"The learning center is a great place to learn no matter your age or skill level."
The Jackson County Learning Center provides necessary educational and workforce support services for community members and fosters an atmosphere of lifelong learning and career development.
The Jackson County Learning Center (JCLC) is the successful culmination of a two-year public-private partnership to meet the growing needs of the citizens of Jackson, Jennings, Scott, and Bartholomew counties for post-secondary education, work force training, and high school dual credit classes.
Prior to 1994, Jackson County had no facility other than the high schools to offer post-secondary education. Due to usage during the days from August to May, only evening classes could be offered. In 2004, a moth-balled elementary school was refurbished to offer those classes; in addition all GED classes were held there as well. Post-secondary education attendance soared and GED attainment increased by 300%. We quickly outgrew the facility.
In 2008, the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Jackson County, and the City of Seymour formed a partnership to build a new Jackson County Learning Center. The idea was quickly supported by these three organizations and the Seymour Community Schools. A private developer pledged a $400,000 contribution. The result is a 200,000 square foot facility designed for efficient future expansion and located adjacent to US 50 on the east side of Seymour, one-half mile from Interstate 65.
The new JCLC has been designed by representatives of Ivy Tech, IUPUC, and Seymour Community Schools. The JCLC houses the office of WorkOne to conveniently direct their clients to testing for training and classes. Ivy Tech and IUPUC have offices in the new JCLC for class counseling and registration. The classrooms in the new JCLC are made available to any accredited college or university wishing to offer classes. The facility offers some advanced manufacturing classes and bio-med/life science classes through local colleges. The building is wired for all high speed, distance learning opportunities and provides a proctor for college testing. JCLC provides a classroom/community meeting room for nonstudent activities.
The building costs are slightly over $2.4 million. The initial financing is from a $500,000 loan from the Community Foundation and the remainder from a collaboration of six local banks: Jackson County Bank, State Bank of Medora, First Financial Bank, Monroe State Bank, Dupont State Bank, and Bloomfield State Bank. Leases from Ivy Tech, IUPUC, Indiana Wesleyan University, and WorkOne support the operating costs and TIF revenue will support the debt service. Seymour Community Schools will provide assistance in maintenance and supplies. The Redevelopment Commission of the City of Seymour is providing debt funding from its TIF revenue and anticipates a bond issue supported by TIF revenue after the third year to retire the building debt.