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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Plainfield Partners with Educators to Plan for New Higher Ed Center

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PLAINFIELD, IN – The Town of Plainfield is considering the recommendation to construct a higher education center just north of Plainfield High School on Reeves Road in Plainfield, Indiana, to be known as MADE@Plainfield. MADE@Plainfield is a single facility that will house classrooms and laboratories for several colleges and universities, along with other organizations involved in career and workforce development.

MADE@Plainfield is a joint project between the Town of Plainfield, Plainfield Community School Corporation, Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, WorkOne and Hendricks College Network. Creating opportunity for all is the mission of MADE@Plainfield, which will offer training and degree programs for adults of all ages for job and career advancement.

“The collaboration for this higher education center is monumental for Plainfield and the entire region,” said Robin Brandgard, Town of Plainfield Town Council President. “Local leaders see the need to better prepare people in every stage of life. Employers are looking for well-trained employees, employees are looking for good jobs but often lack the appropriate training. MADE@Plainfield will be a state-of-the-art facility to serve those needs.”

This project has been developed to support Indiana’s workforce needs. While targeted industries have been considered, the range of possibilities will be endless.

"We applaud the Town's visionary leadership and continued investment with MADE@Plainfield to serve the workforce needs of today and tomorrow. Vincennes University is proud to be enhancing our near-decade long presence in Plainfield." David Tucker, VP Workforce Development & Community Services.

MADE was created to be an acronym for both employers and students: “Make your career, Achieve your dreams, Design your future with Education at Plainfield” and “Meet your growing needs, Achieve your goals, Design your workforce with Education at Plainfield.”

The future facility will be located near I-70, the Indianapolis International Airport, the logistics and e-commerce industry district, and adjacent to Plainfield High School. While designs are in the conceptual stages, the building will have collaborative classrooms, labs and flexible training spaces to support a variety of learning needs. The goal is for students to begin meeting at MADE@Plainfield in the 2021 academic year.

“The Made@Plainfield education center will be such a wonderful opportunity for Plainfield and the citizens of Hendricks County,” said Kathleen Lee, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Central Indiana. “As Ivy Tech works to get Hoosiers into high-wage, high-demand careers, we look forward to providing the education and training needed that will connect residents to in-demand jobs available thanks to the area’s growing market. It will also help those looking to pursue a four-year education get an affordable start, and we are grateful to be a part of this endeavor.”

MADE@PLAINFIELD PARTNERS:

Ivy Tech Community College

ivytech.edu

Plainfield Community School Corporation

plainfield.k12.in.us

Town of Plainfield

townofplainfield.com

Vincennes University

vinu.edu

WorkOne

workonecentral.org

Hendricks College Network-HCN

hendrickscollegenetwork.org


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