recently had the opportunity to tour the construction site and see how that appropriation is being put to use. The donation has allowed for substantial upgrades to the new campus quad, adding additional landscaping, lighting, welcoming seating areas, and an expanded trolley stop.

“I want to thank the council members for coming together and supporting this project,” Mayor Goodnight said. “While touring Ivy Tech, and seeing the progress first hand, it was clear nothing was missed and every detail was considered.

“The design makes this a world-class campus we all should be proud of,” he continued. “The students will benefit immediately and Kokomo will benefit when those students bring the skills they have learned into our community and our workforce. “

Construction crews are hard at work completing the quad, with its walkways and green spaces that will link academic buildings, student services, and faculty offices with appealing common areas to gather and study or socialize. The goal is to create a real “sense of place” for students, faculty, and staff that will inspire interaction and collaboration and offer more opportunity for student engagement.

“This new outdoor space will be a centerpiece of campus pride,” Chancellor McCurdy said. “Many of our students rely on public transportation and will benefit from an upgraded trolley stop. The entire community will enjoy the walking paths and meeting spaces. We are grateful for the city’s support in upgrading our campus.”

Kokomo City Councilman Mike Wyant represents the First District, which includes the Ivy Tech campus.

“The Ivy Tech project is awesome. It’s going to be ‘top of the line’ and I’m so proud to be part of it,” he said. “It’s all about the young people and I can just envision the students out on the quad, talking, studying, just enjoying the space. What a great opportunity to get the education they need in such a great place – right here at home.”

For City Council President Bob Hayes, the importance of the project can be seen in the classrooms and labs being finished in the new Health Professions Center and advanced manufacturing space.

“The many ways Ivy Tech is collaborating with FCA shows how the College is working with our local businesses,” Hayes said. “Creating educational spaces that look like FCA’s industrial spaces, local doctor’s offices, and operating rooms is an example of how Ivy Tech is listening and responding to the needs of our employers so graduates are ready to succeed when they first step into the workforce.”

Other council members who participated in the tour were Don Haworth, Tom Miklik, Cindy Sanders, and Janie Young.

The City of Kokomo’s gift is part of a campaign to raise $3 million in contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals in area communities to complete the $43 million transformation of the Kokomo Campus that is currently under way. Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development at Ivy Tech Kokomo, said gifts to the capital campaign support some of the amenities that will add to a “real campus feel” that will benefit students and the community. For more information, contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

 

(City of Kokomo and Ivy Tech leadership who joined in the recent tour included, from left to right in the photo above, Ethan Heicher, vice chancellor of academic affairs for Ivy Tech Kokomo; Kokomo city council members Cindy Sanders, Tom Miklik, and Robert Hayes; Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight; Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy; council members Mike Wyant, Don Haworth, and Janie Young; and Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource management for Ivy Tech Kokomo.)

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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