July 19, 2011


TC3 opens Cortland building

TC3Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Tompkins Cortland Community College opened its new $1.8 million extension center on south Main Street in Cortland on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s new 10,000-square-foot extension center opened Monday, following a construction project that began last fall.
The center at 157 south Main St. features four classrooms, two computer labs, a boardroom and a training room. Martha Hubbard, director of, said the center marks a new effort for the college to increase its presence in Cortland County, including adult students looking to go back to school.
“We’re very happy with this facility,” Hubbard said. “We can do a lot more for the students here.”
The extension center cost about $1.8 million, according to previous reports.
Hubbard said the new facility is a lot more spacious than the extension center’s previous location at 22 W. Court St, which had three classrooms, one computer lab and was only about 3,500 square feet. The new facility also has 49 parking spaces compared to the West Court Street building’s 14.
The space will allow for more classes, Hubbard said. The college held 50 sections of courses at previous location. They plan to have about 75 sections available at the south Main Street facility this fall.
TC3 students can stop by the new facility to register for classes or use the computer labs. Classes will begin there this fall.
“I think students are really going to enjoy taking classes here,” Hubbard said. “If they live in Cortland, it’s going to save a lot of gas.”
The building also has a boardroom and training room that local businesses will be able to rent. Hubbard said the college is still deciding on its room rental fees.
She said the center will provide a meeting place for Cortland businesses. The college plans to have customized training for area businesses and non-profit groups, through its workshops.
The county swapped the south Main Street property, originally the site of the old Robbins Vending and Moose Lodge buildings, with former TC3 extension center on West Court Street.
The county planned to renovate the West Court Street building for a new Horizon House Adult Treatment Center, but plans are being re-evaluated. Another option would be to sell the site and put it back on the tax rolls.
The land the county swapped with TC3 was purchased with part of the county’s share of $2.9 million in state tobacco settlement funds.
Hubbard said the last few days have been very busy as people moved furniture and other items from the old facility to the new one. She oversees the new extension center and the college’s other extension center site in Ithaca at 118 N. Tioga St.
She said she is excited for students to use the new facility.
“We do a variety of things here,” she said.


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