High Tech Education Moves to Local College

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

19-year-old sophmore Kailynne Gawlik moved into the new "Campus View" apartments over the weekend on the Jackson Community College campus, and says she was amazed how similar it was to home.

"It was exciting because i've never been away from home, so it's kinda neat," said Gawlik.

She's staying in a cushy pad. The 6.8 million dollar hall has 96 beds. Each room is 425 dollars-- and comes fully furnished-- including a full kitchen, satellite TV and wireless internet access. Students like Kailynne can expect another change at JCC for the 2007-08 school year. A new state-of-the-art information technology center and library.

The multi-million dollar Atkinson Hall is near completion, and boasts six 58-inch screen plasma televisions, along with an open computer lab with 50 computers, 30 laptops....plus breakout rooms with internet access and LCD TV screens.

"I think we all have a little learning to do here," said Cindy Allen

Allen is the executive director of community relations at j-c-c, and says both the technology center and the residence hall have helped bolster attendence.

"Our enrollment was up about 14 percent over the same time last year, and last year we recorded record enrollment," said Allen.

In 28 years not a single building has been constructed on j-c-c's main campus. Now within just over a year, two buildings are going up. Both students and faculty agree campus life will be changing for the better.

"More and more traditional aged students are realizing that for the money this is one heck of a deal, said Allen. They're coming out here with this type of technology and the type of faculty we have on board here, these kids are getting a great start."

For people like Kailynne, the residence hall and technology center are gateways to knowledge and friendship.

"It helps with your social skills and stuff. To move out to a university, to help you transition," said Gawlik.

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