A $20 million project to build Jefferson Community College's first dorms broke ground in June. YNN's Elizabeth Jeneault shows us how the school is preparing for students to live there next year.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Jefferson Community College has always been known as a commuter school. However, nearly 300 students will be able to live on campus beginning next fall.
"Honestly I think it's a genius idea, I mean, like every other SUNY school in the world has them, so why wouldn't we have them," said Lance Stenfeldt.
The college says that sort of community desire was why they began the project in the first place. Not only will they live closer to campus, but students will also have easier access to the college's resources.
"All the data shows across the country, it has for several years, that living on campus versus commuting is a real benefit. It provides a great opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, students," said Ronald Shidemantle, Jefferson Community College's Dean of Students.
The project is on schedule, with crews hoping to completely wrap up one section soon.
"They're working pretty much exclusively right now on those two wings because they're four stories so there's a lot more work to do on those structures," said Jack Donato, President of the Faculty Student Association.
Once the exteriors of both those buildings are complete, construction will begin on a building to connect the two dorms. However, that construction won't start until November.
Administrators want to make sure they are prepared for the students who will be living there.
"We need to think about how late offices need to be open, what offices need to be open, what services we need to provide, it's providing an opportunity for us to look at everything on campus and think about how we do it," said Donato.
Students have already started applying to live in the new residence hall.
The college hopes to have a model room finished by Spring so students and parents can check out what the space will look like.