Jefferson Community College is now accepting applications for its first residence hall.
It can't come soon enough for some students, like JCC freshman Caylin Blankenship.She travels from her home in Antwerp to get to her classes several days a week. She's worried that drive may become difficult when the season changes.
"I live 40 minutes away and in the winter time it would be easier just to walk across campus than having to drive in the snow," said Blankenship.
Blankenship may not be able to escape the snowy drives this winter, but relief is on the way. She is one of about two dozen people who have filled out applications for East Hall, JCC's new residence hall.
Right now workers are putting up the walls and the roofing on the two wings but come fall this construction will be transformed into this. The four floor building will be able to fit almost 300 students.
Dean of Students Ronald Shidemantle said the residence hall will include programs to enhance student's educational experience.
"There's going to be a programming model that the RA's (resident assistants) are going to be implementing and it's going to be a holistic approach to the undergraduate student experience, so there's going to be several programs, time management skills, study skills," said Shidemantle.
As for Blankenship, she believes living on campus will give her a chance to gain her independence.
Monday, May 2, 2016, Watertown, NY