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Trine University to Develop Branch Campus in Peoria

Engineering school sees Peoria as an opportunity meet the region's growing workforce needs.


Angola, Ind.-based Trine University today announced it will establish a branch campus in Peoria. The campus will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, as well as a variety of other programs that are in line with Peoria's 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study and Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS).

Trine's engineering program is the culmination of more than a century of experience, and this is an exciting opportunity for us to invest in educational advances in yet another community to provide educational resources for students that will, in turn, meet the needs of the region in terms of workforce development, technical training and access to private, nonprofit higher education. "We are very excited about our partnership with Peoria," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine University.

Besides the benefit of increasing the area's higher education and community education opportunities, the university will be supporting economic development and job growth through technology commercialization efforts, assisting business, as well as entrepreneurs. In addition, it is anticipated that Trine�s partnership with the City and its relationship with BioInspire will advance technology innovation through the school's biomedical engineering program and through the creation of a future Peoria Innovation Center that will seek to develop technology innovations into commercial applications.

"University recruitment is critical to economic development because a university provides quality instruction enhancing human capital and, therefore, contributing quality workers to the community," said Peoria's Mayor, Bob Barrett. "There are also immeasurable benefits that result from the university's operations including its ability to partner with the private sector through technology transfer activities. The impact of Trine's Peoria campus will be significant."
Trine University anticipates that by the end of its fifth year in Peoria, the university will have created 16 full time administrative, and 1,479 part-time adjunct faculty jobs with a payroll of $28 million. According to a Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) economic analysis, the Trine project will generate over 10 years $240.7 million in direct and indirect economic output and $12.5 million in total revenue.

"We are proud of the work that the City of Peoria, an emerging community now ranked among the Top 100 Places to Live by Money magazine, has done to advance economic prosperity," said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "This agreement with Trine University will increase the city's competitiveness and help create a workforce that is highly skilled, locally trained and technologically advanced."

Initially, the university offices will be located at 14100 N. 83rd Avenue, occupying 17,000SF that was previously occupied by Western International University. Trine is currently enrolling online classes for the Peoria campus and will be offering seated classes in the first quarter of 2013. Interested students should go to edge.trine.edu for more information.

Trine will also be exhibiting at Peoria's regional job fair at the Peoria Sports Complex on November 8 to begin the process of hiring faculty and staff. Interested parties may send their resumes now to David Wood, VP of Academic Resources, at woodd@trine.edu.

Community support for the creation of a university campus that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs in Peoria, has been overwhelming. Supporters include the Arizona Commerce Authority, Science Foundation Arizona, BioAccel, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Western Maricopa Coalition, the Arizona Technology Council, Glendale Community College, Peoria Unified School District, and Maxwell Technologies. University recruitment has been a top priority of the Peoria City Council since the Economic Development Implementation Strategy was adopted in 2010.

"This announcement is important for workforce development for the entire Valley," said Scott Whyte, director of Economic Development Services. "Our EDIS stipulated that university recruitment should focus on STEM (science technology, engineering, and math) programs, and Trine's robust engineering program offers a perfect complement to other recent innovation developments in Peoria, namely the location of Maxwell Technologies and the establishment of our BioInspire medical device incubator."

The university's job-placement rates are above the national average. Of the university's 2011 graduating class, 91 percent of graduates found meaningful employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of commencement.

"Trine's multiple achievements can be attributed to numerous advancements, including the leadership's vision and constant quest for creativity and innovation in our academic programming," Brooks said. "We believe our successes will lead to economic prosperity, growth and progress in Peoria."
Trine is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and its education, engineering and business programs are nationally recognized and accredited.

About Trine University:
Founded in 1884 in Angola, Indiana, Trine University offers more than 35 degree programs on its main campus, as well as online and at regional campuses and education centers throughout Indiana and Michigan. The university has become the fastest-growing private university in Indiana over the last five years, with a 68 percent increase in enrollment. U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review have ranked Trine among the Midwest�s Best Colleges every year since 2008.

About Peoria: On the leading edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Peoria is one of Arizona's fastest growing communities. This one-time farming community was originally settled in 1886 and incorporated in 1954. Located just 25 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, Peoria is a dynamic community of more than 150,000 people today. Home to nearly 50 miles of trails, award-winning schools and parks, well-planned residential neighborhoods, Major League Baseball Spring Training home for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, and the area's second largest lake, this progressive yet grounded and well-balanced community is positioned to be a decisive component of Arizona�s economic future.

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
A true public/private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for the Greater Phoenix metro area in Arizona � the number two market for solar in the United States. GPEC also was recently ranked one of the top economic development groups in the country. Working with its 20 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 150 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today's global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit www.gpec.org