Lt. Governor says Jasper Facility Sets Stage for Economic Development
Citing a growing need for a well-trained workforce, Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann says that a new facility at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus may serve as a model for the state.
Ellspermann spoke Tuesday at the dedication of the $12 million Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.
The 54,000 square-foot building features seven flexible labs that can be used for instruction in such fields as computer-aided design, advanced manufacturing, materials testing, and logistics.
The building also includes 14 smart classrooms, a lecture hall for 120 people, and related facilities.
VU officials say the center will increase by 50 percent the square footage of space on the VU Jasper Campus, providing needed training labs for area companies seeking to upgrade the skills of current employees.
Dubois County is a leader among the state's industrial counties, with 42 percent of its jobs in manufacturing compared to the state average of 20 percent.