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The Cornell Cooperative Extension building in Auburn.

AUBURN — Cayuga Community College took a step forward in making a trio of capital projects a reality. 

CCC's board of trustees endorsed the college's request for getting the projects considered for state funding at a special meeting in Auburn Thursday. SUNY community colleges are able to annually request SUNY capital funding for campus initiatives. 

CCC would request the funds through SUNY, which would look to incorporate it into their funding requests for the state executive budget, CCC president Brian Durant said. CCC will bring the capital projects to the Cayuga County Legislature's Dec. 13 meeting. If approved, the initiatives would be sent to SUNY for consideration in the hopes of the projects being included in the state executive budget by April. From there, CCC would start the projects in some capacities by the summer, Durant said.

The college is requesting $2.4 million for site and infrastructure improvements to the Cornell Cooperative Extension building in Auburn. The college seeks to use the 19,243-square-foot building as a collaborative workforce development center, where agencies such as CCC's Continuing Education and Workforce Development division, Cayuga County Employment and Training, state Department of Labor and the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency would all be under the same roof, with cost-sharing with marketing, resources and staffing.

The extension donated the property to CCC in exchange for a no-cost lease of some of the property to the extension. The anticipated value of the building and property is $2.4 million, which matches the amount CCC would seek from the state, Durant said.

For the second initiative, CCC wants $500,000 to expand the college's childcare program. CCC's Faculty-Student Association donated that same amount to CCC for the project. Durant said the college has expanded its childcare services in recent years, citing Cayuga Community College Child Care Center's "rich history of being a community resource in supporting community day care needs." He said the money would allow CCC to explore either acquiring a new building, enhancing its current facilities, or providing additional space to serve more families and improve its day care operations. 

For the third capital project, Cayuga County Community College Foundation has donated $100,00 for campus infrastructure improvements in the hopes of receiving a matching amount from the state. The project includes column repairs and other external enhancements, with additional work being identified once winter passes, Durant said.

Durant said he is excited about the projects.

"When we're talking about partnerships in the area of workforce development, partnerships in the area of expanding childcare, certainly we know that it demonstrates our mission and our vision extremely well by supporting our community in both areas," Durant said.

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.


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