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Sep 15, 2003

Corozal Community College goes large

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It’s been twenty-five years since St. Francis Xavier and the Methodist High School in Corozal amalgamated to form Corozal Community College. This morning the institution broke ground on two major projects.

Patrick Jones, Reporting

The groundbreaking ceremonies marked initiation of a project to construct a computer and technology building for the Corozal Community College. Principal of the college Endevora Jorgenson says the new infrastructure will go a long way in helping the institution meet the needs of its students.

Endevora Jorgenson, Principal, C.C.C.

“When I took office there was already some plans for a new computer building, because that the one area in which we are lacking. We have one computer lab for both C.C.C. and C.J.C. So when I took office I encountered a proposal for a new building of two computer labs. And we just further enhanced it, because our library is not serving its purpose and since C.X.C. is phasing out typewriting, we need to have the computer labs for the manuscript management course.”

But C.C.C. is not the only institution to receive an upgrade. The Corozal Junior College will also benefit from a million dollar two-storey building that will double as a hurricane shelter. Dean of C.J.C., Jose Mai, says the plan is for the new classrooms to be ready for the next school year.

Jose Mai, Dean, Corozal Community College

“The building is intended to house six classrooms, four medium size classroom upstairs and two large classrooms downstairs with bathroom facilities in the middle. We are hoping that for the next academic year 2004-2005, some of our students will be moving into that building. Our school enrolment is increasing significantly, space has become a problem, and therefore the dire need for more space.”

Vildo Marin, Minister of Works & Transport

“This is not only a NEMO building, which will be used for hurricane shelter, but also to be able to house at least one hundred more students. The other project, which is a project of the Corozal Community College and the board, is an eight hundred thousand dollar building, which will be used for technology and library.”

The two institutions have a combined student population of about twelve hundred and a faculty of one hundred, including administrators. Patrick Jones, for News 5.

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