Kelli Hennessey, a liberal arts major from Benson, works on a P.C. in the computer lab while student Greg Lambert and Christ Ettori and Robin Dutcher prepare the space for first day of class, Jan. 23.
Rutland The Community College of Vermont is poised to open a multi-million dollar downtown campus building in Rutland that it believes will be the model facility for similar urban centers around the region.
A leading presence in Rutland’s academic community since 1981, the new CCV facility is likely to become the institution’s flagship campus south of the Burlington area.
The new building, built by DEW Construction Corp. of Williston, will boost CCV’s already positive image throughout southern Vermont with its state-of-the-art classrooms, art rooms, study areas, and science labs equipped with spill sinks, glassware, electronic lecterns and projectors, chemistry and biology storage units as well as fume-hood areas.
This newspaper received a preview of the building which opened, unofficially, just a week ago to deadline-driven movers and work-detail crews.
Staff members and work study students are busy preparing the building for its official Jan. 23 opening. Then, 800 students will pour through the entrance doors to return to classes during the spring semester.
“Rutland is now the college’s second largest academic center,” said Christopher Ettori, who acts as both the campus operations and administrative manager, as well as an instructor. “We’re one of 12 campus centers throughout the state.”
CCV Rutland currently serves 800 students from the Rutland and Windsor counties as well as a growing number from Addison and Bennington counties.
“We’ve seen a 30 percent growth in enrollment in just five years,” according to Ettori. “That’s why we decided to build a new facility and move out of our old 16,000-square-feet Evelyn Street campus.”
Ettori, along with Robin Dutcher, CCV’s public relations coordinator, we’re beaming like the proud parents of a new baby.
“We’re very thrilled with this new space,” Dutcher. “It’s a showcase.”
According to Ettori, the new building doubles the size of CCV’s former space on Eveyln Street.