Franklin growth will play into state's jobs future

Franklin College is raising funds for the second phase of a construction project that is meant to attract students who plan to study science.

College officials want to renovate and expand Barnes Science Hall, more than doubling the size of the 29,808-square-foot facility by adding classrooms, labs and research facilities for undergraduate students, vice president of planning, plant and technology Lisa Fears said.

The college completed another construction project to improve its athletic fields last spring. Once the expansion of the science hall is complete, Franklin College has plans to renovate its residence halls, library and fieldhouse.

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