Learning
Spaces

Columbus Learning Center

 

Using the power of place and community collaboration to solve grand challenges that span public, private, and social sectors.

On September 16, 2005, Columbus, Indiana dedicated the first shared-use facility in the state supporting Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and WorkOne under one roof. One of the first projects of the CEC, the Columbus Learning Center (CLC) building could best be described as a “bridge” that conveniently spans the campus locating classrooms, a shared university library and student services. Viewed by many to be a model of how higher education partners can collaborate, the Columbus Learning Center serves the needs of students, businesses, and communities. Within the CLC building, stakeholder meetings are held, ideas and needs are raised, and relationships are made to launch the many projects and initiatives of CEC stakeholders.

This uniquely innovative arc-shaped building was designed by Kevin Kennon of Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects. He describes the building’s design symbolism: “The design of the Columbus Learning Center reflects the process of its coming-into-being. It symbolizes a dynamic community of strong individuals pulling together to shape building and landscape around the noble ideal of barrier-free learning.”

 

Learn how students can get their degree or certification from three top institutions on one campus.

The design of the Columbus Learning Center reflects the process of its coming-into-being. It symbolizes a dynamic community of strong individuals pulling together to shape building and landscape around the noble ideal of barrier-free learning. Kevin Kennon, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects

Advanced Manufacturing
Center of Excellence

 

43,000 Square feet of classrooms, teaching laboratories, and support services for students and employees.

Shared by IUPUC, Ivy Tech, and Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, the Center contains classrooms, teaching laboratories, and support services for students and employees pursuing education and training in Advanced Manufacturing and technology-related careers. With most generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. for building construction and equipment, and with support from Cummins Foundation paying for design fees, the AMCE was designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, and is also home to a metrology lab with the most extensive resources of any in the Midwest, used by students and the region’s employers. The AMCE is owned by the CEC for shared use of its post secondary partners.