Business Community, Former Governor Herald in Goodwin’s Renovation
Goodwin College’s unveiling of a multimillion dollar renovation of 403 Main Street drew praise from local civic and business leaders as they toured the facility on Thursday, September 26.
The $4.4 million expansion and renovation has become home to many of the College’s Health Science programs. Very soon, it will house two important new programs for Goodwin – Dental Hygiene and Ophthalmic Science.
The building is located on the south end of Main Street in a part of East Hartford that the College has not only expanded into, but done its part to revitalize and improve.
“We’re all winners in this,” said East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. “It’s not individual. It’s us as a community that really shines.”
To celebrate the completion of the project, as well as the addition of the programs, Goodwin held a three-part event. A traditional ribbon cutting took place, followed immediately by an East Hartford Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Before and during the party, former Governor John Rowland remote broadcasted his drive-time WTIC News Talk 1080 radio show from what will soon be the dental clinic reception area.
“It’s a beautiful building and what we’ve you’ve done in East Hartford from an economic development beautification standpoint is quite extraordinary,” said Rowland of the new facility.
Programs such as Medical Assisting and Occupational Therapy Assistant have been underway in the building since it opened at the start of the fall session. The building establishes a permanent home for such programs, which have moved from facility to facility while FIP Construction completed the renovation. East Hartford-based Capital Studio Architects designed the façade and interior upgrades.
“This facility, designed and constructed by Connecticut-based companies, along with the recent opening of your Early Childhood Magnet School, are testaments to your emphasis on community that will continue to bring a positive impact to our residents,” Congressman John Larson wrote in a letter to Scheinberg.
Two of the most prominent features of the project will benefit the upcoming Goodwin programs. Goodwin is in the final stages of accreditation for the Dental Hygiene program and prospective students can begin prerequisite courses in the spring session. Once the program begins, students will utilize a full clinic with 14 chairs, drawing people from throughout the community for cleanings, X-rays, and oral cancer screenings.
“We’re teaching people how to go into these fields – which are high paying fields – while providing clinical services to area residents who may be uninsured or underinsured at little to no cost,” said Scheinberg.
The Ophthalmic Science program will train students to craft eyeglasses and fit contact lenses. Like the Dental Hygiene clinic, a new optical store will open facing Main Street. Once open, the store will offer discounted eyewear to the community.