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ECC looking to expand programs at downtown campus

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With a new science building almost ready to start construction and a major reconstruction of another building for more science programs at ECC North, the college is shifting attention to programs for the City Campus.

There was a big fight seeking to build that new building downtown with some connection with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. College President Jack Quinn says the plan is for academic hubs, with the North Campus focusing on nano-technology and advanced manufacturing.
"The City Campus would become the hub of expertise for the health sciences and everything that's related to that, with an expansion of the nursing program," Quinn said.

"So, right on the heels of what we think has to be done at North, we're going to suggest, and our Board of Trustees is very much aware of this, they've supported the idea. We believe our next focal point has to be City and it will be the health sciences."

Quinn says a consultant report is due very soon on where to locate that expanded nursing program between the present buildings and the medical campus, while allowing students to get to their non-medical classes. He says that might include expansion of the current shuttle bus system serving all three campuses.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.