MUNCIE — The State Budget Committee has OK'd plans for $43 million of improvements to Ivy Tech Community College's campuses downtown and on Cowan Road.
Some of the funding will be used to construct an Ivy Tech facility at the former Star Press building,125 S. High St.
The unused downtown structure will be converted into classroom and teaching-lab space, the college informed the committee.
Renovations and expansions to the downtown campus, anchored by the Fisher Building, will allow Ivy Tech to reduce its footprint and "positively impact the schools of nursing, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences and the culinary program," as well as several student services now housed on Cowan Road, according to the committee.
But details remain sketchy.
"We are still in the preliminary planning stages of determining how we are going to utilize each location including the former Star Press building," spokesperson Jennifer Gasiorek said. "We are investigating several options based on building functionality and specific program needs."
Overall, the $43 million will be spent at Cowan Road and downtown to create a "state-of-the art Ivy Tech Muncie campus that will help provide area students the necessary skills to fulfill local workforce demands," Gasiorek told The Star Press in an email.