Work Begins on Academic Support Center

Major renovations for Middlebrook Hall

Thanks to the award of a Federal Title III grant and other generous gifts, York College will take its first steps to develop an academic support center during the summer break in the college’s Middlebrook Hall. Constructed nearly sixty years ago, the project will make Middlebrook fully accessible with the installation of an elevator. The new student success center combined with enhanced access will provide a new level of academic service for students.

Ms. Erin DeHart, coordinator for special populations services and tutoring said, “With money from the Title III grant, York College can open this center and provide academic support to all students. There are many instances when students need academic help. Whether it be transitioning from high school to college, study skills, or learning strategies; whatever the adjustment the student may need help with, the Student Success Center can provide the structure to help students achieve academic success. Our goals are to find the best outcome for every student, assist each one as an individual however we can, and find a way for everyone to achieve their maximum potential. With the right setting, enhanced resources and easy access, our goals have become much more attainable. The winners are our students.”

During its history, Middlebrook has served a wide variety of needs from student housing and cafeteria services to administrative and faculty offices and an athletic weight room. The $2 million, Title III grant focuses on student success adds a new purpose for the facility and a timely one, enhancing the academic success of current YC students. In addition to the U.S. Department of Education award, funds for the project are being provided by the York Community Foundation as well as private gifts.

Dr. Steve Eckman, York College president, added, “Middlebrook has always been the center of campus. It will now become the academic hub of the college. With the addition of the Student Success Center and two state-of-the-art classrooms, York College will be able to emphasize the core of our academic purpose in ways never before possible. While the grant will improve technology campus-wide, the Middlebrook classrooms will be newly constructed and accessible for everyone.The Title III grant allows us to address one of our greatest needs on campus, improving student academic success.”

Development of the academic success center will occur over a five-year, multi-stage process that will provide students with access to the facility, renovated space and enhanced technology. In addition to access to the success center, the renovations will provide access to smart classrooms and an increased portion of the faculty. Construction is scheduled to begin on April 26 with projected completion during the fall semester.

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