TERRE HAUTE -- Ivy Tech State College officials celebrated the school's newest building project Wednesday.
Chancellor Jeff Pittman said the groundbreaking event for the Center for Information Technology was another step towards growth in the school's efforts in providing the community education and training for today's workforce.
"The bottom line is building futures," Pittman addressed the large crowd.
Ivy Tech's "Shaping Lives & Building Futures" capital campaign raised about $2 million to fund the additional technology that will go into the new facility, which alone will total approximately $13.5 million.
The new Ivy Tech State College- Wabash Valley Region's Center for Information Technology includes three centers: a visual communications center featuring computer graphics, photo/studio and design labs; a distance learning center with multimedia classroom/lab and a mini-studio; and a drafting and design center with CAD and drafting labs.
Pittman pointed out that the new building will also feature a 250-seat auditorium that will be available for community events.
"Community -- that's what this building's all about," said Pittman, a 15-year veteran of the college. "I want to see it used seven days a week. Take advantage of this new facility."
Associate professor of communication Brian Kirby said the new facility is more than just a building.
"It's the colleges commitment to building lives and futures," Kirby said. "Again, we build and we build very well."
Pat Cahill, of Wabash Valley Asphalt, said the company is proud to be part of both the ceremony and the campaign.
"Congratulations to Ivy Tech. Keep up the good work and we wish you many successes in the future," Cahill said.