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Learning Center campaign goes over $1 million

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014

A campaign to raise $1.3 million for a Huntington County Community Learning Center has topped the $1 million mark, organizers said.

Reaching the milestone of nearly $1.1 million in contributions and pledges was achieved in part through a one-for‐two match in which Huntington manufacturer PHD Inc. and Huntington University contributed $50,000 each to encourage additional contributions of $200,000. Since the matching program was announced in September, $270,000 has been contributed or pledged, bringing the total to $1,080,400. Some of the money was pledged independent of the match.

The PHD/Huntington University matching opportunity will remain open until January 31, 2015.

“The learning center development team is extremely excited about the local and regional response to our ‘Bringing It Home’ campaign,” said Ed Vessels, president of HiValu LLC and member of the development team. “We can’t thank our investors enough. Moving strongly over the $1 million mark gives us the momentum and confidence that we’ll reach our $1.3 million goal soon.”

The proposed learning center would be in a building at 2201 N. Jefferson Street that now serves as the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s vocational center. The vocational center, which already provides some career and technical education programs, would be expanded from 18,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet with the addition of classrooms and space for general office functions, a health care lab and welding, machining, industrial maintenance and robotics programs.

The learning center would provide a variety of college courses and certification-based training for sundry careers, including industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding, certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, criminal justice and automotive technician. Ivy Tech Community College Northeast would provide the equipment and the bulk of the training. WorkOne Northeast, which would lease space at the center, would provide job search assistance, skills assessments, career planning and development workshops and high school equivalency preparation.

Among the organizations making recent financial pledges to the learning center project: English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, $100,000; Huntington County Community Foundation, $65,000; Novae Corporation, $50,000, which will include naming rights to a welding lab; Huntington Sheet Metal Inc., $25,000; Parkview Huntington Hospital, $20,000; First Federal Savings Bank, $15,000 and iAB Financial Bank, $10,000.