Ivy Tech Community College purchases Franklin property to expand campus

Campus expands from 5 acres to 32 acres

FRANKLIN — Ivy Tech Foundation has purchased 27 acres of land to allow for future expansion adjacent to its existing Franklin campus on the city’s east side at I-65 and SR 44.

Last November, Franklin Development Corporation awarded a $400,000 grant to Ivy Tech to help purchase the 27 acres adjacent to its campus. Ivy Tech Foundation contributed the remaining $225,000.

“Ivy Tech’s growth and success in Franklin is due in large part to the overwhelming support and generosity we have received from Franklin Development Corp., the Redevelopment Commission, and individual donors like Bill DeMichieli,” said Tina Gross, executive director of the Franklin campus. “Acquiring this property is the first step in enhancing our ability to serve even more students.”

Since moving to its current Franklin location in 2008, Ivy Tech’s enrollment has nearly tripled from 459 students to 1,200 today. The College currently offers full degree programs on campus and has several online degree opportunities available for those seeking a distance education option.

“The ability to expand our existing facility to accommodate more students and additional programming is critical to our role in educating and training the workforce in and around Johnson County,” Gross said. “The generosity of the Franklin Development Corporation is deeply appreciated. We could not have made the strides we have made in this short period of time without the deep philanthropic spirit that runs through our community. These invaluable partnerships are truly changing lives.”

“The support of the city and the community for Ivy Tech’s Franklin campus has been phenomenal in financial terms and in their endorsement of Ivy Tech’s mission to prepare Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally-competitive environment,” said John Hogan, chancellor. “We are blessed to have community leaders with such incredible vision and foresight.”

Significant investments by Ivy Tech and community have been made to the community college campus. Approximately $1.4 million has been invested in renovations, $200,000 in furniture, and $400,000 in parking lot construction.  The Redevelopment Commission contributed $450,000 toward these renovations, and another $100,000 was received from private donations. Ivy Tech employs 69 full- and part-time employees at its Franklin campus.

Although timelines have not been established, Ivy Tech plans to renovate the remaining 9,000 square feet of its existing 30,000 square feet building. Additional classrooms, science labs, offices, and student support space is essential in meeting current needs for enrollment, Gross said.

The vision for Ivy Tech’s Franklin campus, according to officials, is to expand its student services in Franklin, increase degree programs and add faculty and staff to assist students in such areas as admissions, financial aid, and career services.  

“This land purchase emphasizes the college’s commitment to serving the Franklin community and Franklin’s commitment to education and training for its residents in and around Johnson County,” Gross said.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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