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JCC Celebrates Collaborative Learning Center Groundbreaking

Today Jefferson Community College (JCC) celebrated a new milestone in the College’s 54-year history as JCC administration, students, faculty/staff, elected officials and community members gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Collaborative Learning Center.  Scheduled for completion in April 2016, the state-of-the-art Collaborative Learning Center will combine synergistic functions and maximize opportunities for student success through collaboration among students, staff, faculty and community.  Students will have direct access to essential academic support services, library resources, break-out rooms for team projects or group study, and flexible space filled with natural light and furnished to support a comfortable and collaborative learning environment.  Funding for the Collaborative Learning Center has been provided by the College’s local sponsor, Jefferson County, and New York State.

“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 gratifying to see it come to fruition.  We know our students need innovative learning space that fosters collaboration among their peers, interaction with staff and faculty, and convenient access to support services to further their success academically.” 

The 36,000 square foot facility, designed to standards of LEED Silver, is situated between East Hall and the Jules Center.  The first floor will be comprised of academic support services for students including academic coaching, new student services, placement testing, transfer counseling, career planning & job placement, veterans services and the TRIO  Strategies To Achieve Results (STAR) program.  The second floor will be comprised of the Scanlon Tutoring Center, the College library and media center.  Both floors will contain technologically smart classrooms, group study space and wireless internet.  In addition, the building will serve as a central home base for the office of campus safety and security.  Other notable features include an information center, a café, and an open multi-purpose space that can function as a student lounge or serve as a gathering space for College and community functions.  This space will be accentuated with a fireplace and adjacent outdoor landscaped patio. 

Construction of the $11 million facility has already begun with the removal of parking lot pavement and site preparation work. Project management services are being provided by Purcell Construction Corporation of Watertown (NY).  The building has been designed by Mach Architecture of Williamsville (NY) with Bernier Carr & Associates of Watertown (NY).  The general contractor is Bette & Cring Construction Group of Watertown along with site contractor Cunningham Excavation (Cazenovia), mechanical contractor Burns Brothers Contractors (Syracuse), electrical contractor Black River Mechanical (Black River) and plumbing contractor Lawman Heating & Cooling (Lakeville). 

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; Danielle M. Scott, president of Student Government; Robin R. Mach, principal of Mach Architecture; Michael Montigelli, Jefferson County Board of Legislators, District 5; Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing the 116th District; and James P. Scordo, chair of the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees.

Pictured above (left to right): James P. Scordo, chair of the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees; Addie J. Russell, NYS Assemblywoman representing the 116th District; Michael Montigelli, Jefferson County Board of Legislators, District 5; Danielle M. Scott, president of JCC Student Government for the 2014-2015 academic year; Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; Robin R. Mach, principal of Mach Architecture; Jason McCullouch, project manager, Purcell Construction; Cedric Baggett, president of JCC Student Government for the 2015-2016 academic year; and Jason S. Jantzi, principal and architect with Bernier Carr & Associates.