New CCC location in Fulton celebrated as campus expands
By Alyssa Mammano
Cayuga Community College celebrated the culmination of nine months and $16.1 million of construction on its new Fulton campus with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
In attendance were alumni and current administrators of the college, as well as Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward.
CCC President Dr. Daniel Larson, SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher, chairman of the college board of trustees John Camardo, vice president of the College Foundation David Contiguglia, associate vice president and dean of the Fulton campus Maggie Killoran, deputy chair of the Cayuga County Legislature Timothy Lattimore, Oswego County legislator Terry Wilbur, JMZ Architects and Planners principal Karin Green and senior vice president of LPCiminelli Kyle Tuttle all spoke at the ceremony.
Following the speeches was the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon in front of the new campus entrance followed by a tour of the facility. This included viewings of the main entrance and lobby area, learning commons, classrooms, health service and student lounge suites, biology labs and art classrooms.
The new campus lies in the River Glen Plaza off Route 481 in Fulton, and is the location of the former P&C grocery store. The 82,150 square-foot facility houses 38 classrooms encircling the learning commons library.
A total of more than 1,100 students have registered for fall semester classes at the new campus. Students are accommodated with more than 100 student lockers, student lounges, a Barnes & Noble bookstore and a 900-vehicle parking lot.
CCC was approved by the Oswego County Legislature to offer courses in 1978. In the spring of 1994 it established an expansion center at the Fulton Education Center, and in the fall of the same year moved into its West Third Street location. In 2000, ground broke at the new West Broadway location for the Fulton campus extension, and a year later the college made the move.
As enrollment grew to 100 percent capacity, the college investigated possible new locations. In the spring of 2011, CCC purchased the property as well as 45 adjacent acres. Soon after, the College Foundation purchased the majority of the plaza.
“We needed a larger campus to provide the gateway to higher education for the people of Oswego County and surrounding areas,” Larson said.
Construction began on the site in December 2011.
Also located within the plaza are K-Mart and the Dollar Tree. K-Mart will remain in the plaza until at least 2018, with the option to renew its lease at that time.
The Dollar Tree is committed to its lease until February 2014.
However, CCC plans to eventually convert the entire site into its campus. Plans for the 45 acres include the possibility of athletic fields, student housing or additional academic buildings.
“One of my first priorities was to find a larger, permanent home for our thriving Fulton campus. Today, I am pleased to celebrate with you the vision that has become reality—our new Fulton Campus at River Glen,” said Larson.