Life's Better Here: Angola 2012

By Eric Olson

June 20, 2012 Updated Jun 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--There are few assets a town can boast that carry the weight a full fledged university does and Trine University is a bonafide heavyweight, a school founded by the very town it calls home.

Trine University began life as Tri-state Normal School, founded by citizens of Angola as a training ground for school teachers. Tri-state opened its doors in June, 1884 with 36 students. By the end of that year enrollment had reached nearly 200. The school was incorporated as Tri state College in 1906 and two years later opened a cutting edge engineering school, training students for careers in electrical and mechanical engineering. To this day the Allen School of Engineering and Technology enjoys a global reputation.

“I’ve met people throughout the country who are graduates of Tristate-Trine University and working in very responsible engineering positions for large manufacturers throughout the country,” says Steuben County Economic Development Commission director David Koenig. “So the story of Trine carries well beyond the borders of Angola and Steuben County.”

Trine’s sports education has a growing reputation as well with a new athletic and recreation center and the impressive Zollner athletic stadium that opened in 2010. For nearly 130 years this school has been the backbone of Angola civic life providing jobs for teachers, administrators and staff, and a student body that, over the years, has pumped millions of dollars into the economy of the town that created it…a gift that keeps giving to life in this very lucky, very livable, hometown.

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