After decades of renting several different classrooms and offices in downtown Davenport, Scott Community College is celebrating the opening of a new, urban campus. This afternoon, it held an open house at the West Classroom Building, on the corner of Third and Main streets.
Chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Don Doucette, says the renovation of the former bank is the first phase of a $32 million project. And the goal is to provide the highest quality of education programs and services.
Renovations will continue through April at the second building of the new campus, on the corner of Third and Brady.
The east and west buildings will be connected in the back, and a courtyard will be created in the front.
Parking will be available in one basement, and the college is renting space in the city's two parking garages.
Doucette says Scott Community College's new urban campus is a direct response to the rapid growth of downtown Davenport. He's a member of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Board, and says the campus will help attract and retain young people.