Editorial: After 50 years, Ivy Tech strong community partner

For 44 of the state institution’s 50 years, what is now the Columbus-Franklin campus of Ivy Tech Community College has given to and benefited from a strong partnership with the local community.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of what started as the Indiana Vocational Technical College, those affiliated with the Columbus-Franklin campus can look back on a history that began modestly but eventually evolved into a learning institution that literally touches all facets of community life.

When considering how far the local branch of the state institution has come — it began in 1968 in space that was converted into classrooms at the Columbus City Hall and the then-named Cummins Engine Co. — it is important to recognize the contributions of a small army of volunteers and supporters who applied a variety of techniques in developing one of the largest postsecondary institutions in the state. More than 4,700 students currently attend classes at the local branch.

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