by Carol Thompson
Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus.
The new location at the former Kmart Plaza is the fourth — and final — home for the college, Dr. Daniel P. Larson, president of Cayuga Community College told those in attendance.
The ceremony marks the completion of the nine-month, $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus.
The first course work in nursing was offered in Mexico in 1979 and in 1994, the first campus was located at the Fulton Education Center. The college moved to the former Holy Family school building and in 2001 moved to the leased campus on West Broadway.
The college foundation has purchased the remaining part of the River Glen Plaza so over time the campus can move into the storefronts, Dr. Larson said.
Athletic fields and student housing are the vision for the future on 45 additional acres that have been purchased.
“We want you to know that our doors are open to the entire community,” Dr. Larson noted.
Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, said she couldn’t say enough about the project as she congratulated all those involved with bringing the project to fruition.
Matt Driscoll spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo, congratulations and thank you for your investment in our collective future,” he said.
Assemblyman Will Barclay said it is a very proud day for the City of Fulton and he congratulated all involved.
“You really ought to be very proud of yourself,” he said.