Citing its commitment to provide two campus centers in each of its service area counties outside of Genesee County, and the continued growth in enrollment at the Orleans Campus Center, officials from Genesee Community College announced plans to open a second Orleans County Campus Center location in Medina. News about the coming educational facility was announced at a special morning meeting convened at the Apple Orchard Inn in Medina on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 10:30 AM.
The Medina Campus Center will be a 9,000 square foot facility. The new campus center will feature two modern computer labs and a state-of-the-art science lab – the first campus center to have a designated science laboratory. There will also be five to seven other classrooms, as well as a lobby and reception area, and faculty, staff, advisor, and administrative offices. The Medina Campus Center is slated to open for classroom instruction in the summer of 2007, and will be located on the south side of Maple Ridge Road (Route 31A) between Main Street (Route 31) and Bates Road.
Following the model of several other campus centers, the Medina Center will be built by Orleans County developer Herring Enterprises, LLC, owned by James F. Herring. It will be built to the specifications provided by Genesee Community College, after which the College will enter into a lease agreement with Herring Enterprises.
The new Medina Campus Center will be Genesee Community College’s sixth campus center, with other campus centers located in Albion (Orleans County), Lakeville and Dansville (Livingston County), and Arcade and Warsaw (Wyoming County).
With the new Medina Campus Center, the College’s main campus in Batavia, and its well- established Distance Learning program, Genesee will have eight centers of learning.
Genesee Community College President Stuart Steiner led off the Medina Campus Center announcement with information about the College’s continual growth and about the College’s commitment to Orleans County and the Medina area. “Many of our students and friends in the Medina area have expressed hope that if we were to add a second campus center in Orleans County we would increase service to this community,” he said. “Our Board of Trustees has a commitment to Orleans County, and I take great pleasure in announcing that we will fulfill this commitment by opening a second Orleans Campus Center in Medina.”
Allen Kidder, the associate dean of the Orleans Campus Center in Albion was also available at the announcement and noted that residents do not need to wait until next summer to begin their academic pursuits. Classes are being offered this summer and also this fall at the Orleans Campus Center located at 456 West Avenue, Route 31 in Albion.