Purdue Polytechnic Kokomo relocates to larger location

Expansion to technology park allows for more courses, larger-scale projects

Jeff Griffin, director of Purdue Polytechnic Kokomo, showcases the basement area at Inventrek Technology Park that houses some of the Kokomo location's largest pieces of machinery and student workspaces. (Kokomo Perspective photo/Alyx Arnett)

After 53 years on the Indiana University Kokomo campus, Purdue Polytechnic Kokomo now has its own location.

The Kokomo location of Purdue Polytechnic – one of nine satellite locations of Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, based in West Lafayette – has relocated to Inventrek Technology Park in Kokomo. The move to its own expansive location enables Purdue Polytechnic Kokomo to provide more classroom space and equipment to Polytechnic students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, industrial engineering technology, computer and information technology, and engineering technology.

Besides benefiting students, the expansion is bringing additional advantages to the Kokomo community, according to Jeff Griffin, director of Purdue Polytechnic Kokomo. Additional faculty were hired to teach at the Inventrek location. Local manufacturers often offer internships to Polytechnic students and employment to graduates.

“Students have access to different types of industries,” said Griffin. “We’re kind of unique in we have some heavy manufacturers here where the other (Purdue extension) locations, really, they have smaller manufacturers. We’re lucky to have some really large ones.”

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