Hoping to up their enrollment numbers, Fulton-Montgomery Community College is getting quite the make over. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, the college is transforming their institutional atmosphere to a more vibrant one.
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. -- Newly enrolled FMCC student James Haberek said, "I'm really excited about coming here, to FM."
James Haberek is one of many high school graduates anxiously waiting for September, so he can start attending FMCC. But 2012-2013 will bring more to the campus than just students.
"This summer, we're renovating the cafeteria and we're expanding student housing," said FMCC President Dustin Swanger.
With enrollment numbers down three percent since last year, Swanger tells us the new look is an effort to appeal to more perspective students.
"Part of what we need to do as a college to be attractive, is update the facilities and make sure that students want to be here, they're attracted to the facility," said Swanger.
Haberek said, "Students don't want to be like oh this is a bad place to be, I don't want to be here. Students should have a comfortable setting."
Also on the agenda to get a new makeover, the old pool room, which will soon be home to the college’s Raider's Cove.
"We're taking a pool that doesn't hold water anymore and we're turning that into additional teaching space for a small gym and then we're adding an evening student gathering spot," Swanger said.
"If students have stuff to do, I feel like they're going to stay out of trouble," said Haberek.
The$ 14 million campus makeover will not affect tuition, but will rather be paid for by a combination of state aid, school fund raising and a loan.
High school guidance counselor Greg Chase tells us the college's new appearance will likely resonate well with high school graduates.
"Students want it to look different from high school. They want it not to be, you know, grade 13. They want to see it as a place where they're furthering their education," said Chase.
The cafeteria and housing projects are slated to be completed by the end of August. Raider’s Cove will open in January of next year.