Goodwin College officially opens renovated campus at 403 Main St.
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
Mayor Marcia Leclerc cut the ribbon on the latest endeavor by Goodwin College at 403 Main St. in East Hartford on Sept. 26. Several dignitaries were on hand for the unveiling of Goodwin College’s dental hygiene and ophthalmic science center. The building is currently used for other Goodwin Health Sciences and Medical Assisting programs.
Other honored guests that were on site for the ceremony were Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg, state representatives Henry Genga (D-10) and Timothy Larson (D-11), East Hartford Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Coppage, East Hartford Board of Education secretary Bryan Hall and chief of staff John Rossi, representing U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1).
“Goodwin has done some amazing things over the past few years,” said Leclerc. “I am very proud to have them in our community. There is no end to where Goodwin is going. I truly am looking forward to the next ribbon-cutting ceremony for Goodwin.”
Scheinberg took a moment to show appreciation to Capital Studio Architecture, LLC, for the work of designing the project, as well as FIP Construction for building the facility. “With a project of this magnitude, things can go very right or very wrong in a blink of an eye,” said Scheinberg. “Both firms were absolutely great to work with… The revitalization of East Hartford is clear when you see this building.”
Genga looked around at the crowd and said, “This is an amazing outcome for Goodwin College. Their future is bright and they have truly established a great place for learning in our community. This is wonderful for future students. I am excited to see what is next in their future plans.”
Genga also read a letter of congratulations from the General Assembly. The letter praised Goodwin for its investment into the community and willingness to help bring a positive feel to the area.
Hall was excited about the changes that are happening in East Hartford. “Goodwin gets better and better as the years go by,” said Hall. “I am really hoping with this wonderful building being right on Main Street, maybe the kids that feel that it is not possible for them to go to college may just see this building and think that it may be possible after all. It is a reminder that everyone deserves a chance at a bright future.”
Carmen Hufcut, the director of Goodwin’s dental hygiene program, said, “This is a state-of-the-art facility. We will open our clinic to the community for an extremely affordable rate… This is a great savings for people of the community as well as great hands on experience for our students. Because this is a teaching clinic, the students will be working even harder to be extra thorough and all the work done by students is checked by the instructor. This may take a little longer, but it is clearly a win-win situation.”