"It is a place where we are going to be proud to come every day," said Meckley. "Since (SCCC President Quintin Bullock's) first day on this campus he has made this project a priority."
In 1984, when Meckley came to the college, there were only 35 music majors and the facility was good. Now there are 185 music majors, but the building hasn't gotten any bigger.
"This is going to be a wonderful addition for us to let us have the room to do the work," said Meckley. "It is going to mean that we can broaden our curriculum offerings. Now we can finally move into the area that many students come requesting " the area of music recording and technology."
Music Department Professor Brett Wery said prejudices about the music department at the college has hampered its growth, because it is a community college and it doesn't have the facilities of other four-year universities.
"No one expects a community college to have a real music department," said Wery. "No one expects a community college music department to have rigorous standards. No one expects to work at a community college music department."
For students recommended to the college to improve their grades, said Wery, they sometimes get a rude awakening it won't be as easy as they thought. When transferring students to a four-year institution, which often happens, the curriculum at the college needs to be competitive with those institutions.
"Despite what you think a community college is, despite the prestige you think awaits you at the big name school, SCCC is for real," said Wery. "I can usually persuade a student to abandon their prejudices right up to the point where they see our tiny little building they look at all this and they say "Yup, that is what I thought " a community college.'"