Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Silveus Crossing building in Technology Park was dedicated approximately 10 years ago, on Oct. 6, 2011. Ivy Tech Warsaw has been serving citizens from Kosciusko County and beyond since 1978 and was housed in a variety of leased locations until the current building was built. The permanent location on Silveus Crossing, called Miller Hall, cost $11 million and contains 46,800 square feet of classrooms, labs, meeting locations, and office space.
The College’s permanent home boasts state-of-the-art facilities in a modern and beautiful campus building. Additionally, the 20,000+ square feet Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) is home to some of the region’s most sophisticated advanced machining, electrical, robotics, and welding training equipment.
“Having a permanent and well-equipped campus means that local residents can receive the training and education they need to thrive in today’s workforce or achieve a higher education degree while staying very close to home,” said Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “Ivy Tech Warsaw’s consolidation with the Fort Wayne campus in January of 2019 also opens up new worlds of opportunities for staff, faculty, and students in the Ivy Tech family. We were pleased to celebrate this notable anniversary with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw’s new chancellor, Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson and community advisory board members at the inaugural meeting on October 5.”
In the past ten years, Ivy Tech Warsaw has impacted Kosciusko County by graduating 1,172 students with 2,195 credentials, helping to provide a pipeline of skilled workers into the local economy. The College has strengthened ties to the community with notable partnerships with Lake City Bank, KEDCO, Zimmer Biomet, IMD Ortho, Winona Powder Coating, Lutheran/KCH, Parkview Warsaw, and Bowen Center. School corporation partnerships with Warsaw, Wawasee, Tippy Valley, and Whitko provide dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities as well as leased classroom space to Warsaw’s Adult Education program. Ivy Tech Warsaw currently serves 515 students and provides 26 high-demand program options, including advanced automation and robotics technology, cyber security, machine tool technology, medical assisting, and more.
The most recent way Ivy Tech Warsaw has sought to improve community connections is through the formation of a Warsaw campus-specific advisory board. Representatives from local employers and schools will meet with campus leaders periodically to discuss campus goals and how best to serve the community. The board held its first meeting on Oct. 5, 2021. Community members include:
- Dale Campbell, Zimmer Biomet
- Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center
- Blaine Conley, Tippecanoe Valley School Corp
- Vicki Cook, Avalign Cutting Instruments
- Jae Dale, Lutheran KCH
- Joe Elrod, Lakeland Christian Academy
- Ronna Kawsky, Warsaw Area Career Center
- Josie Martinez, Purdue Fort Wayne
- Karen Mayer, Teachers Credit Union
- Chris Merrill, Lake City Bank
- Phil Metcalf, FW/Warsaw Trustee
- Tori Platt, Lake City University
- Dr. Mark Pohl, Grace College
- Jeffrey Rocket, Parkview Health
- Sean Ryan, Indiana and Purdue Universities, Fort Wayne
- Lorna Shively, WorkOne
- Todd Speicher, Instrumental Machine & Development
- Dr. Steve Troyer, Wawasee School Corp
“We’ve had a successful ten years in our current building, serving the people and economy of Kosciusko County, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon,” says Decker. “We’re always looking for opportunities to use the property and current facilities to better serve our community. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years holds.”