Helen Gray taught her first class in more than 10 years Wednesday night at Trine University’s new satellite campus in Logansport.
Hours before her class began, she joined the president of Trine University, the mayor, other instructors and members of the community to cut the ribbon and officially welcome the institution to the community.
The university worked out a deal with the city in June to come to Logansport. In it, the city agreed to provide $60,000 in renovations to the building, along with free rent and two years' worth of utilities, at an cost of $20,000.
“I am really excited about it,” Gray said of the new campus. “It opens up education opportunities for all of the adults here in the community.”
Gray, a juvenile probation officer, will be teaching a criminal justice class. It’s her first time teaching in years. She said she taught some classes at Ivy Tech in Logansport, but those classes were bigger than her classes at Trine.
“The smallest class I taught at Ivy Tech was like 15 students,” Gray said, adding that she had three or four students in the class she’s teaching now.
“It will definitely be more individualized here,” Gray said. “Students will be able to get more help from me.”
Classes started Monday in the satellite campus in the former Ivy Tech building at 2815 E. Market St. David Wood, dean of the university’s school of professional studies, said 25 students were currently enrolled, though 75 applied for admission.
“We’ll get those other students enrolled in the spring,” Wood said.
He said the university planned to enroll about 50 students next semester.
Earl Brooks, the president of the university, sees plenty of room for expansion in Logansport.
“There’s a market here that’s not being served,” he said.
The Logansport campus currently offers eight undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees with plans for adding more in the future.
Brooks said there are plans to add business, engineering and criminal justice programs to the satellite campus, which is one of five in the state.