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Starting next Fall semester, over 450 students will be able to make Genesee Community College their home away from home.

The college held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the construction of two new residence halls at College Village on Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.

John Sisson, the Director of College Village, says there is demand for the additional 64 beds the construction would create.

“We had about 580 applications last year and 389 beds so this will bring us to a little over 450 beds and it will allow us to accommodate more students,” Sisson said.

President Jim Sunser says it helps GCC students connect to true college life.

“College Village has been an integral part of what we’ve tried to do to help students experience a full, comprehensive college experience and this is going to be just another step in that direction,” Sunser said.

GCC started instituting dorms in 2001. Sunser says GCC has led the way for constructing residence halls at community colleges.

“It absolutely is a model for other community colleges in the state,” he said. “It’s fairly recent phenomenon – in the last decade – of having housing on campus and Genesee had it long before most community colleges did so we’re well-known.”

The project is expected to cost $2.8 million. Sisson says College Village is also working on building more community areas to further add to the residential college experience.

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