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GCC Foundation sets reception

BATAVIA – The Genesee Community College Foundation will hold a two-hour “mix and mingle” reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hillside Inn on East Bethany Road, Wyoming.

College President James M. Sunser, Director of Development Richard G. Ensman Jr. and Todd Bender, an alumnus and foundation member, will discuss an ambitious “Transformative Project” planned by the college and funded by a $24 million capital appropriation from the state.

A two-story Student Success Center, linked by a walkway to the Conable Technology Building, will house all core student services. Cost of the 9,500-square-foot facility is $5.2 million.

The offices of admissions, registrar and financial aid are now scattered around the campus in makeshift spaces.

A College and Community Event Center, at 43,000 square feet, will be the area’s largest meeting space. It will be located adjacent to the college’s athletic fields and will cost an estimated $13.9 million. It will be available for student gatherings as well as community trade shows, charitable events and exhibitions.

A third phase would renovate space vacated by student services into 15 to 20 classrooms and labs. Site preparations will begin in May and the new buildings should be ready for the fall 2016 semester.

The foundation also is completing two new housing units for about 60 students. The College Village, next to the Batavia campus, will house about 450 students. Since community colleges do not have housing, the complex is owned and operated by the GCC Foundation, a separate corporation.