MUNCIE – Construction is buzzing on the second floor of Madjax as Purdue Polytechnic forms out both classroom space and a light industrial lab in the makers force building in downtown Muncie.
The idea for a Muncie branch of Purdue Polytechnic started with the initiative in Anderson. Corey Sharp, the director of Purdue Polytechnic Anderson, had been talking about the initiative in Anderson with others, including Jud Fisher, president & chief operating officer of Ball Brothers Foundation.
Polytechnic wants to expand the base of people who learn by doing, and the maker’s space mentality fits with that. Their growing enrollment and business partners were all out of Delaware County as well.
“It’s a satellite of what we do in Anderson and what Purdue does across the state,” Sharp said. “Automation is one of the biggest growing sectors, and we need to be a part in helping individuals find careers there."
So what exactly is Purdue Polytechnic? It is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University in West Lafayette, and has satellite locations like the one in Anderson. It uses "innovative learning methods, real-world experiences and industry partnerships to produce graduates uniquely qualified for technology-driven careers."
Purdue Polytechnic was one of four local organizations that Ball Brothers Foundation invited to apply for Future of Work funding that may be available through the foundation in 2019.