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Ivy Tech Community College has bought 27 acres of land next to its Franklin center and plans to expand by adding buildings and degree programs in the next decade.

The land purchase gives Ivy Tech the room to expand the center into a full-service regional campus in the future, but that likely wouldn’t occur for at least 10 years, said Tina Gross, executive director of the Franklin campus.

With a campus, Ivy Tech would be able to add buildings for classrooms and labs and would be able to expand its academic offerings from the three associate degree programs currently offered in Franklin.

“The 27 acres kind of establishes this as a permanent location of Ivy Tech. We have short-term plans to build out the additional 9,000 square feet of this building, and the long-term plan would be to request a capital project from the Indiana General Assembly for a true, full-service campus,” Gross said.

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