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College wants part of new center leased by tech company that can provide internships
susang@journalpub.com
Central Penn College is looking for technology companies to lease 7,500 square feet in its new $6 million Advanced Technology Education Center, which officially opened May 9.
The college has a partnership with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, Middletown, to market the space. The space is leasing for $17.25 per square foot plus janitorial fees.
James Garraway III, career services director at the college, said the school is looking for a company — preferably a tech business — to provide internships to its students.
He said the college and the center have been trying to lease the space for about
a year.
"There's a lot of leasing opportunities out there right now," he said. "It's been quite a challenge."
The space is unfinished, but it is wired for the latest technology, Garraway said. He said that he hopes the fact that the new center has its own restaurant and meeting rooms will help. The college also features an on-site child care facility.
"The greatest benefit is having the work force that's ready to go," he said.
Formerly Central Penn Business School, Central Pennsylvania College is a private school on a 30-acre campus in Summerdale, East Pennsboro Township, about five miles west of Harrisburg. It enrolls 625 students.
The new center, which has 56,500 square feet, allows the school to expand its offerings and double its classroom size, said Phyllis Hurley, marketing services manager for the college.
Classes began in the center in January, but the college waited until May 9 to have the grand opening.
School administrators wanted to finish the restaurant downstairs and make
other modifications.
The center will be linked to the campus by a newly refurbished, 133-year-old, 100-foot-long historic bridge. The 20-ton wrought-iron bridge was transported from Mount Joy to the campus May 6.
Central Penn offers two-year programs in health care, legal careers, office administration, business and information technology.
The college also offers its own bachelor's degree program with concentrations in fields such as e-business and marketing. The classes are designed to be completed in three years.
The new center houses the college's information technology department and has classrooms for its computer information systems courses.
In 2000, Central Pennsylvania College became the first college in the area to be named a Cisco Teaching Academy.
The college also offers certification classes in Oracle databases and Microsoft.
Hurley said the college had only one small network-routing lab for IT students to use.
The new center has two labs and more than 100 new Pentium 4 computers.
Classrooms feature interactive SMART Boards. With this technology, projectors hang from the ceiling and beam computer images onto a screen. Teachers and students can push buttons on the screen to get the computer to perform functions.
The new center also can be used for conferences and events. The college has a three-year contract with the Hilton Harrisburg & Towers to manage the conference rooms and the student restaurant, which is called Scoozi Café. Hurley said the college notified area caterers and hotels that it wanted to provide hands-on experience to its students in restaurant management and event planning.
"They're farming for employees, and at the same time, our students are getting practical hands-on experience," Hurley said.
The main meeting room can seat 300 for dinner or be broken down into four small conference rooms — all with teleconferencing capabilities.
Dan Clipper, general manager of the conference center and Scoozi Café, said that the Hilton wanted to focus on opening the restaurant and is just beginning to market its conference-room space.
Clipper said there is plenty of need for meeting space, especially for groups looking to have free on-site parking.
"I don't think the market is anywhere near saturated," he said.
The Hilton hopes to be busy enough to take bookings two to three years in advance.

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