Hudson Valley Community College has a brand new science center. The multi-million dollar facility has been five years in the making. As YNN's Megan Cruz reports, the future is bright for students.
TROY, N.Y. -- Mikala Anson wants to be a nurse, and after the opening of the brand new science building at Hudson Valley Community College, she said she's glad to be taking her courses there.
"I'm learning way more here than I've ever learned before in my life," said Anson.
The college's new state-of-the-art, 100,000 square foot science center was officially opened on Thursday. However, 7,500 students have been taking classes there since August.
Anson's microbiology lab is just one of 25 in the building.
"Brand new equipment and things that are so new and just coming out," noted Anson. "We have access to so many things that a lot of schools don't have access to."
The science center cost $47.4 million to build. The bill was paid for by Rensselaer County and New York State. Yearly tuition at HVCC costs just under under $4,000.
"To be able to provide the kind of education that students are going to need for the decades of the future," said Drew Matonak, HVCC President.
The hope is for HVCC graduates to land a job in the growing high-tech science sector in the Capital Region.
Matonak said, "They will have strong lab skills so they can move right on in with positions at Regeneron, NRI, and other companies in the area."
The college already has great relationships with those employers.
"We're constantly providing tours for community groups, employers, and engaging them with what we do here at HVCC," explained Dr. Peter Schafer, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Department Chair.
In addition to the new labs, there are new classrooms, offices, a study center, and a greenhouse.
Anson said she is thankful HVCC is making such an investment in her future.
She added, "I definitely think my chances of me getting a job are really really good."