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Brockport Downtown replaces MetroCenter

by brockportnews
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 pm

The College at Brockport has been undergoing several construction projects throughout the past few years; creating new buildings, renovating older buildings and establishing more efficient spaces for faculty, staff and students alike. These transitions may have come with some nuisances so far as traveling is concerned, however, the end result was always to have an easier and better means for carrying out necessary work. Virtually every student on campus has been aware of or impacted by these different projects, but work that goes on off-campus is virtually unknown by the on-campus population. 

While changes to an off-campus location may be news to students who both live and attend classes on the main campus, the majority of all students attending Brockport are commuters. According to usnews.com, the college hosts a total of approximately 7,180 students overall with 67 percent living off-campus. Much like changes to the physical campus, some changes have taken place to the Brockport off-campus location. Not only was the building moved from 55th Street and Paul Street to the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center at 161 Chestnut St. in Rochester, but its name was also changed. 

What was previously called the Brockport MetroCenter, has recently been renamed Brockport Downtown. Initially established in 2003, the MetroCenter has offered more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate classes to more than 12,000 students overall, according to the Brockport Daily Eagle. The Daily Eagle also held record of a parting note left by the previous staff of the MetroCenter for students and faculty who would be using the new building, wishing them a “successful learning environment and community for all the students who will attend classes there.”

With the change of location came alterations to available services and programs for students who travel to the off-campus building. Brockport Downtown has its own library services, parking and dining options, which are in the works of being expanded currently, according to brockport.edu. One interesting aspect of Brockport Downtown is its schedules. Rather than a typical five-day week, some programs functioning in the new building also take place throughout the weekend, on Saturdays. This availability allows for students to have more options for classes.

Flyers from the new site offer information regarding parking surrounding the building, guidelines for being granted access to enter the building as well as services like printing and tutoring. Brockport Downtown hosts two useful parking location options for students, in addition to the availability of on-street parking. All three of these options help to add flexibility to different students’ schedules. For example one of the available parking garage options, the Midtown Parking Garage, offers an $89 monthly payment plan as well as a $10 daily maximum option or a $2 hourly rate. If this permit option is a difficult one to meet for students, there are other payment plans. Such as the option for on-street parking. This option offers a $2 hourly rate for parking, but also offers free parking after 6 p.m., during weekends and holidays. These options show the different facilities and benefits readily available for students. 

While students have some changes to undergo, instructors also have much to look forward to. The classrooms at Brockport Downtown are state of the art, meaning they have brand new equipment and furniture throughout. Jeffrey Linn, Ph D. is one of the professors who offer courses at the new center. He explained the new technology is very different from previous classrooms and allows for a completely different teaching and learning experience.

“[The classrooms] are nice because you can log on… and have everything on your computer and it goes up on two screens,” Linn said. 

Linn went on to state how different technologies have grown and become more incorporated into the classroom environment. From using online drives to replace physical hard drives to transitioning from chalkboards, to smart boards and eventually more advanced smart boards with better capabilities, he said technology has had a strong impact on the way classes have been taught.

“When I was a principal, everyone wanted smartboards. I could buy like two a year and teachers [weren’t too happy] about that. Then everyone got them and now everyone has to have a one-to-one device now,” he said. “You wonder how long it’ll last. When will the next state of the art thing come out? We’ll see where it is in five years.”

With a new location, name and equipment, it is clear Brockport Downtown has a lot to offer both students and faculty. For more information regarding this location and its services visit brockport.edu.

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