AVON — With the snip of a ceremonial ribbon, Trine University opened the doors to its School of Professional Studies campus here on Thursday, ushering in a new avenue for continuing education right in the heart of Hendricks County.
Storm, the Trine Thunder’s mascot, performed the ribbon cutting and a host of community leaders and former alumni celebrated the grand opening of the career college, which is now accepting student registrations.
“The effort to bring Trine to Avon is another good example of how we can accomplish great things when we partner together and work together toward a common goal,” Avon Town Council member Bev Austin said.
Trine University President Earl Brooks said there was a reason school officials chose Avon.
“I think it was seeing a lot of the plans and the future of Hendricks County, and I think the growth and development that’s already taken place here,” he said. “I think we have the support of the business community to get behind us and let us know what the needs are, so we can serve them. Right now, as business grows and develops, in particular engineering technology is very attractive.
Over the past five years, he noted, job placement for the school’s engineering graduates has been over 90 percent.
“We’ve been very excited by the receptiveness of the community, the willingness to partner, the openness to have educational dialogue partnerships that can help both educationally and within the growth and development of Avon,” Brooks said. “Certainly that’s something we’re very excited about.”
Tom Downard, executive director of the Avon Chamber of Commerce, noted that along with Ivy Tech, having Trine in town is a huge boon for the local business community.
“Trine, along with our friends right down the street, have made Hendricks County a great place to continue education and it’s tremendous for our businesses to add to that work force and we’ll enjoy that partnership.”