Officials from Erie Community College, the ECC Foundation and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation gathered Wednesday at an event to kick off renovations to the auditorium in the Gleasner Administration Building at ECC’s North Campus in Williamsville, NY.
The Erie Community College Foundation received a $140,000 grant in 2009 from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation to make the renovations, which will include improvements to the auditorium’s lighting and the installation of air conditioning.
The 400-seat auditorium is currently used for music classes, drama classes, theater productions, large lecture courses and for events such as the Nursing Department’s pinning ceremony and the Law Enforcement Academy’s graduation ceremony.
“The campus community is absolutely thrilled to begin renovations of the Gleasner auditorium,” ECC President Jack Quinn said. “The cultural hub of the North Campus, the auditorium plays a key role in creating a positive learning environment for our students. I would again like to thank The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for their generous support of this project; without their help, this fantastic improvement would not be possible.”
The project is part of ECC’s Facilities Plan to renovate the North Campus. While nearly, half of ECC’s students attend North Campus, it is ECC’s oldest campus and in need of significant renovation.
Across the campus, ECC has completed several renovation projects with assistance from private sources, including a new wing for the Dental Hygiene program, a Gas Field Operators lab, a BioManufacturing lab, an Industrial Refrigeration lab and training room and Indoor Overhead Line Mechanic lab.
In addition, more than 10 smart classrooms, an Ophthalmic Dispensing lab, an Organic Chemistry lab, the Law Enforcement Academy and art studios have been renovated using funds allocated from the college budget.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.