Budget panel approves $63M for Ivy Tech projects

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Indiana's State Budget Committee has approved $63 million in state funding for expansions at three Ivy Tech campuses.
The panel signed off Wednesday on $20 million each for the college's Anderson and Bloomington campuses and $23 million for an expansion of its Indianapolis location. The money will pay for new buildings, classrooms, an auditorium and other improvements.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley said the money supports Ivy Tech's "unique role" of delivering low-cost higher education to residents statewide.
The projects at Anderson and Bloomington are being supplemented with $4 million in donations each. The Indianapolis project is being supported with $4.6 million in donations.
The new spending comes amid a push by state leaders to refocus jobs training with an eye toward vacant jobs across the state.

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