Ancilla College has officially opened its second residence hall. The college says enrollment increased by more than 20 percent in 2015 after the opening of the first residence hall.
Ancilla says it is on pace for similar growth this year. In the past, the Marshall County school had traditionally only accepted commuter students. Ancilla offers 25 associate degrees and eight one-year certificates.
During the event, the school also announced that the first residence hall, which officially opened in August 2015, will be named Hardesty Hall, after the late James Hardesty, a major donor to the school. It also announced the dining hall and student life center will be named Zirkle Commons, after Ancilla President Ken Zirkle.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter and representatives for Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R2) also took part in the opening event.
South Bend-based 1st Source Bank helped secure the funding for the projects, and Fort Wayne-based Michael Kinder & Sons Inc. led the construction efforts.