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Town/gown corroboration benefits college and community

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Successful corroboration between a local community and its nearby college can benefit both and one example is a child care center. The grand opening celebration of the Children’s Center at Farmingdale State College was held on Saturday, Dec 7 according to the school’s website.

The new $7.5 million child care center is open to the campus and the community. It accepts children ages eight weeks to pre-K and will offer a summer camp for children ages five through 12. The facility replaces the former campus child care center.

Corroboration benefits

A good relationship between the college and the community can enhance students’ higher education experiences by offering special opportunities. It is an important factor to keep in mind as college application deadlines approach for high school seniors and their younger peers begin their college search. Corroboration efforts can also attract businesses, individuals and families to make both college and community thrive.

For example, the Children’s Center provides child care enabling students with young children to attend classes and local parents to work. The center is also an employer of a dozen full-time teachers as well as students in the work-study program according to Newsday in its article about the Children’s Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec 4.

Successful corroboration gets the benefit of unique resources. For example, since the Children’s Center is located on campus, it has access to other college assets and amenities other child care operations may not.

The college website explains, ”The new location has plenty of parking and is close to the Sustainable Garden where the children have real life lessons in how our food is grown. This summer, the children made pizza sauce (with adult supervision) from their homegrown tomatoes and had a pizza party. And another teachable moment has been realized.”

Other benefits from mutual college-community support includes opportunities for networking, finding mentors, gaining new skills and adding experience to resumes.

Check out the video for some top college towns according to the American Institute for Economic Research and compare to their previous list. Note that on Dec. 6, nwfdailynews.com reported, “Officials at the American Institute for Economic Research discovered this week that the score for entrepreneurial activity was incorrect and had artificially improved the area’s ranking to fourth instead of 30th as it should have been.” It is wise to visit and draw your own “best fit” conclusions.

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