BCC Students Head Back to School

By Lorne Fultonberg

BCC Students Head Back to School

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson (WBNG Binghamton) -- The winter weather closed most schools Monday, but not Broome Community College, where students were out and about for their first day of classes.

"The first day of classes are wonderful because the campus has been empty of student life and activity for the past month, month and a half," said Rich David, BCC Public Relations Director. "And it's just really nice to see the campus vibrant with life again."

And students, in between shivers, were also happy their school was finally open again.

"I was glad that it wasn't closed because I'm really excited to start," said Emily Niesh, a first-year student.

Business student Patrick Bucher felt the same way.

"I got so amped on starting my classes that I'd rather start today than wait til tomorrow," he said.

BCC's spring enrollment is down slightly from last year, and currently stands at 5,371 students. But David sees the negative growth as a positive.

"The fact that our enrollment is slightly down is encouraging when you look at our peer community college institutions across the state of New York, which are having layoffs and eliminations of programs and things of that nature." he said. "So we're in very solid shape here."

David said the college also can look forward to several maintenance projects on campus. Work will continue on a new science complex, set to open in the fall, and a plan to build dormitories on campus will move forward this spring.