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John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center Officially Opens
Jefferson Community College (JCC) marked yet another milestone in the College’s history as JCC administration, students, faculty/staff, elected officials and community members gathered on March 24, 2016 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). Construction of the CLC, an $11 million student-centered facility, began in May 2015.
“The Collaborative Learning Center was defined and designated as a high priority in Jefferson’s strategic plan and facilities master plan back in 2008,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “It is so rewarding to see the building open and students enjoying the vision we had - innovative learning space for students that fosters collaboration among their peers, interaction with staff and faculty, and convenient access to support services to further their success academically.”
Construction of the John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center was completed ahead of schedule with lead design by Mach Architecture of Williamsville (NY) with BCA Architects and Engineers of Watertown (NY); project management provided by Purcell Construction Corporation of Watertown (NY); and general contractor Bette Cring of Watertown (NY).
The goal of this innovative facility is to combine synergistic functions that will maximize opportunities for student success through collaboration among students, faculty and community. In this state of the art, 36,000 square foot, two-story Collaborative Learning Center, traditional library and media center functions are supplemented with retention and accommodative services, testing center, career planning and job placement services, the Strategies to Achieve Results (STAR) program, veteran services, tutoring, and technology rich collaborative classrooms. Campus Safety and Security is also centrally located in the new building.
Students will have direct access to essential academic services, break out rooms for team projects or group study, quiet study space, and flexible space filled with natural light and furnished to support a comfortable learning environment. The furniture in the new CLC features flexibility, privacy barriers and power outlets in many of the pieces; couple this with wireless internet access all over the building and the students have a place they can work effectively.
Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; Terry N. Fralick, vice chair of Jefferson’s Board of Trustees, Korine J. Clark, president of Student Government; Robin R. Mach, Mach Architecture; Scott A. Gray, Chair – Jefferson County Board of Legislators; Kenneth D. Blankenbush, NYS Assemblyman representing District 117; Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing District 116; and Patricia A. Ritchie, NYS Senator representing the 48th District.
Also taking part in the ribbon cutting and recognized for their involvement in, and support of, the project were: Scott A. Gray, Chair – Jefferson County Board of Legislators, NYS Senator Patty Ritchie, 48th District; David J. Phillips, Bette & Cring, Jason S. Jantzi, BCA Architects & Engineers, Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing District 116, Kenneth D. Blankenbush, NYS Assemblyman representing District 117, Robin R. Mach, Mach Architecture and Jason McCollouch of Purcell Construction Corporation.
Pictured: Jefferson Community College (JCC) president Carole A. McCoy (center holdingscissors), is joined by JCC Student Government president Korine J. Clark (left holding scissors) and Terry N. Fralick, vice chair of Jefferson’s Board of Trustees (right holding scissors) in cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open East Hall at Jefferson Community College.
Joining in the celebration were (left to right): Scott A. Gray, Chair – Jefferson County Board of Legislators, NYS Senator Patty Ritchie, 48th District, David J. Phillips, Bette & Cring, Jason S. Jantzi, BCA Architects & Engineers, Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing District 116, Kenneth D. Blankenbush, NYS Assemblyman representing District 117, Robin R. Mach, Mach Architecture and Jason McCollouch of Purcell Construction Corporation.