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Ivy Tech purchases land to expand Franklin campus

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A community college in Franklin is buying more land with plans to expand.

Ivy Tech Community College bought 27 acres of land surrounding its Franklin center, near Interstate 65 and State Road 44.

The plan is to add more classrooms, labs, offices and student services offices, according to a news release from Ivy Tech.

More degrees will be offered at the Franklin location, and additional services, such as admissions, financial aid and career services will be added, the release said.

Part of the land purchase was paid for with a $400,000 grant from the Franklin Development Corp., a city formed and funded organization. The grant was approved last year, and required the college to raise an additional $225,000. The college had also previously gotten funding from the Franklin redevelopment commission.

The Franklin location's enrollment has nearly tripled since 2008, with about 1,200 students enrolled today, compared to 459 in 2008, the release said.

Ivy Tech does not yet have a timeline for the work, but is also planning renovate part of its current 30,000-square-foot building, the release said.

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