Strategic Plan Update

Goal 4: Community and Business Partnerships

Advancing our community & region

Our campus plays an important role in regional, state, national and global economies. Productive partnerships offer opportunities for mutual benefit while strengthening the university and enriching society.  

Progress thus far:

Commercialization Center
Radio station WJOB moves into our emerging Commercialization Center in April.
  • Of course, our unification collaboration with Purdue North Central to produce a stronger Purdue presence in northwest Indiana is at the top of the list. Additionally…
  • A gift by alumnus Dave Roberts, chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc., and his wife, Susan, is advancing development of a manufacturing center within the emerging Purdue Calumet Commercialization Center near campus on Indianapolis Boulevard;
  • Radio station WJOB is moving its broadcast operations to the Commercialization Center next month. In partnership with our campus, WJOB becomes our first Commercialization Center tenant;
  • Our university profile continues to increase through expansion of our athletics program. Purdue Calumet now fields teams in 12 sports, including baseball and softball, which began competition this academic year;
  • Thanks to a wide-ranging partnership with the City of Hammond, led by alumnus and Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., an athletics complex for university soccer, baseball, softball and tennis squads is being developed at nearby Dowling Park and will be ready for use next fall;
    Dowling groundbreaking partners and Chancellor Keon (center)
    Corporate partners participated with Chancellor Keon & Mayor McDermott in groundbreaking last December for the Dowling Park Athletics Complex.

  • Corporate partnerships developed with Fifth Third Bank, PepsiCo, Albert’s Jewelers, Community Hospital and The Times Media Company also are contributing to Commercialization Center and Dowling Park Athletics Complex development;
  • Another partnership with Hammond and its Towle Theater has allowed the university to expand cultural programming off campus;
  • The university’s College of Technology received a $2.7 million federal grant to provide advanced manufacturing training to at least 300 Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers and military veterans in preparation for positions as mechatronics technicians and industrial machinery mechanics;
  • Faculty, staff and students of CIVS are assisting a growing number of employers and other organizations, including students of the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST), in facilitating innovative solutions to industrial and research challenges;
  • Through greater engagement of alumni and friends, university fundraising has increased.