FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Students are taking advantage of the new close-to-home Ivy Tech campus in Frankfort.
"It's convenient because I live five minutes away from here, so it's nice to have somewhere just right down the road. I'm not spending gas money to go a half hour or an hour to commute," Ivy Tech Student Pacia Ford said.
Frankfort mayor Chris McBarnes announced the community college would be built in the city a little more than 100 days ago, and now construction is almost complete. When it opened for classes in August most of the classrooms were ready for students.
Since then the science lab, front lobby, and student lounge have been completed. Now, crews are finishing up construction on the remainder of the campus.
"We also have a plaza area within this campus as well so when students come here it's not only a commuter campus feel, you get that big university atmosphere," McBarnes said.
McBarnes said the total project will be complete around Thanksgiving.
"They're going to see a beautifully landscaped campus that's going to add to the small town USA feel that Frankfort, Indiana has and they'll also see a wonderful second to none conference center that's being built onto the west side of this facility," McBarnes said.
As construction on the campus will come to an end next month McBarnes said one project that had been talked about for years will break ground.
"Here in the next two months we will see development start to occur right across the street from Ivy Tech on a blighted corner in our community where a new CVS will stand and will be in full operation by next July," McBarnes said.
There are about 100 students currently enrolled in classes at Ivy Tech. McBarnes said he expects that number to grow each semester.
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