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Groundbreaking for Learning Center, October 7

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015

Ground was broken October 7 for the $1.45-million, 7,552-square-foot building expansion that will turn Huntington County Community Schools Corporation’s vocational center into the Huntington County Community Learning Center. Over 100 people were in attendance.

The 29,306-square-foot center will include two new skills development tenants; expand current certification-based class offerings for high school students and adults; relocate to the center two off-site programs and provide additional office and classroom space.

The expansion construction, which will be carried out by Shawnee Construction & Engineering, is expected to be completed by July 2016. The project architect is Barton-Coe-Vilamaa.

“This groundbreaking is the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the learning center development team and a wonderful spirit of collaboration among the numerous stakeholders who have offered both financial and strategic planning support,” said Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the development team. “This demonstrates how a community working together can achieve great things.”

“This learning center will be an exciting and innovative addition to the Huntington community. It is a real partnership of government, education, and private business to provide educational opportunities for high school students and adults to benefit our community. I am truly excited by the potential provided by this unique partnership to create talent pipelines that meet the 21st century needs of employers,” Huntington County Community School Corporation superintendent Randy Harris said. Among the tenants at the new center in addition to Huntington County Community School Corporation, will be WorkOne Northeast and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.

The school corporation, meanwhile, owns the building at 2201 North Jefferson Street, and will provide operational oversight and maintenance of the learning center.

Automotive and precision machining classes already offered at the vocational center for high school students will continue, as will CNC (Computer Numerical Control) and welding programs for adults. A certified nurse’s aide program and emergency medical technician program for adults now housed at Horace Mann Education Center will be moved to the learning center.

Shown in the photo are representatives of the organizations involved in the construction of the new Huntington County Community Learning Center. From left, with shovels, are Matt Schenkel, president, Shawnee Construction; Randy Harris, superintendent, Huntington County Community School Corporation; Kari Vilamaa, president, Barton-Coe-Vilamaa; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Steve Kimmel, executive director, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Jerrilee Mosier, chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College; Tom Wall, president, Huntington County Commissioners and Karen Green, senior director, Northeast Indiana Works.