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9/11 remembrance ceremonies were held across the nation Tuesday including in the Rochester area, where students, staff, first responders and veterans gathered at the MCC campus in Brighton.

The rumble of  motorcycles from the Patriot Guard were among the sounds and sights at the MCC ceremony. That volunteer group often comes to events involving veterans, including funerals, Honor Flight and other activities.

Students at Monroe Community College are expressing outrage after the college launched an active shooter drill on its Brighton campus this week without telling them the lockdown was planned. The college has since apologized for error and said it would ensure all future drills are identified.

Many students took to social media, saying they feared for their lives. They say in today’s climate, all drills should come with a warning. But some critics say such drills are not effective if those involved know there isn’t an actual emergency; they say the anxiety produced by unannounced drills leads people to react authentically and take the instances seriously.

We talk about how active shooter drills should be handled with our guests:

  • Tony Perez, chief of public safety at MCC
  • Kevin Booker, MCC student
  • Irvin Williamson, MCC student
  • Audrey Sample, MCC student

Krenzer Farms

You've probably enjoyed the mild early winter weather, and we know winter is coming. For area farmers, an extended fall allowed many to recoup crops planted late following a wet spring and dry summer.

A ceremonial launch of construction Tuesday morning at one the four former Kodak buildings that will become MCC's new downtown campus.

Speakers shared praise for those who battled to place the college at Kodak, and expressed anticipation for future MCC students who will use the place.

"We all believe in downtown. And most importantly, we all believe in the potential of the students who will enter these doors beginning in the fall of 2017, said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks."

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Officials announce a project labor agreement for the Downtown Monroe Community College Campus ensuring only local laborers will be working on the project.

According to officials, there are plenty of reasons to use local laborers to build the new campus. Rochester Building and Trades Council President Dave Young says bringing in out-of-state contractors can lead to strikes and delays. County Executive Maggie Brooks says hiring Rochester businesses will help save over half a million dollars.

"Sparking" Student Interest

May 20, 2013

Monroe Community College has announced new scholarships designed to increase student interest in welding careers. 


Tuesday night, Monroe Community College received the official green light to relocate its downtown campus to Kodak's headquarters on State Street.  Lawmakers voted 19 to 9 (along party lines) to supply 3 million dollars for MCC to purchase and renovate several buildings at the site. Winn Development owns the Sibley Building, where MCC currently has its downtown campus. Gilbert Winn says the vote is "disappointing." 

MCC Extends Lease at Sibley Building, For Now

Feb 23, 2012

The board of trustees at Monroe Community College has voted in favor of signing a new five year lease for its downtown campus at the Sibley Building.

The unanimous vote Thursday morning does not change the school's long term plan to relocate to buildings near the Kodak headquarters on State Street.

Renewing the Sibley Building lease gives the downtown campus a home for the short term.

The price tag is $3.35 million in the first year with a 5% increase in each succeeding year.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress appeared on 1370 Connection to discuss the recommendation to move MCC's downtown campus to space available near Kodak's world headquarters building.

Kress talked with WXXI's Bob Smith about the Board of Trustees's decision process and why the Kodak site on State Street was chosen over the Sibley building on Main Street. That choice goes against the wishes of Rochester Mayor Tom Richards who supports keeping MCC in a renovated Sibley building.

Kodak Shows Off HQ Space Available to MCC

Dec 1, 2011

Officials from Eastman Kodak say 549-thousand square feet of underutilized building space would be a good home for a new Monroe Community College downtown campus.

The buildings sit south of the Kodak Tower, facing Morrie Silver Way. Four of the five office spaces are vacant and available for MCC to use.

Arline Liberti, Kodak's manager of Rochester Facilities,  says bringing MCC's Damon campus to the company's headquarters would be a “win-win” situation.