Students join with administrators and faculty to celebrate the opening of the Student Collaboration Center in the Business building.
Professor of Business Laura Sosa explains how the center came to fruition.
Business student Ben Benson makes good use of the new space before the crowd has even left.
A spontaneous meeting of students on the very first day.
West Windsor, N.J. – With the official opening of the Student Collaboration Center in the Business building (BS109), Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is providing a state-of-the-art environment where business and technology students can get the job done.
During the opening reception on Nov. 10, Professor of Business Laura Sosa said, “We want our students to have a holistic experience. We have created this center so that they can collaborate outside the classroom, much like at four-year colleges.”
She recalled the process of proposing the new facility as a lesson in business. “Dean [Winston] Maddox and I went to the administration to request a room like this and they provided the funds to make it happen. They could have said ‘no,’ but they said ‘yes.’”
Sosa encouraged students to forge into the workplace with ideas and not be afraid to pitch them. “Some day you will be in the business world and make proposals such as this. Sometimes you will be told ‘no,’ but you should always ask, because sometimes you will be told ‘yes,’” she said.
In her remarks, MCCC President Jianping Wang concurred. “Without Professor Sosa’s tenacity, this room wouldn’t have gotten done. Students come first at Mercer. We wanted to do this right. You are the reason we are here. You inspire us every day.”
The spacious center is equipped with small tables, a conference table, couches, a white board, several computer stations, and a printer, as well as two televisions that air the latest business and world news. The color scheme and furniture were selected to create a business environment.
Dr. Wang envisions the new facility allowing students to stay on campus longer by giving them a place to study, complete assignments, and share ideas with their peers. She encouraged them to provide feedback as they utilize the space.
By the end of the opening reception, students were already taking the administration up on its offer. Business student Benjamin Benson, for one, was seated at a table with his textbook open. Benson, who works for Shop Rite’s “Shop from Home” division, puts in as many as 38 hours per week on the job while attending college, so his time is precious. “I will definitely use this room to study. I have always had to go home to study and then go to work. Now I will be able to get assignments done on campus.”
The room is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may use the room at any time without reservations.
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