SMCC holds first classes on closing Brunswick Navy base property

By Times Record, Special to the BDN
Posted May 14, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Southern Maine Community College’s new midcoast campus, on Brunswick Naval Air Station property, held its first classes last week, the community college announced in a press release issued Thursday.

“Introduction to Composites,” a three-day noncredit class began May 5 in classrooms and labs provided by Resilient Communications Corp., an information technology firm also setting up on the base property.

Brunswick Naval Air Station is scheduled to close officially as an active military installation on May 31, after which  the 3,200-acre property will be known as Brunswick Landing and redeveloped for civilian uses.

Resilient and Southern Maine Community College are cornerstone institutions as part of that redevelopment process.

The community college held its first classes in Resilient facilities because the school has yet to take ownership of the property slated to be transferred to it by the Navy, SMCC President James Ortiz said in Thursday’s statement.

“Our delegation in Washington has done a great job helping us with the Navy, and despite their efforts to move the Navy forward with the transfer of property, our plans have been delayed slightly,” Ortiz said. “It was necessary to make temporary arrangements so that we can continue to offer these classes.”

Nine students attended last week’s classes. Among them were two Resilient employees, a lobsterman who repairs fiberglass boats, an information systems manager and civilian base workers whose jobs were eliminated as part of the closure process.

“We were very pleased to assist SMCC as part of our long-term partnership,” Resilient President Charles Largay said in a statement. “We plan to expand educational opportunities with them in the technology areas on which our company is focused. SMCC is a great partner to have and we will continue to support them in any way possible.”

According to the community college release, Resilient plans to manufacture composite boxes that will protect, house and transport sensitive communications equipment.

More advanced three-day courses in composites work are scheduled to begin next Thursday and on June 16. The full midcoast campus of SMCC, featuring five buildings and adjoining playing fields, is slated to be open for the fall semester.

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