Future of Broome Community College Discussed

By Kerri O'Hara

Future of Broome Community College Discussed

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 13, 2006 at 12:59 AM EDT

Faculty and staff at B.C.C. were told to wake up every morning to six words that inspire them.

It's advice from a National Geographic movie called, "What's Right With the World", shown at the college's spring convocation.

"Now is the time take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Now is the time to be open to possibility both large and small," said B.C.C. President Dr. Laurence Spraggs.

That means encouraging programs linking the college with the community, and building dormitories that Spraggs says would attract more students.

Right now, students at B.C.C. don't live on campus, but it isn't out of the question for the future.

This spring, Spraggs says the college will study the possibility of dorms.

"I think we're going to go places and going to make a difference in Binghamton," said Assisstant Art Professor Patricia Evans.

"We are offering the best value not in terms of the money, but in terms of the quality of education," said Assistant Math Professor Hakan Ugur.

Spraggs also wants B.C.C. to provide dual enrollment.

It allows students to finish high school and go to college at the same time.

Half of eleventh and twelfth graders across the nation take part in dual enrollment, getting college credits for free.

"We need to provide that to students in this area to give them a head start on admission or college and ultimately a reduction in cost," said Spraggs.

It's a savings to students and their parents that would be be important because costs keep going up.

B.C.C. has raised tuition the past two years, but it's still relatively low compared to similar schools.

A $34 million Communications Technology Center is also proposed for the B.C.C. campus.

Some county lawmakers want to use the $17 million in tobacco settlement money, and they're waiting to see if the state comes through with the other $17 million.

But, County Executive Barbara Fiala is concerned state funding and construction won't be complete within 3 years, as required to spend the tobacco money, and she'd rather use it on renovating the George Harvey Justice Building.

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