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For Immediate Release
July 8, 2010

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Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Breaks Ground on New Facility

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Rochester, NY — “This has been a long journey,” said Dr. Melva L. Brown, dean and executive director of the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC) during a groundbreaking ceremony held earlier today for the Center’s new facility.

The five-story building, located at 161 Chestnut Street in Rochester, will house the adult academic and career training programs for the REOC and bring together students and employees currently located at three separate locations throughout the City of Rochester. The REOC is sponsored, in-part, by The College at Brockport, and is the only tuition-free adult training facility in the area.

“The students who graduate from REOC will be better prepared to continue on to college, and to join or re-join the workforce,” Brown said. “This new facility will ultimately provide an environment that will allow REOC students to more effectively compete with the workforce of today.”

Once renovations are complete, the new facility will have achieved LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status. The facility will include state-of-the art classrooms, a 500-seat multipurpose area, a cosmetology salon, and culinary bistro. The facility will enhance REOC’s ability to meet the needs of students, teachers, and the community. The multipurpose area, equipped with updated presentation technology, will better accommodate the full student body for presentations, class discussions, events and public gatherings.

REOC is about “creating windows of opportunities in young people’s lives,” said The College at Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD. “I see this groundbreaking as a greater connection to Rochester and Monroe County.”

REOC’s current facility is located at 305 Andrews St. in Rochester. The new building was purchased in 2008 and renovations are expected to be completed by Christa Construction in 2011. Images of the new REOC facility can be found at

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