Community college opens automotive technology center
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, Indiana officially celebrated the grand opening of the Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Center. The $ 14 million, 59,000 square foot facility opened as part of a series of developments in the city’s international market district. The facility was designed and built by GMB Architecture + Engineering in partnership with McGee Designhouse and JPS Consulting Engineers.
According to a press release, the center will certify and train students for well-paying and available jobs in the automotive industry. Classes are taught by Certified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master instructors with over 100 training vehicles available to provide experience with company-specific diagnostics and information. The new facility includes classrooms, training labs, student collaboration areas with a capacity of 600, faculty offices and corporate labs. The center is expected to open to students in time for the fall semester 2021.
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“This new facility will provide first-class educational opportunities that are not only affordable, but also exceptional placement rates for Ivy Tech students, bringing a skilled workforce vital to communities in Indiana,” said said Peter Giles, vice president of business development for Cinnaire. “It is our goal at Cinnaire to create economic opportunities in communities that the mainstream market does not serve, and we are proud to be an investor in this project.”
The new facility was first announced in 2016 after Ivy Tech received $ 5 million as part of a fundraising campaign. He also received part of a million dollar donation from the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association and about $ 1 million in land donated by local businessman Sid Eskenazi.
Ivy Tech’s automotive technology program has approximately 300 students enrolled and has a 100% placement rate. The program also provides its students with paid cooperative education opportunities with local businesses and industries.
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