APRIL 24, 2014-- A public hearing tonight helped neighbors understand future of the Porreco Center. At the meeting neighbors of the campus on 38th Street learned more about the plans to develop the Porreco Center into a community college. A major concern for neighbors at the meeting was construction, but the school assured them they plan to use existing buildings for the school. Porreco College officials say the school will grow slowly and plan to have everything complete in 8-10 years. They say they already have 300 students at the Porreco Campus and plan to add 150 more next fall. Once totally complete they expect the student capacity to be about 1,000-1,500. The school says this community college fills a void in the area. For a full time student the cost will be just 2,300 dollars with the help of the Porreco Promise. All of the people at tonight’s meeting agree creating a community college in the area is a great idea and will be an asset to the community, but they did have some concerns. The fence surrounding the school was a major concern for neighbors. Officials ensured them they wanted to work with them before making any big decisions. Porreco College officials say they plan to host more neighborhood sessions throughout the project. The school plans to offer 4 associate degrees and 1 certificate program during the fall of 2014.
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