It's finals week for community college expansion Finishing touches are all that's left before campus opens for classes Aug. 28

August 21, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Construction crews are busy on last-minute touches to classrooms and academic offices at Anne Arundel Community College's Glen Burnie campus.

Yesterday the college began accepting registration for fall credit classes at the former Arundel Center North. But the new campus won't open until Aug. 28, when a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., followed by an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Classes begin Sept. 3.

The $1.1 million project, which began in April, will nearly double the college's space, allowing the school to expand its services and for the first time offer daytime credit programs. It also will establish six classrooms, four computer labs, seminar and conference rooms, and space for academic and student services.

Before renovations, students could only register for classes at the site. Now they will be able to attend classes, see an academic adviser, apply for financial aid, be tested and tutored and watch telecourses.

A student lounge will have vending machines, a microwave and a place for students to relax.

"They need something to eat. A cup of coffee before they jump into the classroom. A place where they can open up their books, and this will provide that," said Fran Turcott, a college spokeswoman.

More ceiling lights have made the lobby brighter. And except for a few small things, such as a banister that needs to be stained and a bookstore that needs books and bookcases, work at the college is almost complete.

The college expects to draw at least 250 students each day at the new campus. County officials hope the campus will help revitalize the adjacent Glen Burnie Town Center, which officials want to turn into a residential and commercial development. The area "will be a community hub," said Ronald M. Hearn Jr., assistant dean of work force development and business services for the college.

The additional space has allowed the college to add an interactive distance-learning classroom that links with two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state. It is the same system that was installed last fall at the Arnold campus.

And now adults in the college's self-paced computer reading program will have a separate room where they can go for individual instruction and study.

"You can only take the machine technology so far, and then somebody needs to work with someone," said Bill Borges, manager of operations for the college of continuing education.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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