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  • CCC OKs dorms

  • Dormitories will be coming to Corning Community College’s Spencer Hill campus.

    The Corning Community College board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with the plan to build two 150-bed dorms on CCC’s main campus.

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  • Dormitories will be coming to Corning Community College’s Spencer Hill campus.
    The Corning Community College board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with the plan to build two 150-bed dorms on CCC’s main campus.
    “This is an old trend,” said board chairman Tom Blumer. “Many students who want a four-year degree but can’t afford to go to a four-year institution right off the bat are choosing to go to community colleges that have that residential housing experience so they can spend their first two years at a community college getting the good education and the housing experience and then moving on to a SUNY institution or a private institution.”
    College officials said the buildings will be constructed just to the right of the Commons building.
    “The reason we sited it there is because it really integrates the students who are living in the housing with the rest of the campus,” Blumer said. “It’s right next to the Commons, where there’s food, there’s entertainment. It puts them right in the middle of campus, which is what we wanted.”
    Outgoing CCC President Floyd “Bud” Amann said the planned opening for the dorms would be late summer 2013. He said the first step in the process would be to hire a program director.
    “That person will take charge and shepherd it through,” Amann said. “They will keep the board fully informed as the design develops, shepherd the project through financing and at that point if those all come together, then the board will give its approval to the actual construction.”
    Amann pointed out that 20 of the state’s 30 community colleges already provide student housing.
    “We’re not starting a new trend by any means,” Amann said. “We’re finally coming around to realize we want our students to have a similar experience.”
    Officials estimate the cost of the dorms to be about $16 million. Both Amann and Blumer stressed that public money would not be used for the construction of the dormitories, nor would the tuition of commuter students rise to help defray the cost.
    The school will initially pay for the dorms through loans. Eventually, the buildings will be paid for through rent collected from students living in the dorms.
    Blumer acknowledged the college would need to add staff to support students living on campus, but wasn’t sure how many.
    The dorms will contain suites that house between four and five students. The suites will include kitchenettes and a common living area.
    Students will also be able to get their meals from the Commons.
    “As I told our board, we are boldly going where many have already been,” Blumer said.

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