Planning BCC's Future

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 23, 2010 at 7:17 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG) Broome Community College could soon increase its presence in the heart of Binghamton.

The college is eying a downtown location, a move that could lead to a greater partnership with Binghamton University.

Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh has more on the BCC president's map for the future.

New Broome Community College president Kevin Drumm is just settling into his job.

But he's already working on a new path for the college, and is looking to the community for input.

"Take time to learn from faculty, staff and students, what really ought to be the first priorities that I tackle," said Kevin Drumm, BCC President.

BCC is looking for increased interaction with Binghamton University. That could include BCC classes at BU's downtown center. In the college's quest for more of a downtown presence it may rent out space once the Marine Midland building is renovated.

"I just toured it the other day. it would certainly be a nice option for our students who might want to live in, if you will, in a student residence," Drumm said.

BCC students we spoke have mixed feeling about a downtown hub.

"It could kind of be a hard thing to get used to but for some of the newcomers it could be easy," said John Drooney, a BCC student.

"Get a sense of the whole Binghamton aspect. I don't come out much. I go to the mall and that's about it, so this is about as far as I go really," said Jacob Guesward, a BCC student.

BCC already has office space in BU's downtown center.

And the university says it's committed to continued synergy with BCC.

"We have a partnership, a relationship, a responsibility to the local community and to work with our students who want to continue, who don't want to go away from home," said Harolyn Pasquale, Associate Director of Admissions at BU.

BU says programs like instant admissions, which encourages BCC students to continue their education at the Vestal campus, have helped keep this budding relationship going.

For Drumm's other plans for BCC, he says the college is fortunate to have a healthy reserve fund.

He plans on renovating buildings throughout the campus that he says are rundown.

As well spruce up the entrance of the college to create a better first impression.

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