Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces new partnership with Lakeland School Corporation to offer classes in LaGrange County

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Lakeland School Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of the LaGrange County Community Learning Center which will bring Ivy Tech classes to LaGrange County students beginning January 14. The new partnership provides classroom space at two LaGrange County locations and allows Ivy Tech to utilize space in two recently repurposed elementary schools: Lima-Brighton Elementary (Howe, IN) and Wolcott Mills Elementary (Wolcottville, IN).

Last spring, after low enrollment caused Lima-Brighton and Wolcott Mills to close, Lakeland School Corporation hosted town hall meetings to determine how those spaces should be repurposed. The communities expressed interest in having Ivy Tech host classes at the sites, specifically business and professional development.

Starting on Jan. 14, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will offer an introductory business class, Team Dynamics & Today’s Workplace, which will run Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at both locations.

“The partnership with the LaGrange County Community Learning Center will allow Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to expand our course offerings in community locations that will serve more residents of northeast Indiana,” says Susan Brown, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services. “We want to bring an accessible and affordable education to LaGrange County residents and help increase the vitality of LaGrange’s workforce.”

“Lakeland School Corporation is excited to build on our strong relationship with Ivy Tech. Our students have benefited from dual credit opportunities for years,” says Eva Merkel, Superintendent of Lakeland School Corporation.  “Now, offering locations for ongoing training for our area workforce will expand on that partnership. Establishing Ivy Tech classrooms in Howe and Wolcottville will put classes within easy reach of LaGrange County residents.”

Individuals who are interested in Ivy Tech classes at the learning centers can contact Randy Wooldridge, Ivy Tech Director of Community Engagement, at 260-480-4196, rwooldridge2@ivytech.edu or fill out an interest form at bit.ly/IvyLaGrange

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