Gannon testing center getting facelift
By Robin Morales
A new construction project, centered on the testing center in the Gannon Building, began during the holiday break and is expected to become the sole location on campus for student testing services.
“We’ve had two different testing centers,” said Matt Lemon, manager of LCC Testing Services. “One for placement (previously in the Gannon Building) and one for courses and certification (previously in the TLC building).
“Over the years that’s been confusing for students.”
Lemon said the decision to streamline services into one center was undertaken, in part, to fully utilize the space available in the Gannon Building behind the StarZone.
According to LCC Associate Dean Gary King, the college anticipates work on the revamped testing center to be completed during spring break.
While construction in the Gannon Building continues, students will be relocated to the testing center in the TLC Building, also under a long-term renovation project.
According to Lemon, the testing center will be largely unaffected because construction will not begin in that area of the TLC Building until after the Gannon project is finished.
“Students expect a distraction-free, quiet test environment and that’s what we provide,” Lemon said. “Our construction folks have been very good about noise around our existing space in TLC.”
In addition to concentrating all testing services in one location, Lemon said the new Gannon testing center will offer more effective assistance to students and extend hours of operation, including on Saturdays.
As of this writing, no further renovation projects in the Gannon Building have been confirmed by the college. However, discussions for improving the design of the StarZone at a future date are under consideration, according to King.