KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Community College has broken ground on a planned $43 million transformation of its campus in Kokomo. The school says the investment will centralize classroom and training space that has been scattered throughout the Howard County city beyond its main building that opened in 1976. The 18-month project will result in spaces for programs including health sciences and nursing, automotive, diesel lab and agriculture and technology.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann says "Ivy Tech put the Kokomo project at the top of its capital request list because this campus has not had the kind of upgrade that our other campuses across the state have had. It was always in our long-term plan to really create a college campus feel, and this appropriation - bolstered by some local dollars - will make that possible, providing an environment that will attract students and support their success."

The bulk of the funding - $40 million - comes from the state and $3 million is from an ongoing fundraising campaign. Ivy Tech says the Kokomo region, which stretches draws from Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties, will be getting "a vibrant, highly functional campus that reflects the excellence of the institution."

Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy says "our new facilities will benefit students directly by providing them with more opportunities to graduate on time, more employment options, and more transfer options, and will allow our faculty to provide an even better educational experience for students. It will be a team effort across our service area to see this important project through to completion."

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