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Ivy Tech eyes home for expanded auto tech program

November 25, 2014

Ivy Tech Community College is planning to build a state-of-the-art automotive technology training center at a former Anderson car dealership for $1.4 million with space for about 200 students.

Ivy Tech's East Central board of trustees accepted the donation of the closed Ford Autoworld location on Scatterfield Road from Mary and Paddy Jamerson, but it still needs approval from college's state board. The dealership now operates in Anderson at 2721 Broadway St.

The college's current automotive technology program in Muncie lacks adequate space and is outdated, the Muncie Star Press reported.  It enrolls about 100 students.

Regional Chancellor Andy Bowne said the area needs more trained and certified technicians to diagnose and repair today's high-tech vehicles.

The expanded program would help meet the area's need for more trained and certified technicians to diagnose and repair today's high-tech vehicles, Ivy Tech regional Chancellor Andy Bowne said.

The next closest Ivy Tech automotive technology training centers are in Richmond and Indianapolis.

Bowne said the 26,000-square-feet vacated building in Anderson is in good condition, but if it turns out the relocation won't work, the college could sell the property.

If the relocation proceeds, Ivy Tech could sell the building in Muncie that now also houses welder training programs.

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