For 44 of the state institution’s 50 years, the Columbus campus of Ivy Tech Community College has given to and benefited from a strong partnership with the regional community that reaches into Jackson County.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of what started as the Indiana Vocational Technical College this year, those affiliated with the Columbus campus — including folks here in Seymour — can look back on a history that began modestly but eventually evolved into a learning institution that touches all facets of community life.
When considering how far the Columbus branch of the state institution has come — it began in 1968 in spaces that were converted into classrooms at Columbus’ City Hall and the then-named Cummins Engine Co. — it is important to recognize the contributions of a small army of volunteers and supporters who applied a variety of techniques in developing one of the largest postsecondary institutions in the state. More than 4,700 students currently attend classes at the local branch. It now offers classes at the Jackson County Learning Center on the east side of Seymour, where 192 county residents are enrolled.
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