Better Labs Mean Better Learning

We live in a world where science can achieve almost anything. But even modern science can’t manufacture money — and that’s exactly what Herkimer County Community College needed to build up-to-date science labs.

For years, HCCC’s labs lacked the latest amenities needed to match the competitive edge the college’s staff and curricula already offered.

Oversized work stations, an awkward layout and outdated equipment made teaching difficult and lab work potentially hazardous.

Three grants totaling $130,000 from The Community Foundation’s Harry F. Dise, Wesley & Marion Small and Rosamond G. Childs funds helped bring a five-year capital campaign to a successful conclusion, allowing the college to move forward with the needed renovations.

As a result, beginning with the fall 2012 semester, students will be studying in state-of-the-art labs that complement the other strengths of HCCC’s science program.

At Utica College, similar support — in Community Foundation grants of $73,360 in 2011 and $100,000 in 2010 — are funding renovations and equipment in laboratories at the Gordon Science Center.