Eastern Gateway Community College expanding in Warren

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Enrollment continues to grow at Eastern Gateway Community College in Warren, so school officials have decided to move to a bigger building in the city.

Eastern Gateway Community College announced a tentative plan Thursday to move from its location at Courthouse Square in Warren to the current location of Mickey’s Army Navy Store at 239 Main Ave. in Warren at the end of this summer. With the move, the college plans to expand and add additional programs, developing a full-service campus.

EGCC Interim VP Dante Zambrini said the school will keep its current offices for the summer and tentatively move Aug. 25.

Zambrini added that the new location will have parking space and that the college is working with Warren’s mayor and council members to strike a deal over use of the city’s parking deck. The new space will be 10,000 square feet, with two floors and allow EGCC to offer more courses, such as that require a modified science lab, Zambrini said.

“Students will be able to take their classes in downtown Warren without having to go to other places for most of our majors. We are not putting in a chemistry lab yet, but we will have a biology lab, electronics lab, we will have a laboratory access,” said Eastern Gateway Community College President Dr. Laura Meeks.

Eastern Gateway officials estimate they will double their enrollment next year. They currently have 100 students.

Estimated cost to renovate the building is around $5 million.

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