CCC Fulton Campus: Nurturing Oswego County Learners for 20 Years

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Cover Story

Members of the 20th Anniversary Committee are from left, Sgt. Ralph Stacy, Jr. ’97, JoAnn Harris ’95, Judy Campanella ’78, Joyce Crandall ’02, Sue Witmer ’90, and Misty Digaetano ’01.  Not pictured are Pat McCurdy and Louise Wilson ’72.

Members of the 20th Anniversary Committee are from left: Sgt. Ralph Stacy, Jr. ’97, JoAnn Harris ’95, Judy Campanella ’78, Joyce Crandall ’02, Sue Witmer ’90, and Misty DiGetano ’01. Not pictured are Pat McCurdy and Louise Wilson ’72.

Cayuga Community College saw the need for community college services in Oswego County.    In the spring of 1994, after five years of study, the decision was made to create The Fulton Extension Site of CCC.   The College opened with 94 students enrolled in two rented classrooms in the basement of the Fulton Education Center in downtown Fulton.  After outgrowing that facility in just 6 months, it was moved into the former Holy Family School building on West Third Street, Fulton that summer.  In 1996, SUNY approved the Extension Center designation.

As part of the College’s Facilities Master Plan, 50,000 square feet of space was leased in a vacant discount department store and a new home for the Fulton site was designed.  The central feature was an innovative Learning Commons that combined the Library, Academic Support Center, and open Computing Lab.  Each would have about 60 stations with the open design allowing the space to “flex” to meet varying needs.  Construction began in 2000 and a groundbreaking was held at 806 W. Broadway on the new Fulton Center.  By the next year, the Fulton Center moved to the new facility.

In 2004, to accommodate the increasing student enrollment, 5,000 feet of unfinished space within the Fulton Center was renovated that added four classrooms and seven offices.

Growth continued, and in 2006 SUNY approved Branch Campus status educating more than 1,000 students and offering complete degree programs on site.

In spring 2011, Cayuga County approved the purchase of the former P&C Foods building in Fulton’s River Glen Plaza as well as 45 adjacent acres.  Kick off for construction was held in December, and the new Fulton Campus at River Glen Plaza was opened to students by fall 2012.

Currently there are close to 140 employees on the Fulton campus and approximately 23 are alumni.

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