Student housing improvements, new CDC resident in college master plan

By Cody Medrano

The Laramie County Community College master plan, which was presented as a draft to the LCCC staff and board of trustees in August, includes plans for student residence halls and nontraditional student housing on campus.

Future LCCC student housing
Locations of the future student housing proposed in the draft of the LCCC master plan are shown. Courtesy.

Plan allocates new student dormatories, nontraditional student housing

LCCC interim president, Dr. Miles LaRowe, said the nontraditional housing, which would be situated on the west end of campus, is geared for students with families.

Carol Hoglund, LCCC vice president of administration and finance, said the nontraditional housing would include apartment-like suites instead of traditional dorm rooms. According to LaRowe, the need is growing for nontraditional housing, and the average age of LCCC students is 27.

“So we, in fact, recognize that there are any number of individuals who may have families that would really like to attend the college,” LaRowe said, “and we would like to help them out as much as we can.”

Upgrades to the traditional student housing are also included in the plan, Hoglund said.

New Children's Discovery Center planned

The plan calls for construction of a new building for the Children’s Discovery Center, Hoglund said. She added the new CDC would be situated closer to the residence halls and the future site of the nontraditional housing, and it would be closer to the academic buildings with programs that benefit from interaction with the children.

“One of the things that the discovery center is doing is integrating into the instructional programs,” Hoglund said.

In an LCCC Board of Trustees’ study session on Sept. 7, trustee Dr. Kevin Kilty said the addition of the new CDC building would allow the program to vacate the spaces they currently occupy, which would allow the space to be used for classrooms and offices.

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