TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Wabash Valley Ivy Tech Community College enrollment rates may be slightly down, but officials aren't too worried.
This year is a big one for new and improved things around campus.
Ivy Tech Community College in the Wabash Valley had a record number of graduates this past year at 902.
And that's not all.
Retention has improved.
"We're very pleased about that. We're one of only two regions who received some additional funding because our summer enrollment retention was improved over the previous years,” said Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech, Wabash Valley.
But the chancellor is looking for another bump coming, particularly with the new plans being implemented for Ivy Tech in the Wabash Valley.
"That's been part of our strategy is to mix up our programs, to add some new programs, because we know that always results in an enrollment bump,” said Valentine.
The college was just approved to start phase 2 converting a warehouse behind the old Doughmakers building located in the Industrial Park.
They have a new vet technician program starting this fall.
But there's also something new in the works that should bring in more students and higher paying jobs.
They're starting the only diesel engine laboratory in the entire Ivy system.
And it appears to be a smart move.
"The rail industry in Indiana has some 11,000 job openings right now with average salaries over 100,000 dollars…They're really desperate for people with diesel skills. So we'll be able to help not only over the road diesel markets but the rail market as well,” said Valentine.
Chancellor Valentine is pretty convinced they're moving in the right direction.
"We're on fire in the Wabash Valley,” said Valentine.
The new diesel engine laboratory is set to hopefully be finished by next fall.
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