Watertown-- Jefferson Community College is hoping to compete with other Community Colleges and expand their campus. The expansion will provide dorms for current students looking to live on campus. Being focused on ones education is the benefit of living on campus, as students will not have to commute and can be close to school. ABC50 spoke with President of JCC Carole A. McCoy on the expansion and asked about the blue prints of the dorms they shared with us.
The residents living area will have 290 beds and have available single rooms, to rooms that fit up to 4 students. Some benefits of building this 17 million dollar project will provide incentive for students to build community-like bonds with other classmates. Hopefully, more students will join clubs, participate in school activities, and be less likely to miss school due to the snow in the winter months. According to an article “Living on campus could mean higher GPA” stated that studies show students who live on campus do better in school, obtaining higher grade point average than those who live off campus.
According to a feasibility study JCC conducted in 2008 showed that JCC was capable of housing 221-356 bed facilities for their students. The community college is currently updating their feasibility study and it will be complete by the end of October-the beginning of November of 2012. This new study will allow for JCC to ensure that their 290-bed construction is accurate or if they need to do any changes to the plans before starting to build.
Jefferson Community College has had some additional exciting turn of events taking place at their school. JCC recently received a new Board of Trustee member appointed by New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuamo. Governor Cuomo appointed retired Army Colonel David J. Clark the current site manager for General Dynamic Information Technology on Fort Drum. Located on the Army Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) on post, Clark directs and trains contractor teams that provide support for to soldiers.
Clark once served as deputy commander at 10th Mountain Division where he deployed to Iraq and was responsible for 16,000 U.S. Forces assigned to Iraq’s Multi-National Division Center. Prior to being a deputy commander, he was the Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) at Washington, D.C. After D.C., he came to Fort Drum in 2005 and retired his 30-year active duty military career in 2009 where he has remained in Watertown, New York.
Jefferson Community College is always looking to improve and grow. From their board of trustee members to their professors, and the type of programs the college provides for their current or future students. Since Carole A. McCoy has become president 5.5 years ago, JCC added 9 new programs. The hope is that by adding dorms, students will be set up to succeed and that more graduates would be equipped to enter the work force.