TCC Metro campus reopens as normal August 5th.


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/02/2013 3:42 pm Published: 7/23/2013 4:11 pm


Tulsa Community College's Metro Campus is finally back up and running.

A fire in a power supply room closed the campus' main academic building in June.

It has been a process to get the campus open again.

After a fire damaged the electrical system on June 19, power is back on inside TCC's campus downtown.

Student Duste Patterson said both of his summer classes were moved after the fire at the Metro campus.

"Wake up in the morning, drive further, and it makes it a little bit more of an inconvenience," said Patterson.

Soon he'll be back to his normal school commute because the new electrical unit is up and running here.

Workers used four panels to replace the one that caught on fire on June 19th.19.

The dean of student services said his office is here to help.

"So, it was a major loss and it took that time working with community partners to rebuild and fabricate our system so we could serve students," said Dean Darin Behara.

Nearly 4,000 students and staff transferred mid-semester to other campuses after the fire.

"The damage and the location of the fire were extensive to the operation of providing electricity to the entire building," said Behara.

New baseboards, cleaning crews, and only a few construction signs are left. But services are limited. The staff this week can help students with fall enrollment, including financial aid, academic advising, and testing.

"I'm extremely ready for this campus to be open. It's closer to home, it's the one I've dealt with from day one," said Patterson.

The metro campus will fully reopen and run as normal on Aug. 5.

Summer students that relocated because of the fire will stay at the campus they relocated to for finals.


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