To meet demand for more classrooms, administrative offices are relocating
By Denise Dick
Eastern Gateway Community College continues to grow.
Summer enrollment at the Valley Center downtown is 555 students this year, compared with 406 in 2013. That number includes 159 new students. That upward trend is continuing for fall. Already, 853 students are enrolled compared with 573 in fall 2013.
“Six new classrooms and computer labs are being created [at the Valley Center] to meet the increasing demand for class space,” Ann Koon, EGCC spokeswoman, said in an email. “These are for general use across all course offerings.”
To make way for those new classrooms, administrative offices in the center in the Plaza Building at Federal Plaza East are moving out.
“On July 3, offices for the academic advisers, interim vice president for the Mahoning Valley [Dante Zambrini], and others were moved,” Koon said.
“In the next phase later this month, the remaining offices for admissions, financial aid, receptionist, etc. will be moved.”
Those offices will be located temporarily on the 10th floor of the Chase Bank building on Federal Plaza West.
Plans for a permanent location are being considered by the college and its partner, Higher Education Partners, which owns the Valley Center.
Demolition is underway at the Valley Center to make room for the new classrooms and computer labs, which are slated for completion for the start of fall classes Aug. 25.
Two other classrooms are under construction in another section of the Valley Center.
“These are larger classrooms which may be expanded into one room,” Koon said.
“The room can also function for interactive video distance-learning so an instructor may teach on the main campus and also instruct students at the Valley Center or visa versa.”
Eastern Gateway opened in the Valley Center in fall 2012 and earlier this year, HEP bought the building signaling at least a 20-year commitment from the college to remain in downtown Youngstown.
The college opened in the Mahoning Valley in 2009 in the former Forum Health Northside Medical Center on Gypsy Lane, and then moved in 2012 to the fourth floor of Choffin Career and Technical Center on East Wood Street.
A Warren Center will open at the former Mickey’s Army Navy this fall. Eastern Gateway previously offered classes at a building on Courthouse Square in that city.
The college also offers courses at the career-technical centers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and plans are underway for a manufacturing college in the Valley.
Enrollment at EGCC’s other Valley campus also is on the rise: At the Warren Center, 34 students are taking classes this summer with 67 students registered for fall semester.
An open house is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Valley Center when students will be able to tour the facilities and meet with an admissions representative to discuss career and transfer options.
During this time, students may apply, take free placement testing, learn about financial aid and register for classes. Students must bring an official high-school transcript for this process.