Exciting projects are happening at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
A multimillion-dollar project is under way to double the size of the Campus View housing next to the college. This project will add another 144 beds. The expanded housing may open Sept. 1.
The college also plans to renovate its former indoor pool area into what will be called Raiders Cove, a student lounge with an Internet cafe, a stage, pool tables and TVs. The Cove will be part of the college's effort to expand on-campus activities to accommodate an increasing population of students who live at the campus housing. Work on the renovation of the former pool area will begin in late summer. The space may open in January. The college decided to close the pool, which went unused for several years, because of the high cost to repair and maintain it.
Meanwhile, the college also plans to renovate its cafeteria area. It will include new seating arrangements, lounge-type furniture and other changes. Work is expected to begin next month.
Much of the cost of the projects will be covered by state funding and contributions from the Fulmont College Association and the FM Foundation.
The cafeteria is due for a renovation and the Raiders Cove plan will give students a reason to be at the college after classes get out. Currently, students living at the campus housing have little to do at the college in their spare time and would need transportation to get into Johnstown or Gloversville.
We look forward to seeing these improvements at the college as the institution continues to strengthen its presence. The college provides vital educational opportunities for people living in our area and deserves the public's continued support.