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NCCC TO START WORK ON FACILITY

A major addition to the administration building at Niagara County Community College will begin this week, providing a central location for the school's enrollment services.

A ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday will mark the groundbreaking for the $5.5 million addition to the southern end of the Notar Administration Building.

College President Antonette J. Cleveland said she is quite happy to be adding onto the campus.

"This is our front door," she said. The new building will face Route 31, or Saunders Settlement Road.

The new Enrollment Services Building, scheduled to be completed by August 2002, will include areas for financial aid, admissions, placement testing, advisement and all of the business office services, said Cleveland.

Those services are currently offered "all over the place," she said.

"It's consolidating all of those services so when the students arrives to enroll at NCCC, they'll be doing everything in one building," said Cleveland.

Workers will also begin renovations in April on the G Building, located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.

Cleveland said advisement services will be moving and expanding there, and additional culinary arts and student services offices will also be located there.

"Right now our Student Senate has no spot of its own," said Cleveland. Workers will move the student activities staff to where the dean of students is currently located, and F. Gregory MacConnell, the dean of students, will move over to the new addition, said Cleveland.

The college will also gain a renovated snack bar on the first floor. The game room there will be downsized as college heads anticipate installing a cyber cafe sometime in the future.

Cleveland said that the funding for the renovations comes from money given to the college in 1998 from the State University Construction Fund. The county will be paying for the improvements, but the college will pay the county back with that money, she added.

The last time capital improvements were made at NCCC was back in 1986 with the addition of the Small Business Development Center, also known as the C Annex, she said.

"It shows that the college has been expanding . . . You do have to have the facilities to take care of the incoming people," said Trustee Edward J. Pawenski.

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