Monday, March 17, 2008

Connecting with our Community

Last fall, FLCC completed a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan designed to identify needs for new and renovated facilities on campus over the next five years. The plan offers a wide range of projects, but our priorities are very clear: classrooms and laboratory environments that support learning and improved student space on campus. Our project includes two related projects. The first part calls for building a new Student Services Center which would include a convenient "one stop" enrollment center (admissions, registrar, financial aid, advisement, etc.), student life offices, a modern style cafeteria, the bookstore and a general purpose 350 seat auditorium space. Moving these functions to a new building would open up a considerable amount of space in the main classroom building, which would be completely renovated in the second phase of the project to include new science labs, general purpose classrooms and additional space for growning programs like music recording technology. This project will change the face of FLCC and would make a tremendous difference for our students for years to come.

This spring, I've begun reaching out to a wide variety of community groups to talk about FLCC - what makes us special, our new strategic plan and goals, the results of our recent economic impact study, our facilities plans and the important role community colleges play across this country. Last week, I spoke at a Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce "Bagels and Breakfast" meeting, and I met with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES and also with the superintendents of area school districts. This week I'll be sharing the presentation with both the Geneva and the Canandaigua Rotary as well as with the FLCC Foundation Board. College officers and members of the Board of Trustees are participating in this outreach effort, which will include more than twenty community organizations over the next two months. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to listen to the members of the community we serve and also let everyone know about the exciting new directions at the college. In April, we'll host a community forum and will invite everyone in the area who has an interest in the college to come to campus and learn more about the future of your community college.

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