Ivy Tech to Dedicate New Buildings

October 1st, 2012

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Inside Indiana Business

Ivy Tech to Dedicate New Buildings

October 1, 2012

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Indianapolis -- Once a prominent hotel in the City of Indianapolis, which hosted celebrities like Elvis and Dolly Parton, the former Stouffer Hotel has been transformed into a state-of-the-art academic and conference center on Ivy Tech Community College’s Indianapolis campus. Ivy Tech is celebrating the opening of the Corporate College and Culinary Center by inviting the public to join in the celebration with an open house and building dedication ceremony and by sharing stories on its web site.

A public open house and building dedication will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 10 a.m. – noon at the newly renovated Corporate College and Culinary Center, located at 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis. A formal building dedication will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature remarks from Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College, Dr. Kathleen Lee, Chancellor of the Central Indiana region, as well as remarks by Stephanie Taylor, Executive Director of Corporate College, Chef Jeffrey Bricker, Program Chair for the Hospitality Administration program and culinary student, Anna Powell. Following the dedication ceremony will be guided and self-guided tours of the Corporate College classrooms, culinary kitchens and the penthouse restaurant, Courses.

To commemorate this historical building, the College has also created a web site and invites anyone with a story or memory of the building to visit and share their story. Stories can be shared at ivytech.edu/stouffers.

With a $23 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Ivy Tech Community College acquired the property in 2010 and renovated the facility for classroom and conference space. The Corporate College and Culinary Center opened in August 2012. The center provides Ivy Tech’s Corporate College the opportunity to provide training and development solutions for Indiana businesses through specialized courses and certifications.

The building also more than doubles the size of the kitchen labs and culinary training space available for the college’s Hospitality Administration program. The new facility offers 8 lab kitchens: three culinary, three baking/pastry oriented and two working kitchens for the restaurant and café. The center also features a student operated fine-dining restaurant, Courses Restaurant, and bakery/café, Courses Bakery, as well as a conference center with over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space available to the public. The conference center will open in January of 2013. The College will begin taking reservations for space in December 2012.


Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast will dedicate its $900,000 Auto Body Center Oct. 4 at Opportunity Drive in Fort Wayne. The facility houses Ivy Tech’s existing Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The 10,000 square-foot building houses the college’s Auto Body portion of its Automotive Technology program through the School of Technology.

This summer, Ivy Tech’s Auto Body program assisted the Allen County Council on Aging, a division of Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana. For approximately six weeks, Ivy Tech–Northeast Automotive Technology Assistant Instructor Jaron Grayless and his students completely disassembled one of ACCOA’s wheelchair-accessible shuttle vans—vehicles that collectively transport about 250–300 residents around the county each week—for dent repair and a paint job at about one-third the cost charged by traditional auto body shops. Ivy Tech–Northeast provided all of the talent and labor for free while ACCOA covered the materials. For more information, contact Jaron Grayless at             260-481-2205       or jgrayless@ivytech.edu.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College