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February 27, 2007

Purdue dean in Anderson to discuss economy, educational partnerships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The dean of Purdue University's College of Technology visited Anderson's Rotary Club on Tuesday (Feb. 27) to discuss economic development in the Anderson region and how Purdue can partner with the community to create opportunities.

Dennis R. Depew's talk took place at the Anderson Country Club, located at 602 North Shore Blvd.

"During the last couple of decades, Anderson and the east-central Indiana region have been faced with immense economic challenges as the manufacturing sector continues to evolve," Depew said. "This area has been hard hit by these changes, but now we have before us a tremendous opportunity to educate a work force with the latest technologies that will ensure individual success and the economic success of the region."

Depew said Purdue and Anderson have a long, successful history together and an even brighter future with the opening of the College of Technology's new home in the Flagship Education Center, located at the Flagship Enterprise Center at Interstate 69 and Pendleton Avenue.

Ground was broken last fall for the 53,000-square-foot, $7 million facility that will be used by both Purdue's College of Technology and Anderson University. The building is scheduled to be completed June 30, and classes will begin meeting at the center this fall.

"Purdue's College of Technology, through its partnership with Anderson University, has been involved in this community for more than 20 years," he said. "We are proud that this partnership will continue at the Flagship Education Center.

"This new location will provide a more attractive, modern learning space for our students, and its presence within the Flagship Business Park will give students invaluable exposure to high-technology businesses that offer mentorship opportunities and support to faculty researchers."

Depew said the College of Technology's new facilities will give students a chance to supplement their classroom work with hands-on projects in collaboration with those in their chosen fields.

"Partnerships between academia and the business community can produce exciting, powerful results and will bring the kind of energy that will be of invaluable benefit to students, businesses and the overall economy of Anderson," he said.

Programs in four of Purdue's technology fields currently reside on the Anderson University campus and will relocate to the center. Purdue offers bachelor's degrees in both industrial technology and organizational leadership and supervision, and associate's degrees in computer and information technology, electrical and computer engineering technology, and organizational leadership and supervision.

The Anderson University programs that will be located in the new facility are the master's of business administration and master's of education programs, as well as adult studies programs and new programming in entrepreneurial studies.

The non-profit Flagship Enterprise Center was created through a partnership between Anderson University and the city of Anderson and serves as a small-business incubator and early business accelerator in the Flagship Business Park. The center emphasizes development of emerging manufacturing and electronic technologies.

Among services the center provides are access to university researchers and scientists, ongoing contact with management consulting, student mentoring opportunities for research and development support, and access to state-of-the-art telecommunications.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Sources: Dennis R. Depew, (765) 494-2552,  ddepew@purdue.edu

John Eddy, special assistant to the assistant dean of Purdue Statewide Technology and board member of Anderson Rotary Club, (765) 641-4553, eddyj@purdue.edu

Brian A. Alenskis , director of Purdue's College of Technology at Anderson, (765) 641-4551, alenskis@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Dennis R. Depew's presentation to the Anderson Rotary Club begins at noon at the Anderson Country Club, 602 North Shore Blvd. Rotary meetings are open only to club members and their guests, but journalists are welcome to attend the luncheon. Journalists interested in attending should contact John Eddy, special assistant to the assistant dean of Purdue Statewide Technology and board member of Anderson Rotary Club, beginning Feb. 21 at (765) 641-4553, eddyj@purdue.edu

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