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There is asbestos in most of the buildings at GCC because they were built back in the 60's, and now that many are being renovated they have to go through an asbestos removal process.    

The Cruce Stark Auditorium, and the student center are just some of the buildings at Grayson County College set to get a face lift, but before the bulldozers can come in, the nearly 50 year old buildings have to be rid of asbestos.     

Director of Marketing, Shelle Cassell says, "The abatement process lasts about a week, and they're gone now, and now we're waiting on the final architects drawings so we can get started on seeing some major changes."     

So how will GCC look in the future?

The library will include larger computer labs, and more study spaces. There will be new locker rooms at the gym, the auditorium will be outfitted with facilities made for teaching, and the student center will include recreation areas. Plus, a new career and technology center will be built that will house many students that are now at the West Campus.     

Students say it's a much needed makeover.      

Sophomore Ashley Ruffin says, "When I started going here it was kind of like ghetto, but it's really cool what they're doing with the theatre, and they're like tearing it all out. It was kind of old school, and now they're making it more modernized."     

Sophomore Cynthia Troxtell says, "I'm very excited to see the new upgrades coming to campus."

Freshman Mohamed Shifal says, "It's more opportunities to spend time at the college and do more stuff."     

Construction is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks, and should be completed by spring of 2010.     

All these changes are being paid for by a 44-million-dollar bond passed in may of last year.

Administrators say the asbestos removal process is safe, and students here are not being affected.       

Vanessa Bolano, KTEN News.