The East Central Indiana region is fortunate to be equipped with excellent educational offerings, from early education all the way through graduate studies at one of the nation’s choice institutions of higher learning.
Delaware County is home to seven quality school corporations: Daleville Community Schools Cowan School Corporation, Delaware Community School Corporation, Liberty-Perry School Corporation, Mr. Pleasant Township Community Schools, Muncie Community Schools and Wes-Del Community Schools.
These corporations supply students with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed educationally and foster an all-around positive environment for continued learning. In addition to the top-notch curricula and programming these schools provide, the superior teachers and leaders within the school system make the learning process truly worthwhile.
The county is also home to a number of private and parochial schools: St. Mary’s and St. Lawrence Catholic Schools and Heritage Hall Christian School. Muncie is home to what are known as the University Schools, which include the state-supported Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities. Burris Laboratory School, which aides in the growth and development of students of Ball State University Teacher’s College, was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2006-07, as one of the nation’s Top Ten Schools. Burris boasts an impressive graduation rate of 97.4 percent (2006).
Through Muncie Community Schools, students have access to the Muncie Area Career Center, which provides both high school students and adults valuable vocational education programs in a variety of career fields. Ultimately, the center aims to assist students in choosing the correct career path through either further education or employment.
For those looking to pursue further education after high school, Muncie and Delaware County are the proud homes of three acclaimed higher learning establishments.
Located in the heart of Muncie, Ball State University has continually been ranked among the top universities in the nation. In 2005, Intel Corporation named Ball State the #1 top wireless campus in the nation. The beautiful 660-acre campus, which offers an additional 300 acres for research programs, enrolls more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Ball State employs nearly 3,500 people, of which 915 are full-time faculty – making it one of the area’s largest employers. Students have access to 170 undergraduate and pre-professional programs, 88 Master’s programs, 16 Doctoral programs and four specialist programs within seven academic colleges.
Part of the community for more than 100 years, Indiana Business College provides its 400-person student base with an array of programs in the fields of Business, Healthcare, Criminal Justice and Information Technology. The two-year institution offers Diploma programs and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as Bachelor’s degree programs.
With an enrollment of more than 6,000 students in the East Central Region, Ivy Tech Community College offers 21 Associate’s degree programs, technical certificates and career development certificates in the fields of Business, Public Service, Technology, Health Sciences and Liberal Arts. The Muncie campus is the main campus in the college’s East Central Region, which also includes the campuses at Anderson and Marion. Additionally, the institution provides customized education for Indiana businesses and industries.
The Chamber also plays its part in the educational well-being of Muncie-Delaware County through its Business/Education Partnership program. The program focuses on ensuring the continuing expansion of educational excellence for students of all ages.