October 31, 2011
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FRCC to Celebrate Completion of Boulder County Campus Renovation

Students, staff, and guests will mark the completion of a $1.98 million renovation of Front Range Community College-Boulder County Campus with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The renovation includes new science and Medical Office Technology labs, improvements to 16 general classrooms and the creation of two new classrooms, expansion of the Geographic Information Systems lab, and reconfigured office space that allows more academic advisors, financial aid counselors, and new faculty to meet with students.

“Our improved facilities will support student success and sustained enrollment growth,” said Linda Curran, Boulder County Campus vice president. “In the past four years, the number of students attending the Boulder County Campus has increased 20 percent, and our full-time equivalent enrollment has increased 26 percent. In short, we have many more students, and, on average, they are taking more classes per semester.”

More than 3,000 students are enrolled this semester.

Overall, 37,400 square feet of space was touched by the renovation. All but the computer labs were repainted and re-carpeted, and all classrooms were wired for and provided with up-to-date technology.

Beyond paint and technological infrastructure, the renovation gives more opportunities for student success in the classroom:

  • One new basic science lab was added; four other science labs were “right-sized” to accommodate 24 students each.
  • One Medical Office Technology (MOT) lab was added.
  • In the Classroom Building, 12 general education classrooms were “right-sized” to accommodate at least 24 students each. In the Administration Building, four existing general education classrooms were “right-sized” to accommodate 24 students each, plus yield two new general education classrooms.
  • The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab was enlarged to accommodate six more students (24 total).
  • Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD) videography lab/production shop was added. This will assist students with internships.
  • The Student Success Center was enlarged to accommodate additional computer stations, math and writing labs, and tutoring services.
  • Six new faculty offices were added to accommodate new faculty hired in response to enrollment growth.

These improvements were made in the Administration Building:

  • Three offices were added in Advising.
  • Two offices were added in Admissions and Records.
  • Private space was created for Financial Aid counseling.
  • One new office was added in Recruitment and Outreach for a newly hired bilingual recruiter.
  • The Testing/GED Center, Call Center, and Cashiers areas were expanded.
  • Handicapped access was added to front reception desk.
  • An energy-saving airlock was added to the entry.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting will include Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System; Andrew R. Dorsey, FRCC president; Scott Passe, secretary of the Student Government Association; and Kathy Weber-Harding, president and CEO of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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