New Dansville Center Becomes Vital Part of Community Life, Dean Reports

Genesee Community College at Dansville, the newest of Genesee Community College's five Campus Centers, is fast becoming a central part of community life in the Dansville area, Associate Dean Pete Soscia reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

More than 200 students are now enrolled in credit courses, Dean Soscia said-double the number enrolled in Genesee courses offered in Dansville High School a year ago.

Just as important, community groups are regularly using the Campus Center, located on Robert Hart Drive, near Route 63 near the village border, for meetings and activities. These include:

• The Dansville Economic Development Corporation, which meets monthly to plan economic initiatives benefiting the Dansville area.

• The Town of Dansville Comprehensive Planning Work Group, which meets every two weeks to produce the long-range community development plan and set the stage for small cities and business incubator grants.

• The Dansville Central School District, which uses the Center two to three times each week for curriculum planning and leadership meetings.

• The Dansville Chamber of Commerce, which uses the Center for community functions, such as a Mardis Gras event and Small Business Development seminars.

The Campus Center Advisory Council, which currently consists of ten civic and business leaders, helps set the Center's direction and promotes connections between the College and the community. "The Advisory Council will probably expand to between 14 and 16 members and become even more important in the year ahead," Dean Soscia said.