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The Dansville Online
  • GCC makes its final move

  • While it has made its final move out of a building it had occupied for a decade, Genesee Community College at Dansville is also marking the beginning of a new era.

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  • While it has made its final move out of a building it had occupied for a decade, Genesee Community College at Dansville is also marking the beginning of a new era.
    GCC finished its changeover into the former Dansville Middle School June 27 by moving in the last of its items and conducted a student orientation that night.
    Summer classes begin Monday, July 2.
    Although the physical move is complete, and summer classes are beginning, there’s still plenty of sorting and finishing touches that need to be done, associate dean Peter Soscia said.
    In addition, parking lot renovations are expected to be taking place during the fall semester.
    The former middle school library will be converted to Clara’s Commons, a student lounge named after Red Cross founder Clara Barton, who had a summer home in Dansville.
    In addition to the lounge, the new facility will allow the college to immediately expand its math, science and art curriculums.
    While a campus theater group is not planned for the immediate semesters, Soscia said the college plans to utilize the auditorium for hosting other kinds of public performances such as “Grapes of Wrath,” produced by Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, which is planned for December.
    Soscia said that some of the school’s expanded opportunites will also include hiring students for some of the school’s functions.
    “I think we have an obligation to hire our students to do things our students should be doing,” he said, illustrating that office technology students should be running the office; and that marketing and promotions students can advertise community events.
    “I would like to create an environment in which students are getting marketable, real skills that reinforce what they learned in those classrooms.”
    Already, the college used some student labor for its move, including building cabinets, countertops and painting to name a few.
    Aside from using its own students and staff, the school utilized a small family business, Corfu-based Reeb Family Moving, for relocating the heavy-duty items.
    The lease for the former middle school is for 10 years, with the option to expand its area within the school as needed.
    Soscia said the partnership with Dansville Central School District has helped make this move a success.
    “This is just extra work for them, but you’d never know it. They act like we are all one team,” Soscia commended.
    “It’s about the community,” he added about the partnership, “which is why it works.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Summer session runs July 2 through Aug. 3; fall session starts Aug. 27. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Aug. 20.
     
     
     
     

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