Schenectady County Community College is launching a new Albany satellite location housed at the county office building, college officials announced today.
SCCC will use 10,000 square feet of space in the 112 State St. building. The goal is to start with at least 1,000 students and build from there.
Albany County has no community college of its own. SCCC has had a foothold in Albany County since 2011 as it has offered its eight-week certified nursing assistant class in the Department of Labor building at 175 Central Ave. on the third floor right above the Albany One Stop.
This is part of the five-year $11.2 million grant the college received in 2010 from the Department of Health and Human Services to train low-income people for health careers.
SCCC has been expanding its physical presence off its Washington Avenue campus during the last few years. In 2011, it began leasing 20,000 square feet of space at Center City to offer classes in eight classrooms including two mock hospital rooms with equipment as part of its eight-week certified nursing assistant class.
Last June, the college announced that it was leasing 11,000 square feet of additional space at Center City for four more classrooms as well as faculty offices and work space and common areas and a lounge for students.
SCCC President Quintin Bullock said Monday that workers were finishing installing computers and other technology into the space and was on track to have that completed this week.
The 264-bed student housing project across the street opened in August.
The college is also in the process of trying to fix up the building at 201 State St., which was donated to it in 2009 by the Kindl family. It is going to house the college’s workforce development programs. The roof needs to be replaced.
SCCC is seeking out options for additional space. Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw said the college would be interested in looking at the YMCA building across the street; it is going to become available when the tenants are moved to a new facility on Broadway.
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