Students at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle will be hitting the books again next Monday. But, what awaits them when they come back to campus next week?
Construction of NMCC’s new wellness and student centers began this past May and since then the campus has been a little topsy-turvey, but the school’s president says they’re in good shape for opening day.
NMCC President Tim Crowley says ”A big portion of our push was to get the parking lots ready so that we have places for students to park. So, the contractor has been really helpful to us in getting space ready, so these new parking places behind me will be open next Monday.”
Crowley explains that campus orientation was handled a bit differently to help students acclimate to the changes going on.
“Well, we’ve changed it this year. We’ve done more online. We had a group of 180 students here last week. So, we’ve tried to spread it out, give them different options, so that we could accommodate them.”
Crowley says the campus has been buzzing since school let out back in June.
“The construction and renovation project has really dominated the summer in terms of interior and exterior, but now we are at the point where we’re pulling all that back together so we’ll have full access to facilities beginning on Monday.”
The parking lots have had new lighting installed and parking spaces will be lined this week with the exception of one parking lot, which won’t be ready for a couple of months Crowley says. When all is said and done, he adds, there should be 20 additional spaces then there were before construction began. Crowley states the project is a little ahead of schedule and should be finished by early Spring.
Crowley exclaims, ”We’re excited about where we are right now and looking forward to this project wrapping up in April.”