December 18, 2014

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Lorain County Community College invests $1.5M to update building

ELYRIA — A nearly 50-year-old building on the Lorain County Community College campus is getting an update.

The Physical Science Building renovation will cost more than $1.5 million, officials said. It will include a math studio, which will provide space for group and individual tutoring.

The State Controlling Board announced the release of the funds Monday, said state Rep. Matt Lundy.

“Strong math skills are critical to competing in the changing jobs market, and mastering math always helps with critical thinking for life,” Lundy said.

Tracy Green, vice president of strategic and institutional development, said math remains the biggest struggle for LCCC students, with more than 48 percent of tutoring on campus occurring in math.

The program is a part of the college’s 20-year campus master plan.

Earlier this year, the college embarked on a $2.4 million Health Careers Building renovation that included renovating laboratories for clinical science, dental hygiene, physical therapy and phlebotomy. That project, coupled with the construction of a $12.9 million laboratory sciences building, gave the college the space to create the math studio.

“The Physical Science Building hasn’t been touched since it was first built in the 1960s,” Green said. “This will allow students to work together in a more cohesive way, which goes with the realignment of our academic divisions.”

LCCC is consolidating academic divisions for the upcoming school year as a part of a plan that will save the institution $2 million. Health, Physical Education and Recreation will be aligned with Allied Health and Nursing; the Business Division will join Engineering and Information Technology, and the Division of Social Sciences and Human Services; and the Academic Foundation will merge with the Science and Mathematics Division.

As for the upcoming building renovation project, the math studio will be the main component, but the old physics area will become four classrooms. Green said the entire building is nearly 50,000 square feet and the renovation will touch roughly 19,000 square feet.

The majority of the project is expected to be completed by spring of 2015.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.