September 20, 2014

Community college builds new infrastructure as student numbers fall

Despite dropping enrollment, Southeast Community College is moving ahead with major construction projects on several campuses.

SCC President Jack Huck says one addition to the Lincoln campus is a building combining student services, classrooms and a book store.

“Progress is excellent,” Huck says, and they’re right on target to be done in July. He says the mild winter allowed the project to move forward quickly.

SCC will also remodel the Energy Square in Lincoln, with work starting this fall.

Another project getting underway is construction of a third dormitory-apartment building on the Beatrice campus.

Huck says they should start moving dirt on that student housing project this week with it being ready in early October.

Plans are also in the works to replace the roof at the Cornhusker Hall dorm on the Milford Campus, as well as upgrades to the Lincoln Campus cafeteria.

The latest enrollment count shows SCC’s number of students has fallen 8% from last year’s fourth quarter. For the year, enrollment is down 6%.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice