(photo courtesy: University of Tennessee)
Next month students will begin flooding into a second dorm at Jackson Community College. The new building is called Campus View II. The Executive Director of Community Relations, Cindy Allen, says, "There's several students that have come in and made decisions about third floor, first floor and where they want to be."
Allen says it is the second dorm constructed in just three years at JCC. She says they surveyed the students and discovered another residence building was needed. Allen says, "Students wanted us to be more like a real college experience where they had the opportunity to build some of those lasting friendships."
Allen says the reason the dorms were built is because of student demand. She says, "The students want to have a real college experience. They want to live on campus, with their friends, it might be the parent too who's encouraging them to have a real life experience and live on their own and for some of these students it's learning to share, learning to manage their time."
It will cost each student just under $500.00 to live in the dorms per month with all utilities included. Resident Assistant Doug Kelley will be living in the new building. He says it will open up opportunities for people from out of state to attend college there. Kelley says, "I think this just brings a lot of students here, I don't think you're going to have a lot of mischief and stuff like that where people don't leave campus."
Although JCC is still one of a few community colleges to have dorm rooms, she says the need to provide housing at the community college is growing. In fact, she says JCC is considering a third dorm. The furniture is moving in today, the students will start moving in August 1st.
Michigan Community College Association President Mike Hansen says five community colleges total have dormitory facilities established or under construction in Michigan.