BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Community College is expanding this summer to meet growing enrollment numbers and increased demand for course offerings.
College President Lawrence Barrett led staff and students on tours of the still-in-the-works facility on Friday afternoon.
The school is converting an 18,000-square-foot space in Maine Hall that was used as storage space for equipment and machine tools, according to Barrett.
“We’re growing,” Barrett said. “We’re growing at a fast rate, and we need space.”
The renovated space will house four “state-of-the-art” classrooms, which can be opened up to create a much larger space to accommodate up to 200 people for campus events and lectures, according to Barrett.
The studs and framework for the walls are in place, and Barrett said the classrooms will be ready by the time classes begin in the fall.
A second phase of the project, set to be complete in the summer of 2013, will create a Student Success Center, which will house programs such as tutoring services and study space geared toward improving retention rates at the school.
Barrett said the project is fully funded by student enrollment money and the fact that the college was able to use an existing building saved a lot of money.