EDITORIAL: A college campus moves to Meriden high school

EDITORIAL: A college campus moves to Meriden high school


It was a shame when budgetary issues forced the closing of the Middlesex Community College campus in Meriden. Losing the school at 55 W. Main St. was a blow to downtown revitalization efforts and presented students with a dilemma. They could either find a way to commute to the campus in Middletown, drop out, or try to find another school. For some, the loss of the school campus meant a lost opportunity.

That dilemma was solved to a large degree when the college arranged with the Meriden school system to move the campus to the newly renovated Platt High School. Some may say it is not ideal to hold college classes at a high school, but given the alternative of no school at all, it seems like a good solution.

Arrangements appear to be designed to make the inclusion of a college campus at Platt as least disruptive as possible. Classes run from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting after the final high school classes of the day. Ten classrooms near Platt’s new media center have been set aside for college use.

The fall schedule in Meriden offers more than 50 courses, and allows the college to offer courses in science in Platt’s new classroom laboratories. That’s something the school was unable to do at its downtown location. Enrollment could reach up to 500 students, according to officials.

Ideally, the campus would have remained downtown, in a space exclusively its own. But having accepted the setback, school officials on both sides of the agreement have taken what could be considered the most important step. That is, quite simply, keeping opportunity available for college level students who otherwise would be turned away. Considering education is all about opportunity, it’s worth cheering the beginning of what is a very different new school year.

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