Supervisor Art Johnson did the honors as he cut the ribbon to say the SUNY Adirondack campus on Route 9 was open and running October 16.
At the short ceremony - students were due in for a lecture in thirty minutes - speeches were short - and the tours of the facility afterward spoke eloquently of commitment to education.
SUNY Adirondack - then Adirondack Community College - has had a presence in Wilton for 17 years. - initially, catering to night-time students who were full time workers.
Now, and the facility has been educating students since Labor Day you will find the parking lot filled day and night. Easy to see why.
A tour of the building shows state-of-the-art hands on science labs., a range of classrooms with a multitude of computer stations, wide picture windows with views of the McGregor range and the multi-media room where the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held.
About 700 students are taking classes at the 32,000 sq ft facility - check that parking lot.
Mike and Jeannie Dennis were there to enjoy and beam in satisfaction. Mike has been the College's Wilton landlord and the new campus is his dream realized.
He and Jeannie have been staunch supporters of community colleges and Mike (and daughter Erinn) have served on the College's Foundation Board. Mike and Jeannie gave $100,000 gift to support the College.
Mike's support of the College is being carried on by son-in-law Dean Kolligan and his wife Erinn. Dean as head of McGregor Village Development has been the man coordinating and ensuring the completion of Campus on time and on budget..
One-third of SUNY Adordack's students are from Saratoga County and the new Campus reflects their importance to the College.
Mike Prutsman is the Director of the Center and can be reached at 584-3959