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Annual Report: Health & Public Service

March 29, 2010

Ivy Tech announces $20 million campus

AU forms partnerships, opens Fifth Street

ANDERSON, Ind. — A change to one of the state’s fastest growing colleges meant progress for Madison County in 2009.

In October, Ivy Tech Community College announced that it will build a $20 million campus on a 40-acre strip of land between 60th Street and Interstate 69 west of Exit 26 in Anderson.

Ivy Tech’s vice chancellor James Willey said the college long ago outgrew its locations across Anderson, including its main campus on 53rd Street.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the last two years,” Willey said.

Willey said a downturn in the local economy means that more adults are returning to school to improve upon their chances of getting a job.

“We’ve enrolled approximately 500 new students in this last year alone. We’re approaching 3,000 students for Anderson.”

At Anderson University, the completion of a $2 million project marked changed in 2009.

In September, the college reopened Fifth Street in front of Reardon Auditorium after improvements were completed.

“I think 2009 brought many great enhancements to the Anderson University campus,” Chris Williams of Anderson University said.

In October, the university donated space in the Robert A. Nicholson University Library for a 6,000-piece rare book collection including many first edition prints.

In 2009, AU’s nursing program also joined forces with Community Hospital and Saint John’s Health System.

The partnership with Community will afford nursing students the chance to learn on a new medication system while the Saint John’s partnership will offer a chance to use a state-of-the-art patient simulator.

“It will tremendously benefit nursing program,” Williams said.

In 2009, Ivy Tech debuted its first ever dental hygiene program, seeing a flood of applicants for a limited program.

Willey said the school got 75 applications for just 15 spots in the program.

The program also allowed local residents to get low cost dental hygiene care from students.

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Annual Report: Health & Public Service
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    Many people don’t really know what the Urban League of Madison County has to offer their community. But Lindsay Brown, the organization’s president and CEO, hopes that will change soon.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

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    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

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    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

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    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • Main Street ministry small but full of life

    Anderson’s Main Street Church of God has been around for nearly one hundred years. Lately, the congregation has been reinvigorated with new members and a spirit of outreach, proving that you can indeed “teach an old church new tricks.”

    March 28, 2012

  • Local unions fight for fair wages, benefits

    For the past 20 years, the firefighters union has been a right-to-work union, according to John Smith, president of the Anderson Firefighters Local 1262. Despite this, there has been a 98 percent involvement rate among firefighters in Indiana.

    March 28, 2012

  • 2 AR_Scott Calhoun FOP president 06a.jpg Unions seek to make city government more efficient

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    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

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