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Ivy Tech shifting to new region

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Ivy Tech Community College’s Franklin campus is being included in the college’s central Indiana region, but the change shouldn’t affect the classes students take.

Until now, Johnson County has been split, with Ivy Tech’s central Indiana region serving the northern part of the county, while the Columbus region served the southern part of the county. Nearly 60 percent of the 1,200 students taking classes at the Franklin campus live in counties served by the Indianapolis region, and the shift will give officials more opportunities to better serve those students, a news release and spokesperson Kelly Hauflaire said.

“Administratively, this regional change makes perfect sense,” Franklin campus executive director Tina Gross said. “We’ll soon begin working to align our academic programing with our Indianapolis campus so that we can better serve students living in the broader Indianapolis area.”

The shift shouldn’t affect the courses offered at the Franklin campus, which include degree programs in criminal justice, education, business administration and liberal studies, according to Hauflaire and the news release.

Eventually, Ivy Tech plans to renovate 9,000 square feet of its 30,000-square-foot building, adding classrooms, science labs and offices. That addition will enable the community college to add more degree programs and staff who will help students with financial aid and career counseling.

No timeline for the project has been set, the news release said.

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