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New Center at Cayuga Community College

DATE: 08-26-2003

Thursday, August 28, marks the dedication and official opening of the new Regional Economic Center at Cayuga Community College. Three years in the making, the striking addition to the Auburn campus brings together an array of enterprises in what college president Dennis Golladay calls a “catalyst for progress.”

The program for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony in the Center's lobby includes:

Dennis Golladay, Ph.D., president, Cayuga Community College

Peter M. Blauvelt, chair, College Board of Trustees

Hon. Raymond L. Lockwood, Jr., chairman, Cayuga County Legislature

Hon. Gary D. Finch, New York State Assemblyman, District 123

Remarks by Hon. Michael F. Nozzolio, New York State Senator, District 54 (Read by staff assistant Joan Grela)

Remarks by Hon. Sherwood L. Boehlert, United States Representative, New York District 24 (Read by staff assistant Susan Dwyer)

Michael F. Luck, Ph.D.. SUNY vice president for philanthropy and alumni affairs

Ronald J. Birk, director of the Applications Division, Office of Earth Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Edward F. Cox, J.D., member, SUNY Board of Trustees and co-chair, Community College Committee

Hon. James T. Walsh, United States Representative, New York District 25

A partnership of federal, state and local governments as well as private contributors made the $5.1 million Regional Economic Center possible. As a campus of the State University of New York, Cayuga Community College was granted funds from the SUNY multi-year capital plan. Further funding came through federal sources with the assistance of United States Representative James T. Walsh and from Cayuga County, the local government sponsor of the college.

“As a community college,” said college president Golladay, “it's central to our mission to connect the life of the campus with the life of the community. The inspiring design of this beautiful new building will surely attract the notice of the community. And what takes place inside will directly involve area residents?from schoolchildren learning geography to college students pursuing degrees, and from adults seeking to upgrade their employment to employers needing specialized employee skills to improve their competitiveness.”

Crediting those responsible for the Regional Economic Center, Golladay said, “Each of these officials and entities has served as an agent of change, not only to our skyline, but more importantly, to the services our campus provides to the community. And now, this building itself, through all the enterprises it houses, will be a catalyst for progress.”

Groundbreaking for the Center took place on October 27, 2000. Now completed, the new building, designed by Joy, McCoola and Zilch Architects, features a curved fa?ade of stone, glass, and composite aluminum, a sweeping circular roofline, clerestory windows with louvered sunshades, landscaped front and rear entrances with circular patios and seating areas, and a two-story lobby decorated with terrazzo tile in a stylized map of the Finger Lakes.

Situated off the lobby and the main corridor are classrooms for Cayuga students; the offices of several area agencies providing employment services; the new home of the college's NASA partner, the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology; and the college's Business and Industry Center, a workforce training complex.

Directly inside the main entrance to the Regional Economic Center is the Cayuga Works Career Center. Equipped with classrooms, interview rooms, offices, a resource room and workstations for client use, Cayuga Works houses a cluster of employment training, assistance, and placement agencies for efficiency and greater convenience to area residents seeking new or better jobs. Settling into their new home on the college campus are:

Cayuga Counseling Services

Cayuga County Employment and Training Department

Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency

New York State Department of Labor

New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Seneca Cayuga ARC

The third “anchor tenant” of the building, the Business and Industry Center, offers contract employee training programs, including customized courses, to area businesses and government agencies.

Additional classroom space provided by the new building can?t come too soon for the Cayuga Community College student population, now in a three-year streak of double-digit enrollment increases. Enrollment at the college is up 15 percent over fall 2002.