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.”
Austin went on to add that having these options in town are invaluable to the future success of local residents.
“Education is the key to success when you’re getting started in your career, getting on that path, so having Trine here for Avon residents, this is just awesome,” she said. “Avon residents are actually able to attend campus on scholarship. This is a great opportunity for our residents to study engineering, and that’s for Hendricks County and surrounding counties.”
Brooks said there will be a definite partnership between Trine and Ivy Tech that will have articulation and transfer agreements to serve that particular demographic as well.
“You have two great anchors of higher education here to serve the community and also work hand in hand with them and serve Avon,” he said.
Brooks said 45 percent of Trine’s enrollment is in engineering and technology, noting that those areas are where the all important job opportunities will be when students graduate.
According to Trine University, the Avon Scholars Program II will have $20,000 for each of the following 10 years to award scholarships to students that attend the Avon campus and qualify by living within the town.
Trine University’s Avon campus is at 7508 Beechwood Centre Road. Classes will begin in January of 2013.
For more information, call 775-8410, e-mail to Avon@trine.edu, or visit the website at www.trine.edu.