Westchester Community College Unveils $19M Student Center In Valhalla

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VALHALLA, N.Y. - It took some time to complete, but Westchester Community College feels its new student center on the Valhalla campus will be more than worth the wait for students.

Pat Hennessey, a spokesperson for the college, said an awkward amount of time between classes can now be a little more enjoyable.

"A lot of students, if they have some free time between classes, might either have to go back home or somewhere off campus only to come back for their later class," Hennessey said. "This student center allows them to stay on campus here and be comfortable."

Two years of construction and $19 million later, WCC unveiled the new center this week. Portions of the building remained open through the process but Hennessey said the building is now fully operational for students and faculty members.

The center includes an improved cafeteria, a coffee bar and expanded lounge areas for students. For students studying culinary arts, the building also features a state-of-the-art learning kitchen. Health services, security and counseling departments will also have office space within the building. 

Hennessey said the building is a big improvement for campus life.

"We don't have dorms here, and many of our students spend their entire day here," Hennessey said. "So this gives them a space where they can go and relax."

The student center is the third improvement to the Valhalla campus in recent years. The college opened its $40.5 million Gateway Center, which houses various classrooms and labs, in 2010 and the campus' library underwent a $15 million expansion and renovation project in 2002.

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