On February 2 CCV-Rutland students, faculty, and staff welcomed Governor Peter Shumlin, the VSC Board of Trustees, and friends and community members to the ribbon cutting that officially opened CCV’s newest academic center.
Speakers at a brief outdoor ceremony were CCV President Joyce Judy, Governor Peter Shumlin, VSC Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Moore, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, DEW Properties, LLC President Don Wells, and VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan. Following the ribbon cutting, all were welcomed in for refreshments and tours of the new building.
- The new building’s 32,000 square feet doubles the size of CCV’s former facility on Evelyn Street. Among the the features offered in this new, larger space are:
- 24 classrooms (there were 15 in the old building)
- four computer labs totalling 100 computers
- two 900 square foot science labs (with updated equipment) for anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and environmental science classes
- two 800 square foot art rooms with a kiln and four pottery wheels
- a large learning center
- a main floor student lounge with smaller gathering spaces on upper floors
- 1100 square foot multipurpose room on the first floor with windows overlooking West Street
Rutland area Dual Enrollment Program
In his budget address in January Governor Peter Shumlin proposed an increase in state support for programs that help high school students who want to save money by taking college courses during their junior and senior years.
CCV’s Introduction to College Studies (ICS) targets this group, and CCV-Rutland has been a leader among the 12 Centers for ICS enrollments. Ginger Gellman, coordinator of academic services, says the center has cultivated strong relationships with guidance counselors at eight area high schools and at the Stafford Technical Center, which helps to bring about 60 students to ICS courses in Rutland each semester.