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HCC satellite renovations soon finished

October 09, 2000

HCC satellite renovations soon finished



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer


Contractors are putting the final touches on renovations at Hagerstown Community College's satellite in Valley Mall to be ready for classes later this month.

The college's new site, which includes two computer labs and three classrooms, comes with a $245,000 price tag, said Philip Snodderly, director of Facilities Management and Planning.

Callas Construction, Inc., began work on the facility in May and should be completed in time for classes to begin this month, Snodderly said.

The college moved its satellite into the corridor between JC Penney and The Bon-Ton after vacating its former space, now Garfield's restaurant, last fall.

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The college opened the satellite for continuing education classes in 1995. It attracts more than 1,500 people per month and offers more than 75 classes a semester, said Ann Shipway, director of the Department of Continuing Education.

The center will have a grand opening later this fall, but classes are scheduled to begin Oct. 16.

"This is a great new site. The community college needs to go where the people are," Shipway said. "I'm always overwhelmed by the number of people who say they wouldn't have dreamed of going to college at a college campus."

Snodderly said one classroom will be large enough to hold up to 60 people and the computer labs are state of the art. The computers and the phone system will also be linked to the main campus allowing students and faculty at the Valley Mall to access information in the college's computer system.

"It is really becoming an extension of the main campus," Snodderly said.

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