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New regional learning center coming
Trine, Logansport ink agreement
June 28, 2010--The smiles of all gathered at Trine University Thursday to sign an agreement bringing a Trine campus to the city of Logansport told the story—one of mutual admiration and hope for success on both sides of the equation.
Logansport Mayor Mike Fincher, left, signs an agreement in the office of Trine President Earl Brooks II June 24. The agreement establishes a Trine regional learning center in Logansport.
Gathered in the office of Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II for the signing of the Logansport regional education center were, from left: Trine Senior Vice President Michael Bock; Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation President Nolan "Skip" Kuker; Logansport Mayor Mike Fincher; President Brooks; and Trine School of Professional Studies Dean David Wood.
Logansport Mayor Mike Fincher visited Trine with Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Corp. President Nolan “Skip” Kuker to sign the document.
The arrangement furnishes Trine with a city-owned building at 2815 E. Market St. for the delivery of its School of Professional Studies degree programs beginning fall semester. The Trine Virtual Campus will also offer an online course of study in lieu of seated classes to provide more flexibility for working adult students. Trine is providing discounted tuition to city and county employees and graduates of Ivy Tech Community College, which previously occupied the building.
Fincher said the Trine campus will enhance his city’s economic development possibilities by developing a trained workforce for industry. The campus will also allow local students to stay home while they pursue their degrees. “This is a non-traditional student’s school,” Kuker said. “It’s right here and convenient, and will be a boon for a lot of people. I don’t think Trine has any bigger fans than in Logansport, Ind.”
Four Cass County school systems have already expressed interest in a dual credit program in which high school students complete concurrent Trine and high school credit. “This partnership will improve life for everyone,” Fincher said. “I feel in my heart the future of rural Indiana is in the education system.”
“We are pleased for the opportunity to bring education systems together for the benefit of Logansport-area students,” said Trine University President Earl Brooks II. “Trine University is dedicated to delivering a diverse set of education opportunities to prepare students to succeed, lead and serve.”