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40th Anniversary Celebration Today just down the road in Tell City

40th Anniversary Celebration Today just down the road in Tell City


Ivy Tech Community College’s Tell City Career & Technology Center, is planning an open house and virtual celebration for its 40th anniversary. The event has activities occurring from 1-6 p.m. on April 2.  Over the years many local residents and area people have attended the center and this is a great milestone today.


  • 1 p.m.: Kickoff of event with Chancellor Daniela Vidal and Site Director Katie King
  • 2 p.m.: Building tours, open to the public
  • 2 p.m.: Facebook Live Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit student interviews with students at Tell City, Perry Central, Heritage Hills and Cannelton High Schools https://www.facebook.com/TCIvyTech
  • 3 p.m.: Facebook Live Spot: Pick Perry Promotion and first drawing giveaway https://www.facebook.com/TCIvyTech
  • 2-5 p.m.: (also Saturday noon-3 p.m.): Open lab for help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) needed to be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • 3:30 p.m.: High School student tours
  • 4 p.m.: Facebook Live Spot: Check in on the FAFSA Lab and information about funding college. Drawing for second giveaway. https://www.facebook.com/TCIvyTech
  • 5 p.m.: Facebook Live Spot: Tour of the facilities and discussion of current program offerings
  • 6 p.m.: Facebook Live Spot https://www.facebook.com/TCIvyTech
  • Balloon Give Away – Sidewalk Chalk Event

The Ivy Tech Tell City Career & Technology Center was dedicated in 1981 to address the need for education and training in this rural community. The Tell City Development Commission applied for and received a $700,000 grant from the US Economic Development Administration in the late 1970s to construct the campus building and offer vocational training to local residents. Classes were initially offered in Automotive Service, Welding and Secretarial Training and they quickly expanded to offer Accounting and Industrial Maintenance courses.

Over the years classes offered at this site have varied as the needs from the community have changed.  Credit and non-credit course offerings have included areas of Business Administration, General Education Courses, Organizational Leadership, Basic Computer, Adult Education for High School Equivalency (GED) preparation, Pre-Nursing, Industrial Technology, Driver’s Education, Welding, and even Golf classes.

In 2014 the site faced possible closure due to budgetary challenges across the state for Ivy Tech. The City of Tell City rallied and reached an agreement to lease the city owned building to Ivy Tech for just $1 per year.  Large investments to the site were made shortly after that with an upgrade to the welding lab and equipment and the addition of an Anatomy and Health Sciences lab in 2015. Since that time a Certified Nursing Assistant Lab was added and a Qualified Medication Aide program launched for the first time in Spring 2021.

Site Director Katie King said that “Today, as we approach 40 years in Tell City, we are focused on Industrial Technology, Welding, Healthcare and Pre-Nursing courses. The site works closely with local high schools and industry partners to build custom programs to meet educational goals in the community.”

Ivy Tech is now enrolling for summer and fall classes. Apply now at www.ivytech.edu/applynow

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