For lots of reasons, Salina Area Technical College is flourishing.

The learning institution made good on its own autonomy in July, by taking ownership of its 24-acre campus in the Salina Airport Industrial Center.

The college became independent from the Salina School District, USD 305, in 2009, but taking ownership was delayed by legalities relating to contamination from the former Schilling Air Force Base that closed in 1965.

Salina Tech is boasting of significant enrollment growth over several years, and has announced plans for major facilities upgrades, among them a $1 million-plus student center, more parking, the removal this past summer of a blighted blue building on campus that had served as the air force base’s motor pool.

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