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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Creating a Successful Community Engagement Enterprise (45 mins)

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IPFW, in fulfilling its mission to educate the citizens and enhance the quality of life in the northeast Indiana region, has a vision to enhance the connectivity between the campus and the community to drive positive outcomes in economic, workforce and community development. Following its recognition as a “Carnegie Engaged University”, the campus launched the “C2C – Campus to Community Connections” initiative to promote collaborations with regional industry to facilitate the growth of high-skill and high-wage jobs, while better connecting our students to opportunities that are created as a result.

The Office of Engagement actively facilitates university collaborations between regional companies, government and community organizations and its faculty and students. By providing a single office for industry partners to engage with faculty and students, through such vehicles as the Center for Applied Mathematics and Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering, companies and community groups regularly access research capabilities, technical assistance, training, service learning and student hiring opportunities in a convenient and cost-effective manner.

The “C2C – Campus to Community Connections” program enables local, regional and statewide organizations to engage with the IPFW campus, as well as access Purdue system-wide capabilities such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Technical Assistance Program and the Indiana Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness Center. With the organization of the various community engagement offices into a single portal with a recognizable brand, C2C is providing a gateway for our community partners to connect with the appropriate resources based upon their needs.


David Cochran

Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Peter Dragnev

Professor and Chair, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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Sean Ryan

Director, Office of Engagement, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)
The IPFW Office of Engagement was jointly created by IPFW, Purdue University, Indiana University, and the northeast Indiana business community in 2005. The office serves as a community partner in key regional economic development, strategic planning and workforce development initiatives. The... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am MDT
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