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February 26, 2006

Testing the waters

Will Ivy Tech open a campus in Pendleton?

If college towns are full of leafy green trees, unique shops and brick-lined streets, then Pendleton might already be one.

It just needs a college.

Pendleton Town Council President Don Henderson would like to get one, preferably a campus of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

But Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said he doesn’t think the area could support another Ivy Tech location.

The disagreement between the two governments isn’t the first. Smith says Henderson and the rest of the Pendleton Town Council are developing their town at struggling Anderson’s economic expense. Henderson says they just have a very clear plan for growing their flourishing town.

Ivy Tech officials, for their part, won’t comment on whether a Pendleton campus is a possibility, but they may be testing the waters.

“(Whether they come) is up to Ivy Tech,” Henderson said. “But since they’ve now become a community college, I think they’ll fit in perfectly.”

A campus would help the town continue to develop economically, Henderson said, and give residents the chance to get an education in town. He said they’ve offered the school land off Interstate 69 near Exit 19.

Ivy Tech already has a Madison County campus at 104 W. 53rd St. in Anderson.

“I don’t think the area can support two campuses one (Interstate) exit away,” Smith said. He said the college has already bought up the land around its current campus for future expansion.

The school also offers classes at the Flagship Enterprise Center, Highland High School, St. John’s Medical Center and Community Hospital, among others.

So how does Ivy Tech decide to build a new campus?

First they test the community by offering classes in a high school or community center where they can gauge how many people might be interested.

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