Century receives $5 million for classroom building, dental renovation

WHITE BEAR LAKE – Century College anticipates the upcoming construction of a new classroom building and dental program renovation thanks to a $5 million appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in the 2012 session.

Century is currently planning a six-classroom addition that will be elevated and enclose the short section of the pedestrian bridge between the main East Campus building and the Science/Library Building. The classroom addition will be an innovative teaching resource, enabling faculty members to focus on a variety of teaching and learning styles. The new rooms will feature flexible furnishings, technology and room configurations that encourage movement, engagement and active learning.

Three of the new classrooms will accommodate 50 students and three are designed for 32 students. New men’s and women’s restrooms also will be constructed.

Informal learning areas adjacent to the classrooms for small group work will expand the boundaries of the classroom.

The dental program renovation on East Campus will replace the existing dental labs and locate the dental hygiene and dental assisting programs adjacent to each other on the third floor. In addition, Century received $560,000 in Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement funds to repair exterior brickwork on West Campus and replace windows.

"We are certainly pleased that our state leaders included the Century projects in the last bonding bill for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities," said Century President Ron Anderson. "Our students will benefit from having innovative classrooms that fit their learning styles."

Century’s last new construction project was the $20 million Science/Library Building in 2008. The space that was vacated became Century’s first student center in 2011.

Century is the largest community and technical college in the East Metro area and serves more than 15,000 credit students per year, as well as another 10,000 non-credit students in continuing education and customized training classes.